Select Invitation for Himalayan Trek

Posted by Vince Poscente on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

Would you like have an experience of a lifetime this summer? We have a few spots still available for a trek into a spine-tingling escape into a unique part of the Himalayas. 

Sunrise in the Himalayas 2017 Trek Invite.jpg

If you are drawn to the populated treks into Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro or the Inca Trail we applaud your ambition.

But, what I'm inviting you to is special in a number of ways. We will:

  • climb into majestic valleys where we see no other humans for 10 days.
  • reach non-technical, 16,000 foot summits no one has ever set foot on.
  • name mountains after our own everyday heroes.
  • have a concierge climbing experience where porters carry our stuff.
  • acclimatize each day to avoid drastic altitude impact on your body.
  • safely travel from your door back to your home in two weeks

For details on our June 11 to 25th, 2017 trek into the Himalayas, click here.

2017 Trek Details

This is my last time to lead a group into this part of the world. I've been on seven expeditions, five of which in the Himachal Pradesh regions of the Himalayas. Who's signed-up so far? My 16 year-old daughter (Isabella), financial planner friend from Canada (Bryce), an internet marketing guru from Wichita (Ford), the Managing Director of an investment group (Randy)... Can you see yourself on this list?

If trekking into an extraordinary part of nature is not your cup of chai, please pass this invite on to that adventurous friend you're thinking of right now. 

Contact me if you're interested! 

Tags: Team Building

5 Qualities of a Heroic Leader

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 03:12 AM

Have you noticed people are increasingly uncertain about the future? This visceral doubt sparks fear. Here's the antidote to this pervasive type of fear:

The Heroic Leader

Hero.jpgIf you are in a leadership position, simply stating your vision of the future is not enough. (psst... if your lips are moving, you're in a position of leadership ;-)

There are five, essential character traits that will make your words resonate and generate much-needed optimism.

These same traits are abundant in everyday heroes.

Heroic Leaders are:

  1. Compassionate - They have a level of empathy that supersedes ego. Leaders without ego can see past themselves to the people they serve. Not convinced? Imagine a leader without compassion. Imagine a leader with attributes of hate, meanness, callousness or ruthlessness. Be compassionate!
  2. FearlessIt is impossible for us mere mortals to have zero fear. But, a hero finds a way to fear less. Leaders who understand fear is not a long term motivator can engage sustained loyalty. How? Better than comments that instill fear, point out the dysfunction followed by a loving solution (see compassion). Fear less!
  3. Humble - There is a magnetism to humility. Heroes in our world never self-identify as heroes. They simply acted our of an ego-less, natural instinct. "It was the right thing to do." True, magnetic leaders don't DO humble. They ARE humble. Their innate mantra is, "It's not about me. It's about the people I serve." Be humble!
  4. Selfless - Heroes who fear less, are compassionate and humble are naturally selfless. Leaders who are self indulgent or selfish can find themselves alone on the front line. Think more about others. In turn, they will join you. Be selfless!
  5. Persistent - Heroes never give up. Persistent leaders will gather an army of believers. Persist, persist, persist!

Each of us embody some of these heroic character traits, but we can always improve in all of them. Challenge yourself to be more compassionate, fearless, humble, selfless and persistent.

Do this and fear will dissipate while a clear, bright future will unfold.



About the Author:

Vince Poscente helps audiences overcome obstacles and sustain resiliency.

In 2017 he's among the 10 Highest Rated Inspirational Speakers for Business.

Tags: Goals, Team Building, Business Leadership, Changing Times

Who's the Boss? - HeroesClimb - Day 10

Posted by Vince Poscente on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Our passage out of Dwada valley requires we climb a strenuous, 15,200 foot pass. Phangchi Galu Pass stands between us and our final destination. This wall of snow and rock is as if the Himalayas wanted a stark reminder of who’s the boss.

One of the amazing parts of an expedition in this area are our porters. Only in Nepal will you find Sherpas. But here in the Indian side of this gargantuan mountain range, the tradition of Indian porters stretches back 100’s of years. More recently, the British influence in India has tea and biscuits infused into the trekking culture. But don’t let the fine tradition over shadow the truly astounding strength and stamina of our local workforce.

They ensure our camp is ready when we arrive. This means they have broken camp after we leave in the morning, pass us while smiling and chattering in Hindi; all this while carrying loads between 50 and 90 pounds. Not only does Phangchi Galu Pass humble us, so does the extraordinary good nature of the Himachal Pradesh people.


