John Amatt knows about tough times and the value of struggle in bringing out the best in teams of people! After all, he was the leader of an Everest team, which suffered four tragic deaths in two unpredictable accidents before putting six climbers on top of the world. His experience on Everest taught him about the danger of falling into the trap of complacency and the importance of always questioning the status quo in seeking new pathways to success in a rapidly changing world. He is the perfect speaker to motivate your team through the turmoil of today’s global economic environments.
A longtime resident of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, John Amatt is President of One Step Beyond WorldWide, an innovative educational and motivational company, whose mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for the results of their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others.
He is the Founder of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, a world-renowned annual event held in the Canadian Rockies and has been called “The World’s Best Adventure Speaker” by International Celebrity Management of Australia. In a 32-year speaking career, he has delivered more than 2,000 keynote presentations and seminars to corporate and professional audiences totalling more than 1,000,000 people in 49 countries worldwide.
John is renowned in the international mountaineering community for making the first ever climb of Europe’s highest and steepest mountain face – the 5000 foot “Vertical Mile” Troll Wall in Norway. He was leader of the 1st Canadian climbing expedition to Western China, which used camels to approach a 24,757-foot mountain before skiing to the summit, this being perhaps the highest peak in the world to have been ascended and descended entirely on skis. And more recently, he was the principal organizer and a leader of Canada’s first successful expedition to reach the top of the world – the 29,035 foot summit of Mount Everest – a climb that was televised live throughout Canada and on ABC Nightline in the United States.
John’s adventures are related in his autobiography, “Straight to the Top and Beyond”, in which he uses the metaphor of his own adventures to develop a nine-step approach for scaling the heights in today’s rapidly changing, unpredictable global business environments. Complete details on John’s adventurous life and his professional speaking career can be found on his bureau-friendly web site at www.johnamatt.com.
“John Amatt is a modern adventurer who can not only spin a great yarn, but who possesses the rare knack of turning his journeys into universal revelations that guide his readers and listeners on how to survive and prosper in the global village.”
Peter C. Newman, Best-selling Author & Award Winning Business Journalist.
NO MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude
John Amatt knows about tough times and the value of struggle in bringing out the best in teams of people! After all, he was a leader on an Everest expedition, which suffered four tragic deaths in two unpredictable accidents before putting six climbers on top of the world. His experience on Everest taught him about the danger of falling into the trap of complacency and the importance of always questioning the status quo in seeking new ways of adapting to a rapidly-changing world.
A superb storyteller, John has delivered highly motivational presentations to more than 2,000 audiences in 49 countries worldwide. An educator by training, he uses the lessons learned from his own life-and-death adventures in the world’s most remote places to articulate down-to-earth strategies for meeting the challenges of change in corporate and professional life.
In his acclaimed presentations, John uses the power of metaphor and storytelling to address themes such as – setting realistic goals and expectations; taking calculated risks and bring adventurous; embracing fear and anxiety; avoiding the trap of complacency; understanding the values of commitment; learning from setbacks and applying the lessons; questioning the status quo by always asking WHY; building trust within an effective team; remaining “Positively Dissatisfied”.