A terrifying climbing accident in the Andes took Joe
to the brink of death. His story of survival and comradeship has since
captivated millions in the film ‘Touching The Void’. Joe explains to delegates how
making the right decisions, in the right place at the right time, can make the
difference between succeeding and dying. Careful planning, effective teamwork,
goal setting, coolness under pressure and self-belief are vital factors: “It’s
about choice, not chance.”
Touching The Void, Joe Simpson’s account of his
near-fatal mountaineering accident, whilst climbing in The Andes, became an
international bestseller and BAFTA Award-winning film.
His tale of two friends, thrown into a nightmare of
life and death choices and heartbreaking decisions, captured the imaginations
of readers who had never been near a mountain. The pain, terror and human
dilemmas were recognizable to everyone and the themes of trust, friendship and
endurance were universal.
Born in Malaysia, Joe began climbing at the age of
fourteen in the Alps, and has since taken part in expeditions to Nepal, the
Peruvian Andes, Karakoram and Himalayas. His mountaineering exploits have
inspired him to write six books, including a novel.
Now a leading motivational speaker, Joe uses his
experiences and, in particular, the events recounted in Touching The Void, to
illustrate universal messages that have a resonance with business audiences
throughout the world.
Joe’s articulate, down-to-earth and humorous style
makes his presentation accessible and memorable. Feedback has been universally
positive and Joe has been met with captivated audiences and standing ovations.
No special knowledge of mountaineering is needed to understand the inspiring
messages within his story.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.