Jeff Evans

Adventurer, Expedition Leader Speaker, Facilitator, Author, Physician Assistant, High Altitude Medic & Humanitarian

Jeff Evans is a top leadership keynote speaker, author, and adventurer. Jeff’s amazing adventures and challenges have given him the tools to become one of the most dynamic and inspirational speakers on the circuit today, delivering his message to tens of thousands of audience members and changing the way we approach our roles within our work and family environments.

  • Jeff Evans`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Jeff Evans`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Colorado, USA

  • Jeff Evans`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Jeff Evans`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Colorado, USA

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Servant Leadership

The cornerstone of Jeff’s message, servant leadership is paramount for success in our professional as well as personal lives. Jeff points out that we are all guides, and it’s important that we lead from a place that is centered around fostering the success of ...

The cornerstone of Jeff’s message, servant leadership is paramount for success in our professional as well as personal lives. Jeff points out that we are all guides, and it’s important that we lead from a place that is centered around fostering the success of others instead of focusing on our own personal accolades or summits. Nurturing your team (colleagues, clients or family) helps them identify their models of success and guides them up the route that optimizes their particular skillsets. Jeff describes the selfless attitude of the Sherpa as well as his role as the chief medic in Everest Air to convey the true nature of a Servant Leader.

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Virtual Keynote

This live or alternatively prerecorded virtual keynote is a condensed, pandemic-specific event. Through the roughly 30-minute talk, Jeff distills out the learning opportunities that were baked into his life experiences as an Emergency Room Physician Assistant and ...

This live or alternatively prerecorded virtual keynote is a condensed, pandemic-specific event. Through the roughly 30-minute talk, Jeff distills out the learning opportunities that were baked into his life experiences as an Emergency Room Physician Assistant and international mountain climbing guide and draws out the parallels and relevance to the uncertain landscape we all find ourselves currently navigating, both professionally and personally. The result is an engaging, humorous, real-life storyline that provides the audience with solid take-home tools to move forward in these complex times. 
 
~Topics include: 
o   Embracing your inner mountain guide. Tapping into the characteristics necessary to be an effective guide.
o   Nurturing trust within the “rope team” in an unfamiliar and remote landscape.
o   Learning how to communicate effective and transparently with your “rope team” in a remote and unfamiliar landscape.
o   Implementation of the “Sherpa attitude” of stepping up and pulling your weight in complex times. Looking for ways to be a selfless leader. 
o   Mapping out new routes to climb upwards when the route you chose isn’t fit for safe travel.
o   Embracing accountability for yourself and your team.

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"Embrace your Inner Mountain Guide” Virtual Series

Jeff has also created a 7-segment virtual series (roughly 5 minutes each), with every segment taking a quick dive into the essential characteristics it takes to be an effective “guide” as it applies to all of us, professionally and personally as we continue to climb ...

Jeff has also created a 7-segment virtual series (roughly 5 minutes each), with every segment taking a quick dive into the essential characteristics it takes to be an effective “guide” as it applies to all of us, professionally and personally as we continue to climb through this new mountain range. These learning points are extracted from the decades of Jeff guiding clients safely on the biggest mountains in the world, working efficiently with multi-dimensional teams and elevating the efforts of those on his climbing rope. Each segment provides a brief look into Jeff’s full, virtual keynote. 
Segment 1 – Adjusting the Route/Plan

Segment 2 – The Rope Team

Segment 3 – Trust When it Gets Steep

Segment 4 – Communication in the Storm

Segment 5 – The Sherpa Attitude

Segment 6 – Acclimatization

Segment 7 – Engagement vs Complacency

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MountainVision Speaking Topics

Jeff uses several “cornerstone themes” throughout his keynote presentations. Based on pre-event conversations, conference themes and audience demographics, Jeff highlights the themes that will resonate the most with each individual group and emphasizes them throughout that...

Jeff uses several “cornerstone themes” throughout his keynote presentations. Based on pre-event conversations, conference themes and audience demographics, Jeff highlights the themes that will resonate the most with each individual group and emphasizes them throughout that particular event. Each cornerstone theme is conveyed via an adventure- based, humor-injected storyline.  Jeff uses a wide array of rich audiovisuals through still and video components.

Cornerstone Themes:

