S04 E25 - How Extreme Adventurers Use Thought Leadership To Conquer Everest - With Adrian Hayes

Season #4


In this episode of "Speak Onstage," Dave Crane interviews Adrian Hayes, an extreme adventurer, leadership coach, and social commentator. Adrian shares his incredible journey, from climbing the highest peaks to navigating complex social issues. The conversation covers his achievements, challenges, and unique perspective on life and leadership.


  • 0:00 - 3:00 - Introduction to Adrian Hayes
    • Dave Crane introduces Adrian Hayes, highlighting his adventurous spirit and diverse achievements.
    • Adrian's background as an adventurer and leadership coach.
  • 3:00 - 6:00 - 30-Year Friendship and Early Days in Dubai
    • Reflecting on their 30-year friendship.
    • Adrian's initial experiences in Dubai and early career highlights.
  • 6:00 - 9:00 - Training for Polar Expeditions
    • Discussion on Adrian's unique training regimen for polar expeditions.
    • Insights into the lifestyle of a desert-dwelling polar explorer.
  • 9:00 - 12:00 - Roles and Responsibilities
    • Adrian talks about his various roles, including speaker, coach, and social commentator.
    • How these roles intersect and complement each other.
  • 12:00 - 15:00 - Philosophy on Goal-Setting and Personal Growth
    • Detailed discussion on Adrian‚Äôs approach to setting and achieving goals.
    • The importance of personal growth and continuous learning.
  • 15:00 - 18:00 - Adaptability in Business and Adventure
    • The significance of adaptability using examples from Adrian's expeditions.
    • Parallels between mountaineering challenges and business obstacles.
  • 18:00 - 21:00 - Dealing with Failure
    • Adrian shares insights on dealing with failure and the importance of learning from setbacks.
    • Examples of challenging expeditions and how they shaped his perspective.
  • 21:00 - 24:00 - Impact of Social Media
    • Conversation on the impact of social media on authenticity and motivation, especially in the adventure community.
    • Adrian‚Äôs personal experiences with social media and its effects on public perception.
  • 24:00 - 27:00 - Critical Thinking and Scepticism
    • The importance of critical thinking and scepticism in today‚Äôs conformist society.
    • How Adrian encourages questioning and diverse thinking in his coaching.
  • 27:00 - 30:00 - Challenges and Opportunities with AI
    • Discussion on the challenges and opportunities presented by AI and technological advancements.
    • Adrian‚Äôs views on how AI impacts various industries and personal lives.
  • 30:00 - 33:00 - Need for Genuine Human Experiences
    • Adrian's perspective on the need for genuine human experiences and the limitations of AI in replicating those.
    • The importance of real-world connections and experiences.
  • 33:00 - 36:00 - Leadership and Experience
    • The role of leadership and experience in navigating modern business and societal landscapes.
    • How Adrian‚Äôs diverse experiences contribute to his leadership style.
  • 36:00 - 39:00 - Mental Health and Physical Activity
    • Adrian's take on mental health, particularly for men, and the importance of nature and physical activity.
    • Recommendations for maintaining mental well-being through physical challenges.
  • 39:00 - 42:00 - Future Goals and Ambitions
    • Future goals and ambitions, including more expeditions and continued work in coaching and social commentary.
    • Adrian‚Äôs plans for future projects and initiatives.
  • 42:00 - 45:00 - Evolving Education System
    • Adrian's views on the evolving education system and the importance of practical skills for the future.
    • Suggestions for improving the education system to better prepare students for modern challenges.
  • 45:00 - 48:00 - Final Thoughts on Embracing Change
    • Final thoughts on embracing change and preparing for the future, with a focus on lifelong learning and adaptability.
    • Adrian‚Äôs advice for individuals and organisations facing rapid change.
  • 48:00 - 51:00 - Integrating Personal and Professional Life
    • Adrian discusses balancing extreme adventures with professional responsibilities.
    • The importance of family support and personal commitments in achieving success.
  • 51:00 - 54:00 - Managing Multiple Roles
    • Insights into managing multiple roles and responsibilities.
    • How Adrian maintains focus and motivation across different areas of his work.
  • 54:00 - 57:00 - The Role of Mentorship
    • The importance of mentorship in personal and professional development.
    • Adrian‚Äôs experiences as both a mentor and a mentee, and how these relationships have shaped his journey.
  • 57:00 - 61:00 - Audience Engagement and Interaction
    • Adrian‚Äôs strategies for engaging and interacting with his audience during speeches and coaching sessions.
    • Tips for building a strong connection with an audience and leaving a lasting impact.


Adrian Hayes' journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, adaptability, and continuous learning. His insights on leadership, social issues, and personal growth are invaluable for anyone looking to navigate the complexities of modern life.

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Brief History of Successes:

  • Mountaineering Achievements:
    • Climbed Mount Everest in 2006.
    • Two attempts on K2 in 2013 and 2014.
    • Walked to the North Pole from Canada.
    • Walked to the South Pole from Antarctica.
    • Crossed the Greenland ice cap.
    • Completed an expedition across the Empty Quarter (Rub' al Khali) desert. 
  • Guinness World Records: 
    • Holds two Guinness World Records for polar expeditions. 
  • Documentaries:
    • Featured in several documentaries showcasing his adventures and social activism.
  • Current Work:
    • Speaker and Coach:
      • Delivers keynote speeches and workshops on leadership, team development, and personal growth.
      • Works with corporations and public events to inspire and motivate individuals to achieve their best.
    • Social Commentator:
      • Regularly appears on British TV as a social commentator, providing insights on global and cultural affairs.
    • Author:
      • Writes on topics related to his adventures, leadership, and personal development.
    • Campaigns and Activism:
      • Involved in various campaigns focused on sustainability, critical thinking, and social issues.

Adrian Hayes continues to push the boundaries of human potential through his expeditions, coaching, and thought leadership. His unique blend of adventure and insight makes him a compelling figure in both the physical and intellectual arenas.


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