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Motivational Speaker

Paul Hopfensperger - Motivational Speaker

Life is a Channel Swim - Setting and Achieving your Goals

A Motivational talk by Certified NLP Practitioner Paul Hopfensperger - Solo English Channel Swimmer 2007 & 2008. GB Open Water Swimmer 2008.

 Paul Hopfensperger 2007 English Channel Swim

Above: July 10, 2007 - Body and Mind Studio®'s Paul Hopfensperger, swims the English Channel from England to France in 13 Hours and 52 Minutes becoming only the 873rd person in history to do so and achieving a goal first set in 1980 when he was 17 years old.  

Paul Hopfensperger 2008 English Channel Swim

Above: September 11-12, 2008 - Paul swims through the night to swim The English Channel for the second time in 13 hours and 3 minutes, becoming only the 84th person in history to swim it twice. In the same year, he became the oldest person known to have represented Great Britain when he competed in Serbia and Mexico in two FINA World Cup open Water Grand Prix, fulfilling another lifelong goal to represent his country at swimming.

Life is like a Channel Swim...

...It needs to be well planned, starting with a well defined outcome or goal, and we need to develop the skills and the disciplines required to achieve those goals. Using over 27 years of personal development training from both his mentor, the late great Jim Rohn, and his training as a Certified NLP Practitioner, Paul will show you how you can achieve ANY goal you set yourself if you just put your mind to it.

"My mentor, Jim Rohn, told me - 'If YOU will change, everything will change for YOU'. That simple phrase changed my life forever. If you want to know how YOU can achieve YOUR goals, I recommend this motivational talk for YOU and your company, organisation or club."

During this seminar, Paul will reveal THE secret which got him across The English Channel. It was revealed to him by a multi-channel swimmer just a few weeks before he started his first swim in 2007 and applies to all areas of life. Intrigued? Then book Paul today!

Paul Hopfensperger Certified NLP Practitioner


Paul’s talk to our club was fascinating. He is a gifted speaker, easy to listen to and has a keen sense of humour. It was one of the most interesting talks we have ever had”.

David Hughes, Chairman, Tuesday Probus Club, Bury St Edmunds.
Paul’s presentation to our club was received with great enthusiasm and is an example of what can be achieved if you put your mind to it”.

Ernie Broom, Chairman, Howard Estate Over 60’s Club, Bury St Edmunds.
Paul’s talk was thoroughly enjoyed by all members of our club. It made us realise what an extremely physical and mental achievement it was to swim the channel, and he did it to raise money for people less fortunate than himself”.
Arthur Smith (1926-2011), Chairman, Mildenhall Road Estate Over 60’s Club, Bury St Edmunds.
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"Thanks Paul for the wonderful encouragement. Goal setting is so under rated these days by the younger fact waking up in the morning probably exceeds most of their [USAF personell] short term goals.  Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to come visit with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Master Sergeant J Duncan, 100th Maintenance Sqn., USAF, RAF Mildenhall, England.

"Paul is a one man power house. His Channel Swim talk that he gives is fantastic, one could say why does he do it? Like a mountain climber because it is there to be done. He has raised a huge amount for charity by his swims, at a huge cost to himself! As a Bury St Edmunds Round Tabler he achieved everything he set out to do, as a committed public servant there are not many more challenges for him to achieve. In any case there are only 24 hours in each day! He gave his Cross channel talk to our Probus Club, us old retired men were spell bound but thought he must be slightly mad!"

Nicholas Challacombe, Probus 1 Club, Bury St Edmunds.

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The Art of Goal Setting

My mentor Jim John said to me "Don't trust your memory. Write down your short term and long term goals and tick them off as and when you achieve them". Over the years, I didn't even know that some of the things I wanted to achieve were in fact - goals. When I discovered this, I did what Jim Rohn told me. Here is just a few of the goals I can help show you how to achieve. I did it, so can YOU!  

Some of Paul's Goals Achieved
Goal Date Set Date Achieved Web link to Further Information
 To win my first swimming trophy. July 1968  08/07/1973 - 2007 Post
 To become an elected local Councillor. Nov 1968




 Bury St Edmunds Town Council

 Suffolk County Council

 St Edmundsbury Borough Council

 To form my own music band.  1976  1978  Formed a band - The Teazers
 To release a record with my band The Teazers. 1982   25/06/2018  Released "Teenage Angst" a 12" Vinyl E.P.


At Body and Mind Studio®, we believe in supporting local charities. Over the years, Beccy and Paul have been responsible for raising in excess of £50,000 for local charities including St Nicolas' HospiceCLIC Sargent Children's Cancer CharityWhizz Kidz and The Stroke Association to name but a few. 10% of all monies paid towards the above talk, will be given to our current charity, St Nicholas' Hospice in Bury St Edmunds. If you would like to donate to St Nicholas' Hospice you can do so in two ways:-

1. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £5 or £10 by texting to: HOFF63 £5 to 70070

2. Click directly on the link here to donate online to our fundraising page:  Paul Hopfensperger's St Nicholas' Hospice Justgiving Page

To book Paul to speak at your club, business or organisation, please contact Paul by e-mail by clicking here, or by telephone as follows:- 

01284 756 444 OR 07887 711 333 (UK)

+44 1284 756444
OR +44 7887 711 333 (International)