  • Being a “Guide”… both professionally and personally
      • Regardless of your professional role (or title), we are all guides… both professionally and personally.  Definition: One who shows the way by leading, directing or advising. We are advisors, leaders, problem solvers and members of multi-dimensional teams. Being a guide and problem solver requires balancing and optimizing a cocktail of leadership, communication, accountability and critical thinking.
      • Jeff then introduces the Sherpa and the “Sherpa Attitude” which incorporates all of these attributes.
  • Servant leadership
      • Jeff describes the selfless attitude of the Sherpa to convey the nature of a Servant Leader.  Working for the overall success of the team. Not interested in personal accolades or summits. No complaining or whining. Just go out and get the job done… for the people around them. That’s the “Sherpa Attitude”. Another term for that is Servant Leadership.
      • Servant Leadership… leading from a place that is centered around fostering the success of others. Whether teammates, clients or family. Nurturing others to help them identify their models of success and guiding them up the route that optimizes their particular skillsets.
      • The world needs more servant leaders. Adopt the Sherpa Attitude both professionally and personally.
  • Adversity
      • Jeff uses the experiences he gleaned from his team’s 2nd place finish on ABC’s Expedition Impossible to showcase adversity in an exciting and fun way.
      • Jeff reflects on his time as team lead/medic for a trauma team on the front lines of the war in Mosul, Iraq. It takes a high functioning team to work effectively in a V.U.C.A. (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environment.
      • Adversity happens. Landscapes change. Attitude and adaptability are the ingredients to guiding your team through adversity in a constructive way.
      • As a leader, your team is watching how you manifest your reaction to adversity.
      • Without ever having faced strong adversity, one cannot expect to be an effective leader. What’s critical is to embrace the adversity and learn from it. Don’t shy away or back down. Hit it head on.
  • Trust
      • Using a very dramatic video clip of Jeff and his blind teammate Erik jumping off a 40ft cliff into a river below, Jeff illustrates the need for reciprocal trust.
      • Encourage audience to develop collateral relationships based on trust and commitment to each other.
      • Much of trust is built on open communication. Stepping out of our “silos” to reach each other.
  • Resiliency
      • Using Jeff’s work with his No Barriers Warriors organization (wounded veterans), Jeff outlines examples of resiliency and fortitude in the face of adversity.
  • Teamwork
      • Jeff discusses the concept of the “rope team.” We are all on rope teams… both professionally and personally.  Inextricably connected to each other…win or lose, it will happen together. Develop and nurture those rope team alliances.
      • The collective power of one!
      • At some point we will be in each position on the rope… some days leading from the front, other days we will need assistance as we bring up the rear.
      • Developing a strong and nurturing rope team is critical.
  • Commitment
    • Jeff reflects back on how he committed to digging out climbing ropes on Mt Everest @ 28,000 feet to secure his team’s safe ascent. In doing so, he willingly “gave up his own summit.” By showing the team his level of commitment, the team charged forward, inspiring Jeff to continue on as well.  All 19 team members summited Everest together on the same day shattering the previous record of 9 from one team in one day.
      • Encourage audience members to look for opportunities to show their team their level of commitment… to dig those ropes out when presented with a chance to do so.

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MountainVision: Lessons Beyond the Summit

Takes the audience on a journey to high peaks around the globe, detailing the meaningful and exciting endeavors of mountaineer and adventurer Jeff Evans.  These experiences have allowed Jeff to hone his skills of teamwork, commitment, leadership and handling adversity which ...

Takes the audience on a journey to high peaks around the globe, detailing the meaningful and exciting endeavors of mountaineer and adventurer Jeff Evans.  These experiences have allowed Jeff to hone his skills of teamwork, commitment, leadership and handling adversity which he shares in a way that is applicable to everyone in their business and personal lives.

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About Keynote Speaker Jeff Evans

For over 25 years, Jeff Evans’ global experiences as a world-class mountaineer, guide and emergency medic have helped him master the skills of servant leadership, teamwork, handling adversity, communication and trust which are the cornerstone themes in his keynote and breakout sessions. Jeff’s amazing adventures and challenges have given him the tools to become one of the most dynamic and inspirational speakers on the circuit today, delivering his message to tens of thousands of audience members and changing the way we approach our roles within our work and family environments.

Jeff reminds us that, in fact, that we are all guides in some capacity… professionally and personally. By utilizing real life stories, vivid images and thrilling video from his adventures around the globe, Jeff is able to extract the impactful themes that are applicable for every audience member and weave them into memorable, humorous, thought provoking and paradigmshifting keynotes.

Jeff’s skills have been acquired not only on the highest peaks around the world, but also through guiding blind climber Erik Weihenmayer on extraordinarily challenging objectives including the summit of Mt Everest and a 2nd place finish on ABC’s adventure series, Expedition Impossible. While filming the series Everest Air for the Travel Channel, Jeff served as the chief medic and team leader for the highest helicopter-based Search and Rescue team in the world on the flanks of Mt Everest.

Also contributing to Jeff’s expertise are his experiences as the co-founder and Expedition Leader for the injured US veteran program, No Barriers Warriors as well as his time spent on the front lines in Iraq leading a team of emergency medics in their efforts to save the lives of injured soldiers and civilians.

He is the published author of “MountainVision: Lessons Beyond the Summit,” and is featured in the award-winning documentaries “Farther Than the Eye Can See,” “Blindsight,” and “High Ground.”

Jeff received his undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and his Masters as a Physician Assistant at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Jeff currently resides in Boulder with his wife Merry Beth, son Jace and dog Roka.

Testimonials

Jeff Evans is the real deal.  I have brought Jeff in to speak with my teams at two different companies, six years apart, and the message he delivered each time was spot-on and impactful.  Jeff is able to take his real-world expedition experiences and translate them to everyday management challenges.  His delivery is both passionate and very effective.  I highly recommend Jeff as a speaker at your next team meeting

Univision Communications Inc; Executive Vice President

 

Jeff brought the whole conference together with his presentation. Regardless of what industry we are in, we all serve our customer and one another. We are tethered together as a unit and sometimes we are leading, and other times we are following, but in all instances we share the same goal. We could not have been more pleased with Jeff and the personal and yet humorous message he shared with our group.

Director of Production, First Mortgage Corporation

 

Among dozens of rave reviews from event attendees, one sums it up perfectly – “29 years in this company, easily best motivational presentation ever!” Jeff had the audience laughing, thinking and truly inspired. His energy and content were so engaging we saw laptops down and all eyes on the speaker – a rarity in this business. We would recommend Jeff as a speaker for any audience of any size (we had nearly 400 people!), any industry and any company. He is a truly gifted speaker with a fantastic message of servant leadership.

Communications Manager

Microsoft Corporation

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COVID-19 special virtual keynote fees are available for webinars. Fees listed above are for a live keynote – Please ask your advisor for special pricing on virtual keynote / webinar fees.

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