As Rob would say, “On an adventure, you know that there is going to be a lot of uncertainty, pressure, setback and opportunity, but you cannot control when, or where, or how these will turn up. But what you can control is your attitude and mindset towards them, and that makes all the difference. It’s the same in the business world – globally, right now there is much uncertainty, pressure, setback and opportunity, and it is vital to control our attitude towards these challenges – so we can persevere through the setbacks and make the most of the opportunities.”
Rob’s keynote speeches are full of humour, vulnerability and audience participation. They work well for internal town halls, off-sites, senior management meetings, regional and global conferences, and also for client events when you are wanting to give clients a thoughtful and memorable experience. Rob is highly flexible and versatile, with his keynote speeches lasting typically between 30-90 minutes, and being suitable for audiences of 20-2000+ people.
Every speech he gives is carefully tailored to the client’s needs and Rob is frequently booked to return to speak to different divisions in an organisation. His messages about the importance of the attitudes towards change and challenge have resonated with companies across every industry who understand the power of mindsets. As a recognized authority on how to thrive amid change and embrace challenges, Rob Lilwall has given speeches in to clients including Microsoft, Gemalto, IBM, Alcatel-Lucent, ADP, ABB, HB Fuller, Swire Properties, Knight Frank, CBRE, MEC, Nike, Adidas, Mars-Wrigley, Walmart, Inditex, Hyatt, Marriott, Intercontinental, Ayala Land, HSBC, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Canada, Morgan Stanley, Citywire, Permira, Prudential, Manulife, Sun Life, AIA, Randstad, Mercer, HKBN, IMD, Tata, Thermo Fisher and Thomson Reuters.
Key speech topics include:
- Thriving Amid Change
- Embracing Challenge
- Nurturing a Growth Mindset
- Cultivating Resilience
- Developing a Collaborative Mindset
- Taking Good Risks
- Improving Self-Care/Wellness Habits
- Being More Positive
- Building Courage and Harness Fear
- Growing Emotional Intelligence and Self-Awareness
Rob Lilwall is a Certified Speaking Professional, accredited by the National Speakers Association (USA). He is the author of two books, Cycling Home From Siberia, and Walking Home From Mongolia – these expeditions are also the subject of his two television series with National Geographic. He has spoken in over 20 countries and over 50 cities around the world and is based in Hong Kong from where he regularly travels globally to speak.
"Rob’s story is inspiring, his style engaging and his sharing applicable and practical. It was a real pleasure to have Rob as our motivational speaker at our recent company conference. His spirit of adventure permeates both in personal and business contexts. I highly recommend Rob’s story of provocation to all who’s game for mindset and cultural change."
"Rob's session was the best way to start the second day of the conference, he managed to motivate and connect with the audience. Rob, wasn't just a great speaker, he was a real gentleman to deal with offstage as well. I truly look forward to other opportunities to work with him again."
"His ability to intertwine themes that are so important to thrive in the corporate world be they a growth mindset, perseverance, focus, partnership, or balanced risk were very resonant. I would highly recommend Rob and would hope that we are able to work with him again in the future."
"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 humour, 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."
A GROWTH MINDSET
Business leaders and psychologists alike are hailing the concept of a growth mindset – the belief that through intentional effort, deliberate practice and gritty persistence we can improve our abilities and skills. A Growth Mindset has also been at the heart of Rob’s adventures, for he has learnt first-hand the power of embracing challenge, trying his best, and growing much in the process. In his speeches, he brings the concept to life, challenging the limiting beliefs of the audience so that they come to believe in their ability to grow, especially when times are tough.
A COURAGEOUS MINDSET
Fear is a powerful emotion that can be useful for keeping us safe. But it can also be unhelpful, as it generates a fight, flight or freeze instinct which can hijack our thinking. Rob reflects on his own battle with fear and his efforts to learn courage. He illustrates how through understanding our fears we can learn to harness them to energise rather than hinder us. Rob also considers the topic of risk-taking, and how in a world of rapid change, taking no risks is not an option. He reflects on how to assess risks and how to find the courage to take them.
A RESILIENT MINDSET
Resilience is the ability to endure through and bounce back from a tough experience, instead of burning out or giving up. Resilience is not fixed, but rather can be cultivated and enhanced through ongoing development and the intentional use of specific tools. Using personal and vulnerable stories Rob unpacks the importance of self-care, self-efficacy, focus, meaningful goals, and realistic optimism. And in fact, by practicing resilience in tough times, we open ourselves up to tremendous growth.
A COLLABORATIVE MINDSET
Although Rob has often been alone on his expeditions, he could never have made it on his own. He has had to seek boats across seas, guides through jungles, and places to stay on remote mountain passes. Rob explains powerful applications of a collaborative mindset for the corporate world, whether it be in networking for sales, working as a team to achieve a great goal, or seeking good advice from coaches and mentors who will help us make good business decisions and become more effective.
ROB IS BASED IN HONG KONG BUT TRAVELS THE WORLD TO SPEAK