Speaker Search

  • Name

Speaker Enquiry

1300 314 788
online enquiry

Overcoming Adversity / Resilience Speakers

Change Category:

Whether we like it or not adversity is part of life. Overcoming adversity is one of the big challenges we have in life. Speakers who have overcome adversity defy the odds, succeed in the face of adversity, survive tragedy and display strength and resilience when challenged. An overcoming adversity speaker will inspire an audience through their story of success and achievement following tragedy, injury, hardship or physical challenge. A speaker who has overcome adversity will inspire you to persist and succeed, face any challenge and overcome any obstacle that lies ahead to achieve a goal and success. Many speakers are ordinary people with a ‘rags to riches’ story or achieved the pinnacle of success in the sporting arena after setback or achieved record breaking physical and psychological challenges. Every challenge and every difficulty we successfully confront in life serves to strengthen our will, confidence and ability to conquer future obstacles. The speakers below will inspire and show you exactly what can be achieved when faced with adversity.

Browse Overcoming Adversity / Resilience Speakers

Page 1 of 2<12>
View Speaker Details

Bear Grylls

....Man Vs Wild
View Speaker Details

Stan Alves

....One of AFL's favourite sons
Dr Richard Chambers

Dr Richard Chambers

.... clinical psychologist and leading mindfulness consultant
Deng Adut

Deng Adut

.... Inspiring others, working for others, advocating for others wellbeing
Speakers and Entertainers : Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

....a tennis legend
Dr Munjed Al Muderis

Munjed Al Muderis

....author Walking Free
Speakers and Entertainers : Alison

Alison

....weaves her three strands of her life's philosophy - attitude, belief, choice
Jules Allen

Jules Allen

....inspirational youth advocate
Speakers and Entertainers : Sally Anderson

Sally Anderson

....prominent futurist, visionary and behavioral specialist
Bob Ansett

Bob Ansett

....committed to business excellence
Christine Anu

Christine Anu

....award winning performer and inspirational speaker
Speakers and Entertainers : Sam Bailey

Sam Bailey

....inspirational speaker and co-author of the best selling book "Head Over Heels"
Speakers and Entertainers : Eric Bailey

Eric Bailey

....most sought after motivational speakers
Peter Baines

Peter Baines

....exceptional leadership speaker
View Speaker Details

Peter Bell

....Dealing with Success & Failure’
Rachael Bermingham

Rachael Bermingham

....infectious energy, wisdom, vibrance, honesty and generosity in sharing her knowledge and experiences
John Bertrand AM

John Bertrand AM

....skippered Australia II to victory in the 1983 America’s Cup
Speakers and Entertainers : Kevin Biggar

Kevin Biggar

....one of the first New Zealanders to walk unsupported to the Pole
Estelle Blackburn

Estelle Blackburn

....often described as Australia’s Erin Brokovich
Speakers and Entertainers : Peter Bland

Peter Bland

....helps people identify the goals that engage their heart
Anna Bligh

Anna Bligh

....passion, commitment and leadership
Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut

.... Australian basketball champion sharing his journey to the top!
Allan Bolton

Allan Bolton

....the peoples renewable energy man
Robert Ian Bonnick

Robert Ian Bonnick

....passionate speaker on self-awareness and corporate MC
Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch

.... a deeply talented communicator who inspires people to live bravely and laugh often.
Nick Bowditch

Nick Bowditch

.... ‘Reboot Your Thinking’ social futurist and thought leader
Raelene Boyle

Raelene Boyle AM, MBE

....one of Australia's greatest track and field athletes
Speakers and Entertainers : Steven Bradbury

Steven Bradbury OAM

....the Last Man Standing
Speakers and Entertainers : Edwin Bradley

Edwin Bradley

....from manager to leader, everything is possible
Nigel Brennan

Nigel Brennan

....held hostage for 462 days in Somalia
Saroo Brierley

Saroo Brierley

....author 'A Long Way Home'
Trisha Squires Broadbridge

Trisha Squires (Broadbridge)

....Courage in the face of Adversity
Rob Broadfield

Rob Broadfield

....uplifting, motivating, inspiring and often humorous
Bev Brock

Bev Brock

.... Bev Brock – ‘Life to the Limit’
Martin Brooker

Martin Brooker

.... Former Naval Commander, cultural change and leadership speaker
Speakers and Entertainers : John Buchanan

