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Joe Simpson

Honest, charismatic and inspirational, Joe Simpson’s account of his near-fatal mountaineering accident whilst climbing in The Andes became an international bestseller and BAFTA Award-winning film 'Touching The Void'. Drawing on his experiences, Joe illustrates universal messages that resonate with his audience, such as decision making, planning, effective teamwork, goal-setting and self-belief.

Joe Simpson has drawn from his experiences as one of the world's most successful and respected mountaineers to become a leading author.  'Touching the Void', the story of his amazing survival, having shattered his leg and been left for dead in a crevasse high in the Andes, has sold over a million copies worldwide, and is a Bafta award winning film. 

He now brings his powerful story to the corporate sector in an amazingly inspirational presentation, which covers aspects of teamwork, leadership, personal development, risk assessment and management style. 

Shrugging off jet lag, Joe proceeded to captivate our entire sales and service teams, holding them in the palm of their hand.
Customer Service Manager, Abbott Diagnostics

His story has become a classic of mountaineering, hailed as an account of psychological, even philosophical witness of the rarest compulsion.

It is a tale of two men thrown into a nightmare of terrifying life and death choices and heartbreaking decisions.  It is about agony and terror, courage and weakness.  It tells of trust and friendship tested to the very limits of human endurance. It is about the triumph of the human spirit, the immense instinct to survive and the innate strength we have within us to succeed.

Following the sale of the movie rights of Touching the Void to Tom Cruise's and Sally Field's Movie Company, the rights to a 90 minute drama documentary were sold to the independent producers Darlow Smithson.

The drama documentary film Touching the Void won the 2004 Baftas Outstanding British Film of the Year beating Cold Mountain, Love Actually and Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Evening Standard Best film of the year 2004. It is now officially the most successful documentary in British cinema history.

'Touching the Void', the best-seller was translated into 14 languages, won the Boardman Tasker Prize 1988, NCR Non fiction Award 1989, Deutches Literaturpries1990, and Premio del libro do Montagna 1993.  It has sold over one and half million copies world wide, and is now available as an E-book.

He is also author of the novel The Water People and The Beckoning Silence, This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, and Dark Shadows Falling. To date all his non-fiction books have been short-listed for the Boardman Tasker Prize.

Joe's incredible story, combined with his humour and powerful delivery, make Joe Simpson the ideal speaker for all types of event. 

For further information or to book Joe Simpson, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

What people said about Joe Simpson

He was absolutely superb and took the audience on such an amazing journey of emotions. Everyone loved him! Thank you!
Event Manager, Barclays
The evening with Joe was a tremendous success. He is a very good, very natural public speaker. Everyone in the room was fully engaged.
Morgan Stanley
Joe is truly one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet. We are already talking about booking him for next year.
Project Manager, Russell Investment
Joe is a very gifted communicator who held our international audience of more than 200, in the palm of his hand, for one hour...
European Marketing Director, TDI
Joe gave a very personal account of how he survived against all the odds, made for a very powerful presentation at our Annual Sales Conference. We were most impressed. His presentation was both inspirational and moving but laced with a good measure of appropriate humour. People were left very uplifted and inspired.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Vodafone Corporate
I was speechless at the end of Joe presentation the casual, informal, personal and captivating way in which he tells his remarkable story held my attention for every second. In terms of achieving my objectives by impressing the audience with the strength and ability to meet tough personal challenges and goals, Joe achieved this 100 percent. He has become a subtle role model for many of our staff in terms of handling challenges and achieving goals.
Sales Manager, ICL
Thanks for delivering a superb account of your experience in the Andes. It had been 5/6 years since I last heard your account and even though I re-read the book, it really is quite a moving and amazing experience to hear to you live
Managing Director, Miller Homes
Without any doubt, Joe delivered a powerful and motivating presentation - a resounding success at each of the three conventions.
Head of Business Services, Legal & General
Joe was very entertaining and a good presenter - he connected with the audience immediately
PriceWaterhouseCoopers London
Surpassed all expectations. Remarkable story. Compelling style combined with a humility which makes it all the more outstanding.
Human Resources, St James Place
Our conference went very well and the entrance of Joe had an amazing impact (including a standing ovation).
Director, Capital Radio
There is no question that your talk was superbly delivered, was the highlight of the conference - our clients walked away impressed.
Director, Russell Investment
Joe's presentation was excellent and was very well received by the audience of over 500 people.
NFU Mutual
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