Peter Thurin B.Pham., M.P.S

MC, facilitator and educator on performance excellence

Peter Thurin is a thought-leader in the field of performance excellence. A powerful keynote speaker, engaging MC and a skillful facilitator and educator, he works with organisations around the globe, inspiring individuals and teams to achieve personal and professional excellence as well as business performance growth.

A dynamic, inspirational and passionate speaker, Peter is also an astute listener and observer. During an event he is able to judge and manage energy levels to ensure his audiences remain focused and engaged. He is a perfect choice to open or close a conference, either setting the tone or bringing numerous activities together to create a unified event.

Peter Thurin is a successful pharmacist and retail entrepreneur who has taken on the big guys and won. As a former international Australian tennis representative, coach and administrator of Australia's largest junior AFL club, and 3rd Dan Blackbelt in the martial art of Taekwondo, he has learnt the true meaning of focus, discipline and motivation.

Importantly, Peter has put into practice the very principles he now espouses, to grow and develop his own employees and businesses. He has developed a keen insight into what focuses, motivates and inspires people to achieve their best. Peter has also built a happy and successful family life with his wife and three children, all of whom embrace the concepts of excellence and balance in their lives.

Driven by his belief in the importance of continuing personal growth and development, at the age of 36 Peter Thurin set himself a goal to learn the martial art of Taekwondo and achieve his Blackbelt before his 40th birthday. Through dedication and commitment, he achieved his goal, often through necessity, training at 4am. In just a few short years he went on to achieve the rare and highly respected level of 3rd Dan Blackbelt.

Peter Thurin uses the metaphor of martial arts to lead organisations, teams and individuals to achieve black-belt levels of performance excellence.

Since developing the Blackbelt in Excellence program Peter has undertaken key workshop facilitation and MC roles, and delivered many successful keynote and motivational presentations within leading organisations such as KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Telstra, Faulding, Isuzu-General Motors, Lend Lease, Orange, Toyota, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Fauldings, Optus, Colonial, AMP, Flight Centre, Apple, Nissan, Kodak, Quiksilver, Arnotts, McDonald's and many others.

A dynamic and humorous speaker, program presenter, facilitator and MC, Peter Thurin is also the author of the bestselling Be The Best You Can Be and an international business consultant. He demonstrates a rare ability to combine his insight, skills and experience to help people achieve their own personal Blackbelt in Excellence, and maximise their effectiveness.

Peter Thurin's keynote topics are:

Keynote 1: Blackbelt in Excellence

Peter Thurin's Blackbelt in Excellence keynote gives people the tools, structures and motivation to achieve excellence in any part of their life.

Organisations and the people within them strive for excellence, yet forward progress can often seem elusive and true "excellence" is rarely attained. This keynote uncovers the hidden motivation design in martial arts and applies it to everyday life. It provides people with an understanding that, on their own, big picture goals are not enough - and true, sustainable progress comes from the achievement of smaller goals, stepping stones that lead to excellence.

Peter uses real-life stories and examples from his career, building a highly successful retail pharmacy business and his own personal journey to a black belt in taekwondo. He creates forward momentum in leadership excellence and teamwork excellence. The keynote is a catalyst for personal excellence and gives people the tools and courage to "get into the game".

Through this keynote, your people will:

  • discover the hidden success principles built into martial arts
  • learn how to adopt those principles into their everyday life
  • be energised, inspired and motivated to make life remarkable
  • have the tools to map out their own journey to black belt

Keynote 2: Change Excellence

The Change Excellence keynote equips teams and organisations to embrace and make the most of the changes happening around them.

We all know change can be difficult for our team members. Whether we're on the strategy side or we're the one's receiving the change, it's a time of uncertainty and flux. This keynote gives people the mental mindsets and frameworks to face their changes with courage and grow positively through the change process. People leave this session actively looking for ways they can contribute and will be better off as a result of the change.

Using examples from his own career and drawing on the stories from the hundreds of companies he works with, Peter will give your people the practical tools to strengthen their resilience, improve their mental agility, and embrace situations that may be awkward and uncomfortable.

