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Warren Macdonald

Warren Macdonald

Warren works with innovative, forward thinking businesses and associations on helping them change the way they see the world.

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Fee Range: $10,000-$19,999

Warren Macdonald’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh.

Warren Macdonald’s life’s boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland’s (Australia) Hinchinbrook Island. Climbing to the Island’s tallest peak, he became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh.

Just ten months later, he climbed Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants.

In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America’s tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada’s landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft “Weeping Wall” in Alberta.

Warren’s first book, “A Test of Will” is an Australian bestseller and the subject of the “Trapped under a Boulder” episode of the Discovery Channel series “I Shouldn’t Be Alive”. His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, “The Second Step”, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious “Banff Mountain Film Festival”.

Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including “Larry King Live”, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and “The Hour” with George Stroumboulopoulos. He has written articles for “CNN World Edition” (WWW), “Australian Geographic”, “Speaking of Impact” and “Professional Speaker”.

He lives in Winlaw, British Columbia with his partner Margo Talbot.

The Power of Perception: Building a Breakthrough Mindset

If we can’t see where it is we need to go, what are our chances of getting there? If your team or your members can’t see where you’re going, what are the chances they’ll get onboard?

In navigating change, and overcoming the challenges that come with it, we need to address the foundation; the root cause of why we often get stuck or disengaged, and that is, how we perceive change in the first place.

Return on Resilience: Bouncing Back is Just the Beginning

If there’s one certainty, in business and in life, it’s that we will all face challenges; that we will all, at some point be faced with a seeming insurmountable obstacle or obstacles. When that happens, our greatest ally is found in our ability to endure; to adapt. When that happens, it pays to have banked some resilience…

This keynote presentation focuses on what we can do to prepare for our challenges in advance. On how we can fortify ourselves against the curveballs and roadblocks before they happen by practicing resilience.

Next Level Quality of Care: A Patients Perspective

As a keynote speaker, I present at thirty to forty events each year on topics ranging from navigating change to setting impossible goals. I have to say though that the strongest connection I feel with an audience is when I get to share my patients story as a healthcare speaker with people that do the work that you do; those of you in healthcare. I’ve seen firsthand what you do. I’ve been there, on the receiving end.

I’d never been in hospital before until that night, after being rescued off of the side of a remote mountain, when I was wheeled on a stretcher into your world. Ten days in intensive care; a month in the first hospital, then seven months of rehabilitation; learning how to live as a double above knee amputee…

I know that what you do makes a difference, and I’ve got some ideas and some thoughts to share with you through my patients testimony for those times when I think you forget that you make a difference. I’ve put together a presentation especially for you, as someone who deals with situations of consequence on a daily basis, to remind you of the importance of the work you do; of the difference you make.

Key Takeaways

  • Validation of the importance for the role you play. You make a difference!
  • Strategies to improve the quality of care you deliver.
  • The importance of perception in your role in healthcare, both in how you see your patients and how you see yourself.
Challenge of Change: Finding Opportunity in Adversity

We’ve all heard it a million times: “change is constant,” “the only certainty in life is change,” “change or perish.” We all know it; what we need is for someone to show us how to deal with it. Macdonald’s Challenge of Change presentation will help your group realize that challenges brought on by change hold endless opportunities for innovation and personal and professional growth – that it is possible to not just survive, but to thrive despite adversity.

This presentation is designed to provide you with four outcomes:

– The ability to recognize and break through mental barriers to change
– Tools to turn change and challenge into catalysts for both business and personal growth
– A powerful shift in thinking that will put challenges into perspective
– A mindset that seeks solutions and opportunities

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Take a lesson from someone who has seen his world change on a scale few could imagine. Waking from the operation that claimed both legs, Warren faced a whole new world and a whole new reality. Navigating such change takes courage, and the number one tool in creating our future is PERCEPTION.

We need a vision for the kind of world we want to live in. You can react with fear, apathy, or straight out denial, or you can respond from a place of possibility. We have an opportunity now to create something new; something better. But we need to see it first, and Warren Macdonald can help us form that vision for a better world.

In this keynote presentation, Macdonald shares the lessons and tools he’s used to create a remarkable life from what many would have considered a “game over” scenario. Outcomes include:

– The resilience and ability to adapt to the new economy
– A sense of responsibility leading to ownership and engagement
– Excitement and hope instead of fear for the future
– Creating a mindset that seeks solutions and looks for opportunities rather than obstacles amidst uncertainty

One Step Beyond: Setting and Reaching Impossible Goals

It’s all well and good to set seemingly impossible goals – the kind that has your team looking at you like you’re nuts, like this time you’ve really lost it… The solution? You need them to see what you see. You need to inspire your team to follow you; to show them what is possible when you’re prepared to go One Step Beyond: beyond ordinary, beyond conventional, and beyond perceived limitations.

This presentation is designed to provide you with three outcomes:

– Reinforced understanding of the power of purpose (i.e. when we have purpose, we have an edge)
– The ability to see obstacles as stepping stones towards our goals
– A clear understanding of the importance of preparation in reaching your goals

Texas Association for Home Care
I have to share with you a great keynote speaker for your next major conference. His name is Warren Macdonald and we had him at our Annual Meeting August 22. He was very inspiring and you could have heard a pin drop in the room, as everyone was thoroughly engaged and hanging on his every word. At a time when home care is facing such dramatic changes in the health care delivery design and reimbursement, people can easily become overwhelmed.
PIE and AVS / London Drugs
You could hear a pin drop for the entire length of your one hour presentation. Your ability to connect with an audience and hold their attention is something that I have never experienced with a Guest speaker before. The Key message our people needed to hear, and you delivered, was that change is inevitable; we can't change that. What we can change is our response to that change, and I want to thank you once again for reinforcing that message for us that it is up to all of us, individually, to see change as an opportunity rather than something to be feared.
Ontario Case Management Association
As administrators and government push the buttons and pull the strings, healthcare workers face the fallout everyday for themselves, their patients (hospital) and their clients (home care). It is easy to start to feel sorry for ourselves. Warren's story represents someone who really could feel sorry for himself but instead has pulled himself up (literally) to excel at living a meaningful and productive life. His story is awe inspiring and reminds healthcare workers that they are in a position to help/hinder others, including, most importantly, themselves. Personally, Warren's story helps me to maintain my belief in the human spirit that exists in each one of us and a hope that if I am faced with what appears to be insurmountable odds, I too can rise.
White Memorial Medical Center
“Warren was able to convey that healthcare workers who saw him as a person first and not as a patient, really made the biggest difference in his rehabilitation. One employee was not interested in attending the assembly and just wanted to do her job and go home. However, her manager insisted she attend. After hearing Warren’s miraculous story, the employee was moved to tears and felt her life had been forever-changed!”
Home Care Association of Florida
"Warren delivered and exceeded all my expectations. This man is nothing less than a gift waiting to be bestowed upon your group or organization!"
Landmark Health
“As a transformational healthcare company, we are always looking to inspire our employees to look at problems differently. Warren’s message was a perfect fit for our inaugural all employee meeting. Attendees loved his keynote and left feeling inspired and impassioned to make a change. He was the only speaker at the event to receive a 100% approval rating on the post-event survey!"
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