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Everest Speaker Scott Kress

Scott Kress

Everest Summiteer, Leadership, Peak Performance & Teamwork Speaker

Bio

Scott Kress is an accomplished mountaineer, keynote speaker and President of both Summit Training and Summit Team Building. Kress is an experienced and highly regarded keynote speaker, whose expertise in leadership, peak performance and team development shines through in his highly engaging keynotes. He has designed and delivered programs for many of the Fortune 500 organizations in Canada, the United States and Europe. In addition to customizing his keynotes, Kress can also design a training session or workshop to build upon his presentation. His latest book Learning In Thin Air was published in mid September 2012.

Kress began his career in training and development in 1989 and has worked with some of the leading experiential training organizations in the world including, Pecos River, Aon Consulting and Outward Bound. He has studied adult learning, leadership, conflict resolution, change management, and much more at the hands of some of the most talented trainers in North America. Kress has designed and delivered programs for many of the Fortune 500 organizations in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has a Masters degree in Leadership and Training and is an Executive MBA Professor having been voted Professor of the Year every year he has taught. Not only has Kress applied his expertise in business, but he has also applied it to create highly successful mountaineering teams.

As an experienced mountain guide, Kress has been a climber for over 22 years and has scaled some of the world highest mountains. Last year he successfully climbed Mount Everest; the fifth of his seven summits.

Scott Kress' one goal is to assist teams, leaders, and individuals in reaching their peak performance.

Topics

Keynote Options:

All keynote options are highly engaging and use powerful visual images to help tell a story and convey a message. Scott comes out from behind the podium as he connects with the audience. His interactive presentations are an effective hybrid between keynote and workshop. Through activities and discussions Scott will engage you in a keynote like never before experienced.

PRESENTATIONS >>>

LEARNING IN THIN AIR
Educational Keynote
Click here for keynote-workshop version of this program

What can you learn from an MBA Professor who climbed Mount Everest? The answer is a lot! Scott's Everest experiences are told from a unique climbing perspective and also relate directly to today's business success stories. Scott's summit is about more than reaching the top of the mountain; it is a story that provides real world examples of triumph and failure and how these lessons can be applied in a business environment.

In Scott's gripping presentation, you will discover how the many skills used in climbing may be applied to summit your own personal mountains in business and in life. Through inspiring personal stories of triumph, challenge, determination and even failure, Scott shows audiences that we are all climbers of our own mountains. By rising to the challenge of change and continuous improvement, he demonstrates how lessons of life in the mountains are directly applicable to any organization's challenges.

THE CLIMB OF A LIFE TIME
Motivational Keynote

Getting to the summit of Mount Everest was the realization of a lifelong dream for Scott Kress, but it almost never happened. Just like so many personal dreams, Scott's dream to climb Mount Everest had been put on the back burner as life took over. Scott is not an Olympic or sponsored athlete; he is a normal guy with a job, a mortgage and a family just like you. There was just not enough time in the day to get it all done. And then one day, Scott got motivated to live life to the fullest, but unfortunately it took tragedy to do it. In quick successions his father was diagnosed and died of cancer and then Scott was diagnosed with skin cancer. He could no longer ignore the fragility of life and vowed to make the most of what time he has on this planet. Let Scott's story be your catalyst to change.

ACHIEVING HIGH PERFORMANCE:
An interactive keynote workshop

The Idea
Take your next training workshop to a higher level. Summit has revolutionized the training program by blending a motivational keynote and a training workshop. Custom designed for your group, this half or full day workshop uses Scott Kress’ extremely popular “Learning In Thin Air” keynote as a foundation and layers in a custom array of models, tools, theories and strategies that meet your learning and development goals. The story is what makes this workshop highly engaging and the content makes it valuable to your team and your organization.

How it Works
As Scott shares his story and personal insights he will pause at various points and engage the group in a discussion to dig deeper into the content and to examine how to apply this to their goals, challenges and development. Each workshop is custom designed to focus on your goals and objectives. Using a worksheet, participants will capture their ideas and insights and develop concrete action plans for implementation at work.

The Take Away
This presentation format is highly interactive, thus making it engaging and relevant to the participants. They are not simply listening to a story, but they actively participate and apply the presentation content to their real world goals and challenges. Participants will have time to digest the information provided and to work it into realistic action plans to help them achieve their goals and overcome obstacles.

The Results
Motivate and educate your team simultaneously
The high level of interaction and engagement promotes retention
With a higher level of retention application and follow through is easier
Each session is custom designed based on your desired learning outcomes

CONQUERING EVEREST - Interactive TEAM BUILDING
The Scenario

At 8850m Everest is the tallest mountain on earth and one of the most sought after mountaineering goals. Your team will have a chance to embark on a simulated ascent of this extraordinary mountain. Participants will work together to form as a team, to create a vision of success and to make critical decisions that will lead them to the top.

