JEFF EVANS Engaging, Entertaining, Relevant
GUIDE / GĪD /NOUN : ONE WHO SHOWS THE WAY BY LEADING, DIRECTING OR ADVISING
Jeff reminds us that, in fact, we are all guides in some capacity… professionally and personally. By utilizing real life stories, vivid images and thrilling video from his adventures as an expedition leader and guide around the globe, Jeff is able to extract the impactful themes that are applicable for every audience member and weave them into memorable, humorous, thought-provoking and paradigm shifting keynotes.
For over 25 years, Jeff’s experiences have helped him master the skills of selfless leadership, teamwork, communication and trust. Many of these skills have been acquired through guiding blind climber Erik Weihenmayer on extraordinarily challenging objectives including the summit of Mt Everest and a 2nd place finish on ABC’s adventure series, Expedition Impossible. Countless other impactful stories were garnered from his experience as the co-founder and Expedition Leader for the injured US veteran program, No Barriers Warriors.
The culmination of Jeff's adventures, skills and messaging have been showcased in recent years as he has taken on the role as team lead and chief medic for multiple high intensity medical aid missions. From leading a search and rescue team of Sherpas and helicopter pilots on the flanks of Mt Everest rescuing climbers, to serving as the lead medic for a trauma team on the front lines of the war in Mosul, Iraq... Jeff has committed himself to taking his leadership, teamwork, trust and adversity messaging out into the world in a powerful and dynamic way.
Over the 20+ years of sharing his keynotes for hundreds of clients, Jeff has delivered his message to tens of thousands of audience members, impacted countless lives and changed the way we all approach our roles as guides within our work and family environments.
The cornerstone of Jeff's message, servant leadership is paramount for success in our professional as well as personal lives. Jeff points out that we are all guides, and it's important that we lead from a place that is centered around fostering the success of others instead of focusing on our own personal accolades or summits. Nurturing your team (colleagues, clients or family) helps them identify their models of success and guides them up the route that optimizes their particular skillsets. Jeff describes the selfless attitude of the Sherpa as well as his role as the chief medic in Everest Air to convey the true nature of a Servant Leader.
Whether you are roped up in the mountains, or roped up in a business initiative, you will win together or lose together. Either way, your fate is inextricably connected to those on your team. Jeff has lead countless rope teams throughout his career and one thing always rings true... the “collective power of one” that comes from aligning with teammates can propel us forward. Keep in mind that whether you are leading the team from the front of the rope or bringing up the team at the end of the rope, if your rope team starts to plummet towards the edge of the cliff, it is unimportant who initiated the fall. In fact, you have no time to blame or finger point. You only have time to react and work together to bring that fall to a stop so you can begin climbing again together.
Communication & Trust
Jeff has honed his communication skills guiding his blind adventure partner, Erik on mountains, rocks and races all over the world for over 20 years. This partnership has been successful only because the two men have placed the highest level of trust in each other…where every step, jump and move matter. Jeff uses many of the situations he has encountered while guiding Erik across challenging terrain to illustrate the power and effectiveness of a "High Comms, High Trust" team.
Adversity is a part of any journey or objective. How we manifest our reaction to that adversity is what differentiates us as effective leaders and teammates. By using the VUCA acronym (Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous) as a learning framework, Jeff reflects back on the numerous events that have threatened to derail the final objective and identifies the tools necessary to optimize our efforts in the face of adversity.
Customized KeynotesCustomized KeynotesThrough pre-event discussions, Jeff works closely with the meeting planners and leadership team in identifying and customizing each keynote to reflect the needs of each group.
CLIENTS & TESTIMONIALS
Be assured that Jeff doesn't just come in and tell HIS story, in the days leading up to our meeting, he took the time to learn OUR story and how his lessons to the summit could parallel to the corporate, challenging economic, customer service world. You can imagine the tough audience he had to get in front of and at the end of his remarks, Jeff received a standing ovation - an anomaly from this seemingly hard-bitten bunch of tech experts.
Thanks to Jeff, our event was a hit from the beginning. He quickly learned about the industry and asked insightful questions to customize his presentation. Jeff delivered the opening keynote and scored the highest rating amongst all of our speakers. It was an executive level event and he received praises from our attendees.
The reviews are in and you nailed it! Many were impressed with your ability to relate life lessons with teamwork and the connection made to the corporate environment.
Spectacular….still buzzing about Jeff’s message.
Jeff was the best speaker any of us can remember.
The MountainVision themes were right on with where we are as a company right now...so many of Jeff's stories and metaphors rang true for us. The best part was how Jeff made the messages so engaging. Truly the best speaker we have had in our many years of meetings.
Jeff’s keynote and book helped me in building the strategic vision for my business unit – as we seek to raise our game and "strive to the summit”.
Jeff brought his themes of teamwork and leadership from the mountainside right into our organization in such a seamless way.
Jeff was charismatic and engaging and was able to bring the lessons of mountaineering to us in a very relevant way. He addressed vision, teamwork, risk, innovation and leadership using an inspirational and motivating delivery style. For days after the event, attendees were raving about his presentation. We've never had such an enthusiastic response to any type of team building activity we've ever done.
Jeff’s ability to connect with his audience is uncanny. Jeff translates his own lessons with an approach and demeanor so genuine the audience immediately feels a connection and begins applying Jeff’s wisdom to their own situation. If you are looking for a speaker who motivates an audience and gets them thinking about the importance of setting goals, training and preparation, being flexible in a changing environments, learning from failure, celebrating success, and the power of team-work, then I highly recommend Jeff Evans as your next speaker.
Simply put Jeff is amazing and will not disappoint. We had him in front of 140 senior transportations executives. He had the crowd on the edge of their seats. It was emotionally moving for many and it truly inspired everyone. His insights and personal stories around leadership, team work, and collaboration left the audience motivated to take action.