Braam is a well-respected and highly sought-after international keynote and motivational speaker who receives standing ovations and rave reviews on both the South African and the global speaking circuit. But while his adventures are compelling, it is Braam’s thinking and positive attitude that inspires. His story is one of meeting impossible challenges and pushing limits.

As a motivational speaker, Braam not only engages his audience by sharing key lessons, but also draws upon his life experiences and lessons to create a riveting and inspiring event for the audience. Braam inspires and motivates people to change their behaviours and challenge their limits.

Braam delivers a range of talks encompassing gripping tales of adventure, profound acts of humanity and inspiring accounts about overcoming obstacles and meeting extreme challenges. He transfers his experiences to the business environment, relating back to organisational vision and strategy, individual behaviour, sustainability, perseverance and excellence.



Extreme Performance – Cape to Rio row

On the 9th May 2017, Braam achieved his third world-first. Together with his rowing partner he rowed a 6.8m rowing boat 5,033 miles (8,100 kms) from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro in 92 days. The pair rowed in two-hourly shifts, with one rowing while the other made water and food and slept. The journey was fraught with problems, such as being capsized four times by 40 foot waves and being submerged for five minutes, their water desalinator not working and having super tankers bearing down on them 27 times. The sleep deprivation took its toll on both of them but their purpose; to highlight the plight of our finite Earth and what each of us can do to mitigate the atrocities we have committed through over-consumption, over-population and greed.

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Nothing is Impossible – Running the Great Wall of China

In 2006 Braam, together with a running partner, accomplished a world first by running 2,610 miles (4,218 kms) along the entire length of the Great Wall of China in single attempt. This translated into running an average of more than a full marathon a day for 98 days.  Medical professionals and coaches said it was impossible.

Two years later, in 2008, the duo completed another world first by running a “Smile around South Africa”, following the entire South African coastline from Namibia to Mozambique (3278km).

Through these achievements, in excess of R2.5 million was raised for Operation Smile SA, and over 700 children have received operations as a result of their efforts.

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Leading with courage – The race to the South Pole

In 2011/12 Braam, and Peter van Kets represented South Africa in an unassisted race to the South Pole, a distance of 552 miles (888 kms), which they covered in 24 days. They did this while man-hauling sleds weighing around 188 lbs (85 kgs) each, and in and a climate with high winds and an average temperature of -49° Fahrenheit (-45° C).

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More presentations that are available

Braam customises his talks to suit your audience and objectives. Whether it is changing organisational behaviour, motivating a team, inspiring youth, lobbying environmental issues, entertaining a dinner audience, fundraising or driving excellence in your business, he will deliver the message you want to convey in a captivating and energising way that will leave your audience inspired and ready to take on any challenge.

  • The “i” in Team
  • The more you give the more you get
  • Making change work for you
  • One earth; One home; Our responsibility

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“Motivation is a state of mind and the only limits are those we impose on ourselves through our own consciousness.”
– Braam Malherbe