John Buchanan

....Coaching and Australian Cricket Team leadership insights
Speakers and Entertainers : Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham

....discover your strength
Brian Burke

Brian Burke

.... A Tumultuous Life, deals in detail with his colourful and often controversial life and career
Speakers and Entertainers : Lauren Burns

Lauren Burns

....transforms her stories and experiences into life skills making them entertaining and relevant
Speakers and Entertainers : Jonty Bush

Jonty Bush

....2009 Young Australian of the Year
Ryan Campbell

Ryan Campbell

....youngest pilot to circumnavigate the world
Preston Campbell

Preston Campbell

Indigenous NRL player shares his story of depression
Alisa Camplin

Alisa Camplin OAM

....World and Olympic aerial skiing champion
Speakers and Entertainers : John Cantor

John Cantor

....no such thing as quitting
Wayne Carey

Wayne Carey

....one of the greatest players to have ever played Australian rules football
Maria Carlton

Maria Carlton

....named one of the world's top 50 business mentors by a USA based publishing company
Speakers and Entertainers : Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll

....surfer, father, businessman, celebrity and addict.
Speakers and Entertainers: Paul Carter

Paul Carter

....author, oil rig worker and hilarious storyteller with an uncanny ability to find trouble anywhere
Jimmy Cassidy

Jimmy "Pumper" Cassidy

.... Pumper - exceptional Australian jockey
James Castrission and Justin Jones

Cass and Jonesy

....they are not crazy they are inspirational, successful and great motivating figures for us all
Sam Cawthorn

Sam Cawthorn

....challenges people to be themselves, believe in themselves, find purpose and focus, nurture their creativity
Kitty Chiller

Kitty Chiller

.... leadership and culture expert who was the 2016 Olympics Chef de Mission.
Speakers and Entertainers : Gerald Coffee

Gerald Coffee

....discover and honour the hero within each of us
Speakers and Entertainers : Paul Collins

Paul Collins

....The Body Coach
Carol Cooke

Carol Cooke

....‘Cycle of Life - A Gold Medal Paralympian’s Secrets to Success’
Stacey Copas

Stacey Copas

....inspirational speaker with a focus on turning change and adversity into opportunity
Allana Corbin

Allana (Arnot) Corbin

....a thriller of adventure, danger, tragedy and love
Speakers and Entertainers : Kay Cottee

Kay Cottee

....the first woman to complete a solo, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the globe
Michelle Cowan

Michelle Cowan

....compelling speaker who's defied convention
Graeme Cowan

Graeme Cowan

.... Back from the brink - overcoming depression
Matt Cowdrey

Matthew Cowdrey

....Australia's greatest Paralympian
Speakers and Entertainers : Lynne Cox

Lynne Cox

....the world's most extraordinary long distance swimmer
Speakers and Entertainers : Geraldine Cox

Geraldine Cox

....inspirational international award winning childrens youth and charity worker
Michael Crossland

Michael Crossland

.... an incredible life story and true inspiration
Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin

.... Li Cunxin's inspirational story has to be heard and is truly inspiring and motivating
Stacey Currie

Stacey Currie

....an amazing story of determination and success
Speakers and Entertainers : Kay Danes

Kay Danes

....incredible humanitarian contribution
Speakers and Entertainers : Fabian Dattner

Fabian Dattner

....down to earth, informed, entertaining and provocative
Joel-de-Cateret

Joel de Carteret

.... incredible story of hope and determination
Paul de Gelder

Paul de Gelder

....master at overcoming adversity, facing fears, and inspiring and motivating others to do the same
Captain Richard de Crespigny

Captain Richard de Crespigny

.... Qantas pilot forced to make an emergency landing saving 469 passengers
Speakers and Entertainers : Grant Denyer

Grant Denyer

....dynamic presenter, experienced MC and keynote speaker
Speakers and Entertainers : Catherine DeVrye

Catherine DeVrye

....combines substance with humour to inspire and motivate
Speakers and Entertainers : Khoa Do

