Leading Lisbon based Portuguese motivational conference speaker, sailor, author and actor
Ricardo Diniz’s humble beginning in a fishing village in Portugal blossomed into a life career that saw him captain superyachts, as chief engineer, take on solo expeditions on the high seas, and become weather router and expedition manager for climbers, rowers, and sailors. Besides his sailing and other related skills, Ricardo is also an author and entrepreneur.
His passion for what he does and his country has seen him appear on CNN, BBC, and National Geographic, amongst others.
Ricardo is proudly Portuguese but a citizen of the world. He has lived in London, Monaco, USA and the Caribbean for more than half his life.
Ricardo soon found himself cast into the role of an accidental life coach, speaking to hundreds of people around the globe on different topics, ranging from start-ups to relationships. His passionate promotion of his own country has made him a sought-after speaker at company functions, universities, and schools. His work and commitment to the oceans saw him nominated as ‘European Ambassador for the Oceans’. He was also a finalist in Portugal’s ‘Most Motivating Person Award’.
Ricardo regularly speaks to corporate teams and conferences, including banks, insurance companies, and others like Louis Vuitton, Microsoft, Oracle, LG, Procter and Gamble and many, many more. He is comfortable talking to small, intimate groups of less than 20 people but also fronting to 6000 people.
Through his inspirational talks, Ricardo Diniz gives energy to all helping to make a difference in peoples lives – It is “All about the people”.
Ricardo’s message is one of ‘courage, determination and the power of dreams, always deeply connected with living in harmony with nature.’
Against all odds and with no access to boats or the often elitist world of sailing yachts, Ricardo started cleaning boats aged 12, created his first small business selling carrot cake on his local beach that same summer and just kept going until he found a way.
For 25 years Ricardo has been developing missions &
Thanks to his unbelievable tribute to the amazing Joker Movie, Ricardo received various generous invitations to become an actor. He politely declined every single one of these offers, including one from a Portuguese TV channel. But it took a short film about depression and refugees to captivate his attention. He accepted the challenge of being the Leading Role in his first-ever acting experience.
Over the past 20 years, Ricardo has worked with hundreds of people, including athletes, businessmen, teenagers and couples, assisting their lives with effective tools and skills.
Ricardo is also a model, mostly for advertising work. The most recent campaign was seen globally, for PORTUGAL TOURISM (which you can see below).
Ricardo presents in both Portuguese and English. To book Ricardo Diniz who travels from Lisbon, Portugal for a conference talk please contact Promotivate™ Speakers via our website here or by calling +44 2078711829.
"Riccardo's intervention was great, a lot of great stories to inspire the team, and a very good speaker. He was really involved in the preparation, he talked to a lot of team members, he is very serious and very nice. Thank you for your work on this event, it has been a pleasure working with you and will consider again Promotivate for our next event."
"It has been a wrap! Such a great feeling, great presentation, speech and good energy with Ricardo! Everyone was unanimous! It has been a real success. Hope it was also a good experience for him!"
"We are very happy with Ricardo's speech and visit. Ricardo was very present the entire time, he spent the dinner the day before with us and the entire day and talked to many of us to get to know the group better. He included all his experience and information in his speech which made this very special. Everyone was touched and inspired and we are very happy about having Ricardo with us. It was a pleasure to work with you and with Ricardo! Thank you and best regards, Cordula Knüppel Director of Marketing & Communications
"Ricardo really captured the audience and told a very engaging story to the event participants. He was vocal, interesting, spoke to the point and managed to convey the message that we wanted. At the end of his speech people stood up and were applauding him which is an excellent testimony to his brilliant presentation. We were very glad to have him as a speaker at our event."
"You just gave a 12 min talk for Louis Vuitton and I've never felt so inspired before ... so just wanted to say THANK YOU"
Hi Jonathan, "We chose Ricardo specifically because we did not want a typical motivational speaker. I would say Ricardo has an interesting personal story and is very much about working to achieve your dreams. With this in mind, many of our employees found him very inspirational. I thought there was something for everyone in his talk and would say overall we were very happy. But again, we choose him because he isn’t typical. We would recommend him to sister companies, but explain that he isn’t typical. If someone wants a “rah rah” speaker – they shouldn’t choose Ricardo."
"It was an exceptional experience and a privilege to be drawn into the world of Ricardo Diniz. Ricardo openly shared his accomplishments and his failures but most of all his affirmative approach to life’s challenges with our team. He was engaging, funny, open and thought provoking. The resulting impact on the JTI WWDF team was an outpouring of discussion, self-reflection and a sense of motivation to readdress both personal and professional challenges with a new perspective."