Through this keynote, your people will:

  • connect their purpose with the change purpose
  • learn to assess their own "change-ability"
  • be prepared and willing to embrace uncertainty
  • have the skills to lead others through change

Keynote 3: Retail Excellence

What combination of culture, rituals, routines and rewards makes for an outstanding retail team? How do you fashion a retail environment that brings the best out in your people AND your customers?

Peter Thurin is someone who has taken on the big-boys in retail and won. With an unrelenting focus on individual relationships both within and outside his business, Peter overcame the buying-power handicap to drive out his much larger competition.

In this high-energy keynote Peter draws on his 20 years successful retail leadership and 15 years of working with the top organisations around the globe to bring you the ideas, insights and useful tools to create retail excellence.

Through this keynote, your people will gain an understanding of:

  • how to delight their team first then see customers delighted
  • the three rules for retail success: Process | People | Results
  • the power of WIN - What's Important Now
  • the need to focus on excellence INSIDE the box before outside
  • the power of small-moments of leadership

Keynote 4: The Top 300 Organisations

Do you want to know what the top 300 organisations around the world do differently?

Peter will take your people on a journey around the world, sharing first-hand stories of organisations that have become and remain remarkable where other companies have moved to mediocre and at times irrelevant.

Through his research and global experience with outstanding companies Peter has developed The Seven Drivers of Organisational Success. Organisations that genuinely place customers and their people at the heart of the business, where people understand their role and know where the company is headed, continually improve how they work... These are the successful organisations and they all follow the Seven Drivers of Organisational Success.

Through this keynote, your people will:

  • learn the Seven Drivers of Organisational Success
  • develop an aggressive focus on being better today than yesterday
  • receive the tools to drive excellence in their teams
  • be motivated and inspired to be remarkable

Client testimonials

The Blackbelt in Excellence sequence of activities was top class and each built on the learning of the previous activities. Our members left energised and highly motivated, having achieved results that they believed were beyond their capabilities.

Young Presidents' Organisation Melbourne Chapter

Without doubt, the impact you have had on many individuals is enormous. The conviction and passion you conveyed, combined with your ability to link with our vision and strategy statements generated a high level of credibility in your message. The best 'wind up' I've seen yet.

Kimberly-Clark Australia

Congratulations! I would have to say that Blackbelt in Excellence ranks up there as one of the most interesting and different ways I've seen to get the concept of excellence across to the audience.

Australian Trucking Association

In the 12 months Peter has been working with our team, we have experienced 77% growth, astounding in a market that’s declining. Of the 26 Taylors’ Area Managers across Australia, the 5 Queensland managers who have worked with Peter are the top 5 performers in the nation. Peter is a massive part of our turnaround towards success!

Taylors Wines

I’ve attended many conferences and seen many speakers. Among them have been Bryan Tracy, Skip Turner, Alan Pease, Winston Marsh, Tom Hopkins, Brett Lee and Leigh Matthews. I have now seen you twice and without doubt you have had the most impact on my life of any developer of human potential. Your simple messages are communicated with such passion and energy that implementation was easy. The routine has gone and I am on my way to remarkable. Thanks for everything.


I don’t think words can explain the effect that Peter had on the delegates and the experience at our national conference. I do honestly believe it was life changing for many of them and they were all very affected by it.

Wizard Home Loans

Peter added a huge amount of energy to our Global Management Team Meeting and gave us the spirit to take up any kind of challenge. It was a pleasure to work with him because of his highly professional working style, very positive attitude and great personality.

Performance Chemicals Division, BASF SE

Peter’s session was the most perfect way to start the second day of our Industry Development Conference. Peter was so inspirational and connected really well with our audience. I would very highly recommend Peter for any conference that involves any small business operators and it would be an absolute pleasure to work with Peter again in the future.

Tourism and Events Queensland

Peter was very well received by all - totally engaging, funny and believable.

Dentsply Implants Australia