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John Amatt

Author, Adventurer and Acclaimed Leader
Country: Canada

For over 30 years, keynote speaker John Amatt has led expeditions to remote regions of Northern Norway, Peru, Nepal, China, Greenland and has explored areas of the Arctic, making many first ascents of previously unclimbed peaks.  His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others.

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Author, adventurer, acclaimed leader and motivational speaker

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 a 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 – the29,035 foot summit of Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain

An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,800 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 1,000,000 people in 44 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.

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.

    Speaker John Amatt Keynote Topics

    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

    The key to future successes will be to develop the “Adventure Attitude”™ philosophy – a pro-active approach based upon the following acronym:

    • A – Adaptability
    • D – Desire & Determination
    • V – Vision & Values
    • E – Experience
    • N – Natural Curiosity
    • T – Teamwork & Trust
    • U – Unlimited Optimism
    • R – Risk-Ability
    • E – Exceptional Performance


    Climbing Your own Everest

    • What it takes to get to the top!


    The Mountain of Challenge

    • A global perspective
    • The art of progress
    • The paradox of comfort
    • Change is inevitable


    The Age of Discovery 

    • From known to unknown
    • Oceans of uncertainty
    • A place to sleep in safety
    • The choice – adapt or perish
    • Complacency and tunnel vision
    • The bubble of invincibility
    • Leaving the beaten path


    Seven C’s for Success… 

    • Curiosity
    • Courage
    • Commitment
    • Creativity
    • Cooperation
    • Communication
    • Concentration


    What it Takes to Get to the Top 

    • The struggle of life itself, upwards and forever  upwards
    • Overcoming fear
    • Respecting basic beliefs and core values
    • Developing peripheral vision
    • Teamwork based on trust
    • Learning from experience
    • F.8… and be there
    • Continuous improvement
    • Positive dissatisfaction
    • Penetrating the barriers of self-imposed  limitations


    Living the Adventure 

    • Attitude is the key to success…
    • Nine principles for achievement


    Global Leadership 

    • Characteristics of Leaders for the 21st Century


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