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Peter
Hillary

Climbing your own Everest.

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Peter Hillary’s life is a testament to setting goals and achieving them. His skill, driving ambition, and good judgement have enabled him to summit mountains and survive ferocious storms and avalanches. He is a communicator, a storyteller and a skilled assessor of what works and what doesn’t in critical situations. With a history of world class achievements in climbing, he is an inspiring adventurer from one of the great families of mountaineering.

Like his father, the late Sir Edmund Hillary, who made the first ascent of Mt Everest in 1953, Peter has summited Everest and reached the South Pole on skis, forging a new route across Antarctica. The names Everest and Hillary are forever linked, and Peter continues to climb in the Himalayas and raise funds to support schools and hospitals for the people of the Everest region in Nepal.

Current experience:

Peter’s presentations include: “Climb Your Own Everest”, “To the Ends of the Earth”, “K2 Crisis:Survive and Thrive”, and “Change!” In these enthralling presentations, Peter Hillary reveals what it takes to summit Mt Everest, the world’s highest mountain, (twice!); to travel to the ends of the earth at the North and South Poles and to survive an horrific storm on ‘the savage mountain’ K2. All the presentations include dramatic video footage.

Peter is a dynamic and easy speaker, with a dry wit and a flair for storytelling; he has spoken to audiences ranging from 12 to 12,000. He enjoys captivating audiences with authentic, spine tingling and at times hilarious stories about his adventures that transport audiences to another world. He links his own challenges to the achievement of goals for any individual, and focuses on the importance of preparation, perseverance, teamwork, caution and good judgement - as well as enjoying the journey. The consistent feedback is that it leaves people
charged, motivated and raring to go.

The Hillary Difference!
What are the key differences Peter Hillary can provide in his
presentations?

An historic Everest connection:
From his father, Sir Edmund Hillary’s, first ascent of the mountain in 1953, through to Peter’s own climbs to the summit in 1990 and
2002. Peter and Sir Edmund Hillary are the first two
generations of one family to climb the world’s highest peak.

Philanthropy and Generosity: Giving something back to the people who provided assistance to the Hillarys on their climbs. The late Sir Edmund and the Hillary family has built and run 42 schools, hospitals and medical clinics among the subsistence farming villages at the foot of Everest. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. To pursue your own goals is great, but it is even greater to help others reach theirs.

Previous Experience

Documentary Films: Featured climber in National Geographic documentary Surviving Everest (2003) and Outdoor Life Network profile Fearless May 2005.
Adventure Travel: organizes tours and expeditions specializing in the Himalayas and Antarctica

Author: Peter has authored of six books, including 'In the Ghost Country: A Lifetime on the Edge' (2004)

Media Appearances: Peter has appeared as a on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and The Charlie Rose Show in New York, plus numerous major radio programs and print media such as The New York Times, The Times (UK), Parade Magazine and The Sydney Morning Herald

Expertise
Talking Points

Climbing Your Own Everest

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary became the first man to stand on the summit of Mt Everest, the highest point on earth. Thirty seven years later, his son Peter also stood on the summit. In this presentation, Peter Hillary shares what it took to get the first father and son to the top of the world. His 10 Steps include hilarious and spine-tingling anecdotes about his climb that will transport your audience to another world. Most importantly however, it will leave your people with a “can-do” attitude to achieving goals in their own lives.

Hillary’s 10 Steps to the Summit of the World:
1. Nothing ventured; nothing gained. If you don’t give it a go, you will never know what you can accomplish.
2. Challenge = uncertainty = excitement. Every great goal is a challenge, and the outcome is always uncertain - but that is what makes life exciting!
3. Fear makes you focus. Fear makes you thorough. A little bit of fear is good.
4. Passion gives you the confidence and the dedication to accomplish the goal.
5. Fun makes for a great team. Having fun together helps cement a team, and makes the goal more achievable.
6. Make sure you have lots to live for. Your survival is enhanced and your life enriched by the other dimensions in your life - the people you love; the other ambitions you have. If there is only one thing that matters to you in your life, you run the risk of having nothing else to live for if you lose it.
7. Resist the flock factor. There is safety in numbers, and strengths too, but only when everyone is thinking for themselves and contributing to the operation.
8. You are all you have. You must learn to be self-reliant.
9. Powerful experiences are what memories are made of, but you must be prepared to risk defeat.
10. A View from the Summit. When you reach a goal, you have completed a dream. Never stop dreaming and setting new goals.

To the Ends of the Earth

A 15 year quest that took Peter Hillary to the North Pole, the South Pole, and the summit of Mt Everest:

The Dream, the Drive, and the Dedication to the Goal.

Peter Hillary’s extraordinary life of adventure has taken him to the very ends of the earth:
- To the North Pole at the top of our planet
- To the summit of Mt Everest, the highest point on earth; and, recently
- Skiing overland to the southern-most point: the South Pole in Antarctica

This trilogy took 15 years to complete. It is a testimony to the value of perseverance and to Peter’s dedication to a life of adventure. He and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, are the first father and son to have climbed Mt Everest and to have established new routes across Antarctica to the South Pole. For the North Pole they travelled together with astronaut, Neil Armstrong , using small ski-equipped aircraft. “To the Ends of the Earth” is a presentation which takes the audience to some of the most extraordinary, the most hostile, and the most hauntingly beautiful places on the planet. It shares the true spirit of adventure and encourages us to utilise the positivity and freshness of that spirit in every aspect of our lives.

Themes:
- The Dream, The Drive, and The Dedication to the Goal
- Turning dreams into reality
- Persistence and Perseverance
- The importance of the People Factor
- Dealing with tension and conflict in the team
- Living outside your comfort zone for long periods of time
- Seeking out and rejoicing in the beauty of our world
- Setting new goals once you’ve achieved the dream

K2 Crisis: Survive and Thrive

The story of those who died - and those who survived - on the world’s most savage mountain, K2. Because surviving is the name of the game.

