Sharon Wood is the first North American woman to climb Mount Everest and the
only woman to do so by a new route and without Sherpa assistance.
Sharon teaches, entertains and inspires with her story of climbing Mount
Everest by a new and more difficult route, with fewer resources and, in good
style. Good style in the world of elite high altitude climbing is all about
accomplishing more with less.
story is a testimonial to rendering the impossible possible through exemplary
teamwork, leadership and personal spirit. It is a story about ordinary people
achieving extraordinary results. Sharon effectively conveys both the
individual and the team perspective by stressing the importance of her own
passion and dreams while fulfilling a role as a member of a team. A team
committed to levering every component of their strategy to realize a shared
Sharon's style is personal and moving. She uses powerful anecdotes and vivid
analogies to convey the elements that parallel the challenges of striving
individuals and organizations. Sharon's authentic, humorous and honest
approach evokes listeners to consider the value of their own stories and
reflect upon the resources and opportunities that foster personal and team
"Everest To the Summit and Beyond" is more than just an adventure story, it
is a timeless, universal story about human struggle and triumph over
adversity. For anyone wanting to be more effective in his or her work or life,
Sharon's story is a powerful inspiration.
Sharon's story illustrates these concepts and
Committing to a shared vision
Accomplishing more with less
Thriving through change and adversity
Looking beyond the boundaries of expertise for creative solutions
Maintaining the momentum
Believing "Better is possible"
Firing on all cylinders
Identifying the real obstacles
Expanding horizons of perceived opportunities and resources
Embracing the value of diversity and conflict
Being and living our potential
Performing over conforming
Recognizing, giving and taking support
Valuing power of
passion and curiosity
Stunning PowerPoint images and video taken live from the highest mountain on
Earth support her presentation.
Take a Risk, Live Life!
Risk is a factor tied to much of what we do.
Risk is often the deterrent to acting on what we need to do to live a more
fulfilling life. Sharon espouses the value of selective risk taking as a means
to experiencing our greater potential. Anticipation of loss, fear and anxiety
are feelings most often associated with risk. Sharon
conveys the strategies and essential components she has used to push through
her fears and barriers. She speaks to preparation, a clear vision, intention
and desire as being essential components to minimizing and calculating a risk.
Most importantly she speaks to rewards of being a risk taker and winning in
Founder and Chairperson of a private school in
her community, President of her own company Adventure Dynamics Inc, first
North American woman to summit Mount Everest, a professional mountaineer and a
mother of two sons; Sharon is leading a life rich with risk, challenge and
Through humor, passion and self-disclosure
Sharon describes the elements of risk in a variety of endeavors. She draws
from her personal experience in public speaking, implementing community and
team projects, and climbing the highest mountain in the world to explore the
balance of losses and gains in risk taking.
I feared these people were too
"sophisticated" to respond to a motivational speaker. I couldnšt have been
more wrong. Your story, and the slides and the video that went with it
were fascinating. You clearly understood the problems we faced, and
tailored your presentation to our needs. Your low-key style set off the
message like black velvet behind diamonds.
Sharon your message regarding
team concepts, interdependencies, and maximizing onešs potential was
directly on point. You were extremely effective in applying your own
experiences in high altitude climbing to our business setting. The extra
time you spent with us to get a deeper understanding of our business was
clear to the audience and strengthened your impact. Moreover, your
engaging and relaxed communication style enabled our staff to relate sell
to you and with you. Simply put, you clearly exceeded our expectations and
our expectations were quite high.
Everyone in the audience
unanimously agreed that your presentation was fantastic. Your message
which was delivered with such honesty, really struck home for the audience
while leaving the event they felt energized, entertained and ready to
recognize the many opportunities in front of them. I am convinced that the
success of this session was not only in your actual message and delivery,
but in the hard preparation work and the time you dedicated in prep
discussions with myself and other P&G leaders beforehand.
Most important they said that they
could relate to your accomplishment and story in a way that they had not
experienced with other speakers. Not that they thought they could climb
Everest, but that through personal commitment and teamwork they could take
their ordinary skills and develop them in a way that would allow them to
deliver more both personally and professionally than had thought possible.
Sharon Wood Spoke to over five
hundred RE/MAX sales people at a sales rally. I have helped organize these
events for seven years, and she had the greatest positive response we've
have ever had. She left the audience feeling ordinary people can do
extraordinary things, and they were as charged up as if they had gone up
The standing ovation we gave you
was of course partly for your Everest achievement. But I think it was more
because you created for the Project Management audience a context by which
you reflected the conference leadership theme, and you drew in everyone. I
have received so many accolades on your behalf as a result.
Sharon magically moves and inspires her audience at an emotional level,
while at the same time delivering practical experience in teambuilding,
project management and role modeling. She also has a knack, rarely shown
in speakers, of showing her humanity.
After hearing you
recount, with great humility I might add, the significant physical and
mental challenges embedded in your climb to the summit, it really put into
perspective the business issues we face. Your concepts of "Good Style",
"Better is Possible" and "Thriving versus Surviving" have already found
their way into the vernacular of our company. Your story is so rich that I
expect we will be referencing it in internal conversations for some time
To achieve the summit of your next
business conference, club meeting, training seminar or social function,
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