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Bear Grylls is a man who has always loved adventure. After leaving school, he spent months hiking in the Himalayas as he considered joining the Indian Army. Upon his return to England after a change of heart, he passed SAS selection and served with 21 SAS for three years. During this time, he broke his back in several places in a free-fall parachuting accident and it was questionable whether he would ever walk again. However, after months of rehabilitation, focusing always on his childhood dream of climbing Everest, he slowly became strong enough to attempt the ultimate ascent of the world's highest peak.
At 7.22 a.m. on May 26, 1998, Bear entered the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest Briton to have successfully climbed Everest and returned alive; he was only 23 years old. This was only the beginning of his extreme adventures.
Bear has written three books: Facing Up (published in America under the title, The Kid Who Climbed Everest), which recorded his Everest expedition quickly soaring into the bestseller list and Facing The Frozen Ocean (his arctic expedition) which was published in 2004. Bear's latest book Mud, Sweat and Tears is an autobiography on the extraordinary life story of the world's most intrepid young explorer -- quickly becoming another No 1 Bestseller.
Bear is the star of Man Vs Wild on the Discovery Channel. The show features Bear being parachuted into some of the most inhospitable deserts, jungles and mountains on Earth and shows what you need to do to survive. The show reaches a global audience of over 1.2 Billion viewers, making it one of the most recognized and watched programs on the largest TV network on Earth.
Bear has a natural talent for communication and his speaking and TV shows have brought him worldwide acclaim. As a motivational speaker, he has addressed corporations all around the world on his experiences on Everest and how these can help us in our life and business environments. He is among the youngest and most successful speakers in the world. Bear's talks focus on those simple qualities that make the difference between life and death on a mountain: the intimacies and realities of teamwork, the honesty needed in intense environments and the courage that comes not from bravado but from something else inside. Bear's story continues to touch people around the world. It is a story of honesty, friendships, determination and humility.
“An honest and compelling story.”
“Your presentation was the highlight of the conference, it was exceptionally inspirational!”
“There are precious few people in this world who can really make a difference in a positive way, you are one. Many thanks for all you are doing for BA. It is so good for our people to hear and learn from someone who has done so much in a world so different from ours.”
“I have never had such a positive reaction to a guest speaker before, the team were simply enthralled…an inspiration to all who listened! Somehow you still managed to make the challenges we face in our jobs relevant on a personal level to yours.”
“Bear was exceptionally well received by the audience; we thought he scored 10 out of 10.”
“Bear has a wonderful way of conveying his passion and excitement of the life threatening adventures he’s been on in a highly personal and compelling way – the ripples he has sent out across our business has been terrific. His delivery and content for our conference was excellent.”
“Your talk went down extremely well with all of our audience, I received special thank you letters from the Chief Executives saying that your speech was the most entertaining we have had to date. One of the best speakers we’ve had in years.”
“Our thanks for your professional and inspirational contribution to our lunch, the combination of your particular style and breathtaking video was entirely appropriate and hit all the right notes.”
“All our senior Chief Executives had great things to say about Bear, he was a fantastic speaker.”
“Your fascinating presentation at our Negotiators and Valuers Conference was truly amazing, especially for someone so young. Without exception we were all absorbed, it has had a positive impact across our company.”
“He was one of the best and most enjoyable speakers we’ve ever had for our Investors in People dinner.”
“Bear was marvellous, his presentation was unique and we all appreciated his great sense of humour.”
“One of the most moving and honest speakers I have heard in many years.”
“I have seen a number of presentations on the climbing of Everest over the years, but I can honestly say this is the first time that I have got a real sense of what it means and feels like to attempt the climb and to succeed. Your presentation is delightful and inspiring.”
“We absolutely loved him, he was a fantastic after dinner speaker.”
“For someone so young he is extremely natural at public speaking and really has a way with audiences. He gave our ‘Creating Young Leaders of The Future keynote presentation.”
“Thank you for such an interesting presentation it was most successful, which is not easy with 300 participants from 49 countries at one annual meeting.”
“The audience of business people were enthralled by his talk and unanimous in their praise for his presentation. He cleverly linked his own experience to business life and made us more aware of the need for teamwork and mutual support. In all my years with the Chamber I have not attended a talk where praise was so unanimous.”
“Splendid presentation, we were all spellbound and stunned.”
“Your talk was gripping, I think everyone in the lecture theatre caught the atmosphere and shared your jubilation of reaching the top, after all the set backs. Stunning presentation and an excellent video.”
“Thank you so much for speaking at our annual conference, it was a privilege to hear you speak. The delegates were inspired and captured listening to the remarkable experiences of your epic journey. You deserved the standing ovation, congratulations.”
“What a talk! The humour, the entertainment! His relaxed style and natural exuberance and confidence brought praise from a packed audience.”
“Considering this was a very sceptical group of fifteen year olds from inner city London he did a grand job – they even asked questions afterwards.”
