On 25 May 2002, like his father Sir Edmund before him, Peter Hillary stood on the summit of Mt Everest for the second time. The expedition, led by Peter and sponsored by National Geographic, was part of the 50th Anniversary of the first ascent. Peter shares his stories of challenge and achievement with a natural speaking style that is inspirational and entertaining to a backdrop of breathtaking photographic images.
People are inspired by great adventure. And the name Hillary is synonymous with adventure. Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience “with him" on one of his many extraordinary experiences: to the summit of Mt Everest; traversing Antarctica to the South Pole; feeding a pod of sharks; or making a terrifying descent of K2 down a vast vertical rock face in a vicious storm. He connects such dramatic achievements to the challenges faced by individuals and teams who are striving for excellence, coping with change, or overcoming obstacles in their own fields.
Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter has climbed Mt Everest (twice) and has reached the South Pole overland; widely recognised as two of the most significant accomplishments in the world of adventuring and exploration. Peter also assists with raising funds for the Himalayan Trust, established by his father, which runs 42 schools and hospitals for the villages at the foot of Mt Everest. He has a wealth of stories to tell from a lifetime of high adventure including over 30 alpine expeditions on mountains throughout the world. They are stories of challenge and achievement that are inspirational and entertaining. Peter has spoken to over 500 high-profile organisations in a variety of settings from select executive groups of 12, to a vast audience of 12,000 at the Melbourne Tennis Centre.
His considerable achievements, and his natural speaking style, have led to a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America via satellite live from Antarctica. His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald Melbourne’s The Age, and other high profile dailies. He is the author of five books.
Despite the high-risk nature of his expeditions, Peter’s survival is testament to one of his greatest strengths: his sound judgement. In his presentations he talks about developing this and other skills: of seeing excitement in uncertainty; of balancing risk with caution; and of achieving extraordinary goals through preparation, perseverance and passion.
Peter Hillary’s presentations combine heart-stopping excitement and humour with practical applications, relevant to the client’s requirements. They are supported by superb video and / or slide footage.
“Went way above and beyond …We would certainly consider him for any other speaking opportunity."
Lucent Technologies Optical Networking Group, USA
“Peter Hillary is an extraordinary person and a delight for anyone to meet. I cannot imagine any setting where he wouldn’t be the talk of the group for years to come. He appeals to all age groups and backgrounds. He is a gentleman and a humanitarian – along with being an extraordinary explorer. Peter Hillary is the real thing."
Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts
“Peter came highly recommended and after hearing him it is easy to understand why. He was sensational, and it would be difficult to find a more appropriate speaker for our sales team to learn about commitment and discipline."
Salmat Letterbox Delivery Services
“His presentation was the highlight of the conference."
Australian Insurance Institute of Victoria
“Not surprisingly, your address was rated the highest (with an average of 9.1 out of 10) on the delegate’s Seminar Evaluation Sheet."
Queensland Association of Permanent Building Societies
“…an absolutely outstanding presentation…. You gave us the perfect blend of a great story well told with both insight and humour. … The night was a great success and one of our highest rating events for many years."
Young President’s Organisation, Melbourne
“Nothing but rave reviews from all that attended. Fascinating and amusing."
Ballarat Business Lunch Club
“ The focus of the weekend was on leadership and Peter captured that beautifully. He really connected with the group, which clearly demonstrates what a great communicator he is. He combined all the right elements – motivation, aspiration, leadership, boldness and bravery – as well as being highly entertaining and down to earth. I can’t thank him enough for helping to make the weekend such an outstanding success."
“Very inspiring… Relevant to the overall theme of our conference [Customer Management]."
Credit Reference (Sydney)
“Regarded by many Fellows as the best speaker ever had at one of our luncheons."
Institute of Engineers, New South Wales
“Comments the next day were so positive …your presentation will be remembered for a long time to come."
International Tourism Bureau Exhibition, Frankfurt
“ … Thank you … for your highly entertaining, humorous and exciting presentation. It really was the “icing on the cake" for our conference, and very timely being the end of the day when people were feeling a little jaded. "
Broadbase Egmont Ltd
“His adventures and the obstacles he encountered related perfectly to those of his audience".
“Peter’s presentation was the highlight of the conference. He was our closing speaker and received a standing ovation."
Project Management Institute of New Zealand
“In my memory we have not had a response to a guest speaker of the magnitude that your presentation generated."
Victorian Council of YMCA’s
“Peter Hillary was an excellent speaker. The audience was fascinated by his stories of climbing Mt Everest and the ordeals he went though."
“…Totally enthralled by Peter and his achievements. Wives were relieved that we hadn’t chosen a footballer."
“From beginning to end, Peter’s talk and interaction with our audience was wonderful. He was without question one of the two best speakers we have ever had the pleasure of hosting during the sixteen years our Society has been meeting – the other being Peter’s father – Sir Edmund Hillary."
Worcester Foundation, USA
“…Thank you for your contribution to our Senior Management Executive retreat… the group [made up of 12 senior executives] very much enjoyed your frank and candid discussion."
The Federal Group, Tasmania
“Peter was a great speaker who entertained an enthralled crowd"
“Peter is a polished presenter whose message is of interest to a wide variety of audiences and age groups."
“Peter’s contribution was invaluable to the success of our inaugural Grand Final Breakfast."
Corporate Sports and Entertainment Group
“A special person. Down to earth, sensible, stimulating, humble, intelligent, honest, and very presentable. Participated in the whole evening."
“Overwhelming audience reaction. Standing ovation from our audience of 80-90 top tourism experts in Germany "
Tourism New Zealand
“It was an honour and a privilege to meet Peter Hillary and have Peter present to our clients. Everyone who attended the Godfrey Penbroke Queens St Melbourne function very much enjoyed Peter’s presentation."
“Excellent…Peter took us up Everest, down among the sharks and through an intriguing life. The business lessons were there without the need for them to be laboured"
The Steel Institute of Australia
“Excellent. Peter was well prepared, very articulate and tailored his talk to the event."
Job Supply Personnel
“Excellent. Well presented and all those in attendance enjoyed Peter’s talk. All positive comments have been received. A great speaker."
Rotary International District 9780
“Anecdotes, stories and building visual images were sensational. The most eloquent speaker I have heard – smooth, faultless delivery and shared his deepest thoughts and emotions."
Farm Management 500
“Excellent. An inspirational choice of speaker. Peter helped us to believe that anything is possible. A joy to work with."
City West Water
“Excellent. A very entertaining and interesting presentation. Feedback from guests was very positive."
“Excellent. Peter's presentation was well delivered and very inspiring. He was well prepared and tailored his presentation to the audience. The inclusion of the audio visual presentation allowed the audience to witness some of Peter's trials and triumphs - he took the audience with him through his adventures."