Khoa Do

.... inspirational story- In every obstacle lies an extraordinary opportunity
Corporal Mark Donaldson

Corporal Mark Donaldson VC

....The Cross Road - a story of life, death and the SAS
Casey Donovan

Casey Donovan

.... inspirational indigenous performer
Rodney Eade

Rodney Eade

.... building high performing environments and teams
Colleen Egan

Colleen Egan

....one of the true advocacy journalists of our time
Don Elgin

Don Elgin

....if you can’t win, make the person in front break the record
Adam Elliot

Adam Elliot

....won the Oscar ® for Best Animated Short
Daryl-Elliot-Green

Daryl Elliott Green

.... Twice shot - lessons of resilience
View Speaker Details

Andrew Embley

....strong leadership and performance under adversity
Speakers and Entertainers : Pat Farmer

Pat Farmer

....global reputation for ultra distance running
Speakers and Entertainers : Kurt Fearnley

Kurt Fearnley OAM

....world champion wheelchair athlete
View Speaker Details

Mario Fenech

....passionate about youth and community issues such as bullying diet and health
JoAnna Ferrari

JoAnna Ferrari

.... The Transition Specialist
Brendan Fevola

Brendan Fevola

....'How Fev turned the corner'
Speakers and Entertainers : Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph Fiennes

....Described in 1984 as the 'World's Greatest Living Explorer'
Helen Fitzroy

Helen Fitzroy

....WA 2012 Local Hero Australian of the Year
Speakers and Entertainers : Darren Flanagan

Darren Flanagan

....he is an ordinary guy who shows what can be done when called upon and the potential to be extraordinary
Speakers and Entertainers : Adam Fraser

Dr Adam Fraser

....one of Australia's foremost experts in the area of amplifying workplace performance
Narelle Fraser

Narelle Fraser

.... Narelle shares her amazing journey as a Police detective for 27 years
Phoebe-Wynn Pope

Phoebe Wynn-Pope (Fraser)

.... Inspired by the principle of humanity
Danny Frawley

Danny Frawley

.... From leadership and motivation to dealing with depression 'Spud' is a regular sporting media favourite
Andy Friend

Andy Friend

.... National Men’s Sevens Rugby Union Coach
Ky-Furneaux

Ky Furneaux

....International Stunt Performer, Outdoor Guide and author
Jess Gallagher

Jess Gallagher

....Australia’s first female winter Paralympic medalist - Dual summer & winter Paralympian.
Brant Garvey

Brant Garvey

....passion for the pursuit of excellence in life and sport
Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla

.... award winning human rights activist, inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant
Sir Bob Geldof

Sir Bob Geldof

....Sir Bob Geldof is one of the most fascinating public figures of our time.
Josh George

Josh George

.... Maximise your potential with Josh
Jamila Gordon

Jamila Gordon

.... inspirational story of entrepreneurial success
Gerrard Gosens

Gerrard Gosens OAM

....articulate and extremely inspiring speaker, with his achievements, strength and determination to succeed
View Speaker Details

Pete Goss

....Pete Goss has sailed more than 300,000 nautical miles
Peter-Greste

Peter Greste

.... Fight for Freedom
Speakers and Entertainers : Tatiana Grigorieva

Tatiana Grigorieva

....Australian pole vaulting champion and eleit athlete
Speakers and Entertainers : Steve Gurney

Steve Gurney

....international competitor in adventure racers
George Halkias

George Halkias

....developed the Big Issue Street Soccer Program
Matt Hall

Matt Hall

....Retired Wing Commander Fighter Pilot in RAAF, self-disciplined risk manager and communicator
Speakers and Entertainers : Rob Hamill

Rob Hamill

....will inspire you to pursue your dreams whatever they may be
Craig Hamilton

Craig Hamilton

.... "Broken Open" which gives a very personal account of living with Bipolar Disorder.
Tyler Hamilton

Tyler Hamilton

....former pro cyclist
Lexy Hamilton-Smith

Lexy Hamilton-Smith

.... highly respected Queensland newsreader
Richie Harkham

Richie Harkham

.... entrepreneur and Influencer in a new age of resilience
Christine Hassler

Christine Hassler

....thought leader in the areas of productivity, communication, and overcoming adversity
Speakers and Entertainers : Trevor Hendy

