Joe Simpson

After Dinner & Event Speaker (in association with SpeakOut)

Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, has become one of the all time classic books of mountaineering, hailed as an account of psychological, even philosophical witness of the rarest compulsion.


It is a tale of two men thrown into a nightmare of terrifying life and death choices and heartbreaking decisions. It is about agony and terror, courage and weakness. It tells of trust and friendship tested to the very limits of human endurance.

You need no special knowledge of mountain climbing to understand the many inspirational messages to be found in the telling of this powerful human drama.

It is about the triumph of the human spirit, the immense instinct to survive and the innate strength we have within us to succeed.

The appeal of Joe Simpson as a speaker is that he tells his story in an unassuming, articulate and often humorous style. He refrains from giving patronising analogies between his exploits and the jobs of the people in the audience, preferring that they draw their own conclusions from the multitude of key messages that are wrapped up in his story. The overriding feeling is one of total amazement and that no matter how tough things may get, there is a way to not only come through it, but to achieve even greater goals.

Joe is able to do a certain amount of fine tuning, but it would not be possible to, for example, make the talk all about teamwork. You will find that his presentation deals with many issues that are important in just about every event, and certainly in the lives of every individual.

Touching the Void deals with planning, strategy, teamwork, goal setting, leadership, responsibility, motivation and our ability to reach beyond what we thought was possible.

To book Joe Simpson, contact Emkay Entertainments Agency via Alternatively, speak to a booking agent directly on 01506 855 555.


'I was speechless at the end of Joe's presentation the casual, informal, personal and captivating way in which he tells his remarkable story held my attention for every second. In terms of achieving my objectives by impressing the audience with the strength and ability to meet tough personal challenges and goals, Joe achieved this 110 percent. He has become a subtle role model for many of our staff in terms of handling challenges and achieving goals.'
Sales Manager, ICL

'Thanks for delivering a superb account of your experience in the Andes. It had been 56 years since I last heard your account and even though I re-read the book, it really is quite a moving and amazing experience to hear to you live'
Managing Director, Miller Homes

'Joe's very personal account of how he survived against all the odds, made for a very powerful presentation at our Annual Sales Conference. We were most impressed. His presentation was both inspirational and moving but laced with a good measure of appropriate humour. People were left very uplifted and inspired.'
Marketing and Communications Manager, Vodafone Corporate

'The collated scores from the 'Avandia Experience' show that Joe Simpson's session scored highest (7 people put Joe off the scale). Please thank Joe for his excellent work.'
Glaxo SmithKline

'Joe is a very gifted communicator who held our international audience of more than 200, in the palm of his hand, for one hour........I had the onerous task of trying to close the meeting after he had left the podium and confess that I was completely lost for words..... I recommend Joe Simpson very highly indeed. I have heard a lot of sportsmen and motivators speak, making links between their world and the world of business and their words are instantly forgettable. Joe spoke from the heart and stole the show. Everybody was blown away and I'm sure they will remember the occasion for many years to come, as will I'

'The 200 or so CEO's who attended, universally praised your enthusiasm and passion...the comparisons of your story with the pitfalls of business were clear to everyone. One of many comments from delegates were... 'this is one of the most gripping presentations I have seen (and I've seen plenty), Joe can really make us question how hard did we try and were we really committed'
TEC International

'Thank you very much for your contribution to Successful Selling 99. Feedback from delegates has been extremely positive. Thanks again for the invaluable role that you played.'
Institute of Sales and Marketing Management

'Joe was enormously popular. The audience were staggered by his story. He got a standing ovation.' ..... 'There has been nothing but praise for your talk. No other speaker has ever had a reception such as the one given to you'
MLC Australia

'Without doubt we were unanimous in voting Joe Simpson's presentation, outstanding, the best item of the day, one of the most moving, perception changing and interesting events of the year- we are all buying the book!'
Bromford Housing Group

'Joe really captivated the audience and was a refreshing change to the motivational speakers we have had in the past. Everyone without exception was impressed by his performance, and given the opportunity, we would certainly use him again'
Prime Health

'I am writing to heap enormous praise on Joe Simpson for the incredible presentations he gave at our conferences. Joe completely absorbed the briefing and showed true professionalism in relating the story of his disaster in Peru to our Conference theme of 'Success is about Choice not Chance'. He stayed on to answer many questions and mixed with delegates who were bowled over by the incredible nature of the story and the humility of the man'
Hoechst Marion Roussel

'I'm still on site in Las Vegas, but I wanted to send you a quick message to let you know we had rave reviews from all of our clients. Joe is truly one of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to meet. We are already talking about booking him for next year.'
Project Manager, Russell Investment

'There is no question that your talk was superbly delivered, was the highlight of the conference and that our clients walked away impressed.'
Director, Russell Investment

'Joe Simpson flew in from the USA, shrugging off jet lag, he proceeded to captivate our entire sales and service teams, holding them in the palm of their hand and taking them on an emotional roller coaster ride from shock, horror to humour. We were all overawed and inspired by Joes amazing story. Needless to say we will be beating a path to the bookstore to buy Joe's recently released book, The Beckoning Silence.'
Customer Service Manager, Abbott Diagnostics

'Many, many thanks for your excellent contribution to our Double Partner Development Conference. I am well aware that our audience likes to engage with motivational messages but you surpassed all expectations in this regard. Your story is remarkable enough, but is all the more incredible when told in the compelling style you bring to the performance, combined with a humility which makes it all the more outstanding.'
Executive Director - Human Resources, St James's Place

'The evening with Joe was a tremendous success. Although he denies it, he is a very good, very natural public speaker. Everyone in the room was fully engaged. I have never seen the interest in Q&A afterwards so high at our events we could have kept him up late into the evening. I only wished we were in a smoky pub in Sheffield after a good days climbing.'
Managing Director Prime Brokerage, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

'The collated scores from the 'Avandia Experience' show that Joe Simpsons session scored highest (7 people put Joe off the scale). Please thank Joe for his excellent work.'
National Sales Operations Executive, SmithKline Beecham

'Without any doubt, Joe Simpson delivered a powerful and motivating presentation throughout the week and was a resounding success at each of the three conventions. He added exactly the right dimension and the feedback from delegates is unanimously positive'
Head of Business Services, Legal & General

'Our conference went very well and the entrance of Joe had an amazing impact (including a standing ovation). A number of people at the end rushed to talk to him and the feedback I've had back since has been excellent.'
Director, Capital Radio

Please note; Emkay Entertainments act as a booking agent for any engagements for this artiste. Bookings are processed through our partner agency, SpeakOut!.

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