Ed Stafford Biography
To complete what has been called the 'impossible feat' is not something that can be dismissed lightly.
After 28 months, on the 9th August 2010, Ed Stafford walked into the history books after completing the longest jungle expedition ever undertaken as he walked the length of the Amazon River. Sir Ranulph Fiennes said that 'Stafford is a truly magnificent demonstration of the stubborn grit which you need to succeeed'.
Since Ed Stafford has returned, he has beeen delivering his inspiring story in his motivational speech, with his humorous, laid back style, he presents his anecdotal stories through words and pictures while drawing on his storys to deliver motivational lessons and some helpful tips that any audience can take and use in their lives.
“My aim is to inspire others and to make people feel that they have a connection to the Amazon, its wonders and its problems. I also hope to motivate others to believe they can achieve their dreams, by listening to my story of what it took to strive to become the first man ever to walk the entire length of the Amazon River.”
The Amazon Adventure
Nearly three years of Ed Stafford's life was used to 'Walk The Amazon', it was the first that this route had ever been walked and the longest jungle expedition ever. He navigated the entire length of the 4000 mile river from its source in Peru to the mouth of the river on the shores of Brazil on foot with his assistant Cho. On the 9th August 2010 Ed Stafford and Cho ran into the sea on Maruda Beach surrounded by the worlds media as their expedition attracted worldwide attention. Ed Stafford demonstrating what all great explorers demonstrate - a mission to inspire everyone around them to succeed against all odds through bravery, hardship and true grit.
Along the way Ed encountered venomous snakes, severe floods, electric eels, jaguars and hostile local tribes, one of whom held him for questioning about the murder of one of their tribesman. The route is known for drug trafficking and terrorist activity and white people are often feared and rarely seen in the area. Ed had to remain focused, strong and positive. He had to use his natural cunning, sense of humour and his innate ability to understand how to communicate with all the people he met along the way in order to both survive and to continue on his walk.
Blogging, filming and narrating his journey through the Amazon, Ed Stafford also discovered he had a natural ability to enthrall his audiences with his stories, his laid back manner meant that his audiences felt they were on the journey with him as he regaled his adventures to the listening world. This ability to survive in the world's remote locations while overcoming perceived insurmountable obstacles and communicating in difficult circumstances lends itself for Ed to inspire and motivate audiences to achieve their dreams thorugh his inspirational speaking.
The Biography of Ed Stafford
Ed Stafford's story really began when he left full time education and passed selection to win a position on the prestigious commissioning course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned as a British Army Officer in July 1999 Ed went on to command platoons in the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, gaining his Northern Ireland medal in 2000 for his tour of Crossmaglen, South Armagh. Ed's happiest military years were spent as an instructor at RTC Lichfield where he oversaw several hundred Army recruits through their basic training. Ed left the military in 2002 as a captain.
Ed's first experiences as as an expedition leader began with the former charity Trekforce. He led groups of volunteers on community and conservation expeditions into the jungles of Belize, Guatemala and Borneo, and was eventually promoted to Country Director of Trekforce in Belize, overseeing all in-country operations.
Ed then saw an opportunity to widen his experience when the United States invaded Afghanistan after 9/11. Ed took a position as a UN contractor advising UN electoral workers on planning, logistics and security matters during the first ever presidential elections. Ed managed a team of similar contractors from Herat, in the western region of Afghanistan. During his time in Herat, Ed had his election counting centre rocketed by terrorists, his airport camp was mortared by improvised explosive devices that narrowly missed his un-armoured office, and the compound that he was stationed in burned to the ground by angry rioting locals when the warlord Ishmael Kahn was removed from office.
Expeditions and Adventures
Returning to expeditions, Ed took a new challenge presented to him of setting up extreme cold weather expeditions in Patagonian Argentina for the expedition company GVI. Ed was Director of Programmes in Argentina and ran the Argentinian branch of GVI carrying out scientific research projects and Northern Ice Cap traverses in Chile. More recently in 2007 Ed was offered work with the BBC's Natural History Unit. Ed was contracted to fly into Guyana and manage the construction of a filming base camp in the heart of the Guyanese rainforest. Ed managed 35 Amerindians over this construction period and then became the camp's logistics manager when the film crew arrived, nine weeks later, to start filming. "Lost Land of the Jaguar", in which Ed appears briefly giving a safety brief to the presenters in the opening programme, was first shown on the BBC and Discovery in summer 2008.
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Ed Stafford News
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17th January 2013
Naked and Marooned with Ed Stafford will be aired in March on the Discovery Channel.
9th November 2010
Speakers Frank Dick, Jim Lawless and Ed Stafford will be attending the World Class Performance Conference 2010 in Scotland today. The event â€“ hosted by BBC Sportâ€™s Hazel Irvine â€“ will bring together the best Olympic and Paralympic coaches, performance directors and leading sports science practitioners.
