Alex Staniforth

The Adversity Adventurer – record-breaking adventurer, Everest avalanche survivor, author and mental health charity founder
FEE : £1k – £3k+
Virtual: £1k-£3k
In-person: £1k-£3k

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Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, ultra-endurance athlete, author and charity founder from Cheshire who is no stranger to overcoming challenges.

By 19 years old Alex had already overcome and achieved more than many will in a lifetime. As a teenager he survived the two most significant disasters in Mount Everest history, in two consecutive years. However, his biggest mountains have been much closer to home: epilepsy, bullying, mental ill health and a stammer since childhood.

Alex never allowed this to become his identity – only his experience. Re-framing adversity as an opportunity for growth has given him a unique drive to help others overcome their own ‘Everest’.

This is not your typical success story of reaching the summit. Alex takes his audiences on an emotional journey of resilience, courage, failure, teamwork and triumph over adversity. Combining lessons from adventure and ultra-endurance with a relatable vulnerability, he shares his Resilience Rucksack toolkit that anyone can apply to their own goals and challenges.

Despite facing numerous setbacks, Alex has never wavered in his pursuit of challenges and charitable endeavors. Following a failed attempt to climb Mount Everest in 2014 and a harrowing experience during the Nepal earthquake in 2015, he continued to push his limits. Alex has raised over £100,000 for charity, authored two books, and achieved remarkable feats such as becoming the fastest person to conquer all 100 UK county tops. In 2020, he completed the National Three Peaks challenge and founded Mind Over Mountains, a charity dedicated to promoting mental well-being through nature.

Trusted by global companies including Rolls-Royce, Samsung and Bank of America, he helps teams, leaders and students build the resilience, mindset and well-being to overcome challenges, embrace change and achieve the extraordinary.

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With humility and an unassuming style, Alex delivers his expertise through inspirational keynote presentations and workshops in person, virtually and hybrid. Presentations are typically 30-60 minutes with Q&A, but Alex will work meticulously with your brief to understand what a successful experience would look like for your audience.

Featured Topics Include:

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Resilience through Adversity – how to embrace the unexpected

Challenges and change are inevitable; being defeated is optional. Resilience isn’t simply about bouncing back or enduring to breaking point: it’s how we recharge, prepare and move forward – even when we can’t see the top of the mountain.

Drawing lessons and insight from extreme adventures and ultra-endurance, Alex will share the tools in his ‘Resilience Rucksack’ for anyone to adapt and achieve in the face of setbacks, failure, uncertainty and pressure – when the whole team depends on it.

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The Adventure Mindset – why staying at Base Camp kills our potential

We all have our own ‘Everest’ to climb. However, fear of failure often prevents us from taking the first step and achieving our full potential – and staying at Base Camp might be the biggest risk of all.

Two near-death experiences on Everest will re-define our idea of success and failure, and why adversity is an opportunity to win. Growth mindset is a skill we can all develop, and Alex will share his process for goalsetting and building motivation so we can achieve the extraordinary. Why settle for Base Camp?

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Mountains in the Mind – how to build our mental fitness

High performance isn’t sustainable without maintaining our well-being too. With a refreshing vulnerability, Alex openly shares his own mental health journey as a young man to encourage open conversations about mental health, whilst challenging the myths and stigma that costs thousands of lives each year. For leaders, supporting the team often starts by putting our hand up first.

Drawing from his ultra-endurance challenges and lived experience, Alex shares resilience tools to build our mental fitness so we can manage stress, learn the warning signs of mental ill health and avoid burnout – one small step at a time

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Resilience through Adversity – how to embrace the unexpected

Challenges and change are inevitable; being defeated is optional. Resilience isn’t simply about bouncing back or enduring to breaking point: it’s how we recharge, prepare and move forward – even when we can’t see the top of the mountain.

Drawing lessons and insight from extreme adventures and ultra-endurance, Alex will share the tools in his ‘Resilience Rucksack’ for anyone to adapt and achieve in the face of setbacks, failure, uncertainty and pressure – when the whole team depends on it.

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The Adventure Mindset – why staying at Base Camp kills our potential

We all have our own ‘Everest’ to climb. However, fear of failure often prevents us from taking the first step and achieving our full potential – and staying at Base Camp might be the biggest risk of all.

Two near-death experiences on Everest will re-define our idea of success and failure, and why adversity is an opportunity to win. Growth mindset is a skill we can all develop, and Alex will share his process for goalsetting and building motivation so we can achieve the extraordinary. Why settle for Base Camp?

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Mountains in the Mind – how to build our mental fitness

High performance isn’t sustainable without maintaining our well-being too. With a refreshing vulnerability, Alex openly shares his own mental health journey as a young man to encourage open conversations about mental health, whilst challenging the myths and stigma that costs thousands of lives each year. For leaders, supporting the team often starts by putting our hand up first.

Drawing from his ultra-endurance challenges and lived experience, Alex shares resilience tools to build our mental fitness so we can manage stress, learn the warning signs of mental ill health and avoid burnout – one small step at a time

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Sometimes the approach to mental health within organisations as big and cumbersome as ours can feel a bit of a tick box, superficial exercise, but your sessions felt very different, very real, very humble and very authentic. In my view, you will have made a difference much bigger than you may think or ever know.”

Chris Mead, Chief Superintendent, Cambridgeshire Police

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Your presentation was riveting, engaging and inspirational. We have received such overwhelming feedback on how your story resonated with the team and how it was what they needed at such an appropriate time.”

Seema Hallon, Head of Office Dubai, Deriv.co

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