Peter Hillary was the only survivor of a group of eight climbers heading for the summit of K2 in 1995. To the other seven climbers the conditions seemed fine for a summit bid. But not for Peter. His intuition made him question going on. It was a combination of not liking the look of a bank of cloud, and something less tangible; a feeling of unease and disquiet at ascending the final slopes to the summit. The words of his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, rang in his ears: “Never be afraid to stand alone.” Peter listened to his intuition and started back down the mountain. His climbing partners were calling out to “come on up!” For a short time he wondered if he would regret his decision, if his friends were to come down in triumph from successfully reaching the summit. But after a night of terror battling a ferocious storm, Peter Hillary was the only one of the group to come off the mountain alive.

In this presentation, Peter tells the gripping and often painful story of losing his colleagues, and explores how he came to make the right decision on the day.

Themes:
- The secrets of surviving against the odds
- Listening to your inner wisdom
- True success is surviving to make another attempt
- Balancing risk with caution
- Judging the situation for yourself
- Becoming truly self-reliant
- Learning from your mistakes
- Life is the story of your challenges and what you learned from them.

Key Takeaways:
It doesn’t matter whether you are surviving a storm on a mountain or getting your team safely through a crisis; if you survive, you live to play another day and you will be all the stronger for the experience. This is a very powerful story that will leave your audience breathless. They will be inspired by the vital importance of sound judgement, trusting your intuition, surviving the worst…. and ultimately thriving.

Uncertainty and Change

In these challenging times, the one thing we can be certain of is change! Learning to adjust and adapt to the challenge of a constantly changing outlook is an essential skill of a mountaineer.

This presentation addresses the challenge of change and looks at the attributes and attitudes required to deal with it. Peter’s speech is a series of amazing stories from Himalayan mountaineering expeditions to polar journeys in Antarctica which illustrate how change is often inevitable and it is your ability to cope with it that is the critical factor.

We must learn to refocus on a new or changed objective when the situation changes, we need to learn to effect change and we need to revel in the experience! It is your enthusiasm and your adaptability that gets you through the challenge of change … with a smile on your face!

‘Change!’ principle themes:
- Dealing with change
- Effecting change
- Revelling in & thriving with change.
Media
Feedback
Peter did an excellent job - his adventures and the obstacles he encountered were related perfectly to those of his audience. AMP Society

A special person. Down to earth, sensible, stimulating, humble, intelligent, honest, very presentable. Participated in the whole evening. A good dancer too!

Geelong Grammar - Timbertop

Peter's talk was fascinating, covering adventures that are outside the wildest dreams of most of us. The slides were magnificent and the stories he told were really entertaining. A number of dealers I spoke to were totally enthralled by Peter and his achievements. Wives were relieved we hadn't got a footballer.

Bridgestone Tyres

Peter Hillary gave a thoroughly entertaining and inspirational talk about his achievements and plans for future expeditions. He spoke of the exhilaration that comes with accomplishing goals and the need to continue to set new goals. Peter is a polished presenter whose message is of interest to a wide variety of audiences and age groups.

Amcor

In my memory we have not had a response to a guest speaker of the magnitude that your presentation generated.

Victorian Council of YMCAs

Peter's inspiring speech was extremely well received from all attendees. Nothing but rave reviews. His talk was very interesting, motivational and funny.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

I hope you realise the impact you made during the opening of our sales conference. I have had a number of employees approaching me to remark that you were the finest speaker they have heard - I agree. This is an impressive comment when you consider the great athletes and coaches that we have at our disposal. For me, your talk was the culmination of a vision for this sales conference that we created.

Nike Australia Pty Ltd

I have received much positive feedback from both clients and Hyder personnel. The general gist was that Peter was an interesting, animated and amusing speaker and that he held the crowd's attention easily for the 50 minutes or so that he spoke. Many people said they felt inspired after listening to him, and there was a long line of people waiting to chat to him afterwards. First class.

Hyder Consulting

We have received a great deal of feedback regarding your representation and there is no doubt that your presence and the quality of your presentation added to the evening's profile and success.

Horwath & Horwath

Our staff were thrilled to be engaged by such a talented speaker with wonderful stories, it was both inspiring and motivational. He was truly excellent.

Coles Myer Ltd

Peter was a fantastic speaker and our guests enjoyed his presentations. After each event we ask our clients to fill in a feedback form and all forms that came back had very positive things to say about Peter. It was appreciated that he took the time to speak with our guest one on one after the presentations. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a high class of speaker.

Crosbie Warren Sinclair

Very inspiring and a great storyteller. You felt like you were there experiencing it with him - an amazing life and yet such humility. A great example in every way.

International SOS

Peter was totally outstanding. After he had spoken the positive energy in the room was incredible and I cannot recommend him enough as a speaker. I hope we have the opportunity to work with him again in the future.

Jewish Community Appeal (JCA)

Peter Hillary was an amazing speaker. His story captured and inspired everybody within the room and his presentation was followed by many photo requests.

Caesarstone Australia

Excellent. Very motivational.

Haircare Australia

Peter’s enthusiasm, energy and ability to articulate his experiences was exceptional. The audience felt like they had trekked through the Himalayas and summited Everest with him. We could have listened to his inspiring stories for hours. The messages were powerful, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed Peter’s humour and delivery. I would highly recommend him to any group in search of a high calibre, engaging speaker.

Caulfield Grammar School

Peter is not only an intrepid explorer but a gifted storyteller. He had everyone on the edge of their seats, enthralled in his tales and deeply engaged in his important messages about how to conquer your own mountains.

Client Self Storage Association of Australasia (SSAA)
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