The request from meeting professionals and event planners used to be for Everest Summiteers. Now a whole new level of Peak Performers have entered the keynote speaker arena: Free Solo Climbers. Yes, these daredevils of sport seemingly accomplish the impossible by climbing the most important peaks in America free solo—with no ropes and no harnesses. And as you hear the likes of Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, and Emily Harrington (she’s the first woman to free solo Yosemite’s El Capitan in 24 hours!) speak, you’ll quickly understand why these 3 are so darn popular on the corporate speaking circuit. From Planning to Execution, to Overcoming Adversity, to Risk and Preparedness, even to Teamwork and Leadership—these freestylers of climbing check all the boxes when it comes to what at-home attendees demand.
Alex Honnold in fact won an Academy Award last year for his National Geographic documentary “Free Solo” which detailed his preparation and ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan. When you hear Alex present at a virtual speaking engagement, you’ll soon find out that his many days of practice for this famed climb put him in a position to memorize every single step that he would have to make to get the top of El Capitan—before he needed to take those steps. Just an awesome planning mission completed. We’ve grabbed a few minutes of Alex’s recent virtual keynote speech to Dell technologies. Check out this link and let us know what you think—-or rather, let us confirm Alex Honnold as your next virtual keynote speaker!