May 27, 1998 Tom Whittaker confounded conventional wisdom when
he became the first person with a disability to stand on Mount
Everest’s 29,035 ft. summit.
reads like a movie script and speaks to courage, passion and
persistence to achieve a dream, no matter how daunting.
Whittaker’s authenticity and his ability to engage his
audiences ‘hearts’ and ‘heads’ in profound ways make Tom a
sought after corporate speaker. IBM, DELL, Merrill Lynch, NASA
and National Geographic are all companies he has inspired to
embrace change, take responsibility for outcomes, and drive
forward with integrity and passion in pursuit of their vision.
Turn Your Meeting into a "Summit!"
Managing For Results In
A Depressed Economy
Following his star, Tom
Whittaker came to the United States to become a world famous mountaineer,
until a drunk driver shattered his legs and crushed his dreams. The story of
how he reinvented himself to become an agent of positive change is
outstanding. Add to this, taking a ‘never walk again’ prognosis to the summit
of Mount Everest; you have the caliber of this man and the potency of his
Whittaker uses three short
video clips that transport his audience into the heart of the Himalayas and
place them on the summit of the world’s tallest mountain. With the passion of
a man deeply in love with life and humor that resonates from within, Whittaker
takes us on an emotional roller coaster that makes any adversity we face seem
like a bump in the road.
- Whittaker’s story is not
about falling down but about getting back up and finishing the race, no
matter how lofty the goal.
- His story is not about
disability; it is about the ability. The ability we all possess to learn
from experience and turn adversity into triumph.
- Whittaker’s story is about
being part of a vision that is bigger than one’s self and making it happen.
Topics include: Overcoming
obstacles; goal setting; teamwork; the surmounting of great physical and
psychological challenges; and the triumph of the human spirit.
Motivating Your Sales Force
How High Do You Want To Go?"
Using the same classic
ingredients, combining a compelling life portfolio with award winning video,
Whittaker takes his audience on a roller coaster journey to the roof of the
world. Although your sales force may not experience bone chilling cold,
crossing bottomless crevasses, and fighting gale force winds, they do face the
challenge of consistently doing more and working smarter, and faster in the
face of a severe economic climate. Under your leadership and direction, the
motivation and confidence of your sales team play a critical role in your
Topics include: Articulating
the vision; embracing the dream; belief in the outcome; passion; persistence;
overcoming rejection; reaching the summit.
Especially Designed For Subsidiaries or Departments That Have Undergone
Considerable Reorganization, Amalgamation or Downsizing
"Riding The Avalanche"
At 31, Whittaker was coaching
a nationally ranked rugby team, climbing extreme rock and ice and redefining
the possible in a kayak on whitewater rivers. In a matter of seconds, all this
changed. With destroyed knees and broken legs and an amputated foot, Tom had
to reinvent himself. Rather than focusing on what he had lost, he focused on
what he had and was determined to rebuild himself as a more focused and potent
individual than he had been before the accident. Whittaker's journey from a
'never walk again' prognosis to standing on the summit of one of the most
unforgiving mountains on earth. Going to the mountain, Whittaker knew that one
person perishes for every six successful summit bids. He also knew that for
Westerners, the probability of success is one in thirty. In other words, you
are five more times likely to perish that you are to succeed in your goal.
However, rather than daunting him, he went to this mountain three times
spending a total of six months in its icy clasp.
Topics include: Courage;
accountability; confidence; discipline; teamwork; adding value to the vision;
overcoming fear; creating an environment for success.
Fortune 500 companies to school kids, Whittaker's gift is in touching
hearts and opening minds. Skillfully crafting his presentations to his
audience, he challenges us to make the leap of faith that achieving
To achieve the summit of your next
business conference, club meeting, training seminar or social function,
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