“Nothing great was ever achieved inside your comfort zone”

Motivational speaker William Pike inspires and shocks audiences with his collection of remarkable stories including surviving a freak Mount Ruapehu volcanic eruption. An eruption which claimed one of his legs, but left his drive to succeed and passion for adventure unscathed.

The underlying theme of William’s message as a motivational speaker is how critical it is to step outside of your comfort zone to overcome challenge, change and achieve extraordinary things. William has an unfair advantage when it comes to talking about the necessity of stepping outside of your comfort zone!

William inspires audiences to achieve extraordinary things through his meaningful talking points – goal setting, confidence, being resilient, creating opportunity, persistence, positive mindset and more to suit client needs.

Virtual Presentations

During these challenging times, organisations need to inspire and motivate their staff now for long term success. With the shift to virtual events and conferences, William is now available as a virtual keynote speaker.

William’s virtual presentations deliver impact, are excellent value for money, and perfect for remote workers and organisations of any size.

Be prepared to relive William’s fascinating journey on the edge of your seat with an audience who will undoubtedly feel inspired to step outside their comfort zone to achieve and experience more than just ordinary.

Barfoot and Thompson

“William, just a short note to thank you sincerely for the wonderful opening address you gave at our convention. Your story was truly fascinating and you gripped the 2200 strong crowd for the entire 45 minutes you spoke. The feedback has been wonderful! I congratulate you on the Trust you have set up and look forward to hearing more on it.

- Peter Thompson

Under Armour

"We felt the night needed something different, something memorable, an event that would stay with our customers. I initially thought a guest speaker would be a little over the top, how wrong I was! William was able to deliver his story and more importantly his message in an incredibly personal way. People hung to every word, grimaced with William's descriptions of his ordeal and laughed as life and death situations were made light. Overall William's presentation was incredibly professional and entertaining. The key takeaways were, challenge yourself every day, step outside your comfort zone and set big goals in whatever your journey may be."

- Sam Callen

The Icehouse

"Compelling and frank, his interaction with the crowd and approachable demeanour immediately set everyone at ease and open to engaging with William. He practices what he preaches with a continual push beyond his comfort zone. I recommend William for any event needing a motivational speaker - from business to sports teams to schools to professionals. He has the ability to genuinely speak to listeners."

- Andy Hamilton

Cancer Society

"Our team were really blown away by William’s story of tragedy and how he turned this around to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone. He convinced everyone that ordinary people can achieve remarkable things with the right focus, attitude, and commitment. William’s story and messages were very relevant for our audience but also his teaching background shone through - he’s a great storyteller who knows how to tailor the story and message to be meaningful and connected to what's important to the audience."

- Shelly Campbell

Pita Pit NZL and AUS

"William is simply an amazing speaker. He inspired everyone to build tight-knit teams, step outside their comfort zone and that purpose drives organisations and people. His humour and audience engagement (especially the leg trick) made his presentation fantastic to listen to! I couldn’t recommend him enough!"

- Duane Dalton and Chris Henderson

Schneider Electric

"I have been fortunate to hear many excellent professional speakers in my career, and William is one of them. He is fantastic at sharing his story, making it not only inspirational but also very entertaining. William nicely ties his key messages into his stories making for easy listening. His drive, motivation and passion for life are infectious and he left a lasting impact on our audience. I highly recommend William as a speaker and his book is a brilliant read too!"

- Ray Dunn

AUT - Interprofessional Healthcare

"William’s presentation was fantastic! For most of the presentation, you could have heard a pin drop, apart from the ‘in sync’ laughter and occasional ooooh and arghhhh from the 200 strong audience. His story was unique, engaging and delivered in such a way that it kept the audience on the edge of their seat. It also emphasised the key conference themes relating to the importance of the patient, their family and collaboration between healthcare providers. All of the delegates loved his presentation and the messages that came from it. It was a wonderful way to end the conference and William was great to work with."

- Brenda Flood

College of Emergency Nurses NZ (CENNZ)

"William Pike was our stand out speaker at the CENNZ conference. I was naively unaware what to expect from William. He was the first to speak and what a way to open the conference. By the end of his presentation,I was blown away. As a nurse, he had such an impact on me personally as he shared his traumatic and completely heart wrenching story. Williams journey highlighted the resilience of the human spirit and how we can overcome adversity - this applies to both our working and personal lives."

