Oli France

Expedition leader, Adventurer & Speaker. Oli France guides teams through the world’s wildest places.
FEE : £1k – £3, 3k – £5k+
Virtual: £1k-£3k
In-person: £3k-£5k

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Oli France guides teams through the world’s wildest places. He has shared his story across the UK and Europe at corporate and charity events, schools and award ceremonies.

Whether speaking to small teams, groups of 500 people, or virtually, to remote audiences, Oli’s mission is quite simple: To guide the audience on a journey, bringing empowering new perspectives on resilience, self-confidence, leadership and how we can fulfil our boldest life goals.

Oli’s passion for adventure began after spending his teens and early twenties on
countless misadventures, be it dodging bombings in Beirut or searching for lions
with Army Generals in Uganda. Since then, his adventures have taken him
through deserts, jungles, mountains, and war-torn regions across over 75
countries. It’s seen him lead teams through countless high-risk situations, from
the highest mountain in Iraq, to the militia-filled jungles of the Congo, to the
backstreets of Aleppo, Syria.

The pressures and perils of expedition life mean that quickly developing high-
functioning teams is vital. Over the last decade, these lessons have been taught to
hundreds of clients from across the globe, including industry-leading business
figures, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, former CIA officers, terminal cancer
patients and young people embarking on their very first adventure.
It was in 2016, Oli completed his boldest adventure yet, an 8000-mile solo
winter journey across the mountainous spine of Asia. This became the basis for
his first book, the Trail of the Mountain Folk. More recently, he has guided one of
the first tourist groups through Syria since the start of the civil war, and
completed a solo 405-mile crossing of the world’s biggest frozen lake in Siberia.

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Along Oli’s journey’s, he’s faced spies, interrogators, minefields and arrest, as
well as avalanches, earthquakes, meningitis and severe dehydration, either alone
or while leading a team – notably, and perhaps remarkably considering these
feats, he still maintains a 100% record regarding the safety of those entrusted to
him Oli shares his leadership lessons from these demanding environments, where
calm decision-making, intensive planning, open communication and
understanding the human factor within our teams is critical.

A poignant message Oli has learnt throughout his time, as an adventurer is that,
in the midst of darkness, there is beauty and strength waiting to be discovered.
Oli’s experience has shown that even in the bleakest situations, we can find
untold beauty and unshakable strength if we allow ourselves to see it. Oli shares
insights on unlocking true self-confidence, developing resilience, and shifting
perspectives towards what we think is possible.

Featured Topics Include:

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Teamwork

Oli can delve into the many expeditions he's been part of and extract countless stories of how teamwork was invaluable to its success.

2
Confidence

Confidence is something Oli isn't shy with and he daren't be with the profession he's in. Bringing lived encounters of how confidence has served as his greatest allies; Oli always leaves clients with a greater idea of how to master this tool.

3
Performance under pressure

Is there more of a need for being able to perform under pressure when your life is at stake? Oli can give countless stories of finding peak performance when needing it the most.

4
Leadership

Over the last decade, Oli has lead clients from across the globe, including industry- leading business figures, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, former CIA officers, terminal cancer patients and young people embarking on their very first adventure.

5
Decision making

From interrogations to arrests, mindfields to avalanches, making the right decision can be life saving. Understand what it takes to make a decision and back it.

6
Communication

Communication is key on expeditions. Being clear and precise maintains the safety of everyone and creates a high functional team.

7
The human factor

Oli looks to understand & 'the human factor' within teams believing it's critical to maximising positive outcomes.

8
Resilience

8000 mile, solo winter journey across the mountainous spine of Asia gives Oli endless anecdotes on how resilience got him to complete such a feat.

9
Inspiration

From reading Oli's bio you'd be forgiven to believe he's some kind of superhuman, however, Oli is a humbling gentleman who encourages and inspires anyone to take on their own personal challenges.

1
Teamwork

Oli can delve into the many expeditions he's been part of and extract countless stories of how teamwork was invaluable to its success.

2
Confidence

Confidence is something Oli isn't shy with and he daren't be with the profession he's in. Bringing lived encounters of how confidence has served as his greatest allies; Oli always leaves clients with a greater idea of how to master this tool.

3
Performance under pressure

Is there more of a need for being able to perform under pressure when your life is at stake? Oli can give countless stories of finding peak performance when needing it the most.

4
Leadership

Over the last decade, Oli has lead clients from across the globe, including industry- leading business figures, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, former CIA officers, terminal cancer patients and young people embarking on their very first adventure.

5
Decision making

From interrogations to arrests, mindfields to avalanches, making the right decision can be life saving. Understand what it takes to make a decision and back it.

6
Communication

Communication is key on expeditions. Being clear and precise maintains the safety of everyone and creates a high functional team.

7
The human factor

Oli looks to understand & 'the human factor' within teams believing it's critical to maximising positive outcomes.

8
Resilience

8000 mile, solo winter journey across the mountainous spine of Asia gives Oli endless anecdotes on how resilience got him to complete such a feat.

9
Inspiration

From reading Oli's bio you'd be forgiven to believe he's some kind of superhuman, however, Oli is a humbling gentleman who encourages and inspires anyone to take on their own personal challenges.

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We invited Oli to be our keynote speaker for our Landscape Focus Day. Oli did not disappoint with a really enlightening and inspirational talk which left our team more than motivated to look at the days’ challenges.

Duncan Barker, Commercial Director, Jewson

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I really appreciate the professionalism that went into Oli's presentation. He managed to link it perfectly to what we do at Covetrus - very well done!

Rachael Milligan, HR Director, Covetrus

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