You might say that the mountains have made the man. The man is John Amatt, and the mountains he's been climbing have helped to build his inner strength, confidence, and international recognition. The most significant mountain was Everest and John was a member of the first Canadian expedition to reach the summit.
In life, as in mountain climbing, John has found that the most important part of the "climb" is the journey. We limit ourselves because of our own ignorance and fear. He recognizes that it will take courage, resourcefulness and endurance to meet the challenges in our own futures. "The courage to try, to commit, and to take a risk. The resourcefulness to be innovative and creative in finding new ways to do old things. And the endurance to keep going when things get tough."
We may never attempt to climb Everest ourselves, but we will be faced with obstacles that seem as big as any mountain. In listening to John you'll feel the thrill of life as seen through the eyes of a man who has learned to take risks, has continually strived to go beyond his "comfort zone," pushed himself to maximum levels, and found an awareness - his "real potential." This is not a man who sets limits.
John has led a lifetime of adventure:
For over 30 years he has led expeditions to remote regions of Northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China, Greenland and has explored areas of Arctic Canada on six occasions, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks.
At the age of 20, he spent two weeks lashed to tiny ledges while making the first ever ascent of Europe's highest and steepest mountain face - the 5000 foot "Vertical Mile" Troll Wall in Norway.
He was leader of an early mountaineering expedition to Western China, which made a bold ascent of 24,757 foot Mount Muztagata in Xinjiange Province - the highest mountain in the world to have been ascended and descended entirely on skis.
More recently, he 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.
And in 1989, he travelled over 2000 miles through the Canadian Arctic in an inflatable boat while supporting a canoe expedition which was celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Alexander Mackenzie's first crossing of North America.
A former school teacher and professional mountain guide, in 1984 he became Founder and President of One Step, Beyond, an innovative educational and motivational company, dedicated to the development of effective teamwork and the pursuit of personal peak performance in corporate and professional life. For over 20 years, he has lived in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with his wife, Peggy, and his daughter, Jillian.
John Amatt is an internationally renowned professional speaker who has spoken to over 1,500 corporate and professional audiences, representing well in excess of 600,000 people in 30 countries around the world. His magnificently-illustrated presentations are renowned for their emotional impact and he is one of the few speakers who is willing to modify his message to focus on the theme of a particular group or meeting.
"Adventure isn't hanging on a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an ATTITUDE that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles of life - facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and, in the process, discovering our own unique potential." John Amatt
Drawing from his own experiences as a Leader and Climber on Canada's first successful Mount Everest expedition, and building on his lifetime of adventure and entrepreneurship, John Amatt uses the adventure metaphor to inspire and motivate your audience. Each presentation is adaptable and applicable to any size or type of group, which have varied in size from a high of 6,000 people at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, to as low as 15 individuals.
John Amatt's most popular presentation, the highly innovative and inspirational 'Climbing Your Own Everest' explores the metaphor of striving to reach for 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 human qualities which we must all bring to bear in climbing to the top in the difficult and unpredictable economic environment of the 1990's.
Concepts which are explored by this presentation include:
Adapting to changing environments
Setting realistic goals
The role of positive attitude
- set against the real life and death struggle on the mountain.
By drawing the analogy between the challenge of climbing to the top of the world and the equal challenge of 'Climbing Your Own Everest' in a personal and professional sense, this presentation lends special focus to the challenges facing us all in the future.
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