On May 23, 2008, Ian Taylor became the youngest Irishman to stand on the top of the world. In June 2007 Ian and his friend set out to climb four mountains on four continents in one year with Mount Everest being the final climb. Before June 2007, he had only climbed one mountain over 5,000m. Ian also took on a charity element, raising €70,000 to build the Mt. Everest primary school in Uganda with Irish charity Fields of Life.
From + 40c to – 40c Ian braved his own fears, demons and the mountains. He saved a fellow climbers life and four months after being told he wasn’t the right material for Everest by two professionals, he successfully made it to the summit of Mount Everest. This was a true story of teamwork, drive and ultimately success.
Based in the US and Ireland, Ian has years of experience of managing teams in a business environment. He also leads and trains teams for mountain expeditions around the world and has done so with great success. Ian has climbed Kilimanjaro 23 times now, aiming for 50 summits, he has lead hundreds of people to reach their goals in the mountains. A team Ian lead to Kilimanjaro in September 2011, released a book about their journey. Get a copy. Ian’s Motivational Presentations will leave your audience inspired to take on their own personal challenges in life.
Ian’s Everest DVD Documentary ‘A Summit Calling’ is one to watch out for and he also has a book coming out on his amazing story. -A phenomenal journey, A story that needs to be told’ ““ Jim O’Dea Sports and cultural council Get your own DVD today.
Ian has helped numerous others on their road to climb Mt. Everest and is leading a team for their ascent of Mt. Everest in 2020, using his skills to help others achieve their dreams on Everest. Ian manages his own trekking company, Ian Taylor Trekking, training teams for their treks around the world. Ian is a team leader, motivational and Leisure consultant. Ian is also leading a team on a new route to the South Pole, film a feature film and raise money for more educational projects around the world.
Ian’s Inspirational Presentations are getting rave reviews:
Thanks so much for coming here on Monday to share your story with us. We all really enjoyed the talk and the feedback has been very positive. Everyone enjoyed your style of telling the story and found it very inspiring although lots of people have said they are never going to Everest! People have also mentioned that they could see the parallels between the themes of team work, goal setting and determination that you mentioned and our own work environment. I will absolutely be recommending you to anyone looking for a speaker. Laura Shackelton, SEB International 2016
It was such a delight and pleasure to personally meet you at the Boulder Area Realtor Association in December! Loved hearing you speak and the pictures were truly amazing and your story was inspiring to say the least.
Karen Woolhiser, Boulder Area Realtors 2015
Ian Taylor gave a motivational talk at a recent company meeting. It was nothing short of inspiring! Ian clearly did his homework before our meeting and honed his message to some of the specifics of our company, his messages resonated with the audience and left them inspired and energized. Ian showed us how ordinary people were out there accomplishing extraordinary things through sheer motivation and determination. His story was captivating and I would have no hesitation recommending Ian for any future events.
Sharon Kenny, Sanofi May 2014
‘Ian was The guest/keynote speaker, Ian was one of the best, if not the best we have had!’
‘I loved the guest speaker that presented his experience with Mt. Everest: phenomenal motivation!’
‘The guest speaker was fantastic. He was motivational, but also encouraging and such a real person.’
‘The keynote speaker Ian Taylor’s motivational talk was great because it reflects the difficulties of life when a person is trying to reach a goal’
‘The speakers were awesome and nothing was long and drawn out as I had experienced at previous sessions. Ian had me on the edge of my seat wanted to hear more. Wish we had more time with him!’
Ian Taylor is by far the best speaker we’ve had. His talk was exactly what we need at various parts of the program. The Doctoral journey is very much a metaphorical mountain – you never know what you will encounter at each juncture. Great choice having him speak.’
Colorado Technical University, Doctoral Candidates Jan 2014
‘We recently welcomed Ian Taylor to speak at a charity lunch in Howth Yacht Club in aid of St. Francis Hospice. Ian’s story had the audience captivated and it demonstrates what can be done with determination and effort. His visual presentation gave a taste of the sheer scale of his adventure whilst the audience was enthralled by the real life story that unfolds. Ian’s presentation is very participative with numerous interesting questions fielded from the floor. His delivery of such an interesting story is superb and I would highly recommend listening to it.’
Dave Cullen, Howth Yacht Club 2013
I was involved in coaching an under 18 hurling team,the group had won nothing underage and were not regarded as contenders for the championship.I asked Ian to help out as both a motivational speaker and from a physical preparation point of view.Ian was very professional and made an excellent impression on the team,we ended up winning the Championship against the odds,we feel Ian’s approach and advice was instrumental in winning. The following year, I was involved with our Senior team, who again had not won a Championship in 31 years,we approached Ian at the start of the year in relation to team mental and physical preparation, his advice and help was invaluable and we ended up winning again that year against the odds. Ian’s advice in how to mentally and physically prepare a team for a serious challenge, was excellent and a big factor in our wins.
Tom McNamara, Clare Hurling 2011 / 2012
WOW!! Ian was an amazing speaker and left everyone gasping for more. He has an uncanny ability to draw you into his stories as if you were there. He personalized his content so that his speech related to our audience. Ian leaves you with more than just a message, but with a renewed sense of energy. I would highly recommend Ian Taylor to any group that is looking to learn, laugh, get energized and ready to take on the world!
