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Record Breaking Adventurer, Strategist & Business Consultant

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If you don’t know what you stand for, you’ll fall for anything!

Jamie Fitzgerald is one of New Zealand’s most sought-after keynote speakers and management consultants due to his ability to translate his inspiring and insightful stories and experiences into practical business messages for teams and organisations.

Jamie has walked unaided to the South Pole, holds the world record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, is a double New Zealand representative, fronts television documentaries (First Crossings & Intrepid NZ) that have aired around the world, and is CEO of consultancy business, Inspiring Performance.

As a modern-day adventurer and expert in strategy, leadership and change management, he’s helped thousands of people and hundreds of companies around the world achieve more.

One of his favourite campaigns was to lead the training and culture of 6000 volunteers for the Rugby World Cup held in New Zealand - creating a culture among them to deliver a ‘uniquely New Zealand experience’.

Workshop facilitator
When he isn’t onstage, Jamie works with businesses and government agencies to grow bigger, better, faster from having clarity and alignment on the:
• Value they create (purpose and objectives);
• Where to play & how to win (business model);
• What to focus on (top challenges); and,
• How they maintain momentum (operating model and metrics).

Jamie's professional career has included roles in marketing, financial, agricultural and education sectors. Whether using examples from growing his first business in the primary sector, or his various roles in financial services and strategy implementation, Jamie’s rich supply of theory and real-life examples proves his ability to translate theory into action is very hard to beat.

Jamie is often asked to deliver keynote speeches or facilitated workshops around these themes:
Purpose & strategy- Getting teams rowing in the same direction
Resilience & agility - How to get through (and learn) during change and challenges
Preparation & teamwork - Making performance easier by focusing on what matters
Inspirational leadership - Building cultural momentum toward a shared goal

Jamie’s speaking and facilitation experience is enormous and is also used widely as the MC of events (with the ability to insert stories when relevant).

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have benefited from his inspirational, insightful and compelling stories and practical tools. Jamie’s knack at turning key messages into meaningful dialogue between audience members is a tribute to his skills at ‘shaping conversations’.

In short, Jamie’s stories, performance-focused insights and tools are changing people's lives. He’s also on the hunt for his next adventure. If you’re wanting to “wow” your audience, Jamie Fitzgerald is the right fit.

Jamie met and exceeded our expectations. He did his research and put his story and message across brilliantly. The audience enjoyed his laid-back manner and fantastic attitude. Harveys NZ Ltd

Jamie is one of the best Celebrity Speakers we have engaged for our events. His stories were interesting and entertaining but he also had good sound business messages to accompany them. I was impressed that he took the time to meet with us and talk about exactly what it was we wanted from his presentation and to find out more about REINZ and the conference audience.


Jamie was amazing… and what an inspiring journey. The team were entranced start to finish and were certainly buzzing after his speech ended (…and we didn't want it to end)

Warehouse Stationery

Jamie was awesome - not only did he attend his own contracted session, but also asked if he could attend other Forum sessions. He freely gave of his own time and interacted with our delegates. He had a great way of communicating his message with an easy style and related well to everybody. His session was rated highly by our attendees who thought he was informative, made sense, humorous, well-prepared. We wouldn't hesitate to have him back and refer to others - he was a perfect fit for our Forum!


Jamie was more than excellent. I was looking for a speaker who inspires through being who they are and not a “motivational speaker” who tries to motivate by being motivational. Jamie was 100% on brief and his slightly altered content reflected my brief perfectly. He was just what we needed and was enjoyed by 100% of the audience. Inspiring, motivating and enjoyable.

CRV Ambreed

I really appreciated the work Jamie had put in ahead of our event to understand the audience and reasoning behind the event we were hosting. Jamie was very professional and thoughtful and made for a relaxing event experience for me as the organiser. He has so many good stories and key messages to share. I felt like we could have had Jamie back over several sessions.


Jamie was a true highlight of our conference. His presentation took the delegates on a journey to the South (and North!) Pole, rowing across the Atlantic, hanging of a cliff face and even towing tyres full of cement around Wellington. He engaged with the audience, had us laughing and in awe of his many achievements. I challenge anyone to listen to Jamie’s presentation and not feel inspired. Jamie was a professional from the outset and his communication and dedication to ensuring his presentation related to our industry was above and beyond.

NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors

Jamie was fantastic. We used Jamie as a Keynote Speaker on our final day and then MC of our gala dinner that night - which was a Touch of Bollywood evening and he made an awesome effort to get into theme! Jamie’s keynote story was one that resonated well with the group. The raw material he showed of his adventures, bringing it into our theme of “Raising the Game”, certainly showed that he had taken the time to become part of our Conference. Jamie’s attention to detail for the gala dinner MC role was great - while he was “running” the evening, he wanted the focus to be on our team of finalists and winners and he kept the evening running smoothly. I’d recommend Jamie as either a Keynote speaker or an MC.

Super Liquor Holdings

The audience loved Jamie, saying 'he’s is the best speaker they have heard'. Great balance of experience, knowledge and group interaction

ASB Bank

Jamie was brilliant to work with, his style and manor was perfect for our conference. Jamie was a superb MC for our annual conference. He understood our industry, objective and conference theme. His enthusiasm, ability to keep things moving, engagement and professionalism were outstanding. Happily book Jamie again in the future.

Tourism Export Council of New Zealand

Awesome speaker !! Awesome stories! Loved it! Best yet!


He did his research and put his story and message across brilliantly. The audience enjoyed his laid-back manner and fantastic attitude.

Harveys NZ Ltd

Jamie was a great selection to facilitate our workshop effective collaboration. He understood the dynamics of the people and organisations in attendance and played to each persons strengths. He made excellent use of his past experiences to help move the workshop forward and delivered in a down to earth and practical style which perfectly suited the situation.

Wellington City Council

Our people loved Jamie and have rated him the highest of all our presenters. A few people thought he was one of our managers as he effortlessly engaged with people before the forum. Jamie was very generous with his time and used our own businesses examples in his presentation which resonated with our leaders. Jamie was a great choice and added real value to our day.

First Gas

Really engaging, couldn't have been more helpful in the run up to the event. Happily engaged with everyone. 10/10

Convergence Partners

Jamie's presentation was fantastic. Every person in the room was engaged and interested and he tied the content to our theme beautifully. We have received outstanding feedback about Jamie's session and it is considered by all as the highlight of the conference. Can't say enough good things!!

Flex Fitness

It was a pleasure to meet and work with Jamie, his ability to tell his stories and weave our messaging into those stories was outstanding. Such a lovely chap to chat with as well.

Fire and Emergency

Jamie was fantastic - a really engaging speaker and great to listen to.


What a great and inspiring person. Makes me feel that I need to get out more!!


Jamie was the ultimate professional, we had a catch up with Jamie the week before and he offered to make us a short video as advertising for the session, this was through to us to share on our platforms so quickly and really gave a sense of excitement to the event. I was impressed with the way he wove our messages into the event, this went really nicely with his material and came across as seamless. Jamie’s talk flowed on really well from Paul’s as this too focused on choices, but from a different perspective. Great presentation and great discussion afterwards.


Jamie was very engaging. We found his stories inspiring and his mindset strategies empowering.

Harcourts Grenadier Real Estate
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