Alex Staniforth – Keynote Speaker

Record-breaking adventurer, Everest avalanche survivor, ultra-endurance athlete, motivational speaker, published author and mental health charity founder

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Specialist Subjects

  • Re-defining Success: why staying at Base Camp kills our potential
  • The Adventure Mindset: how to embrace the unexpected
  • One Small Step: how to beat burnout and go the distance
  • Invisible Mountains: opening the conversation on mental health
  • Vulnerability
  • Growth Mindset
  • Resilience through Adversity
  • Embracing Uncertainty
  • Fear of Failure
  • Proactive Well-being


  • English


At just 26, Alex Staniforth is no stranger to overcoming challenges, having survived the two biggest disasters in Mount Everest history as a teenager. His biggest challenges have been much closer to home however, suffering with epilepsy, stammering, bullying and mental ill health since childhood.

Alex is a now a record-breaking adventurer, published author, charity founder and motivational keynote speaker in the UK and internationally – despite a lifelong stammer. He shares a relatable vulnerability in the world of extreme adventure and ultra endurance, to help individuals connect with their own challenges and enable positive conversations about mental health.

In 2017 Alex Staniforth became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops by bike, foot and kayak, covering over 5,000 miles in 72 days. He has raised over £120,000 for charities, carried the London 2012 Olympic Torch and won Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the Year in 2017. He published his first book Icefall in 2016, endorsed by Bear Grylls, and his second title Another Peak in 2019.
In 2020 he co-founded Mind Over Mountains, a national charity to restore mental well-being through nature and ran the National Three Peaks Challenge, climbing and running 452 miles between the UK’s three highest peaks in just 9 days.

High performance isn’t sustainable without positive well-being. Alex Staniforth has already helped organisations including Rolls-Royce Submarines, Bank of America, Shoosmiths, FedEx, Smurfit Kappa, Reckitt Benckiser, Heineken and the NHS to build the tools and mindset to embrace challenges, maintain positive mental health, and stay motivated during times of adversity and change.

Popular Talks by Alex Staniforth

Re-defining Success: why staying at Base Camp kills our potential

Is fear of failure keeping your team stuck at Base Camp? We’re constantly striving for the next big target, but this linear approach to success only leaves us vulnerable to the inevitable shocks along the way. A near-death experience on Mount Everest brings home why staying in our respective Base Camp stops us achieving our full potential – and might even kill us. From the avalanche debris beneath his feet, Alex will share how sometimes not achieving our goals can teach us more than achieving them, and why failure is just another opportunity to win. Alex will share a journey of commitment, ownership and innovation to raise over £35,000 in sponsorship as a teenager, and re-defining our idea of success to help us achieve more.

Key takeaways:
– Adopt a growth mindset to discover opportunities in adversity
– Re-define success to overcome fear of failure and encourage innovation
– Why commitment is key to high achievement
– Defining our purpose to maintain motivation and focus

The Adventure Mindset: how to embrace the unexpected

How do we stay motivated and productive when the summit is out of view? Challenges are inevitable, both in the mountains and the meeting room. Adventure teaches us to deal with the unexpected, make tough decisions, adapt the plan and draw from our strengths. Being prepared can help us not only survive the storm but take advantage of the opportunities and keep moving forwards when the path is unclear. In this keynote, Alex will share the tools in his ‘Resilience Rucksack’ to help us embrace an adventure mindset, support each other and forge a path through the unknown: one small step at a time. Why settle for Base Camp?

Key takeaways:
– Adopt an adventure mindset to reframe setbacks and discover opportunities
– How to build and sustain motivation during times of change
– Committing to the goal, but staying flexible in our approach
– Supporting each other to achieve a common goal
– Celebrating the milestones to keep moving forwards

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