Speaker Bio

Travis Gale leverages three key ingredients in his presentations; story, insight and relevant questions which ensure practical application. He has set himself a personal challenge in that every talk that he does will introduce new language and terminology into the context within which he is speaking, ensuring sustainability and ongoing reflection on what he shares.


At the age of 18 Travis was inducted into the world of cause driven adventure when he and a friend, Stephen Bonaconsa, spent a year cycling 17,000km across four continents raising R1.7 million for vulnerable children. It was on this tour where Travis penned a vision for an organisation called Appletree.

Following his studies, Travis spent a year on the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand working as an underwater videographer.  It was here where he experienced the devastating 2004 tsunami, which catalysed a return to South Africa and a renewed fervour to work in the area of people development.  Upon return, Travis established Appletree alongside a group of consultants, developing himself since then as a speaker, facilitator, consultant and coach.


For the past 15 years, Travis has walked the road of entrepreneurship, developing himself as a trusted partner in the human and organisational transformation space, serving clients nationally such as Mr Price Group, Unilever, RCL Foods, Derivco and Bidvest.


In 2018, Travis founded The Middle brand as part of The Appletree Group, which encourages and enables individuals and teams to believe in their ability to navigate tough terrain, and develop the endurance and grit required to finish well. He is the author of The Middle book which was published and released in July 2020.


He is a passionate endurance trail runner, testing his insights through running 100mile trail events and running up challenging mountain peaks. Travis has been married to his wife Toni for 11 years and is the father to two cute and energetic daughters, aged 7 & 3.



Middle Intelligence: How to navigate tough terrain and achieve significant goals. 

The newness has worn off. The euphoria has faded away. You come face-to-face with what you signed up for. And it’s not what you expected to see. You are now in The Middle. It’s The Middle that tests us with challenges, yielding a multitude of emotions. It’s The Middle that involves the raw and often painful need to dig deep, to push through the barriers that stand in our way, and to show ourselves what we are capable of. The Middle is what we as human beings were designed for.


Based on Travis Gale’s experience of cycling 17000km across four continents to raise R1.7mil for their cause, The Middle Intelligence keynote equips individuals and teams to unlock the grit the endurance required to navigate challenging environmental circumstances. Listeners will feel equipped with practical tools, sticky terms, vivid imagery and relevant insights which support their ability to maintain momentum and finish well. This keynote leverages stories from the tour unpacking how they apply to individuals and teams, no matter the context they face.


The Middle Intelligence keynote is for your team or organisation if you would like to:

  • Increase momentum toward meaningful goals.
  • Unlock grit and endurance in the midst of tough terrain.
  • Push through barriers that stand in the way.
  • Learn practical frameworks for achieving significant goals.
  • Stretch themselves to do more than the thought possible.
  • Finish well.


We can all pitch up at start lines. We can all celebrate a finish. But no finish is without a Middle and every Middle is where WHO WE ARE is revealed.

Country of Residence:

South Africa

Countries Worked In:

Durban View Road, Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Middle Intelligence: How to navigate tough terrain and achieve significant goals.

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Keynote Rate: R20 000.00

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