John Amatt

John Amatt

Everest Expedition Leader, called "the World's Best Adventure Speaker"

Speaker Categories: Adventurer | Inspirational | Motivational Business | Team Building | Peak Performance | Team Building | Change Management

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Renowned Mountain Climber and Everest Expedition Leader

John Amatt is Founder & 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. In this capacity, he has delivered more than 1,800 presentations and seminars in 48 countries and has been called “The World’s Best Adventure Speaker." 

A native of Great Britain, for the past 35 years he has been a resident of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and is the Founder of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, widely recognized as the world’s premiere showcase of adventure documentary films. 

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 an early climbing expedition to Western China, which used camels to approach a 25,000-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 unpredictable global business environments.

"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.

"No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude"

John Amatt is somewhat unusual amongst Adventure Speakers in that he did not reach the top of 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 one of his team on top of the world’s highest mountain. In his own words … “It didn’t matter who reached the summit, because we believed that when one person stood on the highest point, the whole team had achieved the goal. I was totally fulfilled the day we reached the top and I would never go back to Everest, because my expectation as leader had been fully met”.

"Straight to the Top and Beyond: Nine keys for meeting the Challenge of Changing Times"

Change is inevitable ... and increasing! Rapid and radical change is the primary challenge facing corporations and professionals today. We cannot stop this change, nor can we ignore it. But we can increase our ability to adapt, to manage change effectively, and to benefit from the numerous opportunities that change creates. In these rapidly -changing times, the metaphor of adventure is the perfect vehicle for articulating the strategy that will help us address this challenge. By definition, adventure involves dealing with the uncertain, the unpredictable and the unknown, just as change involves moving towards a future in which there are no guarantees. To succeed in the uncertain world of the 1990's and the 21st century, we must learn to embrace change, and to become visionary and adventurous in dealing with the economic, social, and political environments in which we must all operate.

Meeting the Challenge of Change: Journey Towards the Next Millennium

John Amatt presents seminars/ workshops of three to five hours duration, which focus on the theme of "Meeting the Challenge of Change" in corporate and professional life. Designed as an in-house program, this thought provoking seminar has also been effectively integrated into annual meetings or conventions.

  • Straight to the Top and Beyond
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  • One Step Beyond: Rediscovering the Adventure Attitude
    One Step Beyond: Rediscovering the Adventure Attitude Purchase Book
  • Voices from the Summit: The World's Great Mountaineers on the Future of Climbing
    Voices from the Summit: The World's Great Mountaineers on the Future of Climbing Purchase Book

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