Eric Saperston

Eric Saperston

  • Master of Tenacity, Innovation, Inspiration; a masterful Social Scientist and Anthropologist
  • Featured guest on The Today Show, CNN, PBS and featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Success Meeting Magazine’s Top Speaker

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Eric Saperston is a master storyteller, communication and leadership expert who has dedicated his life to bridging the gap between those who want to teach and those who want to learn. Eric’s mission is to help individuals and organizations maximize their human potential to produce extraordinary results. His vision is to capture the living, oral history of the most phenomenal people in the world to uncover the common traits, motivating factors and core strategies which separate ordinary effort from extraordinary achievement. Eric has an uncanny ability to take us all on an unbelievable journey of self-exploration and discovery into the inner workings, driving factors and core beliefs which separate ordinary achievement from legendary success. If you’re looking for an infectious, outside the box, captivating keynote address, chock-full of leadership lessons which propel your organization to achieve excellence, then Eric Saperston is the person you want.

Eric has spent the last 20 years calling up world leaders, business tycoons, entertainment icons, visionaries and pioneers and taking them out for coffee to ask them about the lessons they’ve learned, the struggles they’ve endured, and what advice and counsel they’d give others for a successful road ahead.

Eric has created an award-winning documentary film, The Journey, which was honored as one of the most memorable films at SXSW and has written a best-selling book, Live In Wonder; Quests, Quotes and Questions to Jumpstart Your Journey.

One of Success Magazine’s Top Speakers, Eric’s clients include Coke, General Mills, ADP, Toyota, Americore, TEDX as well as countless others. He has been a featured guest on The Today Show, CNN, Headline News, PBS and has been written about in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Spin Magazine, Fast Company and National Geographic.

He currently lives in the tropical rainforest on Maui, Hawaii and spends most of his time surfing, creating inspiring content and adventuring the world with his partner, Sarah, and their two dogs Henry and Odin.


If you’re looking for an infectious, out-of-the box, captivating keynote address chalked full of leadership lessons which propel your organization to achieve excellence, then Eric Saperston is who you’re looking for!

Eric’s keynote addresses make a profound difference for sales events, incentive trips, leadership training’s, education school year kick-offs, commencements, motivating employees, awards and recognition events, organizations going through major change, building team enthusiasm and buy-in. His approach of using leadership parables, by taking business concepts and applying them to first-hand stories from his journey, creates a connectivity with your audience that is received wholeheartedly, and remains inspiring and ingrained in the minds and hearts of attendees for years to come.


 What It Takes To Be Extraordinary 

After 20 years of taking the most extraordinary people in the world out for coffee, Eric Saperston’s keynote talks about the common traits, motivating factors and guiding principles which enable everyday people to achieve extraordinary results. In his keynote, Eric tells captivating stories of the firsthand business and life lessons he has learned from world leaders, tycoons, visionaries and pioneers which will elevate and inspire your audience to extraordinary heights.

  • Extraordinary people do not let their past, or the opinions of others, determine their present and future success. Nor do they settle for “acceptable” or even “good”. They insist on being “extraordinary”.
  • Extraordinary people are doers, not talkers. They don’t wait for conditions to be perfect before taking action. They do what they can, with what they have, where they are, evaluate effectiveness, modify behavior and adapt to change quickly.
  • Extraordinary people are impeccable with their words, rigorous with their communication and masters of the art of enrollment.
  • Extraordinary people conduct their lives based on clearly defined guiding principles.
  • Extraordinary people know that success leaves footprints; therefore, they model the behavior of those who have already succeeded.
  • Extraordinary people thrive during times of challenge, change and adversity. They see failure, setbacks and struggle as opportunities to grow, learn and innovate.
  • Extraordinary people are effective, inspiring, charismatic communicators because they pay attention, ask pertinent questions and are exceptional listeners.
  • Extraordinary people ask for help. They know asking others for support, direction and expertise is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength.
  • Extraordinary people do not take “No” personally.
  • Extraordinary people are outside-the-box-thinkers and resourceful-problem-solvers. Any naysayer can say no, it takes real courage, leadership and commitment to BE a “Yes”, and make the impossible possible.
  • Extraordinary people eagerly seek out ways to help others succeed. They believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
  • Extraordinary people are life-long learners. They travel, read, enjoy new experiences, go on adventures, and are always looking for opportunities to grow, expand their perspective and bring fresh ideas to the table.
  • Extraordinary people experience life through a curious and playful lens of gratitude and wonder.


“Eric hit it out of the park! Totally engaging! The audience loved him – Standing ovation!” Alan Weber, Fast Company Magazine

What makes Eric so wonderful is not just his message – it’s who he is, how he communicates and how he embodies exactly what he is talking about. He’s a natural story-teller and communicator, and a natural connector.”  Tim Carter, Vice President, Kaiser Permanente

“If you have the opportunity to meet Eric Saperston, you must do yourself the pleasure of taking time to allow this extraordinary individual into your life. He will surely inspire you.” Paul Villadolid, Senior VP, Walt Disney Company

“Eric Saperston is Huck Finn with a digital camcorder. He’s Merri-weather Lewis with a laptop. He’s Charles Kuralt with a goatee. ” Daniel Pink, author of Drive

“Fun, entertainment, high energy, laughter and tears. You’ll get it all with Eric.” Pat Wall, VP, Hospital Association of Southern California

“My eyes saw in yours! Eric, you are a genius. I just love what you’re doing, and I’m honored to be a part of it! High five, man!” Steven Tyler, Aerosmith

“As an education chair of YPO, you are tasked with finding the coolest, new venue…and an experience typically provided through a known global leader – where attendees say “WOW,’ ‘I love YPO!’, ‘What a great event!’ Not an easy task. Eric Saperston is the man…If you engage Eric in planning your event, you’ll find, as we did, that your event is one of the highmarks of your educational year!” Charles Wetzel, Dallas YPO Education Chair