Storyteller and Polar Explorer: Ben Saunders

Storyteller: Polar explorer Ben Saunders


Polar explorer Ben Saunders has spoken at multiple TED conferences and has been labeled a “master story teller” by TED. This video clip is an excerpt from his first TED main-stage performance.

Picture this scenario: You’ve trained 18 months. Day one, you’re dropped off by a helicopter on the north coast of Siberia and begin your journey. On the second morning of the expedition, you pack up your gear, start the trek, feel uneasy, and turn around to see a one-thousand-pound polar bear joining your hike!

Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong. You’re pulling heavy sledges at 1.4 miles per hour and have 12 cartridges most of which are blank to last 8 weeks. Do you stand your ground to convince the bear you are bigger and scarier, or ask the bear politely to go away?

Saunders’ utilizes spectacular visuals, a commanding stage presence, and funny stories to share his wisdom about how to become a peak performer and overcome adversity, among other topics!  Ben was featured in the 2016 New York Times best-seller, TED Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking, compilated by TED chief, Chris Anderson.

To learn more about Saunders visit his speaker page and to see what he can bring to your next meeting call, email, or chat with us. We look forward to sharing more stories!

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Polar explorer, TED speaker, and record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders fuses the spirit of adventure with impressive technical ingenuity. He has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and is best known for leading one of the most ambitious expeditions in a century. Humble and self-effacing, he is an explorer of limits and his message is one of inspiration, empowerment, and boundless potential. He explores the dichotomy between ideas and action and urges audiences to consider carefully how to spend the “tiny amount of time we each have on this planet.”