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Speakers With True Stories

Speakers With True Stories: Erik Weihenmayer, Melissa Stockwell, Ben Saunders, and William McNulty

Did you know that personal stories make up 65% of human conversations? That’s because storytelling is one of the most effective ways to communicate—it activates the brain of the person talking and the person listening. 

If you want to make sure your attendees leave your event feeling engaged and excited, here are five speakers with amazing true stories for you to consider:

  1. Ben Saunders
  2. Erik Weihenmayer
  3. Vernice Armour 
  4. Melissa Stockwell
  5. William McNutly

Keep reading to learn more about each of these keynote speakers with incredible true stories and browse through their individual speaker profile pages for even more information about their expertise ans speaking topics and to see their speaker videos. 

Ben Saunders

World-Record Breaking Polar Explorer & Repeat TED Talk Speaker

Ben is a three-time TED speaker who just returned from his most recent trek to the South Pole. Charming and witty, Ben’s stories of excruciating physical endurance, run-ins with polar bears, and pushing past doubt move audiences to push themselves and rethink their abilities. If you haven’t yet heard Ben talk about “giving everything you have to achieve something that’s never been done before,” watch his original, powerful TED talkSaunders combines the allure and nostalgia of 20th century explorers with the ingenuity of today’s modern adventurers. His presentation takes you to the ends of the Earth and back and showcases spectacular visuals, a commanding stage presence, a winning smile, and funny and relatable stories. Learn more about Ben here

Erik Weihenmayer

World-Class Blind Adventurer

Erik’s one of the most energetic and optimistic people you will ever meet, and the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He talks about his journey from fear to adventure, shares amazing visuals, and explains how everything great he has in life came from reaching into the unknown. Watch as he tells CNBC Make It why it’s not enough to do things to prove the world wrong—it’s more important to be motivated by the question, “What’s possible?”. Learn more about Erik here

Vernice Armour

First African American Female Combat Pilot

It’s incredible to hear charismatic Amour talk about how, after the Combat Exclusion Policy was overturned by the Pentagon in 1994, she came across a female pilot at an ROTC career day and a dream was first born. She went on to become a Captain, serve two tours in Iraq, and write Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step Battle-tested Method for Accomplishing Goals That Matter. Watch as she tells the women of ABC's The View how she got where she is today. Learn more about Vernice here

Melissa Stockwell

US Army 1st Lieutenant, 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, & World Champion Triathlete

Stockwell shares her amazing journey from tragedy to triumph. She was just 24 when she lost her leg as the result of an IED explosion in Baghdad. She felt devastated and hopeless, until one day at Walter Reed Medical Center, when she looked around and thought, “How lucky am I to have just lost one leg?” Watch as she tells a TEDx audience about the importance of refusing to give up and “choosing your own story.”  Learn more about Melissa here. 

William McNulty

Co-founder of Team Rubicon

Before founding Team Rubicon, McNulty served for nine years in both the infantry and intelligence. He tells his personal story of coping with the service void in his life after his enlistment ended, and how a trip with a few friends to help in Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake led to a new career. Watch as he tells the story of the first Team Rubicon, and how one person altered the course of his life. Learn more about William here

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