Speaker – Leadership and Motivational Speeches


World renowned human flight adventurer and leader, Alastair Macartney provides inspirational keynote and after dinner speeches to a variety of audiences. Specializing in leadership, team work and motivation his significant experience as World Record BASE jumper, human flight team leader, Army Officer and CEO of a multi-million dollar business enable him to directly translate the skills he used while flying in the mountains straight to the board room and office environment.

From large corporate events, conferences and as an after dinner speaker through to Scout groups and schools he immediately engages and interacts at all levels whether he is describing his record-breaking feats or providing inspirational leadership techniques. All speeches are tailored specifically to the audience and Alastair will insist on working directly with your meeting planner to ensure you receive the maximum value. He is based in California but travels internationally.

If you’re looking for a Speaker that will get your audience dancing in their seats and feeling empowered at the end of the key note but that will have forgotten the content the next day or week, then please book someone else. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for original high content material that draws on personal experience in adverse conditions and can be directly applied to business and individual personal development then you are in the right place – please enquire further.

“Alastair Macartney’s bravery is only surpassed by his kindness and ability to connect with audiences.  A seasoned communicator, Alastair’s self-deprecating style, vulnerability and stage presence has the power to move, evoke smiles and most importantly — pulls audiences forward into their seats and towards something that matters.  Working with Alastair is a joy since he is collaborative, focussed and motivated.” Mike Lundgren, Director of Innovation Strategy at VML and Founder/Curator of TEDxKC – the largest TEDx event in the World

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I worked with Alastair on TEDxHousesofParliament. As curator I wanted to share his excitement and passion with wider audiences, not only in the room for the event, but beyond to a digital audience. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and was very receptive to ideas and feedback as we shaped his talk. As a result his talk was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the event and got a hugely positive response from the audience.”
Tom O’Leary, TEDx Curator

Alastair Macartney speaking at the BPA AGM on Mission to the Eiger.

Alastair Macartney speaking at the BPA AGM on ‘Mission to the Eiger’. Photo by Craig Poxon.


Speaker Keynotes and After Dinner Speeches


A sample of Alastair’s keynote inspirational motivational speeches on Leadership, Management and Adventure are listed below:

Leadership Under Extreme Pressure: Mission To The Eiger


Leading a team to undertake a seemingly impossible challenge, against all the odds, requires some of the most powerful resolve.  Even more so when that seemingly impossible challenge involves unpowered human wingsuit flight, in formation, from the perilous North Face of the Eiger.  Alastair takes you through the planning and preparation, the build-up and training, the highs and lows, crashes and falls as he leads this pioneering adventure; all to raise awareness for charity.  He draws parallels to challenges faced in everyday life and how the lessons learnt on the mountainside can be applied directly to the board room.

Managing Risk In A Risk Averse Society


Getting permission to jump off a building isn’t the easiest of tasks. In many ways society has become more risk averse just as disrupting technology and companies require a more open-minded understanding of traditional risks. Surviving after 800 BASE jumps and over 7,000 skydivers requires a deep understanding of risk mitigation and management. In this keynote Alastair delves into his personal risk management strategy, the one that keeps him alive. He relates this directly to today’s business requirements and provides insightful solutions for both day-to-day and the longer term approach to risk.


Fear Management: Simple Solutions To YOUR Biggest Fears


Alastair has first-hand experience of extreme danger; from his military experience in the most volatile areas of Afghanistan through to his courageous descents from a variety of daunting cityscapes and mountain edges in the pursuit of true human flight.  Through Alastair’s calm exterior and smooth composure, many don’t realise that throughout all of these events he was absolutely petrified.  Alastair takes you through his easy-to-use methodology providing you with the tools to battle, confront and overcome your fears.

Making The Impossible Possible


Having set World Records, become a World Champion and achieved seemingly impossible goals, Alastair shares his system for making the impossible possible. His six pillar strategy will empower you to define impossible goals and redefine their possibility. Counter-intuitively he shows you how to embrace failure before it’s even happened and use it to your advantage. He delves into how best to mitigate risks and how to learn from the successes of others.

This high content keynote works well for anyone that wants to improve their goal setting. However, it is best suited to open-minded organizations that want to really take a leap and achieve 10X style growth.

Finding Your Flow And Increasing Your Output By 5X


Alastair discovered flow by accident while flying his wingsuit in the mountains. This empowering ability to be totally present, time slowing down, the brain to operate at lightning speeds and productivity to soar. In this keynote he shares these experiences, how these techniques have been proven to increase productivity by 5X and how you can directly apply these same principles. He shows you how to get ‘in your zone’ at work, and within your team, increase your levels of satisfaction and do so without having to jump off a mountain!


Human Flight: From Possibility to Reality


From his earliest memories, Alastair was born looking up at the sky and longing to be in it.  At the age of 16 he first jumped from a plane.  Since then he has developed his passion, becoming a multiple-time skydiving National Champion and World Medallist.  Alastair takes you through the journey; from ‘just’ falling through the sky to flying like a bird- true human flight.  He talks you through the trials and tribulations and the advancement of human flight before discussing the solutions to other seemingly impossible notions of human flight. For the scientists this speech stays attuned to the detail of human flight, for the leaders it makes the connection to goal setting and the steps necessary to achieve them in the more ‘normal’ day-to-day world.

“Absolutely inspirational!” Chris McDougall

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See Alastair speaking at TEDx Houses of Parliament in this video below:

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