- Jenni Falconer

William Buck Accounting

"William surpassed our expectations! His presentation was a classic story with high entertainment value and thought provoking content. Further he’s a true professional. Easy to work with. Arrived early. Stayed late. Wowed everyone. And such a nice guy! I strongly recommend William."

- Kieran Bird

William’s Talking Points

Achieving the extraordinary - step outside your comfort zone

If we look at history’s success stories – it’s crystal clear that no one ever achieved anything great inside their comfort zone. Those of us who choose to step outside our comfort zones are more likely to succeed and achieve and experience extraordinary things. Whether it’s setting ambitious goals, adapting to change, having that tricky conversation, facing uncertainty, or carrying on when the going-gets-tough, the first step is often the most difficult. We all need inspiration and real-life examples of where stepping outside our comfort zones can get us. As a motivational speaker, William does exactly that.

Goal setting - one 'leg' at a time

Yes, the leg pun is intended. ‘Goal setting’ is a thrashed term, and rightly so. The trouble with not setting goals is that we end up running around our playing field and never scoring. Setting big goals should bring on a sense of uncertainty in everyone. Pushing that uncertainty aside and breaking goals down to one leg at a time (as William puts it) to achieve the extraordinary is a major part of William’s relatable stories.

Confidence - passion gives you power

Passion drives organisations and individuals to great success. And passion breeds confidence. William’s a big believer that passion gives us the courage and confidence to face up to big challenges and achieve our goals. William’s passion is infectious, leaving everyone with the confidence to charge ahead.

Resilience - be comfortable, being uncomfortable

To achieve the extraordinary from deep within ourselves, we need to have resilience and be comfortable being uncomfortable. Although it’s a difficult skill that one may never master, practicing being comfortable being uncomfortable develops our mindset, resilience and character.

Creating opportunity - where there’s a choice, choose adventure

Sometimes in life, we end up at a fork in the track. Usually, there’s an easy track and a hard track. The easy track is usually well-trodden, bat-boring and gives a sense of living small or second best. On the other hand, the hard track is unfamiliar, an adventure, daunting, and full of experiences that money can’t buy. By taking the hard track, William has experienced the grandest of rewards that are sure to inspire your crew to do the same.

Persistence - do the mahi get the rewards

“Sheer grit, determination and bloodymindedness” were the words one client used to describe William’s persistence when working towards his goals. For 99% of us, nothing great comes easy. We have to work our butts off persistently to achieve the extraordinary. From getting out of bed, learning to walk, establishing the William Pike Challenge and mountaineering in Antarctica – William shows how doing the work/mahi always reaps the rewards.

Attitude and positive mindset - look for opportunities, not obstacles

Often in life, it’s the obstacles that stick out and the opportunities that blend in. It’s only through stepping outside our comfort zone, adapting to change, seeing the humour in every situation and leveraging our passions that we can spot those opportunities and grab them. Which is precisely what William role models.


As a young, enthusiastic adventurer, William spent many days and nights exploring New Zealand’s backcountry and remote locations. Places such as Antarctica and deep in the South Pacific Ocean. William’s a true adventurer at heart and an inspirational speaker and role model at work. In addition to being an accomplished motivational speaker and Kiwi explorer, William is the director of the popular youth development programme the William Pike Challenge. A social enterprise which involves nearly 100 schools and has positively impacted on over 10,000 young Kiwi kids nationwide.

“I love an adventure. I love being committed to something. I love making sacrifices and taking risks that others aren’t willing to. I love being a part of something money can’t buy.”

William’s a down to earth, relatable and highly sought after motivational speaker who can tailor his stories and messages for specific business oriented outcomes. His keynote is suited for conference keynotes, after dinner addresses, awards ceremonies, and school presentations. His stage presence is relaxed, humorous and well-planned to ensure every audience feels empowered, engaged and connected.


William’s awards include; 2019 University of Auckland Young Distinguished Alumni Award Winner, 2017 Blake Leader Award recipient, 2015 Young New Zealander of the year finalist, 2014 KiwiBank Local Hero medal recipient.

William with Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor General, NZ

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William is also the director of the William Pike Challenge, an exciting youth development programme that prepares our youth for tomorrow’s world. Making a difference in over 100 schools around NZ, this rapidly growing programme is developing young people’s 21st-century skills.