Robin's enthusiasm, powerful insights and unique experience translates wonderfully on the stage. From conference keynotes to high-profile black-tie dinners, he has shared his inspiring story at dozens of events in Canada, the US and Australia.
Robin's speaking credits include Electronic Arts, REMAX, CWT Travel, VRBO, Ryerson, the Project Management Institute, Destination Canada and Deloitte, as well as government, medical, political, educational, forestry, agriculture, finance and destination marketing organizations.
Robin was honoured as the Master of Ceremonies at the prestigious Explorer's Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, sharing the stage with the likes of Ken Burns and Buzz Aldrin. His TEDx talk about life lessons through travel has over 850,000 views, and is often featured as one of the best travel talks on the TED network.
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Title: BREAKING BOUNDARIES
With the world as his canvas, Robin Esrock reflects on the unique life experiences that have enabled him to break through the personal, professional and organizational boundaries that stand in our way. 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.
Audience: Keynote, Corporate, Education, Government, Medical, Real Estate
Title: 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.
Audience: Keynote, Transport, Government, Transport, Corporate
Title: THE POWER OF STORY
In a competitive industry cluttered with information, how do you get your story through? Using real-world examples, Robin discusses the impact of storytelling as a means of connecting with both media and consumers, offering advice and suggestions gleamed from working with dozens of major publications, and hundreds of tourism organizations.
Audience: DMO's, Tourism Boards, Hospitality, Trade Show
Title: THE GREAT CANADIAN BUCKET LIST
Nobody knows Canada better than Robin Esrock. Coast to coast, north to south - what are the best experiences the country has to offer? Weaving in photography, video and his trademark humour, Robin takes us on a journey to every province and territory, sharing the remarkable destinations, activities and personalities that truly make Canada worth exploring, along with insights he's picked up along the way.
Audience: Keynote, Corporate, DMO's, Tourism Boards, Hospitality
Length: 45-60 mins
Title: THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BUCKET LIST
Weaving in photography, video and his trademark humour, Robin takes us on a journey to every state and territory, sharing the remarkable destinations, activities and personalities that put Down Under on top of the world's best travel destinations, along with insights he's picked up along the way.
Audience: Keynote, Corporate, DMO's, Tourism Boards, Hospitality
Length: 45-60 mins
Title: CONFESSIONS OF A TRAVEL WRITER
The revolution in publishing demands an evolution of a profession. Having conceived and starred in a 40-part show revealing The Truth Behind the Byline, Robin discusses the realities and challenges in the modern world of travel writing.
Audience: College, Schools, Trade Show
Length: 30-60 minutes
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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."
Rob Baron, Director of Publishing Operations
Electronic Arts Inc.
"Robin delivered the luncheon keynote address at our Performance Excellence Summit and the Canada Awards for Excellence. His address was given while people were eating lunch, so it could have been a distracted audience. However, on the contrary, Robin had the 400+ guests eating out of his hand! Robin's presentation was entertaining, enlightening and educational. His humour, personal stories and anecdotes were supported by great audio visual slides and videos. The evaluations from delegates was a very high 9.5/10. I think that says it all. I would highly recommend Robin Esrock as a speaker for any conference or keynote presentation."
Allan Ebedes, President & CEO
Excellence (formerly Industry) Canada
"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."
Matt Williams, Executive Director,
The Explorers Club, New York
"We were privileged to have Robin Esrock speak at our annual DiBrina Group corporate retreat. At such a time of change in our industry, his ability to connect with our team and encourage and inspire each of us to achieve our goals, take risks and succeed in what we do both professionally and personally was energizing. His presentation is professional and entertaining and helped us celebrate the leadership environment that we have at our company."
President, DiBrina Financial Group
"Your story was loud and clear and I had several people come up after your presentation and talk about how much they loved it, and how great it was! It was definitely unlike what they have heard in the past, and they loved it."
Vacation Rental Management Association (USA)
"Selecting Robin Esrock as our keynote for our annual conference was an inspired choice. His passion for travel 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."
Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
“Robin enthralled his audience at the recent 29th Annual Vancouver Tourism Awards Gala Breakfast firstly because his ideas were innovative and experiential but mainly because his attitude was such that he was speaking to equals, not about his successes. He made the overriding philosophy inspirational and attainable. On a topic that one might have given another speaker an opportunity to talk about their great accomplishments he succeeded in presenting a truly motivational message – a message not limited to just his experiences but how that attitude can be engaged for all of us to achieve our unrealized ambitions and make doing so fun. He truly made one feel he related to his audience.”
Peggie Terry, Chairperson
Vancouver Tourism Awards
“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
Thank you again for the amazing talk last night. 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."
Kevin Hong, Vancouver Airport Authority
"As two organizations undergoing tremendous transformation under a single association, Robin was the perfect fit for our event. Robin 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."
Wendy Graden, Executive Director
Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals
"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 realising the potential we each have to grow and experience this magnificent world. This headline event will be hard to top next year."
Ian Murdoch , College of the Rockies
"Robin was our opening keynote speaker and it was a great way to kick off our annual convention. His presentation was well-articulated and it was great to hear it referenced throughout the week by our delegates. He was genuine and engaging, and we enjoyed having him speak to us."
Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions
"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."
Mike Cristello, MacEwan University
"Robin was both inspiring and funny during his presentation at our annual LINK Conference in Vancouver. Our attendees enjoyed taking the journey with him."
Barbette I. Igonia, President & CEO
BC Electrical Association
"Robin was definitely the favourite speaker. 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."
Christine Sheppard, Library Association of Alberta
"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."
Shane McMahon, McMahon Keast Capital Management
“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."
Melissa Hartfiel , Food Bloggers of Canada Inc.
"We had fantastic response on your keynote speech at our conference – thank you!"
Christine Ufniak, Director, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
"Your presentation was engaging, funny, visual and captivating. The energy in the room was palpable, and smiles and laughter were frequent. We would not hesitate to recommend you as a speaker to other tourism and destination marketing organizations."
Anthony Everett, Northern BC Tourism
"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."
Philly Markowitz, Grey County Tourism
"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."
Jody Young, Tourism Vancouver Island
"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 well knowledged in 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."
Sabrina Tedesco, Show Manager,
Outdoor Adventure Show
"Thank so much for the amazing talk to my class. They loved you and were incredibly inspired."
Roberta Staley, Douglas Community College
"I heard so many, many comments on how you provided motivation, information and "the best panel ever." Ever! In these wild times, with so many writers and industry members wondering how they will succeed in the coming months and years, your honesty and humour were much appreciated."
Travel Media Association of Canada Annual Conference
"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."
Heather Dolman, St Alberts Library