During Conquering Everest you will follow Summit President Scott Kress' 2008 climb of Everest when he became the 51st Canadian to stand on the summit. True stories, photos and video from the expedition will bring this program to life.

The ultimate goal of this program is to demonstrate the power of team when embarking on a complex and challenging task. The learning focus of this program is: teamwork, collaboration, team decision- making, communication, and leadership.

The Program

  • Participants will work in small expedition teams;
  • A brief introduction will set the stage for the ascent with real stories and photos from the 2008 expedition;
  • Each team will determine their vision of success;
  • Individuals will answer a series of critical questions related to the expedition;
  • These same questions will then be answered in a collaborative manner with the expedition team;
  • Individual and team answers will be compared to the expert answers and the results will determine your level of success;
  • The session will wrap up with additional stories and photos from the expedition that will give your team the amazing perspective that can only be found at the summit of Mount Everest!


Scott Kress is represented by K&M Productions.For more information, fees & booking Scott Kress, contact us.

What Clients are Saying

Scott was outstanding. Period. The messaging he provided was right on point. The fact that he even integrated some of our key concepts and vernacular did not go unnoticed by attendees. Scott was engaging, funny, and instructional. Though Scott was recounting his adventure, it was clear he was trying to advance our learning objectives; it wasn’t all about him. The photos that accompanied his talk were spectacular and often elicited gasps. I always look to see if attendees seek out the speaker after his/her talk as that is a tell that the speaker connected with the audience. Scott had a group of participants around him after he finished and participants continued to seek him out. Really, I can’t imagine a more perfect fit for our theme or our audience. I expected Scott to be good but he was great. Consummate professional. Great storyteller. Wonderful educator.

–Johnson Controls

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Scott was outstanding. Period. The messaging he provided was right on point. The fact that he even integrated some of our key concepts and vernacular did not go unnoticed by attendees. Scott was engaging, funny, and instructional. Though Scott was recounting his adventure, it was clear he was trying to advance our learning objectives; it wasn’t all about him. The photos that accompanied his talk were spectacular and often elicited gasps. I always look to see if attendees seek out the speaker after his/her talk as that is a tell that the speaker connected with the audience. Scott had a group of participants around him after he finished and participants continued to seek him out. Really, I can’t imagine a more perfect fit for our theme or our audience. I expected Scott to be good but he was great. Consummate professional. Great storyteller. Wonderful educator.

–Johnson Controls

Scott was a keynote speaker for a group of 70+ Sr. Leaders in our organization that had on average 12+ years tenure. They had seen their fair share of keynote speakers and were a very critical audience. He was able to captivate our group with his activities, message and stories. We have had multiple speakers and none that were able to customize their message as well as Scott did. He aligned his message perfectly with the concepts of our program. He was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process.

–Robert Half International Inc.

We recently engaged Scott Kress to deliver a series of keynote presentations for our annual AGM meetings across the country. Scott’s engaging and personable style and his story of Everest summit success really connected with our company and our employees. Taking us along the journey to the top of the mountain, Scott blends the right mix of humour, learning, and strategies for high performing teams as part of his keynote – leaving every audience participant with a “take-away”. K-Line was tremendously pleased with our decision to feature Scott and his Learning in Thin Air as the keynote presentation for our provincial Annual General Meetings.

–Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness

Our Wellbridge Team was mesmerized by Scott's presentation as he took us through his expedition to climb Mt. Everest. The pictures and the videos clips were excellent and did a great job in capturing the history and the geography of the area. Scott's narrative as to what made his team a high performing and successful was effectively contrasted with the characteristics of some of the other teams who were not successful. Our associates were able to take these lessons back to their work teams and immediately apply what they learned from Scott's amazing presentation. Our associates are already asking if we can get Scott back for our next year's annual meeting.

–Wellbridge Health and Fitness

I was very impressed that with such short notice Scott was able to put together a team building afternoon experience tailored to meet our needs. His high energy talk on his Everest climb kept everyone in awe and on the edge of their seat. He demonstrated how the successes and failures of their climbs directly related to the team and their interaction with each other. The two hour team building activity that Scott and his team put together after the talk elevated the teams' spirit and morale. They had everybody totally engaged, having fun ... playing with a purpose!

–Canada Revenue Agency

Our group was very impressed with Scott's Learning in Thin Air presentation. It was inspirational, exciting and educational. It was a unique way to look at the importance of leadership and team development. I saw many of our managers taking notes as Scott was speaking. It has been a pleasure dealing with Frontier Team Building and Summit Training. We look forward to future opportunities for training.

–Service Experts

This summer at our annual off site strategic planning event, our extended management team was inspired by Scott's presentation of his recent climb to Mt. Everest. His fascinating slides and remarks captured not only the history and geography of the area, but also the more abstract 'feel' of this incredible experience. Scott's accompanying narrative highlighted what made his team high performing and successful. These first-hand lessons were great takeaways to apply with our teams and we look forward to further continuous learning opportunities with Scott and his associates.

–GS1 Canada

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