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Touching the Void – BAFTA, Outstanding British Film of the Year 2004
Touching the Void – BAFTA, Outstanding British Film of the Year 2004
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The world's best-selling mountaineering author brings his knowledge and powerful stories to the corporate sector in an amazingly inspirational presentation that can be tailored to provide relevance and motivation for virtually every type of audience..
Joe Simpson has drawn from his experiences as one of the world's most successful and respected mountaineers to become a leading author. “Touching the Void”, the story of his amazing survival, having shattered his leg and been left for dead in a crevasse high in the Andes, has sold over a million copies worldwide.
He now brings his knowledge and powerful stories to the corporate sector in an amazingly inspirational presentation that can be tailored to provide relevance and motivation for virtually every type of business audience. His presentations can be focused on a variety of topics including: - Teamwork, Leadership, Personal development, Risk assessment, Management style, and Training.
Having completed his first corporate speech Joe received phenomenal feedback: - "I am writing to heap enormous praise on Joe Simpson for the incredible presentation he gave. Joe added a new dimension to our meeting, not just through the power of his story, but also through his inspirational speaking qualities. We would have absolutely no reluctance in recommending Joe to anyone.” National Sales Manager, Hoechst Marion Roussel
Following the sale of the movie rights of Touching the Void to Tom Cruise's and Sally Field's movie company, the rights to a 90 minute drama documentary were sold to the independent producers Darlow Smithson, working for Channel 4 and PBS. It has been distributed in the UK cinemas by Pathe and in the USA by IFC. The drama documentary film of ‘Touching the Void’ won the 2004 Baftas Outstanding British Film of the Year beating ‘Cold Mountain’, ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and The Evening Standard Best film of the year 2004. It is now officially the most successful documentary in British cinema history.
Promotional work for the film included extensive interviews, including BBC World News Hardtalk, Letterman and Oprah.
His latest book, “The Beckoning Silence”, was published in January 2002 and was made into a stunning documentary that was first broadcast on C4 in October 2007. 'Touching the Void', the best-seller translated into 14 languages, won the Boardman Tasker Prize 1988, NCR Non fiction Award 1989, Deutches Literaturpries 1990, and Premio del libro do Montagna 1993. It has sold over one and half million copies world wide. He is also author of the novel 'The Water People' and non-fiction works 'This Game of Ghosts', 'Storms of Silence' and 'Dark Shadows Falling'. To date all his books have been short-listed for the Boardman Tasker Prize.
Joe Simpson has developed a reputation on the speaking circuit which is second to none. Having spoken to a wide variety of audiences of varying nationalities, Joe has consistently exceeded all expectations. His presentation is supported by an "all action" introduction video and stunning photography.
“I was speechless at the end of Joe’s presentation – the casual, informal, personal and captivating way in which he tells his remarkable story held my attention for every second. In terms of achieving my objectives by impressing the audience with the strength and ability to meet tough personal challenges and goals, Joe achieved this 100 percent. He has become a subtle role model for many of our staff in terms of handling challenges and achieving goals.” - ICL
“He was absolutely superb and took the audience on such an amazing journey of emotions. Everyone loved him! Thank you!” - Event Manager, Barclays
“Thanks for delivering a superb account of your experience in the Andes. It had been 5/6 years since I last heard your account and even though I re-read the book, it really is quite a moving and amazing experience to hear to you live” - Managing Director, Miller Homes
“Joe’s very personal account of how he survived against all the odds, made for a very powerful presentation at our Annual Sales Conference. We were most impressed. His presentation was both inspirational and moving but laced with a good measure of appropriate humour. People were left very uplifted and inspired.” - Vodafone Corporate
“I’m still on site in Las Vegas, but I wanted to send you a quick message to let you know we had rave reviews from all of our clients. Joe is truly one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet. We are already talking about booking him for next year.” - Russell Investment
“Joe Simpson flew in from the USA, shrugging off jet lag, he proceeded to captivate our entire sales and service teams, holding them in the palm of their hand and taking them on an emotional roller coaster ride from shock, horror to humour. We were all overawed and inspired by Joe’s amazing story. Needless to say we will be beating a path to the bookstore to buy Joe’s recently released book, The Beckoning Silence.” - Abbott Diagnostics
“Many, many thanks for your excellent contribution to our Double Partner Development Conference. I am well aware that our audience likes to engage with motivational messages – but you surpassed all expectations in this regard. Your story is remarkable enough, but is all the more incredible when told in the compelling style you bring to the performance, combined with a humility which makes it all the more outstanding.” - Executive Director – Human Resources, St James’s Place
“The evening with Joe was a tremendous success. Although he denies it, he is a very good, very natural public speaker. Everyone in the room was fully engaged. I have never seen the interest in Q&A afterwards so high at our events – we could have kept him up late into the evening. I only wished we were in a smoky pub in Sheffield after a good days climbing.” - Managing Director Prime Brokerage, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
“The collated scores from the `Avandia Experience’ show that Joe Simpson’s session scored highest (7 people put Joe off the scale). Please thank Joe for his excellent work.” - GSK
“Joe is a very gifted communicator who held our international audience of more than 200, in the palm of his hand, for one hour……..I had the onerous task of trying to close the meeting after he had left the podium and confess that I was completely lost for words….I recommend Joe Simpson very highly indeed. I have heard a lot of sportsmen and motivators speak, making links between their world and the world of business and their words are instantly forgettable. Joe spoke from the heart and stole the show. Everybody was blown away and I’m sure they will remember the occasion for many years to come, as will I” - European Marketing Director, TDI
"Without any doubt, Joe Simpson delivered a powerful and motivating presentation throughout the week and was a resounding success at each of the three conventions. He added exactly the right dimension and the feedback from delegates is unanimously positive" - Head of Business Services, Legal & General
"The 200 or so CEO’s who attended, universally praised your enthusiasm and passion...the comparisons of your story with the pitfalls of business were clear to everyone. One of many comments from delegates were... `this is one of the most gripping presentations I have seen (and I’ve seen plenty), Joe can really make us question how hard did we try and were we really committed" - Chief Executive, TEC International (USA)
"Joe was enormously popular. The audience was staggered by his story. He got a standing ovation." ….. “There has been nothing but praise for your talk. No other speaker has ever had a reception such as the one given to you” - MLC Australia
“Our conference went very well and the entrance of Joe had an amazing impact (including a standing ovation). A number of people at the end rushed to talk to him and the feedback I've had back since has been excellent.” - Director, Capital Radio
“This is a belated thank you to Joe Simpson for an absolutely stunning talk at our event on Thursday 13 March, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and it contributed greatly to the overall success of our event. Please could you relay our gratitude to Joe and we very much hope to be able to invite him to speak again in the future.” - Healthcompartners
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