Bear Grylls Profile

  • Global celebrity and former British Special Forces operative, Bear Grylls is known for turning his elite wilderness survival training into gripping edutainment.

  • Grylls' signature television series, Man vs. Wild ran on the Discovery Channel for seven years, drawing an audience of 1.2 billion viewers worldwide.

  • Grylls captivates audiences with his stories of navigating life-or-death situations, motivating them to harness their teamwork and leadership skills to take on real-life challenges as they pursue their goals.
  • One of television’s most watched celebrities, Bear Grylls launched a Survivalism Fever that has swept across the world. The former British Special Forces operative is best-known for taking his adventures in the planet’s most hostile environments to the small screen. Similar to his acclaimed television shows, Grylls’ keynotes grip audiences of all backgrounds, while sharing valuable lessons on grit, teamwork, and overcoming adversity to achieve your goals.

    Grylls developed many of his outdoor survival skills during his three years of service in the British Special Forces. He made headlines in 1998, breaking the record for “youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest” at that time after he had spent a year and a half recovering from a parachuting accident that broke three of his vertebrae. Over the next decade, he built up a platform, leading various expeditions across land and sea to raise funds and awareness for children’s charities and climate change.

    Grylls’ signature television series, Man vs. Wild, debuted on the Discovery Channel in 2006. His energetic demonstration of survival techniques combined with his breath-taking stunts drew in a weekly audience of 1.2 billion people. He went on to host several other series and specials including Bear Grylls Survival School, Mission Survive, and Running Wild with Bear Grylls, in which he led celebrities on two-day adventures. Some of his most noted guests were actor Michael B. Jordan, actress Kate Winslet, and former President Barack Obama.

    Bear has also taken Prime Minister Modi of India into the wilderness which achieved a landmark record as the ‘world’s most trending televised event, with a staggering 3.6 BILLION impressions’.
    Bear and MGM recently partnered with Amazon Prime to establish the global hit TV series: The World Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge.

    Since 2009, Grylls has served as the UK Chief Scout, the ceremonial head of Britain’s boy scout association. He is the best-selling author of 20 books that entail his adventures, moral code, and health routine. His autobiography, Mud Sweat and Tears, spent 15 weeks at Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list and he has written over 90 books, selling in excess of 20 million copies worldwide.

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      Bear Grylls has become known around the world as one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure. His journey to this acclaim started in the UK, where his late father taught him to climb and adventure.

      Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world enjoy watching him pit against mother-nature.

      His TV Emmy nominated show Man Vs Wild / Born Survivor became one of the most watched programmes on the planet with an estimated audience of 1.2 billion. He then progressed to US Network TV, hosting the hit adventure show ‘Running Wild’ on NBC, where he takes some of the world’s best known movie stars on incredible adventures, including the likes of President Barack Obama, Ben Stiller, & Kate Winslet, Zac Efron and Channing Tatum.

      Bear co-owns and hosts the BAFTA award winning The Island with Bear Grylls on Channel 4, which has sold as a format all around the world. In addition Bear co-owns and hosts ITV & CITV’s Bear Grylls Survival School as well as Survivor Games and Absolute Wild for Chinese TV.

      Bear is currently the youngest ever Chief Scout to the UK Scout Association and is an honorary Colonel to the Royal Marines Commandos. He has authored 20 books, including the number one Bestselling autobiography: Mud, Sweat & Tears.

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    Bear Grylls's Speech Descriptions

    Survivalist expert and motivational speaker, Bear Grylls breaks down the simple qualities that separate success from failure. Drawing from decades of managing unexpected challenges in the world’s most hostile environments, Grylls offers priceless advice for strengthening your grit, teamwork, and leadership skills. Audiences will have the unique opportunity to hear untold stories from Grylls’ distinguished career, and learn how to make the most of their own abilities to overcome personal and work-related problems.

    A Survival Guide for Life
    In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls, globally renowned adventurer and television host, shares the hard-earned wisdom he's gained in the harshest environments on earth, from the summit of Mt. Everest to the boot camps of the British Special Forces. Filled with exclusive, never-before-told tales from Bear's globe-trekking expeditions, A Survival Guide for Life teaches the audience—no matter your age or experience—that we're all capable of living life more boldly, of achieving our most daring dreams, and of having more fun along the way.

    Facing the Frozen Ocean
    It started out as a carefully calculated attempt to complete the first unassisted crossing of the frozen north Atlantic in an open rigid inflatable boat, but it became a terrifying battle against storm-force winds, crashing waves and icebergs as large as cathedrals. Starting from the remote north Canadian coastline, Grylls and his crew crossed the infamous Labrador Sea, pushed on through ice-strewn waters to Greenland and then found themselves isolated in a perfect storm 400 miles from Iceland. Compelling, vivid and inspirational, Facing the Frozen Ocean will appeal to all who like a good story and the inspiration to survive.

    Bear Grylls on Speaking

    My goal is always to empower people through adventure to develop a winning attitude for life. To help teams find their common strengths and for leaders to learn how to inspire others through their actions, vision & kindness.

    SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn/take away from your presentations?

    GRYLLS: My goal is always to empower people through adventure to develop a winning attitude for life. To help teams find their common strengths and for leaders to learn how to inspire others through their actions, vision and kindness.

    SPEAKING.COM: Why do you enjoy public speaking and meeting audiences from around the world?

    GRYLLS: It is always the letters or emails afterwards from the audience that I love the most. They don’t need to write and yet when they feel compelled to share something positive that helped them, I know it’s real. For me it’s these unsung –
    and often unseen – audience members that are my reason for doing these talks.

    SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites and why?

    GRYLLS: I often tell my story of climbing Everest… soon after breaking my back in the SAS (Special Air Service Reserves). It is a simple story of friendships, risk, determination and overcoming fears and doubts. At its heart it says never give up, go the extra mile, and show courage in the big moments. That message crosses so many boundaries into business and I love wrapping a business message up in a real adventure story that hopefully stays with people for a long time. Exclusive Interview with Bear Grylls
    Bear Grylls on Success, Team Building and Personal Strength
    In this interview, Bear discusses:

    • Life lessons learned from the wild.
    • Team building under difficult circumstances.
    • How to deal with stress. Read the Full Interview

    "The lesson has always been simple: try, fail, pick yourself up, go again and again. Life rewards the dogged and determined. The key is in the getting back up. That’s where champions set themselves apart."
    - Bear Grylls

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    Books by Bear Grylls:

    A Survival Guide for Life

    Life in the wild teaches us invaluable lessons. Extreme situations force us to seize opportunities, face up to dangers and rely on our instincts. But living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be an even greater challenge…

    In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls shares the hard-earned lessons he’s learned from some of the harshest environments on earth.

    How do you keep going when all the odds are stacked against you?
    How can you inspire a team to follow you in spite of obvious danger?
    What are the most important skills to learn if you really want to achieve your maximum potential?

    Bear’s instantly inspiring tales from his adventures in all four corners of the globe include his personal life lessons you will never forget. We’re all capable of living life more boldly and of having more fun along the way. Here’s to your own great adventure!

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