Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Paul Templer

February 15, 2014
Willie Jolley

Paul Templer

Expertise:  Inspiration, Motivation, Leadership, Teamwork

Speaking Style:  Captivating. Entertaining. Inspiring.

Travels From:  Detroit, Michigan

Nancy Says:  ““There is a “wow” to a lot of speaker’s presentations, but with Paul, there is a gigantic WOW! With a delightful accent, Paul’s story is one you’ll never forget…with a message to match.”

Hippo Guy: Optimally Navigating Adversity and Change 

Ever had a BAD DAY at work? We all do. Paul Templer’s “office” was the wilds of Africa as an expedition guide through extreme terrain. His “bad day” was when he found himself headfirst, up to his backside, down an enraged hippopotamus’s throat! All while trying to save someone else’s life in the process. Chopped up, spit out – without his left arm – Paul survived to tell his dramatic story so you can see that when “change happens” you get to choose what’s possible and what happens next.

Born in Africa, growing up amidst war and strife, this world traveler served in the British Army before settling down to lead safaris. Now, you may have seen Paul on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and the BBC, as well as on many big stages, inspiring thousands. His presentation, after an exhilarating, emotional roller coaster ride, leaves audiences with a whole new perspective.

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Tell me something about this Bad Day at the Office chap. Well, one thing that’s pretty unique about him is that one-day he found himself headfirst, up to his backside, down an enraged hippopotamus’s throat – now that’s a bad day at the office!

That’s not good… how’d he get there?

Born in Africa, he grew up amidst war and strife. Wanderlust struck and he traveled the globe, served with Her Majesty’s Forces (British Army), led extreme expeditions to some of the last uncharted places left on earth before settling down to lead safaris back in his native homeland.

No… how’d he end up headfirst down a hippos throat? 

Oh, he was trying to save someone’s life.

Then what?

It didn’t work out so well. He got chewed up pretty badly… including getting his arm chopped off.

Wait a minute… have I seen him on TV?

Probably – if you watch National Geographic, Discovery Channel or the BBC (to name a few) you’re likely to see or have seen him.

That sure was a bad day at the office!


Is there a happy ending? 

Sure is. After being grumpy for a while he decided to get his act together. He led an historic three-month long expedition down the Zambezi River, which had never been paddled from its source to the sea before – he modified a paddle and kayaked it with one arm. Then he fell in love, got married, started a family and a successful global consultancy; coauthored an anthology Success Simplified with Stephen Covey and a few others, just had his new book What’s Left of Me published; works on documentaries with National Geographic and Discovery; established a foundation focused on helping people to live more fully in their lives with dignity (including veterans and their families as they learn to navigate their lives living with PTSD) … oh, and he learned how to change a diaper with one hand.

He’s been busy. He should be one of those Motivational Speakers?

He is one of those motivational speakers. When meeting planners are looking for a “wow-experience” that’s when they call Paul. He takes attendees on an emotional roller coaster ride… they laugh, cry, gasp, shake their heads in disbelief… they consistently report leaving motivated; inspired to scrap the grumpy victim shuffle we all occasionally adopt when life doesn’t work out the way we want it to – choosing instead to look for and to make the most out of whatever it is that life has to offer. After all, we might as well given that BS is optional.


Oh BS, being stressed. That book I mentioned that he contributed to, Success Simplified – his chapter was entitled “Mood is everything” and not only does he show you how being stressed is optional, he shows you what you can do to stop being grumpy… if you want to.

He sounds kinda funny?

He is… kinda. He’s really down to earth and very easy to work with too.


Presentation Topics

In Paul Words: A Bad at the Office 

While guiding an African river safari, he was attacked by an enraged hippopotamus that pulled him from his canoe and swallowed him headfirst up to his waist. Chances are a hippopotamus hasn’t swallowed anyone in your organization. But everyone has bad days at the office and no one gets through life without confronting adversity and change.

A gifted storyteller, Paul will entertain your audience, leaving an emotional imprint that will resonate long after he leaves the stage. A living example of the power of choice, Paul inspires his audiences to overcome adversity and manage change while challenging and empowering them to create a life full of achievement, happiness and success.

Note: This is not just an extremely entertaining and inspiring story… should you choose to use them, Bad Day at the Office: The Safari Guide’s Adversity Tool-Kit will give you the tools to:

  1. Transform change and adversity into opportunities and success
  2. Build a stronger identity both personally and professionally
  3. Take increasing responsibility for your actions and act more consistently with your values
  4. Act productively by choice rather than letting a grumpy/anxious mood influence and/or dictate your actions
  5. Make a greater contribution to your family, your colleagues, your community and the world at large
  6. Sleep easier at night

Being Stress is Optional 


Mood is everything, it’s just not the only thing. Even the most competent and committed amongst us allow our performance to suffer when we indulge in unproductive moods and let ourselves wallow in a state of overwhelm. Be entertained and inspired as you learn to apply simple and easily applicable practices that enable you to boldly and confidently claim that BS is Optional as you move successfully, navigating and making the most of these turbulent/challenging times.

Getting Work to Work: Learn from the Habits of High Performing Teams 

Doing what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it and giving people a heads up when you can’t… and playing together nicely should be organizational norms, right? Research* claims “Not so.” This entertaining, interactive and pragmatic session brings together lessons learned via battlefields, bedrooms, boardrooms and playing fields around the world and introduces participants to some of the core practices and commitments that enable High Performing Teams to out perform their competitors.

Warning: Common side effects attributed to participation in this workshop include heightened awareness of organizational dysfunction, shared commitment to intolerance of poor performance and a renewed commitment to accountability and to thoroughly enjoying contributing to a winning team.

*Gartner, McKinsey, and the American Management Association claim that the typical western worker fulfills his/her commitments (on time, on budget, as scoped) 30-60% of the time




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