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"Its actually quite simple, the only thing in life that we need control over is ourselves. With this, we choose our choices, we choose our attitude, we choose our reactions. We are pro-active and lead out lives, not reactive and feeling out of control"

Keynote Speaker and Author

Are you looking for a motivational speaker who can inspire your team to push through adversity and find their inner strength? Look no further than Stephen McGown.

As a former Al Qaeda hostage, Stephen knows firsthand the power of the human spirit and the importance of maintaining a positive attitude in the face of overwhelming challenges. Through his captivating keynote speeches, he shares his story and the lessons he learned during his six years in captivity, emphasizing the theme of "Freedom is an attitude."

Stephen's message is not only empowering, but also relatable to anyone facing obstacles in their personal or professional life.


Don't miss the opportunity to book Stephen as your next international motivational keynote speaker and inspire your team to reach new heights of success.


Inspire your audience to find their inner strength and unlock their full potential with his unique and captivating keynote speeches.


His unique journey as a former Al Qaeda hostage and his emphasis on the theme of "Freedom is an attitude" will captivate your students, staff and parents, leaving a lasting impact on their lives.


Book Stephen for a compelling interview and gain unique insights into his journey, his message of "Freedom is an attitude," and the lessons he learned during his captivity. Don't miss this opportunity to feature a truly inspiring figure on your platform.


Bring Stephen McGown's captivating story and inspiring message to your book club with a special guest appearance. As the author of "Six Years with Al Qaeda," Stephen can offer a unique perspective on his journey as a former Al Qaeda hostage and his lessons on resilience, hope, and the power of the mind.

Stephen's Keynotes Themes

What others are saying

Eric Leong Son |  Director Corporate Affairs | South Africa

"I've attended many talks from motivational speakers throughout my career across the globe. Yours kept me riveted and inspired me, and our Distell team beyond! Thanks for sharing your story."

"Be the best you can be.
If you aren't, you are only letting yourself down."

Companies that have booked Stephen

Stephen has spoken to a range of corporates at team building events, conferences, town halls, as well as to fund managers, small businesses, schools, forums and at fundraising events within South Africa and Internationally. 

Some of these organisations include: KPMG, Deloitte, Discovery, Spar, Shoprite Checkers, ABSA, RMB, iTOO Insurance, Exxaro, Van Loverens Wine Farm, Bidvest, Wilderness Safaris, St Mary's High School for Girls, Kingsmead High School, St Stithians College, St John's College, The Entrepreneur's Organisation and The Highveld Forum. 

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