Pete Cohen is one of the world’s most impactful motivational speakers.
From a young age, Pete Cohen wanted to be an actor. It was on stage that he felt most alive and felt connected to his purpose. To him, there was magic in the ability to unlock emotions in his audience: to make them laugh and cry and to change the way that they looked at life. Even at this early age, he knew he had been put on Earth to be on stage.
However, as a severe, undiagnosed dyslexic, the young Pete couldn’t learn lines very well and struggled to get parts in school productions. On one occasion, he was fired partway through the rehearsals because he didn’t know his lines.
He left school without qualifications and with no real direction – but still a passion to perform. He loved to exercise and, one day, noticed someone leading an aerobics class at his local gym. To him, this was an opportunity to do what he loved – to get up in front of people and make them feel good: only through exercise rather than drama.
He took a course in sports science and then became a personal trainer. As he noticed the pattern of people joining a gym, coming for a while and then giving up, his natural curiosity led him to study psychology. In one of his gym classes, he started to talk about beliefs and how they affected performance. These conversations about mindset started to create results for his classes and, on one occasion, one of his participants asked him to speak at their organisation.
This was the start of a lifelong career as a keynote speaker, sports psychologist and coach, inspiring people to be better than their best in sport, in business and in life.
“When other keynote presentations are long forgotten I believe that Pete’s will stick in your mind and make a difference.”
He loves working with people and wants to inspire as many as he can, showing them how to look at what they do from a different perspective so they can change. He has learned from those early days in the gym that people don’t’ change when you tell them what to do – they change when their perspective changes.
“If you want to get better, just keep asking yourself: how far can I go, how good can I be. That’s what I do every day – and I’m still learning. What I do is a gift and a privilege and I want to share that gift with the world every single day.”
“To inspire people to accomplish far more than they ever thought possible…”
This is Pete’s passion and mission “to inspire people to accomplish far more than they ever thought possible.” He firmly believes that when people are inspired, they are much more likely to give and be more.
Pete is a leading inspirational speaker and coach specialising in leadership, maximising human potential and performance.
He has been dedicated to supporting organisations and the people within them to take the lead, use their personal initiative, be more resilient and self-confident. As a coach, he knows exactly what holds people back. Pete explains that “What holds people back is the interference in their minds and self-limiting beliefs.”
Pete offers quick, powerful interventions that can easily be applied and make a significant difference immediately. Pete says “It’s always a pleasure to come into an organisation and share my experiences, learned from keynote presentations and coaching with top companies throughout the world.
When it comes to keynote speaking, the mistake most people make is trying to go biggest and best when it comes to speakers. It is not about being the brightest, funniest, sexiest or smartest, the crucial element is the ability to connect with the audience and this is an art form.
After all, keynote speaking is about more than simply conveying a message-anyone can do that. It’s about leaving a lasting impression, which will ensure the message is more than simply conveyed, it will guarantee it is remembered and acted upon.
Pete is renowned as the most inspirational speaker available and has a real and positive message to deliver. He works with leading global brands delivering fantastic keynote presentations, workshops and seminars.
He is the perfect choice for any audiences in all industries because his work focuses on what makes us all human. He is a recognised authority on personal and professional development, leadership development, motivation and health and well-being. Pete will work with you to craft a program that works perfectly for your event agenda.
Pete coaches business leaders, executives, corporate teams and sporting stars to achieve their best. He excels at getting the audiences to think outside the box, believe in themselves and get motivated to take positive actions.
He is the author of 19 published books, several of which have been best-sellers across the world in multiple languages, including Shut the Duck Up, Habit Busting, Fear Busting, Life DIY and Sort Your Life Out and his most recent publication, Inspirators – Leading The Way In Leadership.
Pete had his own show on TV called The Coach and was the resident Life Coach on ITV’s GMTV for 12 years. Pete has coached numerous world-class sporting stars and teams reach their peak performance, including Sally Gunnell, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ellen MacArthur, Roger Black, the Kent Cricket Team and the Arsenal Football team.
Pete lives in West Sussex London with his wife Hannah and Vesper the cat. He likes to escape it all by playing golf and being as fit as he can be as he trains for his next Spartan Obstacle Race.