Robin Esrock

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Bestselling Author, Tourism Expert, and Global Adventurer

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Robin Esrock | Bestselling Author, Tourism Expert, and Global Adventurer
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Having explored over 100 countries on 7 continents, bestselling author and TV host Robin Esrock helps us break through the personal and professional boundaries that often stand in our way. He speaks on the challenges of innovation, transformation, recognizing potential, and achieving Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Drawing on his fascinating adventures, Esrock inspires audiences with stunning visuals and stories alongside positive, practical strategies. 

Robin Esrock’s stories and photography have been published in major publications worldwide, including The Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Traveller, Toronto Star, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, MSN, Mental Floss, and The Guardian. He has been profiled as a writer and adventurer by 60 Minutes Sports, CNN, MSNBC, the CBC, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, CTV, and many others. Creator and co-host of the 40-part TV series Word Travels, Esrock’s on-air adventures have been broadcast in over 100 countries and 21 languages by Travel Channel and National Geographic International. 

 

Esrock is the bestselling author of The Great Canadian Bucket List, which has been at the top of the Canadian Travel, History, and Arts and Photography chart on Amazon.ca for several years, as well as The Great Global Bucket List, which hit stores in September 2016. He was Master of Ceremonies for the prestigious Explorer’s Club Annual Dinner in New York, sharing the stage with the likes of Buzz Aldrin and Ken Burns, and has delivered enthusiastically received keynotes to corporate, government, education, medical, tourism, and real-estate conferences.

Testimonials

“Robin was the perfect fit for our event. He was effectively able to relate his personal experiences with the importance of embracing change and seizing opportunities, which resonated with our delegates. In short, Robin ticked all the boxes: he was engaging, entertaining, thought provoking, and inspiring. I highly recommend him!”

Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals
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“As the Event Producer for a Students’ Association, I am expected to find content that has a balance between entertainment and educational content; Robin Esrock was exactly that!  His presentation caused a stir of excitement, offering life lessons that inspired students to open their minds to other cultures. Robin entertained the crowd and then sent them off in search of their own adventure.”

Students’ Association of MacEwan University
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“Selecting Robin Escrock as our keynote for our annual conference was an inspired choice. His travel for passion reminded our hoteliers of why we do what we do. But the biggest benefit was his ability to connect with our people and inspire them to think about their goals. Robin left a lasting impression. After his talk and throughout the rest of our event, our attendees were all talking about the experience and each had a personal takeaway.”

Coast Hotels
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“We all struggle with change and overcoming constant life and work challenges. It’s hard to find the courage to take risks, fully tap into the power of your colleagues, and establish powerful and effective partnerships. Robin’s talk took us through his life journey and lessons in an unbelievably inspiring, honest, informative and visually stimulating talk. He broke down all the boundaries we consistently face and provided real, digestible strategies to help us succeed in what we do—be it business or personal. He wraps executive coaching and leadership into one powerful presentation.”

Electronic Arts Inc.
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“Robin was definitely the favourite. He was entertaining, motivational, super friendly and really engaged the group. His book signing after the keynote was very popular. He was so lovely to deal with and was so genuine, just an absolute pleasure.”

Library Association of Alberta
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“When one attendee told me that part of Robin’s talk made her stop breathing for a few moments, I knew he had hit the nerve we had wanted him to touch with our audience. He was thoughtful, funny, engaging, and truly inspiring. The energy in the room during and after his speech was wonderful and carried through our entire weekend. Nearly every session during the conference referenced Robin’s talk—the impact was amazing. We could not have worked with a better speaker for this audience and our event.”

Food Bloggers of Canada Inc.
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“Thank you again for the amazing talk. You captured so many of our key values and motivators, it was perfect. You entertained, made us think, helped us celebrate and inspired us. I think I speak for everyone there that we really enjoyed your energy and visuals.”

Vancouver Airport Authority
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“Robin Esrock was the Master of Ceremonies at our annual black-tie dinner event at the Waldorf-Astoria. He performed for a sophisticated lay audience with aplomb on the podium, juggling numerous award introductions, keynote introductions, even wild animals. He brought a fun, professional sheen to the evening, and I would highly recommend him for future events.”

The Explorers Club
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“Robin provided an engaging and insightful presentation on How to Build Your Great Canadian Bucket List. In addition to highlighting the must see destinations in Canada through video and pictures, Robin was able to inject his sense of humour and personal flair that gave our audience a wonderful and entertaining evening.”