“He was very well received. Everyone aged from eight to adults really enjoyed it and were highly entertained.”
“We will certainly use him again, he did a good job for us.”
“One of the best speakers we’ve ever heard.”
“Thank you for your stunning performance on Meals in Minutes with Ainsley Herriot, we were all in fits of laughter, you are truly a gifted performer.”
“This was the second time I have heard Bear and he was just as inspirational as when I first heard him. A fantastic insight into following a dream. I have no hesitation in giving him 10 out of 10 for content and delivery.”
“We really enjoyed working with you, you were a natural and highly entertaining.”
“What an astonishing and entertaining talk, it really made a memorable evening having Bear speak to us after dinner.”
“Thank you for your excellent contribution to the most successful exhibition yet, the Celebrity Theatre provided a real highlight and you were a real hit with the general public.”
“We have had a lot of professional speakers over the years but you really outshone them all. The audience absolutely loved you.”
“A totally absorbing lecture with excellent visual support. Our Vice-Chairman and many others feel very lucky to have heard you speak."
“Your talk to our Manchester office can only be described as exceptional – your words devastating and the visuals out of this world."
“He was the by far the best speaker we have ever had at our lectures, truly inspirational to both pupils and masters."
“He was the best speaker we’ve had by far, a real star. I only wish that we had booked him to speak for longer. He made every delegate feel that he knew them personally and joined in with our team games with such enthusiasm. I would thoroughly recommend him to anybody – true star quality.”
“A really well told story; amazingly funny in places and touchingly honest.”
“Your extraordinary and moving account of the Everest expedition affected all those at our dinner. You have really inspired our pupils to look more closely at their lives and I think many of them will take a more adventurous gap year and the challenge of it. I know that all our pupils greatly benefited from the time you spent here.”
“What a lovely person Bear is and his talk was spellbinding.”
“He gauged his audience so well even referring to the charities we were supporting. He was simply wonderful and so humble – we all loved it.”
“Thank you for your contribution to our company day, your speech hit just the right note and was the subject of much talk and admiration. Your story was truly inspirational and has definitely left us all feeling as is we could reach for the stars!”
“It is rare to hear such a heroic story and with such vulnerability.”
“Thank you for your great presentation in Hong Kong, not a single person left the auditorium which must be a first for one of these international gatherings.”
“Thank you for a wonderful contribution to the CIES Management Development Programme Congress, you left our future leaders of the food business clearly inspired. Your presentation was rated at 4 for content and 4.2 for presentation out of a possible 5.”
“Extremely positive feedback from the delegates particularly to your speech which was both motivating and thought provoking. We appreciated the teamwork theme and thought Bear enthusiastic, entertaining and inspirational.”
“We have had some super letters and comments about your talk, thank you for being such a splendid example you are an inspiration to us all.”
“Absolutely brilliant. I have never heard such a great talk. The whole room was captivated. He scored ‘excellent’ throughout our feedback forms. A truly unique speaker, perfect for our Leading Edge Convention.”
“Bear was inspirational, despite suffering from flu he was professional and gave a 10 out of 10 performance on both content and delivery.”
“The entire team were enthralled throughout Bear’s talk, an exceptional tale which left us very motivated as a team. Highly recommended!”
“Bear Grylls was fantastic, I would certainly recommend him.”
“Bear provided the Coca-Cola Enterprises team with an inspirational presentation which had the whole audience on the edge of their chairs. In an audience of 350 people you could have heard a pin drop as they all listened spellbound to the story of his great adventure!. An incredible achievement delivered in a moving and emotional way. Extraordinary!”
“Thank you so much for your after dinner speech at E Telco 2001 Summit, going through the delegate forms we found that the feedback on the event was overwhelmingly positive. Your presentation was very highly rated, both in content and style."
“Your excellent presentation at our conference has proved to be one of the most memorable events of that day and has marked a milestone in the future history of our organisation, I have no hesitation in recommending Bear to other organisations.”
“Your keynote address in Greece was, once again, absolutely excellent and I even saw a couple of people in the audience wipe away a tear or two! It was a memorable speech and I certainly think that many of the delegates will have left Loutraki thinking about some of your messages.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed your excellent presentation at our CILA. I thought it was outstanding as did the rest of your audience.”
“Many thanks for delivering such an inspirational, honest and very modest account of your Everest adventure. The whole school was buzzing. Everywhere one looks children are curled up with your book!”
“I am sure you must be aware from the reception you received that you were a big hit with the girls. You struck just the right note in your presentation and since the talk, I have noticed several girls with heads buried in copies of your book. It can be a great support when people like you are prepared to acknowledge their own feelings in public.”
“What an inspiring hour and I know that I was not the only one uplifted. I didn’t feel an hour was enough to do justice to your extraordinary achievements to date; we’d love to learn more from you another day.”