Mentor, Guide, Author, Presenter, Reimagineer
With Keynotes in Kampala and Presentations in Perth, Andy Ferguson built a reputation as a high impact speaker. He’s someone who really understands people and how to connect with them both quickly and deeply and it shows.
Andy’s become internationally renowned for having fun with audiences and taking clients on amazing adventures. Whether it’s speaking to a Conference audience or taking a personal client on a Walking Retreat, in the middle of nowhere, he never fails to provide thoughtful and thought provoking experiences, laced with fun and wisdom.
It was said he was “better than alcohol” after one memorable appearance at a conference and the “Country’s Leading Inspirational Speaker” by the BBC after another. Andy’s wowed the students of New York’s prestigious Columbia University and the slightly more difficult to please pupils of Primary Schools in and around the city of Edinburgh, where he’s based.
As a coach, guide and mentor Andy has worked with judges as well as Police officer and offenders. His clients have included teachers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, civil servants and church ministers. He’s been instrumental in helping “turn round” the fortunes of individuals, businesses and other organisations, because as he says “I help the people I work with understand how extraordinary, ordinary people can really be”.
Although he study the technical disciplines of Analogue and Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Systems Design, it was whilst qualifying as a Ski Instructor in his mid-twenties that Andy discovered his true passion: Helping people develop skills, knowledge and confidence in amazing, rich and exciting environments.
Subsequent to this Andy has enjoyed a lifetime taking the road less travelled; living, working and sharing adventures with amazing people in equally amazing places around the world and writing and talking about these to, as he puts it, “inspire, encourage and empower men and women everywhere”.
In his mid-fifties Andy reconnected with the delights and joy of working outdoors again and thus he created the programs he now delivers walking and talking in and around the magnificent countryside near his home in Scotland. He’s walked over four thousand miles in the last five years, on his own and with clients. He’s photographed hundreds of hidden places, wrote articles and shared stories about the rich history of his home nation and the lessons we can all learn when we begin to understand the true nature of the world we live in.
Andy is married with two grown-up children, and as he approaches his sixtieth birthday he’s been working on his second book, developing new partnerships and is hoping to cover another 2020 (self propelled) miles in 2020, mostly on foot.
He says “here’s the thing, I recently found out I have Osteoarthritis in both my knees, they’ve been killing me for years, to be honest. So I temporarily gave up running. And I realised I had to give it up for good or get past the pain everyday and just get going again. I chose the latter, after all, as Helen Keller wrote “life is an adventure or it is nothing at all.”