As a motivational speaker, Jacobson shares how he made his dream of sailing around the world come true, and the traits and disciplines needed to achieve great accomplishments in one's own life. In addition to the importance of living passionately, he speaks about setting goals, decision-making, taking risks, using fear to your advantage, and maintaining a positive perspective. He speaks from his own experience which lends great credibility to his message. Audiences are inspired and take away tangible skills applicable to their own lives.
Jacobson is a great story teller and uses his own experiences, photos, and video to make his points. His audiences are on the edge of their seat, not asleep.
Through stories of harrowing storms in the Red Sea, repeated mechanical breakdowns, and his new role as captain, accompanied by vivid pictures, Larry shares his fears and how he used them to his advantage. From the tsunami in Thailand to pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the six-year journey presented an astonishing number of life-threatening events, any one of which could derail such an undertaking. Instead, each challenge taught Jacobson that his passion was what drove him through every obstacle put in his way to achieve what so few do; a circumnavigation. It's this passion he inspires his audience to live with in their own lives. He encourages them to live with passion for what they do, and to do everything with passion, including their work.
A true adventurer his entire life.
Circumnavigator, adventurer, and award-winning author Larry Jacobson grew up on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean sailing, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving. With degrees from the University of California Irvine and Berkeley, his entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit flourished when he started an adventure travel company leading whitewater-rafting explorations on then-unchartered rivers in New Zealand.
From vice-president to president, to CEO, he understands business.
Larry's career in incentive travel began in 1981 as the industry began its hyper-growth. Five years later, he founded Creative Incentive Group and partnered with World Class Incentives. Larry led both companies to an influential status in the incentive travel and meeting planning industry. In key sales and marketing roles, Jacobson analyzed client distribution systems and expertly applied incentives to increase their sales, while producing memorable events recognized industry-wide as dramatic and one of a kind.
Comfortable at sea and in the boardroom, Jacobson works as an executive coach and understands executive level and C-suite challenges.
After 20 years in the business, he seized the opportunity to make his dream of a lifetime come true. The account of his adventures at sea is now published in the Award-winning Best-seller, The Boy Behind the Gate. During his odyssey, Larry and his crew faced innumerable challenges, learned the true meaning of perseverance, and experienced first-hand why so few people who set sail to circumnavigate complete the journey. In fact, more than twice as many people climb Mt. Everest each year.
- Navigating Leadership: Leadership Lessons Learned at Sea
As a leader in sales and marketing for twenty years, and then captaining his own boat around the world, Larry Jacobson speaks with a unique authority and credibility. As a leader and adventurer, he weaves tales of his six-year odyssey circumnavigating the globe with the challenges of leadership in our fast-paced business world. There are similarities in leading your crew while facing 30-foot walls of water slamming into your boat in a horrific Red Sea storm, and leading in your company. It’s lonely, scary, and it’s easy to want to make it all go away. Making your dream of sailing around the world come true doesn’t happen by luck, but by good leadership and visualizing achievement. Like sailing around the world, leadership is making decisions, taking risks, maintaining a good attitude, facing fears, staying focused, and digging deep for strength and perseverance. Larry Jacobson used these same traits and business disciplines to close millions of dollars in business, and to complete his circumnavigation. From high-tech to home products, Larry understands sales cycles and distribution channels, and what it takes to close sales in just about any industry. His keynote is the perfect fit for any sales meeting, conference, or incentive program.
- Redefining Retirement; What’s Your Encore?
Until now, nearly all retirement planning has been fiscal. Once your finances are in order, the question still remains: What will you do with your time in retirement? It's a much bigger challenge than expected and very few sources address the problem. Shortly after the euphoria of, "Yahoo! I don't have to go to work today!" wears off, new retirees often feel:
• An overall sense of loss
• Loss of social interaction from fellow employees
• Lack of purpose
• Void of fulfillment
• No longer needed
• No longer appreciated for their knowledge
• Suffer from fears about not knowing their next step
• Disconnected from society
• Loss of direction
• Don't know who to turn to for help
How do you redefine retirement so it provides you a continued life of fulfillment and purpose? How do you live a balanced life in retirement when you discover that golf and grandkids aren't enough? As a thought leader in the field of non-financial retirement planning, Larry Jacobson addresses all of these issues and more. A new study from the American Heart Association shows you have a 56% higher chance of stroke if you can't state your purpose in life during your retirement. Jacobson guides his audiences to find that purpose. Baby Boomers are retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day for the next 15 years. They're living 10-30 years longer than their parents and are wondering what to do with their time. It's an unexpected part of life that hasn't been planned out for them. Larry's audiences take away the first steps to creating their plan. Retirees who don't have a plan have a 40% higher probability of falling into clinical depression than non-retirees. Still, only 30% of retirees have a clear plan of what they want in their retirement years and what steps to take in order to make that life a reality. Those with a plan have clarity of their passions, desires, skills, and know step by step how to make their vision a reality. After retirement from 20 years as a corporate executive, Larry achieved his own dream of sailing his own boat around the world. Jacobson now is dedicated to helping others redefine their retirement to live a longer and more fulfilled life with purpose. He guides his clients to find their true passion and merge it with their skills, knowledge, and expertise from their career to find and pursue a new purpose in life. Jacobson stands out as a transition expert. His stories of achievement, humility, and humor will engage your audience and provide practical application to their own lives.
