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John Amatt

Mt. Everest Expedition Leader and Best-Selling Author

“The challenge of change is forcing us to rethink our values and to rekindle our spirit of adventure.
It will take courage, resourcefulness and endurance to meet this challenge – the courage to try, to commit and to take more risks; the resourcefulness to be innovative and creative in finding new
ways of doing old things; and the endurance to keep moving forward despite all the setbacks.”

John Amatt is perhaps 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”.

John Amatt is a superb storyteller, who has delivered highly motivational presentations to some 1,800 audiences in 45 countries worldwide. After a career of 25 years, he is one of the world’s most successful adventure speakers. 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 challenging times.

John is the Founder of the world-renowned Banff Mountain Film Festival, Founder and President of One Step Beyond WorldWide, and has been called “The World’s Best Adventure Speaker”.

“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 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 ways of succeeding in a rapidly changing world. He is the perfect speaker to assist your team in navigating through the turmoil of today’s global economic crisis.”

“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

“One senior executive described your presentation as the best he had ever heard.”
American Express

“I’ve heard a lot of Everest speakers over the years and your talk today was definitely the best.”

What John Ammat Talks About:
NO MOUNTAIN TOO HIGH: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude
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