Jake is an experienced speaker, presenter and MC and has given over 400 talks about his expeditions, as well as several hundred presentations every year on leadership and management development topics.
He is comfortable speaking to small groups of senior executives or boards, or large audiences (1800 is his personal best so far!), schools, dining clubs, conferences, shows and private events. Internationally, he's spoken in New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, Hyderabad, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and throughout Europe. He's spoken in the Ondaatje theatre at the Royal Geographical Society 7 times, as well as 8 times at St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Gold Awards, on 6 cruises for P&O Cruises, opened 2 climbing walls and he's even presented a BAFTA award!
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Jake’s presentations can be easily tailored, allowing for specific themes to be covered naturally as part of the narrative. He can also weave in, or present separately specific content on leadership and team theory.
Jake’s most recent variation of his story follows his 10 year journey to climb K2 – ‘Taming the Savage Mountain’.
Examples of key themes:
• Clarity of the goal. A clear and unambiguous aim is the corner-stone of any project, and gives you a decision-making handrail to fall back on when you’re under pressure. It might appear that the obvious mission statement for mountaineering is ‘get to the top of the mountain’, but in Jake’s experience, it’s anything but this.
• Building High Performing Teams. You don’t always get carte-blanche choice over who you work with, but you do need to create strong and trusting professional relationships if you want to prosper. The creation of simple yet universally accepted groundrules by all team members is key to this.
• Resilience. Being able to do the basics well, utilising your support network and self-efficacy are key attributes we can use to enable the maintenance of high performance when faced with challenge, danger and risk. Retain faith that you will prevail.
• Learning from failure. If you can reframe failure as learning or live-test planning, then you can start to appreciate that it is a fundamental part of any journey towards success. If you’re not failing (or at least coming close to failing) then you may not be pushing yourself, or the possibilities enough.
• Getting out of your comfort zone. Adopting a growth mindset in order to face up to challenges is fundamental to developing yourself. Only by getting out of your comfort zone and pushing the boundaries will you start to raise your personal performance bar.
• Embracing risk. It is impossible to operate without risk, and often the greatest opportunities seem to be surrounded by the greatest risk. What sort of mindset is required to enable a healthy appetite for risk, which balances boldness and recklessness?
• Making the impossible possible. Sometimes we find ourselves pitted against challenges whilst seem too difficult, too much, too far. Objective analysis of the real (not perceived) test in front of you, twinned with subjective emotional regulation is what will help you maintain the psychological arousal at the apex of optimal performance.
• ‘Schrodinger’s lottery ticket’. If luck is a constituent (however large or small) part of success, then why this is the most important thing you need in your pocket…