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Kerri Pottharst

Travels from: New South Wales


Beloved athlete, triple Olympian and passionate motivator

Categories: Business Speakers, Inspirational, Leadership, Motivational Speakers, Sports Heroes, Team Building

Speaker Topics

Corporate Team Building
In addition to keynotes, Kerri also facilitates Beach Volleyball team building workshops. During these sessions Kerri and her coaches take to the beach with delegates, teaching them the skills needed to play as a team in a fun and practical way. Nothing has been more important throughout Kerri's two decades of representing her country than teamwork. When teamwork breaks down in business the results are disastrous. Better communication, clear leadership, shared vision, support, flexibility and a solid game plan are all ingredients to make up the perfect team, and they are all traits Kerri and her team will drill into staff during a day full of fun and learning
Goal Setting
Kerri has a strong passion for Goal Setting which has helped her achieve greatness. Be inspired by her stories of setback, injury and defeat. Learn how she overcame them all to compete in 3 Olympic Games and win 2 Olympic Medals by setting goals. Discover how she turned her Bronze into Gold! Learn strategies and ways to ensure that your goals will be achieved. Throughout her 25 year athletic career, Kerri has excelled in breaking up the long road toward her dream of Gold, into small steps. She learnt that without setting goals in life, nothing will ever change. Stop the run of bad luck while you are waiting for good luck to come along. Design your own luck.
Overcoming Fears - Glass Walking
How many tasks have you stood in front of and thought that were impossible? That there’s no way you’ll be able to do them and that they are obstacles to your goal? For Kerri Pottharst, before the 2000 Olympic Games, it was the Brazilians! An exciting addition to speaking presentations - Kerri will demonstrate walking bare foot across broken glass. She also asks one or two participants to walk across with her and if it's a small group, everyone can do it!
Pushing Your Limitations
Everybody sets limits for themselves, but how often do you question those limits? Why settle for average when you can have outstanding? Through her own experience and via her consultation to other elite sportspeople Kerri has learnt how to raise these limits, how to accept that we can all be champions and how to make that happen as a team.
The Power of Personal Belief
In sport, in business and in personal life, so much relies on personal belief, an unshakeable confidence which all champions share. At the end of a session with Kerri, after the feared and revered walk across broken glass, staff will have a new vision of themselves. They will also have the tools with which to constantly update and fine tune their personal belief, giving them a new outlook on life and work.

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

Kerri Pottharst is Australia's most decorated Indoor and Beach Volleyball player, having represented her country for an incredible 20 years. Renowned for being one of the fiercest competitors in the world of Volleyball, Kerri is now also known for being a successful inspirational speaker and presenter, entrepreneur and published author.   

She brings her hard-earned skills of leadership, teamwork, communication and more to Australia's corporate audiences with unforgettable tales that combine motivational messages with fun - and the rare experience of networking one on one with an Olympic hero! 

When Kerri took up volleyball at the age of 15, she hadn't yet dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion. In 1992 a sickening knee injury should have ended her career, but in her typical no-nonsense style, Kerri recovered late in 1993, changed her goals to Beach Volleyball and then went on to compete in 3 Olympic Games and win two Olympic medals - Bronze at Atlanta and then the Gold against Brazil during the Sydney 2000 Games. As testament to Kerri's abilities, since 1994 she has never been out of the top 10 and rarely out of the top six in International Beach Volleyball events. 

Having retired from International level competition, Kerri’s Golden journey continues as she now shares her Gold Medal Excellence strategies with corporate audiences to inspire them on their own journey to success. She works closely with her audiences, delivering inspirational presentations (that can be followed with a fun session of beach volleyball) and weaving important messages of teamwork, skill, trust, relationship building, leadership and communication into an unforgettable day that will deliver tangible results. 

Using entertaining anecdotes from her experiences as a competitor, and as a regular commentator at the Olympic Games and other sporting events, Kerri motivates and inspires her audiences to overcome their fears and self doubts, to set goals and to push through the barriers to achieve them. An expert at reinventing herself time and time again, Kerri can relate to the constant need to deal with a changing world to stay successful and reach even greater goals.    

Kerri’s unique message is as relevant to high level executives as it is to more junior teams, as reflected by her skills in coaching staff at all levels to work together as a cohesive and effective team. Her in-depth research and preparation ensures the content is relevant and specific to each audience, every time, A consummate professional and experienced presenter, she is as quick-thinking on her feet now as she was on the courts.                                      

Amongst Kerri’s many skills is her innate ability to connect with the audience in a way that is warm, authentic, and most importantly, relatable. The same strategies that took her to Gold are easily adapted by audiences to achieve their own corporate and personal goals. 

For many, the two highlights of Kerri’s presentations are the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for audiences to hold her Olympic Gold medal for themselves, and the Walk of Courage - the chance for them to push their personal boundaries by walking on broken glass. 

Both unique experiences reinforce Kerri’s inspiration for everyone to become a champion in their own right.

 

Kerri Pottharst - Motivational Speakers

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