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Professional Speaker, Award-Winning Author, World-Class Solo Racing Yachtsman and
Global Investor
Neal Petersen has completed two amazing journeys in his life: a 27,000-mile solo yacht race around the world, and an even more arduous trip of overcoming personal barriers just to make it to the start line. Neal's personal messages of overcoming adversity and unique delivery creates new hope and a determination to break down life’s barriers, real or perceived. “Neal is one of the most inspiring, dynamic and thought provoking speakers you will ever witness, he is mesmerizing”.
Neal Petersen shares real life examples of how he overcame insurmountable barriers by turning "perceived" disadvantages into advantages-then into opportunities. In his riveting and entertaining keynote No Barriers ~ Only Solutions! Neal demonstrates how success is realized through innovation, balancing risk against reward, and the flexibility to adapt to constant shifting winds. Neal provides the fuel for others to navigate forward by showing the importance of a clearly communicated vision and direction during times of uncertainty, followed by planning, preparation, passion and execution - using his captivating personal story.
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Journey of a Hope Merchant
an autobiography
By Neal Petersen
From Apartheid to the Elite World of Solo Yacht Racing

Written with a freshness and style that reflects his unstoppable optimism, Petersen's compelling journey is a testament of perseverance, innovation, and proof that the harshest lessons learned at sea apply to all aspects of life. The NOBA Award winner for best book of the year is evidence that even the wildest of dreams are attainable.

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