- Making Ideas Happen: Passion, Priorities and Perseverance
As a leader in sales and marketing for twenty years, and then captaining his own boat around the world, Larry Jacobson speaks with unique authority and credibility. As a leader and adventurer, he weaves tales of his six-year odyssey circumnavigating the globe with the challenges of leadership in our fast-paced business world.
There are similarities in leading your crew while facing 30-foot walls of water slamming into your boat in a horrific Red Sea storm, and leading in your company. Its lonely, scary, and its easy to want to make it all go away. Making your dream of sailing around the world come true doesnt happen by luck, but by good leadership and visualizing achievement. Like sailing around the world, leadership in business is making decisions, taking risks, maintaining a good attitude, facing fears, staying focused, and digging deep for strength and perseverance.
Larry Jacobson used these same traits and business disciplines to close millions of dollars in business, and to complete his circumnavigation. From high-tech to home products, Larry understands sales cycles and distribution channels, and what it takes to close sales in just about any industry. His keynote is the perfect fit for any sales meeting, conference, or incentive program. Leadership begins when anyone decides to be their best and Larry challenges each listener to do just that: Achieve Unstoppable Performance in Leadership.
- Navigating Sales: Achieving Unstoppable Performance
What stops many salespeople isn’t lack of skill, education or talent. It’s fear. Fear of making that next cold call… or of finally presenting to that big prospect they’ve been chasing. It can feel like facing a 30-foot wave in a storm — lonely, scary, out of control. Larry Jacobson knows all about that kind of fear — and what it takes to turn it around and achieve the success of your dreams. After 20 years in the sales and marketing world, he spent six years circumnavigating the globe in a sailboat. As a sales expert and adventurer, Larry draws instructive and entertaining parallels between tales of his odyssey at sea and the challenges of selling in our fast-paced business world. Sales is the driving force of every industry and the lifeblood of every business. Like sailing around the world, successful selling calls for decisiveness, a tolerance for risks, staying positive no matter what, maintaining a laser focus, and a strength and perseverance that come from digging deep inside. Cultivating these skills is what allowed Larry Jacobson to close millions of dollars in business and complete his circumnavigation — fulfilling a childhood dream against all odds. Larry understands what it takes to close sales in just about any industry, from high-tech to home products. But he also knows that success in sales, just like any endeavor in business or in life, isn’t about knowing “tricks of the trade;” it’s about making a decision: a commitment to be your best, regardless of the circumstances. Larry challenges each listener in his audience to do just that: Achieve Unstoppable Performance in Sales.
- 22 Minute Keynote
How much of your audience is still listening after 22 minutes? After giving two TEDx talks, Larry Jacobson is convinced that you should be able to say what you want within that time frame. By doing so, you’re guaranteed the audience is still listening and absorbing. By carefully crafting each and every word, not beating around the bush, and making every sentence count, Larry believes he can accomplish the job in 22 minutes. TED talks are limited to 20 minutes, and Larry adds 10% in order to make his points with emphasis. Of course you can ask Larry to give a 30-minute keynote, which he also believes works well for a time frame.
- Living Your Unstoppable Life
Very few people achieve the status of circumnavigator. In fact, twice as many people climb Mt. Everest each year. Yet Larry Jacobson decided as a 16-year-old boy that sailing around the world was what he wanted to do — and he never let go. There were many times before and during his challenging six-year odyssey that he could have quit and jumped ship, as so many do. But he didn’t. Not only that, but he accomplished another goal many people dream about but never do: He wrote an award-winning book about his experience. Larry Jacobson has always strived for and achieved great endeavors because he knows how to make dreams come true, no matter who or what tries to get in the way. It’s this quality of being unstoppable and refusing to settle for less than your best that makes the difference between mere existence and living the life of your dreams. In this keynote, Larry inspires his audience to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of honoring their own dreams and transforming them into reality.
- Make Passion Your Priority
The hottest topic going. From TEDx talks to corporate meetings, making passion your priority is now Larry Jacobson’s single most requested speech. Larry opens his heart to tell the story of discovering his passion for sailing at the age of 13. Then he jumps right in to the lives of the audience and how important passion is for them, how to find it, and how it can improve the quality of their work and personal lives. By interviewing the hiring client beforehand, Larry is able to weave his tale of passion into the work lives of the audience with great effectiveness using stories and slides from his 6 years of sailing around the world. Humor, emotion, and passion are keys to delivering this keynote and Larry Jacobson has them all.