Joe Simpson – Keynote Speaker

Author of Bestselling book 'Touching the Void'

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Specialist Subjects

  • Teamwork
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership
  • Risk Assessment
  • Management Style
  • Survival


  • English


Joe Simpson, one of the world’s best known mountaineers, has drawn from his experiences to become a leading author and motivational speaker. “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.

Joe Simpson now brings his knowledge and powerful stories to the corporate sector as an amazing motivational speaker. His story, Touching the Void, can be tailored to provide relevance and motivation for virtually every type of business audience. His presentations can be focused on a variety of topics including: – Teamwork, Leadership, Personal development, Risk assessment, Management style, and Training.

Having completed his first corporate speech Joe Simpson received phenomenal feedback: – “I am writing to heap enormous praise on Joe Simpson for the incredible motivational speaker presentation he gave. Joe added a new dimension to our meeting, not just through the power of his story, but also through his inspirational speaking qualities. We would have absolutely no reluctance in recommending Joe to anyone.” National Sales Manager, Hoechst Marion Roussel. Thirteen years later, Joe Simpson has developed a reputation on the speaking circuit which is second to none.

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, working for Channel 4 and PBS. It has been distributed in the UK cinemas by Pathe and in the USA by IFC. The drama documentary film of ‘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.

Promotional work for the film included extensive interviews, including BBC World News Hardtalk, Letterman and Oprah.

His sixth book, “The Beckoning Silence”, was published in January 2002 and was made into a stunning documentary that was first broadcast on C4 in October 2007. ‘Touching the Void’, the best-seller translated into 22 languages, won the Boardman Tasker Prize 1988, NCR Non fiction Award 1989, Deutsches Literaturpreis 1990, and Premio del Libro di Montagna 1993. It has sold over two million copies worldwide. He is also author of the novel ‘The Water People’ and non-fiction works ‘This Game of Ghosts’, ‘Storms of Silence’ and ‘Dark Shadows Falling’. To date all his books have been short-listed for the Boardman Tasker Prize. In late 2009, Joe re-visited the Himalaya range where, in a solo climb, he succeeded in conquering a new route on the southwest face of Mera. Joe’s second novel. ‘The Sound of Gravity’, was published in September 2011.

Having spoken to a wide variety of audiences of varying nationalities, Joe Simpson has consistently exceeded all expectations. His presentation as a motivational speaker is supported by an “all action” introduction video and stunning photography.

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