McMahon Keast Capital Management
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“Robin’s keynote presentation at our annual Professional Development Days was a captivating and exciting journey, full of the amazing twists and turns of his incredible adventure. He inspired our college community to push “beyond boundaries” in work and everyday life by realizing the potential we each have to grow and experience this magnificent world. This headline event will be hard to top next year.”

College of the Rockies
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“Robin is an animated and engaging speaker; our conference audience loved his keynote address. Because Robin looks at the world through many lenses (as a traveler, freelancer content creator, and media producer) he has a uniquely comprehensive perspective about the places where media and tourism overlap.”

Grey County Tourism
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“We absolutely loved having Robin at our Annual Conference & AGM and I know the delegates did as well. We have received only very very positive comments.”

Tourism Vancouver Island
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“The audience was captivated by Robin’s enthusiasm, entertaining tales, awe-inspiring videos and photos, and professional presentation. Many, many positive comments were received by those attending the event; comments on the high quality of the program as well as gratitude for the opportunity to be able to access this program at the library.”

St Alberts Library
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“It was a pleasure to have Robin Esrock speak at the Outdoor Adventure Show, both in Vancouver and Toronto. Robin brought an enthusiastic approach to his presentations. He is knowledgeable about his destinations travelled, able to speak on a variety of travel related topics confidently and provide quality Q&A time. Through Robin, I was able to acquire new business for the show from product manufacturers to destination bureaus, a valuable asset to building solid partnerships.”

Outdoor Adventure Show
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“Robin was a big hit with our audience, many of whom came up to me afterword to say how inspiring his presentation was. And the students (and staff) were thrilled that he participated in the Mission: ImPULSEible competition. Please pass on my thanks to him.”

Canadian Special Crops Association
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“THANK YOU! It was such a wonderful presentation! We will absolutely let you know if we need another inspirational address. Your presentation was very well received!”

JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group
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“Robin’s engaging presentation inspires his audience to trust their instincts when it comes to risks, and to enjoy the journey on the way.”

Project Management Institute, Regina, SK

Speech Topics

Motivational
Breaking Boundaries

With the world as his canvas, Robin Esrock reflects on the unique life experiences that have enabled him to break through both personal, professional, and organizational boundaries. This personal, moving, and honest talk helps audiences recognize, respect and ultimately hurdle over their own limitations. Incorporating themes of transformation, intention, instinct, and curiosity, Breaking Boundaries distils hard-won, often hilarious takeaways into inspiring strategies for future success. 

 
Corporate Culture
Bagging your BHag

Every individual, and every organization, has a Big Hairy Audacious Goal. Easily imagined, yet difficult to grasp, Robin Esrock draws on his unparalleled experience to help organizations and individuals take on their elusive BHag, preparing for any challenges that stand in the way. In a business environment that is constantly shifting, recognizing and refining your BHag is no easy task. Accompanied by powerful visuals, Esrock reveals how innovation, shifts in perspective, commitment, and open communication can help our wildest dreams come true.    

 
Risk Management
Isn’t it Dangerous?

Renowned adventurer and bestselling author Robin Esrock has visited over 100 countries on seven continents. Throughout those travels, he has never been attacked, robbed, or even violently ill. He has, however, faced the wrong end of an AK-47 in Ethiopia, a tribal spear in Papua New Guinea, and hungry piranhas in Venezuela. Despite all this, Esrock refuses to be labelled an adrenaline junkie. Instead, he shares with audiences his unique insights and practical strategies for the management of risk, both on the road and in the workplace.  

 
Motivational
Finish the Sentence

Like many of us, Robin Esrock had questions about life, meaning, and purpose. After cashing in a modest car insurance settlement, he set out to travel the world in search of the answers. During his adventures, Robin started a project called “Finish the Sentence.” He asked everyone he met—800 people from 76 countries and every conceivable background—to fill in the blanks: I am inspired by _______; I regret _______; I am grateful for _______.  Poignant, funny, and thought provoking, this inspiring talk sheds light on passion, challenges, and the power to accept and value what we have. 

Marketing
The Power of Story
In a competitive industry cluttered with information, how do you get your story through? Using real-world examples, Robin Esrock discusses the impact of storytelling as a means of connecting with both media and consumers. He offers advice and suggestions gleaned from working with dozens of major publications and hundreds of tourism organizations. 
Motivational
Canada’s Bucket List
Coast to coast to coast, north to south—what are the best experiences the nation has to offer? With its 150th birthday coming up, interest in the wonders of Canada has never been higher. Weaving in photography, video, and his trademark humour, Robin Esrock takes us on a journey to every province and territory, sharing the remarkable destinations, activities, characters and personalities that make Canada worth exploring.