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Here are ways that I serve you and your organization.Francis Tapon pointing at the Continental Divide during a slideshow

Public speaking

I'm a TEDx speaker. I am expert in the following areas, and I am happy to give speeches, workshops, or write articles about them:

  • Africa
  • Eastern Europe
  • International travel and business
  • Long distance backpacking
  • Motivating your workforce
  • How to take calculated risks
  • Setting lofty goals - and how to creatively attain them
  • Optimizing your life
  • How to be sensitive to cross-cultural differences
  • Getting your finances under control
  • Transforming your mind and body to its optimum state
  • Discovering your passion and knowing how to pursue it

I've delivered hundreds of presentations, and I've done keynote addresses and panel discussions. I have presented to large audiences throughout the world and I have yet to be heckled off the stage.

Francis, your presentation was a great success and the turnout was unbelievable considering that it was Easter weekend! I guess you and I did a good job promoting the event, and of course your presentation was wonderful. The SFPL administration was quite pleased, and your event was mentioned at the management team meeting. Thank you once again, I really enjoyed working with you on the program. - Mikhail Pashkov, International Center Librarian, San Francisco Public Library, where 150+ people attended my talk

My speaking fee is $10,000 + travel expenses. Discounts are available for some organizations. To book me, see my event schedule. If you want details, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it me.


I'm available as a guide, both through civilization and wilderness. For example:

  • Do you want me to tour your group through the best cities in Eastern Europe? 
  • Or do you need someone to lead your group on a backpacking trip in Yellowstone National Park?

I can do both. I'm an expert on Eastern Europe and Africa. I've been to 100 countries and I've backpacked in every condition. Let's work together to create a custom trip that suits your team's budget and desires. 

Francis Tapon wears glasses when he has to fool people into thinking that he's smartPersonal coaching

I offer one-on-one coaching for individuals who would like to get more out of their lives.

I help you get re-focused and re-calibrated professionally, spiritually, and emotionally. I will challenge you to get more out of your life than you are getting today. My style is highly pragmatic. And despite my silly degrees, I don't speak mumbo-jumbo (although I understand it).

Although I can sometimes meet with clients face-to-face, video chat is the most effective means of coaching form while I'm traveling (which is often!). Although digital face time isn't a perfect substitute to the real thing, it's pretty good. I encourage you to try it.

I charge $100 per hour, with discounts available for those who want multiple sessions. Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

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