- David Lim led the first Singapore Mount Everest Expedition in 1998.
- Lim is a keen adventurer and has led more than 15 expeditions since his Everest experience.
- Lim is the published author of three books.
- Lim is the owner of leadership and coaching consultancy, Everest Motivation Team, and travels extensively, combining experiences in leadership in the mountains with corporate models.
- The importance of passion
- Embracing change
- Re-defining success
- Pushing the boundaries of the possible
- Leading Singapore's first successful expedition to Mt. Everest
- Defying disability to re-enter climbing
- Team building
- Discussions of the belief tool in overcoming dis-empowering attitudes
For me I had 2 key takeaways from your session: 1. Obstacles are things that we chose to put in our way 2. When unexpected things happen to us, accept the new paradigm (possibly after a few days of feeling sorry for oneself!) and set goals based on the new paradigm. Personally I liked your style of presentation, I find that a lot of motivational speakers can be very ‘showy’ where as I found your style very down to earth.
Chief Executive Officer
AXA Life Insurance Singapore Private Limited
Having just finished reading your book, ….It is a wonderful book where I learned many new things about mountaineering and team work: a) The bigger the challenge then the more critical it is to keep a team together and finding common ground to rally around b) Big goals and impressive achievements are never done through committees, you portray that particularly well c) Leadership is not given – it is taken d) You found a fine balance managing a team/the selfishness of strong individuals, both needed to reach great goals.
Henkel AG & Co KGaA
I want to acknowledge your effort in the last 2 days in delivering a very relevant and useful negotiation workshop. I personally picked quite a few practical tips. Additionally, thanks for your help in preparing me for the negotiation meeting I was going to have.
Lee Hecht Harrison (Singapore)
I thought your presentation in Bangkok was a real “show-stopper”…glad I went first! The crowd was really taken by your presentation…standing ovation…inspired. Ben said, “We will never forget David’s presentation!
Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific
International Planning Group
David’s talk correlating his mountaineering principles to organisational challenges was rivetting and provided a refreshing perspective on commonalities between the 2 seemingly contrasting disciplines. His personal accomplishments added a touch of inspiration to the entire talk.
President, Asia Pacific
From our side I just want to take the opportunity again to say THANK YOU so much for the 3 sessions that you did in Shenzhen and Bentonville. We appreciate your time and the initial (verbal) feedback has been positive. People are still talking about the sessions (even a week later). It was inspiring, motivating and impactful. Thank you!!!
Project Analyst II
Global Organizational Effectiveness at Walmart
.. your presentation remains very inspiring and emotional. This is my third time listening to you and it still amazes me.
Learning and Development
Jones Lang Lasalle
David is among the very best of motivational speakers. His lifetime experiences, including his life-threatening illness after he had achieved one of the hardest personal challenges – leading the first Singaporean team to ascend successfully Mount Everest – are truly remarkable. Personally, the immediate “takeaways” from his talk were: “What regular activities do we as leaders undertake each week to build our teams?”. “Facts & Beliefs” – David was left paralysed with a rare virus; Fact – he would never recover 100%; Belief – why should it stop him from leading a full life and challenging himself to ascend more of the world’s hardest ascents? I would highly recommend David when you are next considering a motivational speaker – he will not disappoint!
Chief Executive Officer
David was a fantastic speaker on an executive education program which I recently designed and delivered on our Singapore campus. He is extremely professional, inspiring and very personable… all of which combine to enable him to have a significant impact as a guest speaker.
The impact of your message was discussed by many yesterday after session close and at dinner. It was the perfect way to end our first day!
Recently have had the experience of David presenting to our Asia Pacific sales and pre-sales team on how to apply the lessons learnt from Climbing Mount Everest and in a Sales leadership context. David’s ability to inspire based on his experience and drawing relevant examples on team leadership and the concept of Stretch goals were extremely helpful and motivational for the team to start to think, act and aim high.
Senior Vice President
Asia Pacific and Japan at Kewill Systems
David recently recently took part to our Asia Oceania top management conference. His message, energy and incredible background delighted the audience and gave a great energy to the participants.
Asia Oceania President
Trucks Sales and Marketing
David can deliver inspirational speeches in an honest and professional way. Great story teller and a fantastic story. I recommend David for executive summits and conferences.
Director of Operations
Det Norske Veritas South East Asia Pacific
You were fantastic and I was enthralled with your stories and wonderful motivation. We had many positive comments from guests who were inspired by your words.
Sailors Society (UK)
I enjoyed very much working with David who was greatly able to bring our company’s core values to live, with his own impressive experiences.
Robert Walters (China)
Feedback (on the Everest Challenger® simulation) was fabulous of course.We be in touch again in the new year to discuss details for the program next year.
Head of Learning and Development, Asia Pacific
Jones Lang LaSalle
We had the pleasure to have David joining one of our Asia leadership meetings. What makes David unique is the authenticity of his message, to the point that he is the message himself. An inspiring life full of curiosity, passion and drive shared with humility and willingness to engage. I thoroughly recommend him.
Europe & Asia Pacific Sales Director
To tell the he truth, I was sceptical at first - that his teambuilding programme could make a difference. But since the programme, people have been more pro-active, and I have been getting more reports and information on from staff in a timely and helpful fashion.
J. D. Power Asia Pacific, Inc.
Your keynote speech left many speechless and lost in introspection; others were searching for words to express a sudden surge of self-belief; and at least one participant kept repeating that it was an event that has already changed his life. When we did a recap the next morning, participants fell over each other to call out their favourite point from your presentation. We filled 3 slides with the points that were recalled.
Cholamandalam Investment & Finance Company Limited
The material you used was exceptionally powerful, and the way you put the messages across to the team was very effective. The session was very well received by the audience and went better than we could have expected. Having sat through two days of Powerpoint slides already I am sure the audience was a tough one, but the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. In short it was more than we expected and was very well received by the audience.
Thanks again for your keynote speech at UGS' executive client event in Qingdao, China. Your speech was the highest rated session at the event. The themes in your presentation were very well aligned with the business challenges that our clients face. The time that you spent with my team preparing for this event was also extremely valuable.
UGS Asia Pacific