Benedict Allen has experience of surviving adversity across the remote world second to none. He uses his knowledge and experience as one of today's most prominent explorers to help others around the globe achieve their own personal targets and succeed in their own harsh environments back home.
Benedict's presentations show how over twenty years he has achieved his goals by remaining focused and utterly committed to his final objective, surviving adversity in the harshest of environments around the world. His extraordinary record of success demonstrates the importance of drawing upon the resources within and around us and also the value of teamwork – the Amazon jungle, just like the corporate world, is too big to fight alone.
Using his formidable experience of surviving against the odds, whether in creating an Arctic dog team from scratch at minus 45 degrees, crossing the 3,600 mile Amazon Basin without a map, or undergoing the world's harshest male initiation ceremony to become "a man as strong as a crocodile," Benedict gives a stunning demonstration of how we can succeed in our own jungles back home.
Talks might range from a light-hearted, after-dinner speech (such as given for Deutsche Bank clients in Frankfurt) to a keynote speech for an international conference (such as one to Intel, in Paris.) At a more informal level, his many talks might range from those at provincial theatres to those at travel shows. Here's a full review from the Daily Telegraph Adventure Travel Show (2005):
"Best in show? The talk titled 'Near Death' by Benedict Allen, the explorer. He sported a pale blue shirt and beige trousers, the 'relaxed, crinkled' look. Launching straight in, without notes, he recounted anecdotes from his many expeditions. Stunning images of people, animals, scenery, claustrophobic and desolate by turn, flicked upon the screen. We lived with him being shot at, learning jungle skills from children, taking part in rituals, struggling with stubborn camels and making difficult decisions. Like having to eat his dog to stay alive. 'He was my friend' He added quietly. I wondered how desperate I'd have to be to eat mine and couldn't help a huge surge of sadness.
Scary, funny, sad shocking, exciting and much more. He, in his kind and easy manner, guided and supported us through a world of experience and emotion. At the end I couldn't work out why my eyes felt peculiar – dry, sort of. Then I realized. I hadn't blinked."
One of the world's leading adventurers, Benedict Allen was dubbed on the cover of Radio Times, "television's most fearless man." By not using a film-crew, he's allowed millions around the world to witness for the first time adventures unfolding genuinely in inhospitable terrain.
Perhaps uniquely, Benedict's technique is not to use a satellite phone, GPS or the usual backup, but instead trust to the skills of indigenous people. He believes in doing "whatever it takes" to achieve his objective of investigating other worlds: in New Guinea, he became the first to undergo the harrowing "crocodile" initiation ceremony, and was given extensive scars up and down his chest and back - and beaten for six weeks. Elsewhere, he's been shot at by hitmen, hunted down by gold miners, abandoned and left to die by guides. He's even had to stitch up his own chest – without anaesthetic, using his boot-mending kit!
Benedict has published 10 books, made 6 BBC television series, and is now thought to have narrowly escaped death a total of nine times; arguably, no other person alive has spent so long continuously isolated in so many remote environments.