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Warren Macdonald

Shifting Your Perception on Change

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Warren Macdonald has climbed over obstacles most people cannot imagine. Having lost both of his legs from a freak accident while he was backpacking off the coast of Australia, Macdonald not only decided that his injuries wouldn’t slow him down―he decided they would propel him to new heights. Just ten months after the incident, Warren climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain and later summited both Mount Kilimanjaro and El Capitan. Inspiring audiences to turn challenge into change, Warren’s talks foster the desire to seek opportunities and overcome obstacles. +

Warren is the author of A Test of Will: One Man’s Extraordinary Story of Survival, which chronicles his two-day ordeal of being trapped under a boulder, his subsequent rescue, the amputation of his legs, and his journey toward recovery. His film The Second Step,  documenting his epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia’s most challenging mountain summit, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival.

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 has written articles for CNN World Edition, Australian Geographic, Speaking of Impact and Professional Speaker.

As a speaker, Warren’s clients include PepsiCo, Blackberry/ Marketstar, HSBC, Sun Life Financial, Suncor, Novo Nordisk, among many others. In 2013, he spoke at TEDx Ajman “No Strings Attached” in the UAE. --

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Return on Resilience
Bouncing Back is just the Beginning +

If COVID has taught us anything, it's that we can never have too much resilience... As things get back to "normal", we'll want to continue our resilience practice to fortify ourselves against future curveballs; setting ourselves up to take advantage of opportunities that come our way post pandemic.

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. --

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. --

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 Power of Perception
Building a Breakthrough Mindset +

If we can’t see where it is we need to go, what are our chances of getting there? If your team or your members can’t see where you’re going, what are the chances they’ll get on-board?

In navigating change, and overcoming the challenges that come with it, we need to address the foundation; the root cause of why we often get stuck or disengaged, and that is, how we perceive change in the first place.

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. --

Next Level Quality of Care
A Patients Testimony +

[In Warren's own words] "As a keynote speaker, I present at thirty to forty events each year on topics ranging from navigating change to setting impossible goals.

I have to say though that the strongest connection I feel with an audience is when I get to share my patients story as a healthcare speaker with people that do the work that you do; those of you in healthcare.

I’ve seen firsthand what you do. I’ve been there, on the receiving end.

I’d never been in hospital before until that night, after being rescued off of the side of a remote mountain, when I was wheeled on a stretcher into your world…

Ten days in intensive care; a month in the first hospital, then seven months of rehabilitation; learning how to live as a double above knee amputee…

I know that what you do makes a difference, and I’ve got some ideas and some thoughts to share with you through my patients testimony for those times when I think you forget that you make a difference…

I’ve put together a presentation especially for you, as someone who deals with situations of consequence on a daily basis, to remind you of the importance of the work you do; of the difference you make."

Expected Outcomes:

The big picture aim of this presentation is to validate the importance of the work you do; whether you’re a front line practitioner or clinician; a caregiver or caseworker or a hospital administrator. Second to that is to share an example of the results we can achieve in our quality of care when we adopt a client centred (or patient centred) approach or model. When we partner with our patients to achieve a common goal.

Key Takeaways:

  • Validation of the importance for the role you play. You make a difference!
  • Strategies to improve the quality of care you deliver;
  • The importance of perception in your role in healthcare, both in how you see your patients and how you see yourself. --
Warren Macdonald is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Warren Macdonald's speaking schedule, fees & booking speaker Warren Macdonald, contact us.
What Clients are Saying

No testimonial I can give will do justice to what you brought to our Annual Franchise Partner Conference this year. I had the highest of expectations after booking you and you blew those expectations out of the water. I believe you received the only standing ovation of our three day event because you went out of your way to customize the message not only based on the details I’d given you earlier, but also the information that you gleaned from attending several sessions earlier. I have never seen a more captivated and inspired audience or a more dedicated speaker.



No testimonial I can give will do justice to what you brought to our Annual Franchise Partner Conference this year. I had the highest of expectations after booking you and you blew those expectations out of the water. I believe you received the only standing ovation of our three day event because you went out of your way to customize the message not only based on the details I’d given you earlier, but also the information that you gleaned from attending several sessions earlier. I have never seen a more captivated and inspired audience or a more dedicated speaker.


The presentation you delivered was heartfelt and more than inspirational. You captured exactly what we were looking to hear and you weaved your story and teachings brilliantly throughout. We have been back to work a few weeks now and people are still talking about some of your key take-away messages. They were so simple and could they not! Thank you again for choosing to spend time with us. We are better for it!


You are an inspiration to anyone who hears your story.

–Oprah Winfrey

Your topic “One Step Beyond” was one of the best and most powerful keynotes I have had the pleasure of hearing. Some of the words used to describe your keynote were “exceptional”, “inspiring”, “very, very moving” and “this keynote makes me want to climb mountains”.

–Canadian Association of Petroleum Land Administration

I want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for helping to make our event a huge success. You understood from our pre-event conversation exactly what it was we needed to convey and delivered that message in an engaging and thought provoking way. By skillfully blending your story with challenges currently facing our industry (obviously, you'd done your homework) you managed to convey to us not so much what we wanted to hear, but what we needed to hear. Your message "when we change the way we see the world, we change the world" resonated profoundly with our group, reinforcing for us how our perception, beginning with the way we see ourselves, effects others. Helping us to see this so clearly has proved invaluable in our dealing, not only with our clients, but amongst ourselves. For this we thank you.

–Shoppers Home Healthcare

The impact your visit had on our organization has been profound. The relevance, clarity and poignancy of your presentation has helped us refocus on the tasks we have to complete and brought the team closer together. We cannot recommend highly enough to any other organization the benefits of engaging you to speak to them.

–Motability Finance Limited

You could hear a pin drop for the entire length of your one hour presentation. Your ability to connect with an audience and hold their attention is something that I have never experienced with a Guest speaker before. The Key message our people needed to hear, and you delivered, was that change is inevitable; we can?t change that. What we can change is our response to that change, and I want to thank you once again for reinforcing that message for us that it is up to all of us, individually, to see change as an opportunity rather than something to be feared.

–London Drugs

Your keynote presentation on Monday was a huge success (in case you couldn't tell by the STANDING OVATION you received!). I've had so many people come to tell me that you were the best speaker we've ever had and how much it meant to them to hear your story. You have an amazing spirit that resonates in everything you say and do. I highly recommend Warren as a keynote speaker for any organization. For those that may be facing hurdles that seem insurmountable, Warren will be the key that opens the door to what is possible when you confront challenges and move forward with determination and resolve.

–Alberta Envirofuels Inc.


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