There are many motivational speakers pitching the story of “success” or "how to". Fiann’s speeches differ, elaborating on what most lecturers do not. Fiann emphasizes the backstage of Explorers’ worlds and Ultra Endurance athletes’ psyche.

He combines his personal experience as an athlete and explorer with his postgraduate studies in Depth Psychology. “A unique, raw lens on the inner reality of extreme performance”. Through this prism, Fiann analyzes the psychological and neurological aspects of performance, mental strength and underlying drives in human psyche.

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Fiann offers “genuine, relatable content, that empowers audiences”, staying away from conventional messages, like “achieve the impossible”, “overcome adversities”, “deal with pressure”, or "be humble and grateful", etc..... These commonly addressed aspects are only a small, glamorized part of the whole realm of the psyche of ultra endurance athletes and explorations.

He is the only ocean rower who also happens to be a professional photographer. His presentations are illustrated with world class level photographs taken during his expeditions.

Fiann crafts his speeches according to the needs of the audience. Whether edu-tainment, info-tainment, or serious psychological in-depth analysis, he introduces explorations and psychology in an approachable and digestible way, available to a general audience. So far, Fiann has spoken to the following types of audiences and offered the following content:


Corporate audience:

Fiann offers an alternative to classical motivational speeches, introducing the intersection of psychology and mental strength embarking on a journey to find out how wounds and gifts from the past generate potential for today and for the future.


Man-powered trans-oceanic voyages, pioneering and explorations. Fiann shares the experience as Captain of the most record breaking expedition in history.

Endurance Athletes:

Fiann offers guidance through the psychological aspects of  training and performance, staying away from basics (such as being tough and motivated). Instead he focuses on rarely addressed themes like wounds and personality disorder traits being involved in one’s repertoire of tools for generating success in Ultra Endurance. He helps to find  an understanding of the origin of these wounds, their consequences and their potential gifts - if cultivated properly. He explains the complexity of psychological imbalances induced by overly emphasizing/under-nourishing certain aspects of personality often encountered by endurance athletes.

Psychologists and therapists:

Childhood background of Explorers and Endurance Athletes and the Dark Side of the Hero's Journey.

Young men:

Modern day transition into manhood and rites of passage substitutes in nowadays contemporary culture.



A unique, raw lens on the inner reality of extreme performance
— Ait Voncke, Senior Vice President, Expedia
Attending Fiann’s lecture is like watching a magician as he reveals the secrets behind his tricks. Fiann allows his audience to relate the world of the Explorer and Endurance Athlete in a way that motivates and inspires them. His unique and humanizing approach to his lectures makes him both accessible and thoroughly entertaining.
— Amanda Poulson, Cruise Director, Azamara Cruises
There is no better expertise than that of someone who expands the definition of what man is capable of
— Andrew Towne, Vice Chair, Youth For Understanding, USA
The definition of ‘explorer’, Fiann is on a quest to understand the depths of the human condition. Expect the synergy of psychology, neurology, and explorations from this ultra endurance athlete.
— Damian Chaparro, Managing Director, Aro-Ha

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