Tags: Team Building, Inspirational

Resting is part of Climbing - HeroesClimb - Day 5

Posted by Vince Poscente on Sat, Jul 02, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

Acclimatization & Rest Day at Dwada .

As we prepare for climbing peaks and setting up our advanced base camp we need ensure our bodies can comfortably process the thinner air.

There are a few options we face. Divide the expedition into two parties to climb two unnamed peaks. Keep the team together and climb one peak. Then attempt a second peak the next day. Or, turn back due to conditions Mother Nature has in mind.

Any way this shakes out, we will need to acclimatize and rest.


Tags: Team Building, Motivational

Up, Down, Up and Up - HeroesClimb - Day 2

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

We continue to follow the contour of the Saini valley. Centuries of sheep herding trails make the footing easy. We are already so removed the stars blanket the sky.

Our lead guide is Panki Sood. He has been a friend and brother for 10 years. We are in good hands.


Tags: Team Building, Inspirational

Do You Like Adventure?

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 @ 03:00 AM

These words, first heard 23 years ago on a remote trek, are now for your ears. 

"Do you like adventure?"

If so, you may be interested in one of three available spots for an expedition to summit and name a mountain in the Himalayas. If "adventure" doesn't only involve remote expeditions, you are correct. If "the hammock" is the adventure you'd rather have, you might want to keep reading.


I first heard, "Do you like adventure?" in 1992 when a expedition leader, Frank, needed support along the infamous Adrenaline Surge route of the West Coast Trail. Adventure can be a healthy addiction. Years later I joined teams for the first ever ascent of Chakri Peak (16,000 feet), up the jagged, rocky teeth in Sikkim and to the summit of Shrikhand Mahadev (17,195 ft with my son Max). I also lead an expedition over the 17,000 foot Pin Parvati Pass. Our plan to name a peak near the pass never materialized but one thought never went away. "How cool would it be to name a mountain?" Put that on your bucket list and smoke it. (If you're going to mix a metaphor, at least make it mysterious.) On July 3rd and 4th of 2016 we climbed and named two summits in the most remote parts of GHNP. (Maish Mountain, 15,016 ft and Hana Peak, 14,800 ft).

What adventure is on your horizon?

By their nature, adventures are always easier in retrospect, but also, by their nature, adventure beckons curious souls wanting to squeeze more out of life. Getting comfortable with life is like climbing into a hammock. It can envelop you and won't let you readily escape. On the flip side, adventure can have moments of profound discomfort but laced with supreme bliss, enlightenment and wonder. 

Where is the next adventure you will set out on?

If joining a June 11 to July 25th, 2017 expedition into the Himalayas is of interest to you, click here.


Having been on seven expeditions, five of which in the Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim regions of the Himalayas, I'm now gathering adventure seekers interested in the experience of a lifetime. On June 11th 2017 we will be setting out for a trek to the top of the world. It will be a non-technical climb in the most remote parts of the Great Himalayan National Park. Waiting for us are certain mountains which touch the sky, yet have no name... yet.

If climbing to the unnamed summits is not your cup of chai, then what adventure awaits you?

Enough entropic comfort already. Climb out of that hammock and explore.

Do you like adventure?



PS Remember, this is an "application only" expedition. Application does not equal acceptence. There are only a few spots left. Please be sure to tell us why you would be a valuable member of our team.

Tags: Team Building

Test Your Speakers Bureau Knowledge (True or False)

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Let's test your knowledge regarding speakers bureaus of today.


1. Bureau agents push certain speakers to get a higher commissions. FALSE. Speakers bureau agents are passionate about a long-term relationship with their clients. Yes, commissions are an incentive, but repeat commissions are a higher motivator. Bureau agents are entirely motivated by a happy client first and getting their commission from the speaker's fee second. (Note: Booking a speaker direct or through a speakers bureau is the same speaker fee.) 

2. Bureau agents are influenced by speaker promotions. FALSE. During every holiday period, Speaker Bureaus are flooded with cookies and treats from speakers. When a speaker's calendar is slow, a speakers bureau gets a promotional present. None of these typical promotional tactics work. The worst advertising a bureau can make is the wrong fit for their clients. A bureau agent will always drive towards the best fit, with our without the delicious cookies.

