Lessons from the edge of a cliff … without a rope!

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On 3 June 2017, professional rock climber Alex Honnold accomplished something that few people thought could be done. He climbed the 3,000-foot granite wall of Yosemite Park’s famous El Capitan — the 900-metre wall of granite in the image below — alone and without ropes.

To get a small sense of the adrenalin rush that comes with such an epic achievement, check out the trailer for the documentary about Honnold’s exploit.

Most of us, if not all of us, will never attempt something like this. And yet, there is much that we can learn from it.

In April 2018, Honnold spoke at the TED Conference in Vancouver to share his insights about the climb. As I listened to him, it occurred to me that there are valuable lessons for speakers from his free solo of El Capitan. To see Honnold’s TED Talk and to learn what those lessons are, please visit Presentation Guru and read my post using this link.


About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
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