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Leadership Lessons from Extreme Expeditions


Drawing upon my experiences in business and conquering the world’s highest mountains, I’m a strong advocate for positive change by overcoming fears to achieve goals. 


From TEDx talks to top tier businesses, I’ve spoken to over four thousand people across the world, using my wisdom to help motivate others to conquer their personal Everest. Here are a selection of my keynote talks. If you would like me to speak at an event or conference please get in touch.

The mindset of summeting Mt. Everest - When challenges line up | Siv Harstad | TEDxArendal
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The mindset of summiting Mt. Everest

When challenges line up

Siv Harstad | TEDxArendal


Dare to Dream Big - the art of planning and executing Big goals

In this talk, I an experienced adventurer and expedition leader share the inspiring journey of our successful expedition amid 2021's travel restrictions. Discover valuable lessons on planning and executing ambitious goals with resilience. Learn about effective teamwork, communication, and adaptability in the face of uncertainty, empowering you to thrive in any challenge. 

  • from idea to plan and execution 

  • teamwork and communication in the team

  • how to handle changes and uncertainty

Keeping the Focus - Everest

In this compelling talk, join me on a journey to the mountains of Nepal as I share the personal challenges I faced—a severe burnout, surviving Nepal's worst earthquake, and going blind on the summit of Everest. Discover how these experiences parallel the uncertainties businesses face. Participants will learn the transformative power of choices and decisions in tough times, empowering themselves to thrive amid adversity. Be inspired to embrace resilience and strength, turning life's most difficult moments into opportunities for growth and empowerment.​

Life is not for Sissies

Look, we’re all hit by the pandemic, it sucks for all of us. While we may have been wishing and hoping that it would be over by now, the fact is that this is a part of our current reality. And the reality is that Life isn’t for Sissies. Quit looking for a savior or other solutions. 

In this talk I share personal stories of adversity and setback. Discover my rules for living a successful life and learn mindset shifts that will shift your perspectives of life and help you:

  • Don’t give in too soon on your dreams

  • Adapt to challenges

  • Boost your moral

  • Develop a growth mindset

  • Become more resilient

Stop wishing and whining and start doing

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