3. Meeting planners who directly book a keynote speaker can get a lower fee than a bureau agent. FALSE. Speakers know they are likely to only speak for a client once but can work with a bureau agent multiples of times. A speaker will go where his or her incentive is the highest. Bureau agents are much better negotiators with speakers than a single meeting planner.

4. If I know of the keynote speaker I want to work with, it is faster to go direct to the speaker. TRUE. Sure, if you know exactly whom you want, then a quick Google search can land you that speaker's contact information. But, beware! Every speaker bureau agent on the planet has dozens of stories regarding clients who didn't listen to them. In these examples, the speaker selection turned out to be a disaster for one reason or another. If you are 100% comfortable making a speaker selection without a professional opinion, then go for it.

5. My time is limited; page one of Google is as far as I have time to search for a speaker. This is good enough. FALSE. Page one is where the best marketing people land, not necessarily the best speakers. Over time you will learn this the hard way. Check out each of their videos and you will eventually learn that good SEO abilities do not equal a quality keynote speaker. This can be a huge time waster. Use your favorite speakers bureau to save time, money and stress.

6. Speakers bureaus push their favorite speakers. TRUE. They recommend whom they know will represent you and their bureau the best way possible. If there is a perfect-fit keynote speaker they have not heard of before, the agent will go to great lengths to vet that speaker. Zero speaker bureau agents want to have a bad speaker fit. 

7. Speakers bureaus compete with search engines like Google and Bing. TRUE. Pre-Internet, speaker bureaus used to be necessary booking agencies for speakers and meeting planners. Today, bureaus compete against the Internet for mind share of people who book speakers. Speakers bureaus have responded by adding more value with solution selling, niche or speakers rosters and personal, boutique style services. The Internet is to scissors, what speakers bureaus are to a free hair salon. Sure you can cut your own hair but wouldn't it be better for you to have a true professional do it at no charge?

8. It is easier to contact the speaker direct than going through a speakers bureau. FALSE. First, the bureau agent not only has a relationship with the speaker but also the gatekeeper. Second, there is cloud-based software, such as eSpeakers, which helps a bureau agent instantly know available dates or key information. Third, if you are loyal to your speakers bureau, you will get the loyalty back in spades. If a bureau agent does all sorts of work for you and you call the speaker direct, the agent will basically move on (hurt feelings and all) and spend time on clients who stay faithful.

9. The size of a speakers bureau is directly proportionate to the quality of the speaker selection. TRUE and FALSE. TRUE if you are working with a fairly new speaker bureau agent. When a meeting planner calls a newbie, the rookie agent will brainstorm with more experienced agents in the larger office. FALSE because size does not matter with an experienced agent. A seasoned bureau agent with years of experience has all the tools necessary to find you the perfect keynote speaker for your needs.

10. This article was written by a biased speakers bureau agent. FALSE. In fact, I'm a speaker. Like any other keynote speaker, it is nice to get paid more from direct bookings over paying the bureau fee. But the bureau agent has a broader perspective on the speaker talent pool and knows the best fit for you. In the end, I've never been the wrong fit for an event, and I wouldn't want yours to be the first. Excellent speakers partner with bureaus to serve clients.

If you have a speakers bureau agent you love working with, none of the above will be a huge surprise to you. If you are looking for speakers bureau who will meet your needs, a good place to start are referrals from fellow meeting professionals, production companies and speakers or check out the International Association of Speakers Bureaus and Agents for a vetted and trusted list.

About the Author: Vince Poscente is the CEO of the Big Goals Fast Institute, NY Times bestselling author and Olympian with 20 years experience as a keynote speaker representing dozens of speakers bureaus and over 1,200 organizations worldwide. 

Tags: Goals, Team Building, Business Leadership

Only One Kind of Good Excuse - 70 Sec Motivational eBrief

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 @ 03:00 AM

An excuse is never a good idea, unless there's a gift in mind. The gift doesn't have to be tied in a bow. The excuse doesn't have to be a set-back.

Anniversaries, special events, an idle Wednesday or most recently, Valentine's Day can be an excuse worthy of a gift you'd like to give a loved one. Recently, Mom opened an email. It was a 90 second video acknowledging the extraordinary person she is, and the gift she was a part of with health care professionals.

This past Saturday, she sent an email to her inner circle.

