Rob Lilwall is a British-born, Hong Kong-based TV adventurer, writer and motivational speaker. His two most epic expeditions, the 50,000 km Cycling Home From Siberia expedition, and the 5,000 km Walking Home From Mongolia expedition were commissioned as television series for National Geographic. Such expeditions have seen him travel, unsupported, on foot and on bicycle, through dozens of countries, including some of the harshest places on earth, from the frozen wastelands of the Gobi Desert, to the thick jungles of Papua New Guinea, and the war-torn passes of Afghanistan.
Whilst telling his high-energy adventure stories, Rob weaves in powerful motivational messages about the importance of having the right attitudes in order to survive and thrive on the road. These key takeaways for individual staff and teams are ideal for both corporate training and after-dinner events.
Rob’s Attitudes of Adventure align with and build on recognized EQ concepts, and are highly relevant to the challenges of our day-to-day work lives in the 21st century, including:
Embracing change: recognizing that change is the only constant in life, and hence the need to take intentional, practical steps to adapt, move on and find new opportunities when change arises.
Daring creative thinking: harnessing our creativity to find solutions when unexpected problems arise to hinder individual and team progress
Self discipline: remembering that our self discipline must start with the small tasks, which make a significant difference in overall progress, especially by circumventing future problems
Resisting the fear of failure: having the confidence to take action with a task even when the negative voice in one’s head or the pessimist in the office insists that it is too hard, or too risky
Keeping and boosting the morale of the team: learning to work with different personalities and working styles, and treating problems as challenges to be overcome as a team
Effective networking: honing the craft of networking, and understanding the powerful consequences of being courteous to all
Perseverance and keeping a clear head under pressure: developing the attitude of tenacity so that we keep moving towards our goals even when the going gets tough
Types of presentation:
Corporate Training events: Rob unpacks the Attitudes of Adventures with out-of-the-box, real life adventure stories, applying them practically to the workplace. Interactive and breakout sessions are also available. Ideally lasts for one to three hours.
After-dinner speaking: Rob recounts his epic, invigorating adventure stories, interweaved with high-energy nuggets of inspiration and humor. Ideally suited for 20-60 minute slots.
Watch Rob Lilwall's Speaking video.
We have had many conferences, and many after-dinner speakers, and without doubt Rob Lilwall was one of the very best. His journey is fascinating and his talk and style highly engaging, filled with humor, and makes good use of video and pictures. It works very well in the corporate environment with great messages about overcoming challenges and being resourceful.
Macquarie Capital, Hong Kong
Thank you for your excellent contribution to our 2011 Asia Pacific Director of Finance Conference… it was a real inspiration to everyone listening. I like the way that you tailored your presentation to tie into the key messages of our conference…
Marriott International, Hong Kong
Humorous, unassuming and definitely inspiring…. Rob did a fabulous job in sharing his experiences with our team. He was able to weave in and bring to life some of the key thoughts and teaching points surrounding the program
Nike, Greater China Region
Rob Lilwall’s drive and determination is an inspiration to all. Who would have thought that such a simple thing like riding a bicycle could create such emotion that we can do anything regardless of any adversity faced.
Pivotal Financial Advisers, Australia
Your story is fascinating and your presentation of it was engrossing. This was plainly evident by the amount of questions that you were asked despite your presentation taking place at the end of a long day (and well into the scheduled drinks time)!
UBS, Hong Kong
Rob's story about getting beyond borders and taking calculated risks, following dreams and persevering in the face of obstacles was extremely motivating and added great value to our conference. He kept the audience captivated with his anecdotes and inspired to be more creative and innovative in their own lives.
DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Singapore
Rob has challenged himself both physically and mentally, learning how to focus on the positive in almost any situation… At the very least you should read his book but, better still, I recommend you meet him and hear his story first hand.
Rob was exactly the ticket for our conference…his story was not only epic and inspirational, but also perfectly suited to help people realize the only real limitations are those we put upon ourselves.
The Southwestern Company, USA
Rob’s down to earth personality combined with his extraordinary achievements inspired and instilled confidence in our team that by setting goals, getting started and persevering it is possible to make dreams come true.
Maersk Line, China
The most inspirational talk I have ever had. Rob demonstrates many key take-aways that perfectly fit our students’ and alumni’s professional development: respecting others, staying positive, being a good communicator, planning ahead, setting goals, and networking. Sometimes we will all face negative or discouraging moments: Robinspired us to believe that what keeps us moving is determination
MBA program, University of Hong Kong
A truly incredible story that captured the hearts of our audience! His extraordinary adventure was achieved through out-of-the-box thinking, creative problem-solving and determination. These lessons were vividly conveyed. We highly recommend him as a guest speaker.
Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore
Speaking on live experiences coping in extreme environments Rob was able to tie in how such expeditions are relevant to day-to-day business, the true meaning of following your passion, never giving up regardless of situations and the true power and benefits of networking. A fun evening, very motivating and on top of all that he was able to reel off financial terminology whilst presenting our awards.
Asia Risk / Incisive Media
Your talk was nothing short of inspiring. Our participants were completely captured by your energy, your conviction and the undeniable truth of your message. Your remarkable story brought to life our values in an external environment. Thank you.
HSBC, Hong Kong