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Inspiration on maximum flight level

Being awarded among the best international keynote speakers for several times, Philip Keil combines captivating storytelling and clear key messages in his keynote speeches.
He finds inspiration within these topics:
Human Factor & Leadership
The crisis sharpens our view of what leadership essentially is. Especially in turbulent times people ask for leadership and an “inner compass”. Being a leader above the clouds Philip Keil talks from the perspective of his daily practice about the human factor (of success). For his thought-provoking impulses in this field, he was recently added to the circle of “Germany’s Business-Masterminds“.
Confidence & Ownership
Neither in the cockpit nor in life everything runs according our plans – regardless of how good the plan is. In general, Teams don’t fail at the task, but at themselves. At distance of power. Or at phrases like: “We always did it like that”. Philip Keil wants to encourage companies to a cultural change. Because confidence and ownership are the fuel for successful teams – up in the air as on the ground.
Focus & Error Culture
Positive error culture is not a walk in the park. Just the focus differs: Do not ask “Who”, rather understand “Why”. Create a culture of trust instead of cover-up. Because the problem is not the single error, but the chain of errors. On the model of aviation, Philip Keil developed game-changing approaches for the corporate world, why the media accounted him being “Germany’s leading expert on positive error culture”.
Values & Transformation
What impact has the technological transformation on our order of values? And do we really live, what we say? In his keynote speeches, Philip Keil highlights concrete perspectives on how to reconcile value-orientated leadership with change-management. Thus, he draws an exciting comparison of the troubleshooting procedures on board of aircrafts and the cultural change initiatives of companies.



At the age of 22 Philip Keil was ranked among Germany‘s youngest airline pilots, based in the US, the UK and Canada. His flight log proves his impressive experience: more than 9,000 flying hours, thousands of take-offs and landings on four continents and in almost every climate zone. On February 24th 2009 his life changed forever. Within seconds, a routine flight turns into a nightmare for crew and almost 200 passengers. Philip Keil manages to avoid the catastrophe and reflects: „No one wishes for this to happen. But this near-death experience let me personally grow. Every challenge is a chance when we are ready to face it.“


Traveling means inspiration. On this journey, beyond one’s own nose, Philip Keil takes his „passengers“: as multiple awarded keynote speaker he represents inspiration and transfer of knowledge of the extraordinary kind. Since years he is awarded as international TOP100 Excellent Speaker. Ever since he has reached tens of thousands of people all across Europe with his life story and his success impulses. In 2019 and 2020 Philip Keil was nominated for the Red Fox Award as keynote speaker of the year. With „Sprecherhaus“ and „Greator“ he gives speeches at Germany’s leading public speaking events with more than 60.000 participants.


For Philip Keil, his passion about flying and traveling was always linked to the attitude towards life, to widen the personal horizon. Following his audio book „How to handle crisis“ (2016) his recent book „You are the pilot!“ (2019) is dedicated to the topics confidence and self-leadership. He takes his readers on a very personal journey through his life on four continents. Based on these stories he derives 10 core values for a self-determined and fulfilled life. On a regular base, Philip Keil writes articles for various business magazines and newspapers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


His extraordinary background as commercial pilot and non-fiction author make Philip Keil to a well-demanded interview guest on TV too. As expert for self-leadership, decision-making and communication he enables viewers exciting insights inside his world above the clouds. His unique life story shows: Only when you are control the steering wheel, you can give your life an own direction. Other than that, Philip Keil is also as an aviation expert regularly in front of the camera.


No airplane would stay in the air without being trimmed properly. Balance is much more important than thrust. As pilot and public speaker Philip Keil travels the world since almost two decades. However, the checkpoint in his life is his family, his home is the place to refuel. He is married to Lisa since 2012. The birth of their daughters Maria (2016) and Valerie (2019) made their luck complete. Philip Keil lives with his family in Kirchheim near München.