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Rachel Kelsey Colenso Keynote Motivational and After Dinner Speaker


Rachel Kelsey Colenso is an outstanding conference and motivational speaker with a wealth of adventurous experiences that she links seamlessly into a business context and everyday life situations. 

Rachel Colenso stared in one of the 'greats' in the hit TV series I Shouldn't be Alive, for Discovery's Animal Planet. The dramatic reconstruction was based on her compelling book, "In a High and Desperate Place."

Rachel Colenso is one of the most extraordinary female adventurers in the world and was a 'Super Human' finalist in the UK Channel 4 television series. As one of only four women in the world to go through the rigorous British SAS Special Forces selection process, Rachel Colenso is adept at winning over audiences and inspiring groups to go beyond their limits. Rachel Colenso connects with her audiences by transporting them into a world where risk is the norm, and where life relies on sound decision making. Rachel Colenso shows how cohesive teamwork, and creatively nurturing each opportunity by pooling knowledge, skills and experience, can help teams to survive and succeed in the most inhospitable climates.

Rachel Colenso has spoken in various countries and an impressive list of clients has endorsed her speaking and adventurous expeditions to promote eco tourism and sustainable development. Rachel is well informed and articulate, having run her own business alongside competing at international level in extreme sports events. She has led numerous expeditions to jungle, desert and snowy regions around the globe. As the first woman going through the African Mountain Guides Scheme, Rachel is skilled in inspiring teams to work synergistically and resourcefully, creatively nurturing opportunities for success.

Rachel Kelsey Colenso Keynote Motivational and After Dinner Speaker 

Rachel Kelsey Colenso Keynote Motivational and After Dinner Speaker 

Rachel Colenso has an impressive list of clients who have endorsed her public speaking, as well as her adventurous expeditions to promote eco tourism and sustainable development. Rachel is well informed and articulate, having run her own business alongside competing at international level in extreme sports events. She has led numerous expeditions to jungle, desert and snowy regions around the globe.

In October 2003 Rachel Kelsey Colenso  hit world headlines when she was stranded on a sheer face at 3000m during an extreme blizzard in the Swiss Alps. After two nights on a tiny ledge with 1000 metre drops each side she was evacuated by helicopter. Her inspiring book, ‘In a High and Desperate Place’ also provides useful information for business or life on how to survive and succeed in times of extreme adversity.

Her account of this experience has people on the edges of their seats, and thinking for a long time afterwards about how they can deal with situations in their own lives.

Rachel’s background of guiding in mountains and jungle environments enables her to be at ease talking to corporate audiences, at charity and celebratory functions and to school children alike. One of her greatest achievements must be in making people aware of what can be accomplished despite unforeseen events, or plans that don’t run smoothly.

Rachel Kelsey Colenso  inspires her business audiences to excel despite tight deadlines and demanding situations. Her humorous insight into how teams and leaders operate under stress is a popular after dinner and keynote

Rachel Kelsey Colenso Keynote Motivational and After Dinner Speaker 


“Rachel’s tales of survival in the most hostile environments, and her relentless pursuit of new heights to climb, literally and figuratively, have a lot of resonance in the business world. Whether the goal is to reach the peak of a mountain or the pinnacle of entrepreneurial accomplishment, the lessons Rachel puts forth apply just the same. The path to success in virtually any field comes down to a basic set of requirements: Determination, discipline, mental and physical fortitude and accepting nothing less than excellence. Rachel drives those points home from a very unique perspective. She is a powerful motivational speaker.”

Walter Gehl, CEO LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG 

“What first strikes you about Rachel are her sincerity and humility, qualities that are usually not so forthcoming in a person that has experienced and accomplished as much as she has. Her incredible story and her natural charisma in delivering it truly moved our audience. This was confirmed by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received after the event. She came across as truly authentic and natural while taking absolute command of the stage. Rachel managed to raise the impact of the central message of our conference with a highly-effective performance. I would not hesitate to recommend her for any kind of event of this nature.”
Josefine Corsten, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Marketing, LSG Sky Chefs

Thanks to you for making it a very special event, you were great! I will call on you again.
“Not only is Rachel a stunning person – she is also a fantastic guest speaker. It will certainly be a very long time before she becomes a distant memory (if ever!). 
We were most impressed with Rachel’s ability to listen and hear and then incorporate the key messages into her presentation in such a natural and easy manner that one never got the impression of “....... and here comes the company’s key messages”. 
Rachel is a very impressive and extraordinary lady and she delivers 150%. The way she tells and presents her story is an inspirational breath of fresh air. She impresses you from the first moment of contact – and then of course once you have listened to her, then you’re just blown away and know you have just profited from this 1 hour with her. 
Anybody that does not book Rachel is seriously missing a wonderful opportunity – and a big WOW!”
Servaas Cillie, Managing Director of Old Mutual Investment Distributers.


It was a great pleasure to work with Rachel across South Africa with the launch of our “See No Boundaries” campaign.
There is absolutely no question that you “struck the right cord” with our audience and left them inspired, motivated and reflective of their own life, where perhaps they remain in the ruts of life’s daily challenges that often drag them down. I spent a lot of time during your presentation looking at your audience where I could see that they were glued to your message of overcoming obstacles and your own personal journey of self development and growth. Seemingly in Cape Town, you even left some of our staff in tears of inspiration!
Thank you for a few days of motivation and I look forward to working with over the next few months to help us reach our business objectives in our “See No Boundaries” Challenge.
Kevin Hinton, Head of Investment Distribution, Momentum Distribution Services

Thank you so much for the most amazing talk yesterday. We have had such positive feedback from our staff. All have thanked Ben and me in one way or other for bringing you to them (some by email, some in personal visits to our offices). Everyone was inspired and motivated by your presentation.
Here are 3 of the emails:
Thank you so, so much for this morning. It was so inspiring. It feels like I can conquer the world.
Was super inspiring! So cool to be “gently forced” into doing introspection again!! Look forward to the awesome journey that 2012 holds for us.
Thank you so much for the motivating, inspiring talk this morning from Rachel.
I really appreciate it very much. It meant a lot to me.
It took me to a place I needed to go to, which I had forgotten & now I’m equipped to continue succeeding.
Rachel, your message was exactly what we all needed to hear as we embark on a new year of challenges. And your story was brilliantly told. Thank you from all of us!
Judy van Dam  Managing Director, JWT Johannesburg


What an amazing experience with you there! Nobody else could have reached our audience better than you. Your message was so incredibly personalised and truly touched hearts. I have received fabulous feedback and many complements regarding your presentation and for this I want to sincerely thank you. The quality that I appreciated the most about you (other than your amazing insight, humbleness, courage and passion for life), is the fact that you really took to heart what we discussed during our telecon and how you structured your presentation to optimise the reach to our people who find themselves in times of difficult change. You have left them behind with hope and a lasting impression.
Thank you also for the lovely manner in which you participated in the handing out of the certificates and signing of the books
Tomé van WykInternal Communication Specialist  Wealth, Investments Momentum

“It was wonderful having you speak at our Avon Justine Ladies Day at Summer Place. 
You are truly a great inspiration and everyone who had the privilege of hearing you has been blown away by your story, how captivatingly you spoke and your radiating inner beauty.”
Margaret Hewson, Director, LGFB campaign for Avon-Justine

“Thank you for coming through on Saturday, your talk was inspiring and thoroughly enjoyed by all.  The sponsors were delighted.”
Justine Moutin - 4D Marketing Solutions,&nbsp

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