Rose_PatchMy son Vince has always liked to make his own Valentine gifts for his mom.
When he was age 7 or 8 he took an empty metal juice can.
He turned it upside down. Vincent envisioned a work of art that his mom could treasure.
On his own, he found hands full of flat-head 3 inch long nails in a jar on his Dad's workbench.
The family-sized juice can was about as tall as our, then, glass milk bottles or my vase which sometimes held flowers from my garden. But this was February 14th, in Edmonton. My flower garden was covered with snow. Obviously, Vince wanted to give me a bouquet of flowers.

Vince polished up the metal can, a little. Then he created a one-of-a-kind vase of flowers. Each "flower" was represented by a nail that he carefully hammered into the flat end of the juice can. He arranged the nails so precisely. He was proud as peacock when he presented this masterpiece to his Mom. I never ever had a more charming floral arrangement!!!!!!
Rose_patch_videoI still have it at home in Canada. It certainly is true; it's the thought that counts.

This year, Vince edited some meaningful words from a DVD of a speaking engagement.
He was addressing a room full of pharmacists.
This home-made Valentine showed up as one of my emails.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did/do.
Happy Valentine's Day. (Sent from Patricia Poscente's iPad)

It helps to have an excuse to remind someone special in your life how special they are. Maybe this 70 second eBrief is excuse enough for you to send a gift of your time... or a tin can with nails in it. The thoughts you share do indeed count as a treasured gift.

Tags: Self Development, Team Building, Motivational

The Opinion Addiction - Motivational 70 sec eBrief

Posted by Vince Poscente on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 04:00 AM

It is mind bending to encounter someone who has an opinion based on limited information. What caused this epiphany? The Master Cleanse did it in the kitchen with a juicer. (Fans of the board game CLUE would get that one.) Taking away food for two weeks revealed the Opinion Addiction.

What is the Master Cleanse? In place of food you drink water with a shot of lemon juice, two tablespoons of maple syrup a dash of cayenne pepper - followed nightly, with a laxative tea called, get this, Smooth Move. Sure, there’s weight loss, as you only consume about 650 calories a day, but the benefits also include:

  • Sustained boost in energy
  • Detoxification
  • Improved complexion
  • Heightened mental acuity

 The experience also reveals a bunch of insights:

  • Don’t trust a sneeze
  • The act of eating is addictive
  • It is possible to go two weeks without solid food
  • It takes a good deal of self control to sit around and watch people eating
  • You retain untold waste in your intestines until you implement a way to flush them out (I can neither confirm or deny, at one point, there was evidence of a Barbie shoe and a three-prong adapter)

In the spring, gearing up for the first round of the Master Cleanse, a buddy with experience insisted, “Read The Master Cleanse book.” Indeed, it made a massive difference understanding what you’re getting into. On the sideline, two friends decided, without reading the book, they would also do the ‘cleanse.’ By noon on the first day, they were out.

After 14 days, 12 pounds shed, plus an exceptional surge in energy, the thing that stood out were how many people said, “You know, that's not good for you.” I wondered how they know if they didn’t put some time into researching or exploring it?

Another interaction happened at Central Market a few days ago. Going into replenish the ingredients for a second round of the Master Cleanse, a store employee was appalled at my decision. Based on limited information, he basically looked down his nose at what he assumed was an unhealthy way to lose weight. (The second time, no weight was lost, but the detoxification, energy, complexion and mental acuity were all enhanced.)


Are people entitled to their opinion? Of course.

Is it always welcome? No.

Is your opinion based on anecdotal information or sufficient research and experience? Your call - measured alongside your level of addiction to giving your opinion.

So whether your addiction is offering opinions, eating or something more destructive, if you do the Master Cleanse… count on this one – don’t trust a sneeze.

Tags: Goals, Self Development, Team Building

Marriott, Buffett, Murdoch: Age of Everlasting Executives

Posted by Vince Poscente on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 @ 02:50 PM

He’s 82 now, but Bill Marriott can’t bring himself to completely walk away from the company that bears his name. 

Owning large stakes gives these executives the ability to essentially hang around as long as they please. But academics who study and interview older executives say there is a complicated psychology at play and that advances in health care — Marriott has survived several heart attacks — mean the country could see more everlasting executives in the future.

What motivates them? For starters, death.


Read the source article at Washington Post

Tags: Team Building