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Allan Karl inspires people to pursue dreams, overcome challenges, tackle obstacles, embrace change, and smile - especially in the face of adversity. And he knows how. Allan spent nearly three years riding around the world alone on a motorcycle.
Along the way, on a muddy dirt road miles from anywhere and 14,000 feet high in the Andes of Bolivia, Allan crashed and crushed his leg. But this didn't stop him. After a painful recovery, Allan continued his journey, logging more than 62,000 miles over 5 continents and through 35 countries traveling alone on his motorcycle.
Why does someone sell nearly everything he owns, pack up a motorcycle and travel for three years alone on a motorcycle?
Many people dream about taking such a journey. Few pursue it. Fear, uncertainty and doubt usually stand in the way. During his three-year journey and through his inspirational keynote speeches and small group workshops, people are inspired by Allan’s energy and infectious enthusiasm. Stories of his tenacious drive and positive outlook are relayed through his writings about the high and low points of his around-the-world odyssey at www.worldrider.com, an ongoing collection of his narratives, videos, podcasts and stunning photography.
In a forthcoming book, The Beginning At The End of The Road, chronicling his three-year odyssey, Allan shares the places and faces he encountered during his journey, including visiting some 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tales are fun, surprising and always entertaining while serving to remind us to take a chance, pursue dreams and to connect with people—build strong relationships. And when we do, how easy it is to succeed and achieve goals.
Karl is principal of clearcloud, a digital marketing consultancy located in Southern California. clearcloud provides clients with brand reengineering, brand communications and digital marketing communications strategies and creative services.
Prior to starting clearcloud, Allen Karl founded Wirestone, one of the country’s top 50 digital marketing agencies according to Advertising Age. At Wirestone, Karl served as director and chief marketing officer. Karl’s client experience includes Apple, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Quest Software, SMC Networks and others.
An industry veteran, Karl has won several advertising and creative awards, and is past president and board member of the American Advertising Federation in Orange County. Additionally, Karl has served a number of nonprofit organizations including acting as a director of the South Coast Fine Arts Festival to benefit the South Coast Children Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A dynamic and inspiring professional speaker, Allan shares his message with captivating storytelling and award-winning photography that touch themes of adventure, travel as education, personal growth, creativity, innovation, tolerance, environment, effective communication and the importance of pursuing dreams.
A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, Karl also lectures, speaks and leads business-focused workshops on branding, digital marketing and strategic planning. To book inspirational speaker Allen Karl call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.
The Beginning at the End of the Road
Allan’s most requested and popular inspirational story and motivational speaking topic. This is not the end. This is just a new beginning. Inspires people to see possibilities instead of obstacles. How to confront fear, take chances and accept challenge to succeed and achieve goals. The rewards reaped through relationship building and connecting with people, regardless of race, religion or culture. All powerful messages told within the context of stories involving extraordinary circumstances with ordinary people delivered through dramatic storytelling choreographed to awe-inspiring and stunning photography, animations and video.
Open doors and break down barriers by connecting with people. In a journey that spans 3 years covers 62,000 miles through 35 countries across 5 continents alone on a motorcycle, Allan shows that connecting with humanity and getting to know and trusting people is the best recipe for success.That’s how he tackled virtually every physical, emotional or technical obstacle that stood in his way of his success. A highly sought after keynote speaker, Allan delivers inspirational keynote speeches that offer valuable lessons and show how the simple and precious gift of human connection will help anyone succeed, realize their dreams and get what they want. A fast-paced motivational program delivered with stunning visuals and dynamic storytelling.
Navigating the Road to Success When It’s Filled with Potholes & Pitfalls
Imagine potholes bigger than an elephant. Dusty roads with no water. Riding through monsoons. Playing toreador with taxis and pedestrians in the craziest cities in the world. This is the hardest, most dangerous and challenging journey you’ll ever experience. There are no maps. No GPS waypoints. No signs. No fuel. No water. And the only people you encounter speak a distant dialectic of a long-lost language. Sounds like some days at the office or in the field? In one of his most exciting inspirational keynote speeches, Allan shares the wacky, weird, unbelievable, scary and often seemingly impossible situations he encountered and how creativity, innovation and communication got him through.
The View Is Better from Here
With remarkable photography, real-world video and thought-provoking tales from the road, Allan shows how vision, setting one’s sights on clear, attainable goals and changing one’s perspective can make virtually any problem diminish. Through real-world stories with real people from places most wouldn’t dare set foot, Allan’s lessons show how patience and a good dose of perspective can turn a bad or seemingly impossible situation into one that is fun, entertaining and educational.