23rd September 2010
Camping in the woods with geniuses, innovative entrepreneurs and adventurers is quite something. Speaker Ed Stafford and World Wide Web guru Tim Berners-Lee enjoyed the creative brainstorming around the campfire
10th August 2010
After 859 days, Ed Stafford became the first man known to have walked the entire length of the Amazon river when he arrived at the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil on Monday. The journey began at the summit of Mount Mismi in Peru on April 2, 2008. Mr Stafford's team said he has suffered hundreds of wasp stings and endured an estimated 50,000 mosquito bites. Now he turns his focus to motivational keynote speaking
9th December 2009
As we near the end of the 1st decade of the 21st century, the Telegraph has taken a look at the daredevils, adventurers and explorers who have pushed themselves to the limits and beyond. People who have pushed themselves to the boundaries of human possibility include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ann Daniels, Pen Hadow, Jamie Andrew, Tom Avery, Dee Caffari, and celebrities, Ewan McGregor, David Walliams, James Cracknell and Ben Fogle.
7th May 2013
Snooker player, Ronnie Oâ€™Sullivan beat Barry Hawkins to win the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
30th April 2013
Self-help books are increasingly popular among the British public than ever before and an increased number of us are turning to self help books in the hope that they will solve lives problems.
18th April 2013
Business speaker and one of the UKâ€™s leading sports executives, Mike Forde has compared the ideas and practices used in professional football to those used in business environments.
16th April 2013
Entrepreneur and star of Channel 4 show â€˜Willy Wonkaâ€™s Chocolate Factoryâ€™, Willie Harcourt Cooze, has recently released a new range of chocolate desserts and gifts, which are now available all over the UK.
25th March 2013
Olympic double skulls champion and motivational speaker, Anna Watkins, has announced that she is pregnant.
Ed Stafford Reviews
Ed Stafford has spoken and appeared at a number of recent corporate events. Please find some client speaker testimonials and reviews for Ed Stafford for a number of these events and conferences. If you would like some additional information as to how to book Ed Stafford for your corporate event, then please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email email@example.com
We thought he was brilliant! Everyone gave great feedback on his talk and we would highly recommend him. His story was incredibly inspirational and he told it in a wonderful self deprecating way which made it very entertaining.
Q & A with Ed Stafford
Ed Stafford answered some probing questions for Speakers Corner. For speaking secrets revealed - read on! To book Ed Stafford for your event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Speakers Corner: Why did you decide to deliver corporate motivational speaking?
Ed Stafford: I want to share the unique skills I developed during my two and a half years walking the Amazon to help others achieve their goals. I want to pay the gas bill too.
Speakers Corner: Can you remember your first speaking engagement?
Ed Stafford: The Do Lectures 2010.
Speakers Corner: Which event has been your favourite and why?
Ed Stafford: Surprisingly - the Do Lectures 2010. It was an inspirational event packed with remarkable people and I thought that my talk wouldn’t be intellectual enough. In fact many people said my talk was the high-light of the event and it gave me the confidence to know that I can speak about my experiences charismatically and humbly and inspire people from many different backgrounds. I was paired with Tim Berners-Lee which was an honour.
Speakers Corner: If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
Ed Stafford: The Explorers’ Club in New York
Speakers Corner: Who would you most like to share a platform with?
Ed Stafford: Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Speakers Corner: Who is the most influential speaker you have ever heard?
Ed Stafford: Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Speakers Corner: Do you use powerpoint or other visual aids?
Ed Stafford: Keynote for images and I can use video footage of the expedition too.
Speakers Corner: Do you have a preferred audience size – are you as comfortable with a small audience as a large one?
Ed Stafford: I can speak to any size of audience really – small is more intimate but big is easier.
Speakers Corner: What is the difference in your presenting style dependent on the audience makeup?
Ed Stafford: I try to find out as much as I can about the group I am speaking to and adapt which stories and anecdotes I draw that will best suit them. There are so many stories to be told that I can pick and choose easily without weakening the talk or lessening the feeling that the audience has heard my whole story.
Speakers Corner: How do you like to be introduced?
Ed Stafford: Explorer and adventurer
Speakers Corner: Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?
Ed Stafford: If there’s something specific that the client needs then I would like a briefing call
Speakers Corner: What are the most asked for topics?
Ed Stafford: Inspiration, dedication, commitment, courage, teamwork and decision-making.
Speakers Corner: Is your speech interactive with audience participation?
Ed Stafford: I speak for 40 minutes and then like to take a lively Q&A with the audience
Speakers Corner: Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?
Ed Stafford: Hundreds. I could fill 40 mins with self-deprecating stories of things that went wrong or were just amusing if I wished to. Such as inadvertently holding hands with Cho, my Peruvian walking partner, as we ran towards the Atlantic Ocean being watched by the world’s media.
Speakers Corner: Your favourite film?
Ed Stafford: Gladiator. Ridley Scott.
Speakers Corner: Favourite book?
Ed Stafford: Birdsong. Sebastian Faulks
Speakers Corner: Favourite holiday destination?
Ed Stafford: Ibiza – the nice side. But don’t often go abroad on “holidays”.
Speakers Corner: What’s your tipple – wine, beer, champagne?
Ed Stafford: Guinness
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