Michael O'Donnell, Everest 2001, Speaker, Trainer and
For over 30 years, Michael
O’Donnell has been one of the world’s most respected mountain guides and
world-class explorers. Mr. O’Donnell is a Fellow of the prestigious New
York Explorers Club and is an expert corporate trainer and personal life
coach. O’Donnell’s life is a story of challenge, commitment, and
survival. When not guiding experienced or physically challenged climbers
to the summits of the world’s highest peaks, O’Donnell assists top
executives from around the world to develop new insights for leadership
and organizational development. In May 2001, O’Donnell and his teammates
reached the summit of Mt. Everest. On this expedition, Michael was
instrumental in guiding climber Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to
reach the top of the world. As an acclaimed team builder and corporate
coach, Michael brings the same passion and expertise in guiding
organizations to peak performance. When guiding or motivating a work
force through a tumultuous business atmosphere, O’Donnell does so with
the magic of an alchemist.
Woven into his life experiences is a
lifetime of business management expertise in a variety of industries. A
successful 10-year management career with Schlumberger Offshore helped Mr.
O’Donnell develop key insights into business cultural affairs. He has also
worked extensively in the power line industry as a highly sought after rigging
and safety consultant. He is also the recipient of numerous safety and
management awards. Michael has helped many companies achieve new heights in
safety and time management.
In addition to his broad experience, Mr.
O’Donnell has also been actively involved in the movie industry as a climber,
rigging consultant, and set designer. He has also been a personal coach and
trainer for such notable actors as Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Belushi, and
Michael has helped produce high-powered
results in industries across the board. He uses a very powerful, but simple
process called "Best Year Yet" to help achieve results in organizations
throughout the world. For more than twenty years, "Best Year Yet" has helped
individuals, teams, and organizations produce tangible results year after
year. This simple, yet effective process in an annual planning and
implementation system designed for leadership teams that want to create
focus, alignment, accountability, and breakthrough.
Recently chosen as the MPI Speaker of the year by the San
Diego chapter of MPI, Michael has been featured in numerous newspaper articles
and radio and television broadcasts. O’Donnell delivers a high impact
multi-media presentation designed to give his audience a "take it to work and
use it tomorrow" principles and techniques. A master of motivation, he hands
each audience member the same tools that allow him to achieve and survive in
the world’s most demanding environments, whether they be indoors or outdoors.
"I really enjoyed the Michael
O'Donnell's presentation. I found it very inspirational. Focusing on the
human element as the key ingredient for success in a challenging endeavor is a
unique way of presenting human performance concepts. So often we focus on the
human element as the weak link and address it from the negative perspective.
Courage, conviction, perseverance, flexibility, teamwork and trust, are just
some of the positive human performance concepts Michael drove home during his
presentation. These characteristics will be key to our success during the
upcoming outage. Michael's presentation drove home one underlying theme to
me; 'working together we can overcome obstacles that seem impossible'".
John W. Smith
Sr. Nuclear Operations Training Instructor
CR3 Training Department
"Mr. O’Donnell is the
most inspiring, enthusiastic, and authentic speakers I have had the pleasure
of experiencing. He really walks his talk."
President of Marketing
"Wow! Life holds so many lessons and Michael really
brought home the importance of all those lessons in our everyday lives. He
also brought life and energy to our conference giving us hope, courage and
inspiration to forge ahead in these difficult times."
"Michael O’Donnell is
a superb speaker and storyteller. He speaks from the heart and as a result,
connects intimately with his audience. He expertly weaves his personal
challenges and triumphs, which are moving, into the framework of the
listener’s experiences, thus providing unforgettable allegories."
Malcolm Baldridge Award
"Michael O’Donnell is one of the most
inspirational speakers I have ever met. He has a special gift for making
people’s dream come true – he really knows how to get to the results. His
achievements give new meaning to the word’s "track record". If you have a
chance to work with Michael, don’t think twice!"
Author "Your Best Year Yet"
Some of his past Clients:
Toyota General Motors Merrill
La Petite Academy Quantum Cox
Wachovia Bank Four Seasons Resorts
Aramark Services Clear Channel
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