Trevor Hendy AM

....holds six Australian Open Ironman titles
Speakers and Entertainers : Justin Herald

Justin Herald

....one of the most influential leaders of the next generation in Australia
Speakers and Entertainers : Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary

....an articulate, humorous and relaxed presenter
Nina Hobson

Nina Hobson

....undercover operations, business owner, private investigator and bodyguard
Paul Hockey

Paul Hockey

....Paul Hockey’s impact on his audience is remembered forever
Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg

....Brad speaks candidly about his mental health challenges
Speakers and Entertainers : Dave Holland

Dave Holland

....his story will encourage others to prevent workplace accidents
Speakers and Entertainers : Steve Hooker

Steve Hooker

....the first Australian track athlete to win Olympic Gold in 60 years
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd)

....successive governments rely heavily on his wisdom, judgment, leadership and character
Barnaby Howarth

Barnaby Howarth

....'Give it a crack'
Speakers and Entertainers : Geoff Huegill

Geoff Huegill

....the comeback KIng, an awesome achiever in and out of the pool
Speakers and Entertainers : Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes

....victim of the Bali Bombing
Speakers and Entertainers : Tim Jarvis

Tim Jarvis

....environmental scientist, public speaker and explorer
Kylie Jaye

Kylie Jaye

....pre-eminent health, lifestyle, food and travel expert, delivering corporate speaking, presenting and broadcast production internationally
Matina Jewell

Matina Jewell

.... a remarkable woman “Caught in the Crossfire”
Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson

.... One Australia's most successful touring car drivers
Matthew Johnstone

Matthew Johnstone

....author, illustrator and public speaker
Speakers and Entertainers : Paul Jordan

Paul Jordan

....Served in the Special Air Services Regiment
Amna Karra Hassan

Amna Karra Hassan

.... inspirational story of hope, adversity and achieving the impossible
Daniel-Keighran-Victoria-Cross

Daniel Keighran VC

....expertise in leadership, teamwork and safety culture
Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly

....Fighting for justice
Geoff Knight

Geoff Knight

....from bikie gang to the operatic stage - Geoff Knight's story is extraordinary!
Justin Langer

Justin Langer

....sincerity, strength of purpose, humour and broad appeal has also made him a much sought after corporate speaker
Speakers and Entertainers : Doug Lansky

Doug Lansky

....one of America’s foremost experts on budget travel
Lydia Lassila

Lydia Lassila

....Australian Olympic freestyle skier gold medallist, entrepreneur and mum 
Deborah Lawrie

Deborah Lawrie

....the first contested equal opportunity anti-discrimination case in Australia
Michael Licenblat

Michael Licenblat

....resilient staff and pressure proof your business
Speakers and Entertainers : Karni Liddell

Karni Liddell

....standing ovations, truly touching and inspiring
Jeremy Liddle

Jeremy Liddle

.... the art of ‘Entrepreneurial Thinking’
Speakers and Entertainers : David Lim

David Lim

....a Singaporean mountaineer and motivational speaker
Stephanie Lorenzo

Stephanie Lorenzo

....Founder Project Futures
Speakers and Entertainers : Ian Luff

Ian Luff

....Kick starting your corporate event with a powerful message that engages positive thoughts
Speakers and Entertainers : Stephen Lundin

Stephen Lundin

....teaches innovation for a workplace that nourishes life. A place where fun, joy, vitality, productivity and incredible teamwork drive out stress, boredom, toxic energy and burnout.
Speakers and Entertainers : Alastair Lynch

Alastair Lynch

....high demand as a corporate motivational speaker
Speakers and Entertainers : Warren MacDonald

Warren MacDonald

....a taste for adventure
Robbi Mack

Robbi Mack

....vivacious, engaging and passionate
Andrew MacLeod

Andrew MacLeod

.... highly experienced leadership speaker
John Maher

John Maher

....You never know what’s around the corner
Fablice Manirakiza

Fablice Manirakiza

.... Fablice shares his inspirational journey with such positivity
Speakers and Entertainers : Catherine Marriott

Catherine Marriott

....2013 RIRDC Rural Women of the Year
Mark Mathews

Mark Mathews

....Fighting Fear - Surviving in a turbulent world
Speakers and Entertainers : Leigh Matthews

