Thom Pollard: Motivational Speaking
by Thom Pollard: Keynote, Schools, Meetings and Events
· The Power of Mt Everest: The Quest
to find George Mallory
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Traveling from Massachusetts
Thom travels nationwide
presenting motivational and inspirational slide programs about his Everest
mountaineering and extensive adventure experiences to schools, universities
and corporations. He shares his most intimate experiences as a filmmaker and
climber in a rich and moving presentation. These programs are geared to
inspire a deeper understanding of self, and elicit the motivations which drive
us to tackle seemingly insurmountable goals. Motivation, Performance,
Teamwork, Goal Setting and Overcoming Obstacles are all interwoven
metaphorically into his presentation.
In 1999 Thom was a member of
the Mallory and Irvine Research Expedition, during which time the body of
George Mallory was discovered. His presentation investigates the mystery of
Mallory’s disappearance 75 years previously, by way of photographs which have
appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure and many other
books and publications. The presentation contains many never-before-seen
photographs of Mallory, now covered in a rocky grave at nearly 27,000 feet on
Everest’s north face.
In 2003 Thom was a crew
member and filmmaker for the Viracocha 2 Reed Ship Expedition, in which his
team constructed an ancient-style reed ship to sail from Chile to Easter
Island. In the path of Thor Heyerdahl this expedition attempted to shed new
light on ancient migration theories, and to see if it was possible for ancient
mariners from the South American continent to populate eastern Polynesia.
More than any expedition of his life this experience pointed out the
importance of Teamwork, Goal Setting, Commitment and Perseverance. These
important themes are incorporated into his moving presentation, including film
and photographs, all of which were produced for National Geographic.
"I am writing to you in
thanksgiving for your exceptionally inspirational presentation… It is not
often that such greatness and accomplishment is accompanied by fairness,
feminism and spiritual goodness. You…have combined these elements in a
magically transcendental way and for that I am grateful." Attorney Mary Ann
Mierzwa Vernon, CT
"Awesome. That is the one
word that comes to mind to describe your presentation to the Appalachian
Mountain Club…" Dale A. Geslien Program Chair
"The Mt. Everest mission in
1999 was spellbinding, from the first shot of a climber hanging off the edge
of a vertical drop through the slides of what it means to attempt a climb into
the Death Zone… You were more than a high mountain-climber or expert
cameraman. You let us think in broader perspectives about courage, risk, and
life's values, which relates to everyone of us." Karin Soderberg Membership
Program Manager, Mystic Seaport
Thom's documentaries include: The Power of
the Mountain; G2: A Climbing Journal, The Storm over Denali, Alive on Everest.
He produced the 10part television series for NBC on the French Alps.
His photographs have appeared in National
Geographic magazine, Climbing and Vanity Fair among others.
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