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A motivational speaker with an incredible story to tell
Categories: Motivational Speakers
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A passionate environmentalist, who once was arrested after protesting and chaining himself underneath a D9 bulldozer, Warren has always had a strong sense of curiosity and never lets anything deter him from what he wants to do.
In 1997 Warren set out to explore Hinchbrook Island, off of Australia’s north-eastern coast. A trip that would change his entire life, after he became trapped under a boulder that had fallen. Geert van Keulan, a Dutch traveller that Warren had met one day earlier, became his only hope for survival. Geert raced down the mountain to get help and it wasn’t until two days later that it arrived, whilst Warren was pinned under the boulder. Unfortunately both legs needed to be amputated at mid-thigh length. But this did not stop the adventurous Warren MacDonald.
A mere ten months later, utilising a specially modified wheelchair, Warren climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain. He also became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak standing at 19,222 ft. Warren has also scaled America’s tallest cliff face, El Capitan, which required him to perform over 2800 pull-ups over three days. Another world record was broken when he became the first over the knee amputee to ascend Canada’s ‘Weeping Wall’ a frozen waterfall, which stands at 600ft tall.
An inspirational speaker to all, Warren motivates audience members to never give up, no matter how hard the challenge that needs to be overcome is. He speaks about change management, and has challenged multiple organisations to think outside of the box, encouraging their employees to work productively and efficiently.
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 resounding..how could they not!
It was a pleasure having Warren at our meeting. He is one of the most effective speakers that I have listened to. He has a unique ability to deliver his powerful message in an authentic and down to earth style. The attendees felt privileged that Warren made the effort above and beyond his speaking commitment to be a part of the event.
Warren Macdonald is a must for any organization with Leaders looking for development and obstacles that need to be turned into opportunities.
Warren delivered an important message in an engaging way that really connected with our audience. He made an outstanding contribution in being the catalyst for our people to reflect on and take control of their own circumstances, and had a material impact on the success of our conference.