Peter Thurin is the founder of blackbelt in excellence and has been empowering thousands of people from all parts of the world for over a dozen years. He is a dynamic, inspirational and professional speaker, program presenter, facilitator and mentor. He is an author and international business consultant.

Peter is a powerful catalyst for business growth, with his relentless focus on the choices we need to make, commitment, and a passionately desired end result. He demonstrates a rare ability to combine his insight, skills and experience to understand your business and work with your people to significantly impact on your bottom line.

Peter's focus on people excellence has been a major factor in the remarkable results achieved by many of the companies he has worked with. You will have great clarity as to the strategy required to deliver on-going, consistent business excellence.

He has been in business for many years owning and operating a number of successful pharmacies, represented Australia twice internationally in tennis, coached Australian Rules Football, and is a third Dan black belt in the martial art of taekwondo.

This is a fun, interactive session that uses martial arts as a practical method of presenting and reinforcing the key success messages that are most important to your organisation.The session demonstrates that having fun and being successful can and do go hand in hand. Martial Arts is used as a visual and interactive tool to reinforce your key messages.

The keynote contains all the key messages that you want your delegates to take away with them. Finally, these messages are reinforced by the uplifting and energising "board breaking" exercise that demonstrates a willingness to take action and proves each of us is capable of great achievement - provided we have the will to succeed.

By using the analogy of the martial arts system, where acquiring each successive "belt" is a tangible way to see your goals come to fruition, this session provides a practical way to illustrate a number of key messages about the way teams and organisations can best work together towards success, including:

  • Being consistent

  • Developing the right mental attitude

  • Working together

  • Giving feedback and praise

  • Not taking others for granted

  • Focusing on solutions, not problems

  • Focusing on opportunities, not difficulties

  • Starting with what you can do

  • Having a game plan

  • Continual improvement

  • Creating positive and sustainable change

    Peter inspires and empowers people, through encouragement and support, to be the best they can be, one belt at a time.  He works to instil a success-oriented mindset in your people that will create positive, sustainable, and measurable change in your business.

    Peter specialises in:

    Business Keynote and Motivational Speaker.
    Master of Ceremonies and Conference / Workshop Facilitator.
    Business Team Building including Martial Arts Workshops.
    Business Coach and Mentor.


    Thank you for the fantastic program that you put together for our leadership forum. Feedback from the sessions that you ran was absolutely tremendous. Both the content of the sessions and the mode of delivery was first rate and I have no doubt that the messages you conveyed really resonated with our team. I also really appreciate the time you took to understand our business and integrate these learnings into your sessions.
    - Chief Executive Officer, SEEK

    I just wanted to thank you once again for the fantastic conference and for what your presentation - its message, enthusiasm, fun and professionalism - has meant to my people and myself as we embark on a new year.
    - Executive General Manager, Flight Centre E-Commerce

    Pete, a huge thank you for yesterday's session. I thought it was absolutely incredible. The messages were very powerful but just as importantly they were delivered with tremendous energy and conviction. I have really enjoyed working with you.
    - CEO & Co-Founder, SEEK

    I don't think words can explain the effect that Peter had on the delegates and the experience at our national conference. I do honestly believe it was life changing for many of them and they were all very affected by it.
    - Director, Wizard Home Loans

    In the 12 months Peter has been working with our team, we have eperienced 77% growth, astounding in a market that's declining. Of the 26 Taylors' Area Managers across Australia, the 5 Queensland managers who have worked with Peter are the top 5 performers in the nation. Peter is a massive part of our turnaround towards success!
    - State Sales Manager, QLD & NT, Taylors Wines

    There is a strong correlation between preparation, dedication & delivery on the impact that a speaker will provide for an audience. You hit all 3 so well that I am confident lasting impressions, or I should say more appropriately, positive change - will surely ensue.
    - President, Handy & Harman USA

    Peter's energy is both overwhelming and inspiring, and this is conveyed in a practical and also humorous style. I would say that there would be few, if any, companies today where Peter's messages would not be relevant and practical. The impact of these sessions both individually and collectively as a group were quite profound and in some instances life changing without sounding melodramatic! The feedback received after the conference gave me a clear assurance (not that I needed it) that this was an outstanding and unmitigated success based on our conference and business objectives. I would have no hesitation in recommending Peter and hope to be working with him for many years to follow.
    - Group Newsagency Supplies

    Peter added a huge amount of energy to our Global Management Team Meeting and gave us the spirit to take up any kind of challenge. It was a pleasure to work with him because of his highly professional working style, very positive attitude and great personality.
    - President, Performance Chemicals Division, BASF SE

    What sets Peter apart from other speakers, is his ability not just to inspire, but to cause motion. Every time I have I have witnessed more people taking immediate action than I have ever seen before. Thank you Peter, you are a true inspiration.
    - 7 Step Marketing,The Coaching Institute Master Mind Summit

    Not only have you helped me to be the best I can be but the feedback from the team at the follow up conference was that you did the same to them. Your book remains one of my favourite references – every time I am faced with a physical or business issue, I refer to your simple philosophies and turn seemingly insurmountable obstacles into opportunities for personal growth and career success. Your sessions are entertaining, memorable and motivational. You create a sense of urgency and get people to simply make a start. I no longer let life’s difficulties get me down. I take them on, one step and a time, and never lose focus on my goal.
    - CEO, Right2Drive Pty Ltd

    Peter's commitment to understanding our organisation, its culture, and language, has been second to none. His passion and enthusiasm is infectious, and his presentation is both highly entertaining and practical in its message. Peter is a speaker of outstanding abilities, and his approach has resulted in a number of significant behavioural changes within our region. S
    - tore Operations Director, ALDI

    On behalf of Tasmanian Independent Retailers, who represent some 90 stores under the Supa IGA, IGA X-press and IGA Everyday banners across Tasmania, for addressing our annual conference at Wrest Point in Hobart thank you. The feedback received from conference delegates has been overwhelming, with comments regarding your degree of professionalism, audience engagement and passion evident throughout your whole presentation. The way you successfully incorporated our conference theme, ‘Everything Counts’, into the presentation was exceptional and constantly reinforced the overall conference message. This echoed the key points of the whole presentation and gave it a personal touch. I know you have left everyone with a long-lasting impression and have illustrated to IGA members how important it is to go that extra mile, which will be incorporated into their retailing practices as they move forward.
    - CEO / DIRECTOR, Tasmanian Independant Retailers

    One of the many, many benefits of your program has been the enduring life span. The contributions we have made to each other and our personal goals are alive. “Easy to do. Easy not to do. Your Choice” We have chosen to check the “Yes” box. As we continue our journey to be the “Best Luxury Hotel in Shanghai” I wanted you to know that our team, without exception, have made “life changing” commitments to be better, to be the best we can be. I have no doubt we can achieve our goals. We are already on the journey. Thanks to you!
    - General Manager, The Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai & 88 Xintiandi, Shanghai

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