British Insurance Brokers' Association ; Annual Dinner (7th March 2019)

"Can I just commend BIBA Manchester on their choice of guest speaker? Without doubt one of the most interesting & inspirational speeches I’ve heard at a black-tie dinner"

Max Kemp ACII

Chartered Insurer

Head of Regional Office UK

Generali Global Corporate & Commercial



Aviva Workplace Benefits Conference (1st February 2018)

How would you describe the presentation from Rory Mackenzie?

Very Good – 125

Good – 15

Could have been better - 0


  • Fairly inspiring and helps us put our challenges in perspective.

  • Very inspiring, thought provoking and in parts humorous

  • Amazing, really made me think!

  • Loved this very enlightening.

  • Extremely inspirational man - great presentation - team work!

  • Left me feeling very emotional.

  • Bloody Brilliant! What a man

  • Inspiring.

  • I found him inspirational

  • Amazing story, great speaker

  • He was so good; it really does stop and make you think!

  • This was the best part of the day!

  • Another top notch speaker.  After listening to him felt like rowing the Atlantic

  • Very interesting story. Great respect for the speaker. 

  • I thought Rory was very inspiring and certainly helped to get things into perspective.

  • Inspiring

  • Truly inspiration man, if he can do what he has done then I should be able to do anything within my role.

  • What a guy.  Inspiring story, and the only guy in the room not to hold a world record.  I've invited him back on twitter to tell us about it once he has :)

  • A gripping story.

  • Humbling and inspiring

  • Highlight of the day, excellent motivational speech

  • Amazing

  • I have heard three motivational speakers and he was the most inspiring!

  • Inspiring!

  • Brilliant story and grasped the audiences attention. Always enjoy the guest speaker part.

  • Absolutely amazing presentation. Very emotional and motivational. He spoke exceptionally well.

  • Better than previous motivational speakers I have heard - they can have a tendency to be too "raa raa" whereas the motivation from Rory comes from a normal down to earth guy with fantastic drive

  • Inspirational

  • Very inspiring and he showed brilliant humour

  • Very inspiring.

  • I couldn't have been more wowed by this guy. So much so that the first thing I did was buy the book and the second thing I did was email him to thank him personally. I have a bit more empathy with Rory as I come from a military background, but this guy should get in front of all Aviva staff!

  • This was the highlight of my day

  • Phenomenal person, such an amazing inspirational person and made us all realise there's so much more to life. Well worth it, and so glad we got the opportunity to witness an amazing journey. Truly inspiring.

  • I found his story really inspirational.

  • Inspiring, really did put things into perspective.

  • very motivational and inspirational

  • Brilliant!

  • Really inspiring

  • Inspiring

  • Heart warming

  • Amazing!! This was the highlight of the day.


Rory is a truly inspirational speaker. His humility combined with passion and easy humour makes a huge impact. He has spoken to the Diageo Board and at various international events and wherever he speaks he makes a huge impact. I strongly recommend Rory.

David Gates
- Managing Director, Distilling | BREWDOG |

Rory spoke to our team of 8 reps and it's no overstatement that he brought some of the group to tears such was the emotion engendered in his talk. Without exaggerating or playing to the crowd he laid out his story in bare, simple truths that had far more effect than any hyperbole could muster. Members of our team described it as the best talk from an author they had heard.

Toby Trotman 
- Director, Vision Sports Publishing

I listened to Rory give a talk to the Diageo board where I am a Non- Executive member. He is an inspiring speaker and I found his talk so interesting I am keen to book him for other events.

Lord Mervyn Davies
- Non-executive Chairman, NoteMachine Group Holdings Limited
- Vice Chairman and Partner, Corsair Capital llc
- Non-executive Director, Diageo plc
- Non-executive Chairman, PineBridge Investments Limited

A lot of people would have been very nervous, but Rory took the moment in his stride. He showed control and composure in delivering a powerful and moving welcome speech. Not easy to do live in front of 80,000 people in a stadium and over 7 million television viewers. My hat goes off to you Rory, you're a great guy and a pleasure to work with.

Kim Gavin
- Artistic Director of the 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony

Rory was inspirational and motivational yet humble in how he tells his story. He builds up his story slowly and ability to inject humour into his story draws in the audience. His messages are subtle but inspiring and his willingness to field questions without limits ensures the audience are comfortable to explore the depths of what is a genuinely a remarkable story. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rory to speak at future events.

Paul Fox
- Director of Global Planning, Group Tax | DIAGEO |

I have seen Rory present on two occasions and both times, in very different settings, he was inspirational, engaging and entirely unforgettable. I know that he had a similar impact across the whole audience which was made up of people from multiple different countries.

Mark Sandys
- Category Director Apac Whisky & Reserve | DIAGEO |

I have listened to Rory on several occasions and each time he has held the audience in awe of his life experiences. His ability to tell his story in an enthralling and entertaining way is inspirational to all who listen – mix in some humour and humility and I can say without question Rory is one of the best speakers I have ever heard.

Robert McElroy
- Technical Director, Europe | DIAGEO |

Rory presents an inspiring story of ultimate teamwork in the face of adversity which had the entire audience in a sustained standing ovation. Rory is very likeable and entertaining, which makes his story even more compelling. The presentation translates well for businesses with a refreshing new message of strength through comradery.

Ignite Annual Sales Kick Off, Concur Technologies 

Lisa Hutt,  VP EMEA Marketing 

Rory is a man with an incredibly powerful story that will change the way you look at yourself, your business and your life. His sense of optimism and perspective is truly humbling. His lesson is simple, we can all challenge ourselves to do great things, whether wounded or not. His Atlantic Rowing efforts prove that these are not idle words. I recommend Rory to not only as a inspiring and charismatic speaker but simply as a great bloke.

Alex Mackenzie 

-Director, OneLeap

"Thank you for your wonderful session. Our client was delighted with how your session went and what positive feedback they have had about you.   The delegates really enjoyed talking to you and finding out more about your life and the amazing challenges you have faced throughout. I will certainly be recommending you to other clients and I very much look forward to working with you again."  

Quantum Communications Ltd - April 2014