Elaine Barry Sports Lecturer & Project Manager in the Limerick City Sports Partnership 2012
Ian was guest motivational speaker in our annual partner event for 2012. Our partners found Ian’s presentation extremely interesting, and the formal feedback received scored him very high. Ian’s message was linked subtly to our theme of the day and was extremely impactful. This would not have been possible if Ian hadn’t taken the time out to meet with us before hand as well as attend the full event in his own time to get an idea for the people and the organisation. Ian is very personable but professional as well and I would strongly recommend Ian for similar events.
Owen McAlister, Cisco Ireland 2011
Keynote speaker at this event was Mr Ian Taylor. Ian had an audience of 250 delegates captivated with his fascinating and amazing story of climbing Mount Everest. Ian showed fantastic pictures of his achievement and he took the room on a journey with his mesmerising story you felt you were with him at every stage of the climb. An excellent speaker and presenter he had the audience on the edge of their seats as he recalled his experience of the massive challenges and the obstacles he encountered before the journey even began. His success story really impacted on the delegates and he emphasized the importance of team work whilst trying to achieve the all important goal, bringing home to them no matter what the obstacles are if you really want something badly enough you can achieve it with hard work and a determination to succeed. A truly inspirational and motivational speaker.
Geraldine King, Director – National Recruitment Federation. May 2012
“Ian Taylor spoke as a motivational speaker at our recent conference. His story was inspirational, impactful and thought provoking. Our delegates thoroughly enjoyed his presentation.”
Grace Kavanagh, Events Manager, Irish Taxation Institute, October 2011
“Your presentation in Statestreet was by far the best I have seen, I was inspired and gaining immense belief that I can go on and achieve big in the mountains. Some people in my dads hill walking club said they saw your presentation in different places and thought it was the best Everest presentation they had seen. They were telling me this last week on a trek I was on. They thought you were a very good speaker, you explained what you went through so well. We would all be interested in seeing you again soon.”
Cian O’Brolchain, Senior Transfer Agency Rep, Transfer Agency Investor Services & Market, June 2011
“In January 2010 Ian Taylor held 3 presentations in the Faroe Islands. As the organizer I attended all 3 of them. The third time was as breathtaking as the first. I and all the guests were totally mesmerized for the whole length of every presentation. With fantastic pictures and film clips, this charismatic Irishman takes the listeners all the way from Kathmandu to the top and back again. It feels like you are there with him and when he reaches the top, you are as exhausted as he is by holding your breath so many times. Very few people get the chance to climb Everest to the top, this might be the closest you will ever get to being there.”
Lis I Nidristovu, Company Director, Faroe Islands 2010
“I can honestly say, that in all of the years that I have been involved in lecturing to various societies, Ian is one of the finest public speakers that I have ever encountered. With regard to his mountaineering activities and with particular reference to his ascent of Mount Everest, his illustrated presentations have been an absolute joy to attend and I have seen him hold audiences spellbound with his graphic accounts and wonderful illustrations of his adventures on the roof of the World. It is with the greatest pleasure and the fullest assurance that I can recommend Mr. Taylor to anyone wishing to have lecture presentations of the finest calibre.”
Cormac F. Lowth, Maritime Institute of Ireland 2009
“Mr. Ian Taylor visited our school on Tuesday 10th November 2009 and gave two presentations to the children on his -Everest to the top’ Talk. Both the younger children and the older children thoroughly enjoyed his informative, hands on talk, which was pitched appropriately at their class ages. Ian brought along various pieces of equipment and clothing which the children all found fascinating to look at and try on, and he was well able to answer any level of question fired to him. We would thoroughly recommend Ian’s talk to any group of children, but also any group of adults as all the teachers found the presentation and all his stories extremely interesting.”
The Staff and pupils of Booterstown National School 2009
“Thank you so much for sharing your experience of climbing Everest with the children, Ian. The children from First right through to Sixth Class were enthralled with your presentation. Viewing the wonderful photos, being able to see and handle your actual equipment and listening to your personal account of your experience has been both educational and inspirational. Your visit has inspired some great follow-up work in Science, Maths, Geography and creative writing.”
Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip 2009
“In this excellent presentation, Ian Taylor somehow manages to convey how physical effort and indomitable willpower can overcome even the most mammoth of challenges. Tailored to suit all levels of mountaineering (including novices), his account of the 2008 Everest Expedition is both bracing and inspiring. His story provides a fascinating insight into a mental and physical journey which results in a very personal conquest.”
Ian McGlade 2010
“Ian is an impassioned presenter who relates very well with his audience. He has a breathe of knowledge of his subject which he can put across to his audience in an easy interesting manner which can hold everyone’s attention. He is very approachable, engaging easily with his audience and is excellent at Q & A.”
Tony Hall BA, MBA 2010
“Ian captured an audience of all ages, mountaineers and non-mountaineers alike, with his amazing story of climbing Everest. He blended an incredible adventure with empowering messages which have a place in the climbing world, and beyond. Ian shared his quest with the audience, the importance of teamwork, to keep trying as well as believing and that the journey is just as important as the goal. Whatever one’s own “Everest” may be, challenges can be overcome and dreams do come true.”
B. Reisener, Mental Health Professional 2010