John Amatt is unusual amongst “Adventure
Speakers” in that he did not reach the summit of Mount Everest
on his celebrated expedition. Instead, he was
a leader of a dedicated team that suffered four
tragic deaths in two unpredictable accidents before placing six
climbers on the peak.
John’s mission in going to Everest was to
place the first Canadian on top of the world’s highest peak. In
his own words … “It didn’t matter who reached the summit,
because we believed when one person stood on the highest point,
the whole team had climbed the mountain.” This is a key
business message in today’s challenging environment.
- A veteran professional speaker
– one of the world’s most experienced Everest speakers,
having delivered over 1,800 keynote presentations and
seminars to corporate and professional audiences in
48 countries since 1982.
- A superb storyteller
- who uses the metaphor of adventure to
articulate the innovative business strategies required for
achieving success in uncertain times.
- Internationally recognized -
called “The World’s Best Adventure Speaker” by
International Celebrity Management of Australia.
- John’s Everest story is the perfect
metaphor for motivating people to overcome the
irrational fear of the unknown that limits our
ability to move forward in unpredictable times.
- Everest is an international
symbol of success and John’s stories resonate
equally with audiences around the world. He is a popular
speaker at professional conferences, company sales events,
and worldwide meetings of multinational corporations … and
recently he spoke at a gathering of VIPs in Doha, Qatar,
where the audience included members of Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin
Khalifa Al-thani’s ruling family.
John uses his leadership experiences on Everest
(and during his first ever climb of Norway’s 5,000 foot
“Vertical Mile” Troll Wall) as a vehicle to articulate the
Adventure Attitude© philosophy required for success
in today’s rapidly changing world.
KEY THEMES (quoted
from John’s talks):
- Motivation – “Success in
this generation will belong to those who are visionary
enough to predict the future and prepare for it – and
adventurous enough to explore new ways of doing old
- Teamwork – “You don’t have
to reach the summit to know you have climbed the mountain.
Having done your job at lower elevations, you can take pride
in being a key member of the team.”
- Trust – “No team can perform
effectively unless you trust others in the team. And trust
only exists in teams who have struggled through difficult
– “Change is the one constant you should expect in life.
Embrace change! Seek out change by always questioning the
‘status quo’ of the past.”
- Commitment – “The roots of
our commitment to goals lies in our core values and basic
beliefs, both individually and corporately.”
- Complacency & Risk –
“The real danger in life is not in taking risks, because
when you’re taking risks, your aware, you’re paying
attention. The real danger is in allowing yourself to become
complacent …operating by habit … because that’s when
mistakes can occur.”
- Positive Dissatisfaction –
“We must always remain “ positively dissatisfied” with our
performance – dissatisfied, but in a positive way, always
looking for improvement.”
In more than 1,800 keynotes
presentations and seminars in 48 countries, John has
worked with clients who were addressing strategic challenges
- Mergers - Building a
common corporate culture from two or more companies who have
merged into one.
- Meeting Sales Quotas –
Challenging corporate sales personnel to attain higher
quotas that may seem unattainable based upon their previous
- Teamwork – Creating the
understanding that you do not have to be the leading sales
achiever to take pride in the overall achievement of the
- Globalization – Expanding
corporate vision and objectives to embrace the new
opportunities of an increasingly global business world.
“We would like to attest that John Amatt made
a presentation to the
Casablanca, Morocco YPO Chapter.
On a scale of 1 to 10, we would
rate it 9.8.
How his own experience as an adventurer can be applied to the
turbulent business environment was of great value and he is a
gifted storyteller. We
strongly recommend him as a keynote speaker.”