Jake Meyer is an experienced public speaker whose incredible story of climbing Mt Everest aged only 21 is an inspirational tale of determination, tenacity and an unerring will to succeed.
Meyer was only 14 when he set his sights on wanting to climb the ‘7 Summits’ – the highest mountain on each continent. At 6.30am on the 4th June 2005, aged only 21 and 135 days old, he reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world and his 7th continental highpoint. At the time, he was the youngest Briton to climb Mt Everest, and the youngest man in the world to complete the 7 Summits.
Not content with just the 7 Summits, he also holds the record for the fastest ascent of the highest mountain in each of the 48 states in the contiguous USA. This culminated in 48 mountains, 350 miles of trekking, 100,000ft of climbing and 15,000 miles of driving in 23 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes. He has also made first ascents of mountains and routes in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, holds the record for the fastest ascent of the highest point in every county in England, and numerous expeditions to Africa and South America. In 2009 he spent 3 months in Pakistan on K2, the second highest mountain in the world and arguably the most difficult and dangerous (with a 1 in 4 death rate). He reached 7700m without oxygen before bad snow conditions forced a retreat to safety.
Among his multiple records he was:
Youngest ascent of Mount Vinson (highest mountain in the Antarctic)
Youngest solo ascent of Mount Aconcagua (highest mountain outside the Himalayas)
Fastest British ascent of Mount McKinley/Denali in 2003 (highest mountain in North America)
In 2010 he joined the Inspirational Development Group as a consultant. IDG offers first-class training designed to transform the behaviour of individuals and teams, and lead to sustainable change within an organisation. They offer a range of bespoke Leadership Development programmes focussing on the interlocking areas of Leadership, Followership and Partnership, to produce accomplished leaders who are also effective followers and highly skilled team players.
Meyer is a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve, and in 2012 spent 6.5 months in Afghanistan as a Battlegroup Influence and Consequence Management Officer. He is also an ambassador to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme, and regularly presents the Gold awards at St James’s Palace, and has worked closely with a number of charities including the Prince’s Trust, the Prince’s Teaching Institute, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the CAIRN Trust.
Meyer is available as a though-provoking, inspirational and motivational speaker for events around the world. His presentation can be tailored specifically to the audience and to fulfil the aims and objectives of the client. He is comfortable providing focused and intimate discussion with small teams of Senior Executives, or presenting to large audiences of 1800+.
“Although I had high expectations, Jake exceeded them. We really appreciated how he linked his experience to ours in what came across as a very natural way and the story he had to tell was such a fascinating one that no-one could fail to be enthralled. Feedback from the group has been extremely positive.”
“You made every effort to understand the theme of the event in advance and ensured that your presentation set an excellent platform for the business exercises that were to follow. Your delivery style was engaging and balanced the right level of humour and seriousness. All of the conference attendees without exception were buzzing after the presentation and it remained the highlight of the conference.”
Lloyds Banking Group
"10 out of 10. Jake linked well into the theme of our conference and was happy to tailor his talk to fit perfectly with our brief - he had an interesting story and was very engaging. Jake was confident with a great manner and good presentation skills. We will definitely be using him again.”
Royal Bank of Scotland
“There was also an excellent balance of speakers with a particularly inspirational speech given by Jake Meyer, encouraging me to think about the aspirations and ambitions of young people and their entitlement to a range of stimulating and exciting opportunities, both within the curriculum and in an extra-curricular context.”
The Prince's Teaching Institute
"What was great about Jake was his ability to motivate and enthuse the audience in Moscow. We had excellent feedback, everyone thought Jake was an excellent speaker. He is able to deliver his message with drive, energy, passion, dedication and with a joke. He is a perfect fit with our young and ambitious professionals. The synergy was really there, and the audience was really energized by his presentation. Excellent work and a great story. Absolutely to be recommended and Jake clearly has a great future ahead of him.”
"We received really positive feedback from delegates who heard Jake’s motivational presentation. They found Jake very engaging and a motivating start to the day. The visuals were great and we give him full marks for both content and delivery.”
"The reactions from the group were very good - we were very impressed with Jake's charisma and humour."
Save The Children UK - Building A High Performance Team Conference
"The queue to see Jake speak went right round the whole exhibition hall; he was one of the most popular speakers this year at both Olympia and Birmingham NEC."
Clarion Events, organisers of Destinations Travel Show
"Jake was wonderful, we’ve immediately booked him again."
The Whitgift Foundation
"Finding new speakers each year for our Awards, who really inspire is difficult, this year it was easy; Jake was superb and a real hit with parents and pupils.”
"Jake worked really well with us, we were very pleased with the outcome
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