About John Amatt
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.
For over 30 years, John Amatt has led expeditions to remote regions of Northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China, Greenland and has explored areas of the Arctic on six occasions, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks. At the age of 20, John spent two weeks lashed to tiny ledges while making the first ever ascent of Europe’s highest and steepest mountain precipice – the 5000 foot “Vertical Mile” Troll Wall in Norway.
Later in 1981, he was the leader of the 1st Canadian mountaineering expedition to Western China, which made a lightweight ascent of 24,757 foot Mount Muztagata – the highest peak in the world to have been ascended and descended entirely on skis.
More recently, John fulfilled a lifelong dream by organizing and taking part in Canada’s first successful expedition to reach the top of the world – the 29,028 foot summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain.
An educator by training, since 1984 John has since delivered more than 1,500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries around the world. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others.
John’s best-selling book, One Step Beyond: Rediscovering the Adventure Attitude, articulates his belief that humankind must apply the spirit of adventure the challenges of daily life, if we are to cope with rapid change and convert it to our own advantage. In his latest book, Straight to the Top and Beyond, he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments.
No Mountain Too High
In his new keynote, “No Mountain Too High”, John uses his amazing storytelling ability and the power of metaphor to address the following themes:
– Setting Realistic Goals and Expectations
– Taking Calculated Risk and Being 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
– Leading by Personal Example
– Taking Pride in Your Individual Contribution
– Anticipating the Future and Being Prepared
Straight to the Top and Beyond
Straight to the Top and Beyond will motivate your staff to embrace new opportunities in a changing world, to open up their minds to new realities, and to develop the “Adventure Attitude”™ strategies that will be the key to success in the future.
Climbing Your Own Everest
What It Takes to get to the Top
John Amatt’s most popular presentation, the highly innovative and inspirational ‘Climbing Your Own Everest’ explores the metaphor of striving to reach the top of the world. Illustrated by magnificent colour photography from his successful expedition which climbed Everest, and supplemented by music, sound effects, and taped radio conversations, this presentation investigates the qualities we must all bring to bear in climbing to the top in the difficult and unpredictable economic environments of the 1990′s.
Meeting the Challenge of Change
Meeting the Challenge of Change will motivate your staff to embrace new opportunities in a changing world, to open up their minds to new realities, and to develop the “Adventure Attitude”™ strategies that will be the key to success in the future.
“John was an outstanding speaker – prompt, sharp, personable and highly accommodating. Combined with his stunning photos, John’s message riveted everyone’s attention to the stage. I can’t remember any previous audience following a speaker as intently as on this occasion.”
“One veteran senior executive described your presentation was the best he had ever heard. Other senior executives have suggested that everyone in our organization should have had the opportunity to participate in your dynamic presentations.”
– American Express Financial Advisors Inc.
“Our attendees walked away with renewed belief that they can push beyond their limitations and be more personally accountable for their own actions.”
– USF’G Century Club
“The tone that you set was inspirational and pertinent. Many of our attendees commented that they could directly apply your message to their everyday operations.”
– American Management Systems, Inc.
“You were FANTASTIC, POSITIVE, and MOTIVATIONAL. You were everything we expected you to be. The audience loved you and admired you and received you with great pride as evidenced by the thunderous standing ovation.”
– Million Dollar Round Table