Captain Ahab and Geeg are the perfect team to show you that:
If a 3 foot tall, 40 pound, bright yellow, wooden fisherman/wannabe pirate captain can accomplish his goals, so can YOU.
Ahab’s Adventures provides speaking engagements ranging from 6-90 minutes, which include a presentation of the main topics listed below followed by an optional activity around individual and group goal setting via the creation of bucket lists. Universities, high schools and businesses have found many new ideas for team building and future activity planning that stem from the results.
A few of our main topics include:
- The Origins of Ahab’s Adventures: How a 74-year-old “Big Fish” story about a boy, his grandfather and a lawn gnome evolved into a motivational movement.
- July 18th 1943 – Captain Ahab is ‘recruited’ by my grandfather and his comrades as part of a common WWII naval prank.
- 1944 – Captain Ahab’s tour with the Navy ends, but he stays with my grandfather and his comrades afterwards.
- 1945 – The men (and Captain Ahab) buy a farmhouse in the Catskills of New York and host an annual reunion for the next 57 years.
- July 18th 1993 – At this year’s reunion, I stumble upon a secret late night card game, which annually decided Captain Ahab’s next adventure destination.
- July 19th 2002 – Captain Ahab is passed on to me and attends university, where he becomes the unofficial mascot of the Class of 2005.
- 2005 – University ends and a decade of traveling ensues. Captain Ahab evolves from a social mascot to a motivational icon for all.
- Present – Seventy-three years later, we continue to travel, motivate and present on the lessons learned from the generations my family has shared with this lawn gnome.
- The Art of an Ice-breaker: A lawn gnome is an obvious one, but a joke, talent or signature apparel can set you apart, leading you to new connections and expanding your network.
- Future Friends: Every friend, imaginary or not, was once a stranger. Remembering that, and experiencing firsthand how Captain Ahab opens doors, should make new beginnings that much easier.
- Play to Your Passions: My grandfather, Captain Ahab and I have all aspired to be modern-day pirates, even though the Golden Age of Piracy ended more than 350 years ago. Through our story, I demonstrate how identifying your strengths can lead to finding the best outlets for them, even if that means circumventing the traditional route.
- Connecting the Dots: When it comes to pursuing your passions, it is essential to keep your eyes and ears open to opportunity vs. hoping the right people and openings find you. It is possible to see where the dots can lead and to be proactive in shaping the outcomes.
- Finding Your Excuses: Most people make excuses that hinder their goals. It is time to start making excuses to achieve them.
- ASK: The most important three-letter word in our language. When you start asking questions, instead of wondering ‘what if,’ things get done!
Upcoming 2017 Speaking Events:
June – Pittsfield High School
July 18th – Berkshire Historical Society @ Arrowhead
“Geeg’s story with Ahab is an incredible tale. As a fellow traveler, I have tried to explain the importance of not just dreaming but of DOING. Geeg does a fine job articulating the process of how to get out of your comfort zone and start making life into a great series of experiences. If you should ever need a speaker for any event, take advantage of Geeg and Captain Ahab. Both of them have a great story and lifestyle to share!” -Skyler, WSCU Orientation Leader
“Ahab’s Adventures energized, entertained, and motivated our students. He kept an auditorium full of high school kids interested and engaged for 40 minutes. Not an easy thing to do. He inspired the kids to think about what they want out of the next four years, and more importantly, how they are going to make it happen. Teachers still refer to his talk specifically during classes and loved the follow-up list with all the things the kids identified as things they want to accomplish. We will use this list in future activities to keep the message alive.” -Jeremiah Ames, Principal, HVMHS
“You stole the show with immense humor… and huge goodwill toward others… You aren’t just telling a nice story, you really are going to help change the outlooks, and maybe the choices, of people who share in a moment of your travels.” -Showgoer, PechaKucha Martha’s Vineyard
“The part of Wiles’s speech that made it highly intriguing is that the stories of magnificent adventure did not come from himself, but from his companion who he is rarely seen without: a 40 pound, wooden, 70(ish)-year-old garden gnome who is also a world class traveler and honorary WCSU classmate named Captain Ahab. Wiles anthropomorphizes Captain Ahab to help him (and not himself) do tasks as adventurous as skydiving or as benign as seeing the world’s largest ball of twine. The presentation is unique and one that truly inspires others to be the person they want to be and to do things that they want to do. It is well worth your time.” -Dillon, WSCU Orientation Leader
“Geeg Wiles tells a story … that inspires people around the globe to go out and have new and exciting experiences.” -PechaKucha.org
“Geeg never lets me get a word in!” -Captain Ahab
It was a story from a stranger that started this crazy adventure, so why not let our story be the start of yours. Cheers.
For booking inquires, please email us!
2017 Speaking Events:
June 12th – Drury High School
May 20th – TEDxAkron
March 15th – Discussing Fitchburg Now!
2016 Speaking Events:
October 12th – Northern Michigan University
October 5th – Saint Anselm College
September 1st – Hoosac Valley High School
August 18th-20th – Western State Colorado University Orientation
June 23rd – Fitchburg Massachusetts Speaking Event
May 12th – Fleming Art Museum, VT
April 29th – Martha’s Vineyard, MA
February 18th – Berkshire Museum, MA
February 11th – Portsmouth, NH
February 5th – Akron, OH