Leigh Matthews AM

....dynamic and inspirational
Christina Matthews

Christina Matthews

CEO of the WACA - A leader on and off the ground
Chloe McCardel

Chloe McCardel

.... Greatest endurance athlete on the planet Chloe is an inspirational World Record Australian marathon swimmer
Speakers and Entertainers : Jason McCartney

Jason McCartney

....amazing ability to inspire audiences
Matt McFadyen

Matt McFadyen

...journey to the End of the Earth
Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath AM

.... Australian cricket legend
Catherine McGregor

Catherine McGregor AM

.... 2016 Queenslander of the Year. 2012 Order of Aust. recipient
Anne McKevitt

Anne McKevitt

....One of the worlds most admired and powerful business leaders
Speakers and Entertainers : Colin McLaren

Colin McLaren

....'Infiltration' - an undercover Mafia cop
Susan McLean

Susan McLean

....Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people
Peter McLean

Peter McLean

.... expert in personal and organisational leadership, communication, productivity and performance
Derrick McManus

Derrick McManus

....Durability of Human Performance - exceptional story of overcoming the odds
Anna Meares

Anna Meares

....Track cyclists champion - Olympic, World and Commonwealth medalist
Speakers and Entertainers : Tristan Miller

Tristan Miller

....52 international marathons in 52 weeks
Anthony Minichiello

Anthony Minichiello

....former professional rugby league footballer
Matthew Mitcham

Matthew Mitcham OAM

.... Australian Olympic Gold diving sensation
Glenn Mitchell

Glenn Mitchell

.... Brilliant corporate host and Lifeline ambassador
Speakers and Entertainers : Jim Molan

Jim Molan

....40 years service, Australian Army
Speakers and Entertainers : Ann-Maree Moodie

Ann-Maree Moodie

....specialist in boardroom dynamics
Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison

.... a great thinker and business storyteller
Tony Mowbray

Tony Mowbray

.... one of the best inspirational and motivational speakers
Brett Murray

Brett Murray

....expert in Cultural Change and Developing Corporate workplace culture
Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

....world champion tennis player
Alan Newey

Alan Newey

....inspiring reminder of the importance of workplace safety
Pauline Nguyen

Pauline Nguyen

....co owner The Red Lantern, businesswomen and entrepreneur 
Lorin Nicholson

Lorin Nicholson

....strength, resilience and determination
Jim O Brien

Jim O'Brien

....Officer in charge of the Purana Task Force
David Parkin

David Parkin OAM

....inspiring, engaging and motivational
Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado

...one of the paramount survival stories of all time
Speakers and Entertainers : Chris Parry

Chris Parry

....one of the UK’s top strategic thinkers and forecasters
Jacqueline Pascarl

Jacqueline Pascarl

....Inspirational and uplifting journey of an extraordinary person
Liza Pavlakos

Liza Pavlakos

....an inspirational speaker who turned her life around
Speakers and Entertainers : Rex Pemberton

Rex Pemberton

....youngest Australian to climb to the summit of Mt Everest
Caroline Pemberton

Caroline Pemberton – ‘Miss Adventure’

.... 'Miss Adventure' Positive messages to inspire all audiences
Nova Peris OAM

Nova Peris OAM

....first Aboriginal Australian to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games
John Peters

John Peters

....Gulf War POW - dealing with uncertainty
Turia Pitt

Turia Pitt

....an exceptional example of the strength of the human spirit
Kerri Pottharst

Kerri Pottharst OAM

....down-to-earth, approachable, powerful knowledge
Dr Sam Prince

Dr Sam Prince

....extraordinary entrepreneur, medical doctor and philanthropist
Speakers and Entertainers : Tobie Puttock

Tobie Puttock

....International award winning chef
Speakers and Entertainers : Marlee Ranacher

Marlee Ranacher

....Australia’s new breed of businesswomen
Speakers and Entertainers : Shawn Redhage

Shawn Redhage

....motivational Perth Wildcats Captain
View Speaker Details

Samantha Reid

....judge of Wheels Magazines’ prestigious ‘Car of the Year’
Page 1 of 2<12>