Warren Macdonald | Change the way you see the World and you can change the World.

Warren Macdonald

Change the way you see the World and you can change the World.

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Warren Macdonald

Warren Macdonald's life's boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland's (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island's tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid-thigh.

Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania's Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.

In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa's tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft).

Warren's bestselling book, "A Test of Will" was the subject of the "Trapped under a Boulder" episode of the Discovery Channel series "I Shouldn't Be Alive".

Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including "Larry King Live", "The Oprah Winfrey Show", and "The Hour" with George Stroumboulopoulos.

He lives in the Columbia Valley in BC with his partner Margo Talbot.

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Featured Keynote Programs

The Power of Perception

How do we build resilience in times of extraordinary change?
We start by asking ourselves, “How am I seeing this?”
Once we realize that we can reframe our challenges, that we can literally “change the way we see”, everything changes...

Expected Outcomes:

This keynote presentation is designed to hit “reset” on how your team sees their role in your organization. Expect them to come away empowered, engaged, inspired and ready to take action. They’ll begin to see challenges and opportunities with fresh perspectives and renewed vision.

Key Takeaways:
An understanding of the incredible importance of mindset, and how perception is the most important factor when it comes to limiting, or improving, our performance.
Specific tools and techniques to help break through the barriers that limit us.
How to develop strategies to counter inevitable setbacks that always come when pursuing big goals.

One Step Beyond
Setting and Reaching Impossible Goals

It’s all well and good to set seemingly impossible goals; the kind that has your team looking at you like you’re nuts. Like this time you’ve really lost it . . . You need them to see what you see. You need to convince them, to inspire your team to follow you. To show them what is possible when you’re prepared to go One Step Beyond…

• Beyond ordinary
• Beyond conventional
• Beyond perceived limitations

Expected Outcomes:

You can expect your team to become engaged in raising the performance bar.

Key Takeaways:

• Reinforced understanding of the power of purpose, i.e.: when we have purpose, we have an edge
• The ability to see obstacles as stepping-stones toward our goals
• A clear understanding of the importance of preparation in reaching your goals

The Challenge of Change
Finding Opportunity in Adversity

We’ve all heard it a million times; “change is constant”, “the only certainty in life is change”, “change or perish”. We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Warren’s “Challenge of Change” presentation will help your group realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth. That it’s the challenges we face that build the resilience we need as we’re asked to do more, with less . . . That it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.

Expected Outcomes:

You’ll learn to see change as an inevitable, ongoing process that we’re all engaged with; not just something that “happens to us”. That by changing the way we see change, changes everything… You’ll never look at adversity in the same way again.

Key Takeaways:

• Foster the ability to recognize and breakthrough mental barriers to change.
• Tools to build resilience for both business and personal growth.
• A powerful shift in thinking that will put challenges into perspective.
• Develop a breakthrough mindset that seeks solutions and opportunities.

Return on Resilience
Bouncing Back is just the Beginning

If there’s one certainty, in business and in life, it’s that we will all face challenges; that we will all, at some point be faced with a seeming insurmountable obstacle or obstacles. When that happens, our greatest ally is found in our ability to endure; to adapt. When that happens, it pays to have banked some resilience.

This keynote presentation focuses on what we can do to prepare for our challenges in advance. On how we can fortify ourselves against the curveballs and roadblocks before they happen by practicing resilience.

Expected Outcomes:

This keynote presentation is designed to move your team from “I can’t” to “Bring it!” To instill the understanding that by facing our challenges; seeking them out even, we build the strength and resilience required when bigger problems come our way.

Key Takeaways:

• An understanding of how resilience is banked, and is transferable across all areas of our lives.
• Specific tools and techniques to build resilience.
• Learn that “Bouncing Back” is just the beginning. By practicing resilience, we position ourselves to Bounce Forward towards our goals.

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Featured Book

A Test Of Will: One Man's Extraordinary Story Of Survivalby Warren Macdonald

A Test Of Will: One Man's Extraordinary Story Of Survival

by Warren Macdonald
Recounts the ordeal of the Australian mountaineer who was trapped for two days under a loosened boulder on Mount Bowen, describing how he managed to keep himself alive and to deal with the amputation of his legs after the accident.

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Featured Articles & Resources

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