Break Through Workshop by Kevin Biggar

Driving your organisation to greater success requires setting and achieving goals that currently seem ambitious. This means taking your team beyond what they think they are capable of. It’s one thing to set an audacious goal - it’s another to get your team to emotionally invest and make meaningful progress towards it.

The tendency for people to stay inside their comfort zone is strong.  When you lay down a challenge many will immediately find silent ‘reasons’ for not committing. You can attempt to encourage with external rewards and incentives but you know yourself that even with the best will in the world there is often a gap between wanting a result and doing something about achieving it. When commitment is half hearted progress is poor and motivation falters.

This intensive half day workshop identifies and confronts the internal road blocks to achieving audacious goals. It provides your team with a set of tools and insights to help them become emotionally connected to their challenge and make a step change in performance.


This workshop will get your participants to identify unhelpful beliefs and behaviours and replace them with empowering new attitudes and techniques. 


  • If you are looking to embed a culture of high performance in your business.
  • If you are about to set an audacious task to your team
  • If you have already set that task and progress is poorer than expected.


By the end of this workshop you will have staff that are measurably more committed and enthusiastic about achieving your organisation’s goals.

They will:

  • Have identified any limiting mindsets and mental barriers
  • Have increased confidence that they have the talent to take on the challenge
  • Have a more positive attitude towards the risk of failure and have examined ways to mitigate that risk
  • Have techniques for becoming emotionally engaged with a goal
  • Have an advanced understanding of the key elements of a goal
  • Be able to apply a range of techniques to bust through procrastination
  • Understand the link between measurement and motivation – and be able to match the best metric to their situation


An intensive half day (3 hour) workshop. Participants work together in small groups to understand key concepts and then apply them individually to their own situation. No role plays, no interpretative dance, just focussed, highly interactive and inclusive exercises.

A workbook, including a summary of all the key ideas, is supplied.


Prior to this half day workshop the participants are surveyed to identify the actual doubts or mental roadblocks they currently (or typically) face as they take on a significant challenge.

The top six of these mental barriers are presented back to the team and then for each of these ‘antidotes’ are provided, discussed and then applied to their individual circumstance. The result is a bespoke solution, tightly coupled to your organisation’s objectives, and the individual’s requirements.

Here is an example of the content from a recent workshop.


Break Through Workshop model

 “I don’t have what it takes” 

-       The distinction between a Fixed and Growth Mindset

-       Do you have a Fixed Mindset?

-       The importance of application and practice, rather than ability, to success

“What if I fall short?”

-       Understanding the distinction between having a failure and having a setback – and what the point of a goal really is

-       The difference between ‘Outcomes’, ‘Goals; and ‘Processes’, and the role each plays in successful goal setting.

“Its going to be too painful!”

-       The limits to rational thinking when taking on a daunting challenge

-       Five ways to get emotionally engaged with your goal

“I don’t know how”

-       Avoiding the common trap of overestimating your skills.

-       How to do a skill assessment and where to get solutions

“I can’t seem to get started”

-       Identifying ways to make your key tasks more enjoyable.

-       The ‘Pomodoro’ and ‘Goop’ techniques for smashing procrastination.

“I’m never going to get there”

-       Understanding that the fuel of motivation is progress.

-       Understanding four different ways to measure progress.



In late 2015 IAG were looking for a workshop to bring one of their new brand values of ‘Brave’ to life to key product development and underwriting staff. Participants were taken through a customised version of the Fearlessly Facing Challenges workshop.


“We asked Kevin to help us explore one of the dimensions (Braver) of our new company Spirit. He adapted his material very skilfully to this topic and his use of technology really helped us engage as a team, and gave bravery a whole new meaning. It was inspiring as well as entertaining and gave us great tools to add to our kit going forward.” - Allan Dornan, Chief Operating Officer Executive, IAG NZ Ltd”

In early 2016 Refresh Renovations were looking for an inspiring keynote followed by a highly practical goal setting workshop for 40 of their franchisees at their annual conference in the Gold Coast. The objective was to encourage them to set and achieve audacious goals for the year.

“Kevin presented twice at the 2016 Refresh Renovations Annual Conference. We were spellbound by Kevin’s “My Oarsome Adventure” speech which was followed by a half day workshop. Both sessions were fast paced, inspiring and very relevant to business, with a great touch of humour. It was great to learn about how we can use Kevin’s methods to achieve our own success.” - Matt Steele, Franchise Operations Manager, Refresh Renovations”


Kevin Biggar on Gertrude Saddle

Kevin Biggar takes pride in delivering tailored keynotes and workshops that are fast paced, entertaining and informative. Packed with practical skills and techniques to enable participants to make a significant impact in their performance.

Kevin has a B.Sc degree from Auckland University and a Masters in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, UK.

He worked for the NZ Treasury and the Boston Consulting Group before deciding to take part in the world’s toughest endurance event- the trans-Atlantic rowing race. Despite not having rowed before he won the race and set a new world record.

Together with his rowing partner Jamie Fitzgerald he went on to become the first NZ team to trek unsupported and unresupplied to the South Pole. He has authored three books and co-hosted the TVNZ adventure documentary series ‘First Crossings’ and ‘Intrepid NZ.’


Download a PDF summary of this workshop


Fearlessly Facing Challenges with Kevin Biggar
Taking Performance to the Next Level by Kevin Biggar
Energising and Uniting Teams by Kevin Biggar
Mental Toughness with Kevin Biggar