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Adventure Speakers for National Great Outdoors Month

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June 13, 2024

Every June, the United States celebrates National Great Outdoors Month. It’s a month-long recognition of the many benefits of spending time outdoors and exploring the beauty of parks, wildlife refuges, forests, and other natural treasures. The celebration started in 1998 as Great Outdoors Week under President Bill Clinton. It has grown in popularity ever since, with every president, Congress, and many states issuing proclamations designating June as Great Outdoors Month. There are many reasons your organization or institution should consider hosting adventure speakers for National Great Outdoors Month.

Worldwide Speakers Group is seasoned in procuring adventurers-turned-keynote speakers. For many reasons, these thought leaders prove to be captivating, inspiring figures. Here’s how you might describe them:

Adventure speakers have a thrilling background:

These speakers might be an accomplished mountaineer who has summited the highest peaks in the world (Olga Koroleva), a fearless climber who’s ascended treacherous and jagged peaks without a harness (Alex Honnold), or a seasoned photographer who has patiently endured long waits at isolated corners of the world to capture “the shot” (Paul Nicklen).

Adventurers are motivational powerhouses:

Adventure speakers deliver dynamic presentations:

Overall, an adventure keynote speaker is a powerful source of inspiration, motivating audiences to push their limits, embrace challenges, and forge a deeper connection with the world around them. If you’re looking for a motivational speaker or someone who has had an adventurous past, Worldwide Speakers Group can help you select the perfect speaker for your event.

Below are some of our favorite adventurers and motivational speakers, along with their recent accomplishments.

Paul Nicklen

As demonstrated in his latest guest blog post, Paul Nicklen is no stranger to the great outdoors. In fact, Nicklen thrives on nature and capturing its stories through his camera lens. On a recent assignment for National Geographic, he traveled back to where he grew up—northern Canada—and photographed an animal with massive endurance and resolve, the Greenlandic sled dog. In his thoughtful articles, Nicklen shares heartwarming experiences alongside devastating facts about climate change and its effect on ecosystems of all kinds. After reading his words, one can imagine how his in-person presentations have the ability to amplify and drive home these messages as audiences come face to face with Paul, his stories, and his powerful images.

Olga Koroleva

Olga Koroleva Opinion Piece

In her article for Fast Company, Olga Koroleva writes, “Without goals, we turn our everyday life into a collection of meaningless tasks and spontaneous moves that lead to burnouts.” Koroleva is a world class mountaineer who uses her climbing discipline in her business life and passes the knowledge forward through speaking engagements. Olga has completed over 40 expeditions, summiting the highest, the deadliest, and the hardest mountains on the planet: Mount Everest, Annapurna I, and K2. In addition to her accomplishments on the mountain, she is the founder and CEO of Capital Brain, a company that creates AI-run investment strategies to invest in real estate and public securities.

“When I speak to an audience of business executives, I encourage them to keep this system in mind, whenever they are working on a personal goal, or setting up a new venture, or solving a hard business issue.”

Robert Ballard

World-famous for his discovery of the Titanic and the Bismark, Robert Ballard is the man who made some of the most startling undersea discoveries. The skills that led to his headline-grabbing accomplishments are the same skills that now lead people from all walks of life toward a realization of their dreams. He recently published an article, I discovered the wreck of the Titanic – but seeing these vents in the sea floor was far more exciting, which describes the expedition that led to the proof that life can exist in much more hostile environments than we thought, a discovery that “has led people to believe there is even more likely to be life elsewhere in our solar system.”

Dr. Ballard is the 2024 recipient of the Horatio Alger Award. He says, “I think my greatest legacy was not as a scientist, is not an an explorer, but but my ability to reach young people.” Through his speaking engagements, Ballard leads audiences on a journey to plumb some of history’s greatest mysteries. His adventurous spirit is matched by a practical and hugely successful approach to goal setting, team building, and execution.

Cristina Mittermeier

Cristina Mittermeier is the founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and co-founder of SeaLegacy. She is a seminal figure in the preservation of ecosystems and indigenous cultures worldwide. She has pioneered the genre of conservation photography, which seeks to capture the beauty of nature and to engage actively in its protection, fostering awareness and advocacy through visual storytelling. Her latest book, ‘Hope,’ assembles a collection of photographs that inspire optimism for the environmental cause. The book features individuals and communities from the highlands of New Guinea to the Amazon’s depths, all of whom are dedicated to nurturing a harmonious relationship with the natural world. The same narrative is true of Cristina and her speaking engagements, which always include Cristina’s astounding visuals and dynamic storytelling.

Tom Jones

Traveling to space may or may not qualify as appreciating the “great outdoors,” but no one can argue that it does not qualify as an adventure! Astronaut Tom Jones spent more than eleven years with NASA, during which he flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. In 2001, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has spent fifty-three days working and living in space. His latest book, Space Shuttle Stories, Dr. Jones shares some of the most dramatic and funniest tales from the thirty-year career of the space shuttle. The product of more than 130 astronaut interviews, the book details the human drama and adventure experienced by the 355 space fliers who flew this amazing spaceship.  At speaking engagement, Tom describes the exceptional leadership and teamwork needed to succeed, in space and on Earth.

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