In 2017, adventurer Adam Shoalts set off on a journey most said was impossible: a 4,000 km crossing of Canada’s Arctic alone in a canoe over an unprecedented route. Few believed it could be done: months alone in the wild, hundreds of miles from any sort of help, facing Polar Bears, gale-force storms, waves able to swallow a canoe and ice floes capable of crushing a boat.
Shoalts didn’t just succeed—he did it under budget, ahead of schedule, and virtually without mishap. In this presentation, he shares the secrets to his success. These lessons can be applied to any daunting task, in any walk of life, and any line of work. Shoalts’s presentation will inspire and motivate audiences to tackle their own personal journeys, metaphorical or literal, and to take on challenges with newfound zeal and confidence.
• How to inspire confidence within yourself to tackle any massively daunting undertaking.
• The mental toolkit needed to prepare for the worst possible outcomes.
• How to reframe a challenge to make progress more manageable.
Staying cool under pressure is one of the most critical components of success in any walk of life—whether it’s when a snarling grizzly bear wakes you up in the night, or in a high-pressure career environment. Shoalts learned to handle pressure and stress somewhat differently than most do: by sleeping alone in polar bear territory, paddling a canoe through mazes of shifting arctic ice floes, trekking solo in mountains, and riding out countless storms and gales in his canoe and tent. He’s seen remarkable success with his adventures, having written bestselling books, making international TV appearances, and even meeting one-on-one with the Prime Minister of a G8 nation. None of this would have happened if he didn’t first learn how to dispel worry and remain cool under pressure.
In his keynote talk, Shoalts draws key lessons from some of his most epic adventures to show audiences how they can take what he’s accomplished in the wild and apply it to their high-pressure situation. With wit and humour, he shows us how we can move further than we ever thought possible and become unshakeable under pressure.
• How to block out distractions and develop a positive mindset in the face of challenge.
• The mental tactics needed to successfully manage high-stress situations.
• The secrets of endurance to help overcome physical and mental challenges.
Why are people today more stressed than ever before? Study after study, survey after survey, report a growing sense of unhappiness, anxiety and worry within our society, especially in large cities. Adam Shoalts has an answer— a tonic that can help destress, rejuvenate, and reawaken our sense of adventure and enthusiasm. Living for months out of the year outdoors, off the grid with no electricity, has helped Shoalts better understand the effects our surroundings have on our lives. The great news is you don’t need to spend months trampling alone across the arctic to reap the rewards of his insights.
In this keynote presentation, Shoalts explains how to appreciate the nature that’s all around us—even in our biggest cities— to make your life happier, calmer, less stressful, and more productive.
• A new lens to apply to your environment that will help dispel stress.
• How to use nature to unlock your creativity.