Jamie McDonald - Speaker - By Promotivate Speaker Agency

Jamie McDonald

Conference Speaker Jamie McDonald - By Promotivate Speaker Agency

Jamie McDonald

Motivational Speaker, Author, Fundraiser & Record Breaker Superhero


United Kingdom

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Jamie spent the first nine years of his life in and out of the hospital with a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia. Combined with a very weak immune system and epilepsy, Jamie’s health was very poor.  At nine years old, the symptoms eased, something Jamie attributes to an effort to become more active.

After working as a tennis instructor to save up for a deposit on a house that he did not buy – Jamie then began a quest, with his own money, to give back to the hospitals that supported him. In 2012, he bought a second hand bike and decided to cycle the 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester, passing through dozens of countries. Along the way he was shot at, arrested and slept rough.

After he finished the journey back from Bangkok; he made the decision to attempt the world static cycling record, which stood at 224 hours and 24 minutes. It was a challenge he’d conceived whilst cycling from Bangkok.

In February 2014, Jamie finished a historic journey across Canada, becoming the first person in history to run the 5,000 miles (200 marathons) from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew.

In March 2019, dressed as his alter-ego Adventure man, Jamie completed yet another solo 5,500 mile cross country spanning run across America. He fought through desolate +50C deserts, and dodged rattlesnakes and mountain lions.

If that wasn’t enough just weeks later, Adventure man then broke one of the toughest endurance world records on the planet, spending 7 days on a treadmill, surviving off less than 3 hours of sleep a night; running the most amount of miles humanly possible to this point in time; a record breaking distance of 524 miles.

Jamie spent more than 20 hours a day running, covering more than 3 marathons a day – a total of 20 marathons back-to-back. During the challenge, he broke through both physical and emotional barriers, finally reaching ‘the beyond’, having bouts of naturally formed hallucinations and chemicals being produced around his body, surprisingly giving him the power to continue on.

Jamie has raised more than £1 million for charity and continues giving back helping other sick kids in need through the charity he founded, Superhero Foundation.

He is a best-selling book out now called: Adventureman: Anyone Can Be a Superhero. His world record breaking adventures have made headline news (feel free to have a look at some of his interviews) all over the world!

Jamie travels to conferences giving motivational, entertaining and inspiring keynote talks to businesses and university students all around the world; showing current and future generations that with the right motivation, we are capable of achieving so much more – more than we’ll ever realise.

  • “Phenomenal”

    Sir Geoff Hurst, former England footballer

  • Jamie McDonald “Phenomenal”
    5 / 5
  • “Best speaker we’ve seen in 25 years. A real and refreshing change from what you would normally expect in the corporate affair”

    Sunlife

  • Jamie McDonald “Best speaker we’ve seen in 25 years. A real and refreshing change from what you would normally expect in the corporate affair”
    5 / 5
  • “I found Jamie’s story very inspiring. I loved it, I loved why he does it, and I love him. I believe he is of a rare kind of person. He does things for other people rather than for himself. He has shown me the bigger picture, and I’ve learnt that rather than spending my life working for myself, I should spend it helping others whatever they need. I’ve realised that if you judge, you cannot be free. But if you simply love, and help other people, or environments, there can be so much more sense of accomplishment than working a day job for the government or macdonalds. I appreciate him so much”

    12 year old, Prince William School

  • Jamie McDonald “I found Jamie’s story very inspiring. I loved it, I loved why he does it, and I love him. I believe he is of a rare kind of person. He does things for other people rather than for himself. He has shown me the bigger picture, and I’ve learnt that rather than spending my life working for myself, I should spend it helping others whatever they need. I’ve realised that if you judge, you cannot be free. But if you simply love, and help other people, or environments, there can be so much more sense of accomplishment than working a day job for the government or macdonalds. I appreciate him so much”
    5 / 5
  • “We know of Terry Fox, my brother, to have determination, commitment, dedication, living mind over matter and you’ve shown all of these characteristics and especially shown these kids today, that anything is possible. Incredible presentation, thank you”

    Fred Fox, at Terry Fox’s School

  • Jamie McDonald “We know of Terry Fox, my brother, to have determination, commitment, dedication, living mind over matter and you’ve shown all of these characteristics and especially shown these kids today, that anything is possible. Incredible presentation, thank you”
    5 / 5
  • “At an event attended by over 500 staff, Jamie’s brief was to; have some fun, and show the audience what is possible, when you never give up - well he certainly achieved all of that and more. Jamie provoked laughter, tears, shock, more laughter and transmitted a whole chunk of pride and self-esteem to the audience, with his inspirational and uplifting story telling. 5 months later staff are still talking about it! Jamie’s talk fosters a lasting connection, on never giving up, always moving forward and finding the superhero within. Will definitely be having him back”

    NTT Europe HQ

  • Jamie McDonald “At an event attended by over 500 staff, Jamie’s brief was to; have some fun, and show the audience what is possible, when you never give up - well he certainly achieved all of that and more. Jamie provoked laughter, tears, shock, more laughter and transmitted a whole chunk of pride and self-esteem to the audience, with his inspirational and uplifting story telling. 5 months later staff are still talking about it! Jamie’s talk fosters a lasting connection, on never giving up, always moving forward and finding the superhero within. Will definitely be having him back”
    5 / 5
  • “We flew Jamie around Great Britain to visit all of our offices’, he has a hugely entertaining story and is one of great personal endeavour; his tenacity in achieving his goals and in overcoming barriers is inspirational. Jamie’s engaging presentation style, his experiences and the challenges he faces, resonate well with his audience from a both a personal and business perspective”

    Capita

  • Jamie McDonald “We flew Jamie around Great Britain to visit all of our offices’, he has a hugely entertaining story and is one of great personal endeavour; his tenacity in achieving his goals and in overcoming barriers is inspirational. Jamie’s engaging presentation style, his experiences and the challenges he faces, resonate well with his audience from a both a personal and business perspective”
    5 / 5
  • “We googled ‘Superhero’ and that’s exactly what we found. We’d like to adopt him a few weeks each year and bring him back to Canada”

    Ontario’s Coaches Association Conference

  • Jamie McDonald “We googled ‘Superhero’ and that’s exactly what we found. We’d like to adopt him a few weeks each year and bring him back to Canada”
    5 / 5
  • “I can honestly say that we have never received so much immediate positive feedback for a speaker before! You have a genuine gift of authentically engaging with your audience – a rare talent. I’d highly recommend you to others, whether looking for a motivational speaker or for a way to add value to a leadership programme”

    CIPD

  • Jamie McDonald “I can honestly say that we have never received so much immediate positive feedback for a speaker before! You have a genuine gift of authentically engaging with your audience – a rare talent. I’d highly recommend you to others, whether looking for a motivational speaker or for a way to add value to a leadership programme”
    5 / 5
  • “I watched Jamie inspire, entertain and motivate thousands of people with an incredible speech”

    Mike Tindall, former England Rugby Captain

  • Jamie McDonald “I watched Jamie inspire, entertain and motivate thousands of people with an incredible speech”
    5 / 5