"I recently completed an Everest Academy leadership development program in Tasmania with Nick Farr as the lead facilitator. The model that Nick and The Everest Academy have built enabled me to see and understand areas within my professional life that can be built on to achieve the next steps, for not only my business but also myself. The program's format allowed us to challenge the status quo. Removing the comforts of day-to-day routines and replacing everyday distractions with a wilderness environment created a team where focus and success became common goals. Reflecting on this unique experience with The Everest Academy, I'm now committed to discovering further leadership opportunities."
Paul Smythe, General Manager, Ski Aspen, 2015
"When Nick presented to the Hobart Hurricanes just before the start of BBL03, it was the most inspiring story that any of us had ever witnessed. He had an incredible impact on everybody at our club and still does today. The key message of ‘entitlement’ (earning the right to success), played a huge part in us making it through to the finals that year. He talked about the true value of team building and how this motivates and inspires others to do whatever is necessary to get the job done. He helped us all realise that belief comes in a variety of forms. We would highly recommend Nick to present to any sporting or business organisation as he immediately had an impact on us and will continue to do so for many years to come."
Damien Wright, Head Coach, Hobart Hurricanes, 2015
"Nick spoke at one of Energy Safe Victoria’s all-staff briefings and his presentation was the highlight of the day. Staff loved his unique perspective on leadership, resilience and success, and many commented that they would have liked to hear more. We hope to work with Nick again in the future."
Sharon Rainsbury, Executive Manager, Energy Safe Victoria, 2014
"I recently worked with Nick and The Everest Academy to document in film and photographs an important climb of Mera Peak (6476m) in Nepal. The first thing to note was that 12 out of 13 in our group summitted a mountain that has a normal success rate of around 40%. Nick's leadership expertly walks a fine balance between ensuring a safe and successful expedition and that of empowering people to take leadership roles and personal responsibility for themselves and their own success - even in extreme conditions. For any person or organisation looking to transform themselves or their staff, I wholeheartedly recommend Nick and The Everest Academy."
Mark Stennett, Director, Teams that Click, 2013
"I recently completed an Everest Academy leadership program, led by Nick Farr and his team in the Nepal Himalaya. I was extremely impressed by every aspect of the program which commenced in Melbourne with a strong attention to thorough preparation. The experiences and outcomes I achieved were significant and profound. As a group, 12 out of 13 participants reached our summit goal of 6500m which was an exceptional result. I highly recommend The Everest Academy’s leadership programs."
James Worth, Assistant Manager, KPMG, 2013
"My first ever high-altitude climb through the Himalayas was with The Everest Academy, led by Nick and his incomprehensibly talented and professional team - I wouldn't even consider letting anyone I know travel to Nepal, or endeavour in any form of leadership program without putting them in touch with Nick Farr. A down to earth character with an ability to stay calm in any situation, contagiously happy all the while staying professional. If you have the opportunity to work with Nick I cannot recommend him enough."
Ben Curnow, Digital Marketing Communications Manager, Tyres4U, 2013
"I have engaged Nick for a number of speaking engagements now and will continue to do so. I have used Nick to inspire and stimulate investigators within private enterprise and Victoria Police. His message is always clear; his presentation always inspirational; and his manner is always engaging. Nick’s experiences and leadership qualities provide a unique motivational experience that is truly value for money."
Ray Foster, Director, Investigator Upgrade, 2012
"Nick recently attended and spoke at a team building couple of days I was running with my staff. My work area has recently undergone significant change and recruitment and I sought Nick's expertise to motivate, challenge and speak about resilience to my staff. Nick spoke with authenticity about his mountain climbing/high altitude experiences and the death of his climbing partner. He also spoke about his experiences in summiting Mt Everest. The messages Nick was able to convey were perfect for my new teams and were very well received. Nick is a consummate professional and spoke with passion and held everyone's attention. If you are looking for a motivational speaker, someone to challenge your thoughts on leadership, capability, motivation, resilience and teamwork, then I highly recommend Nick."
Neil Paterson, Divisional Commander, Victoria Police, 2012
"Nick presented to a large group of our leaders earlier this year and it was very inspiring and worthwhile for the whole team. I must admit I have never seen the whole auditorium on the edge of their seats like that before. Everyone present learnt some valuable lessons which most of the team will be able to implement in their daily working life."
Chris McNaughton, Business Investigations Manager, GE Capital, 2012
"Thanks again Nick for your inspirational team talk for the Carlile National Swimming team. We were able to use your message throughout the competition to help swimmers perform at their peak for the 6 days. The ability to handle perceived failure was a perfect message for these young athletes. Rather than give up they chose to dig in and continue to do their best for the competition which was extremely successful for the team. Another message which we will be using next season is “entitlement”. This is a great message for everyone who is chasing a goal. It takes commitment, sacrifice and dedication to achieve your ultimate goal. It really was a special evening and I would recommend your talk to anyone who is serious about taking their performance to the next level."
Justin Rothwell, Head Coach, Carlile Swimming Club, 2012
"Our initial meeting with Nick to discuss our objectives and key messages we hoped to convey proved to be invaluable. Nick identified with our vision and expectations and was able to deliver a powerful, honest, emotive and moving presentation that was entirely relevant to our stakeholders. Nick’s story is moving and unmistakeable."
John McLeod, Precinct Safety & Security Manager, Melbourne and Olympic Parks, 2011
"In November 2011, Nick Farr presented to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Staff during our annual staff workshop as part of our theme of ‘Working Together’. Nick’s presentation was very moving and the use of video footage in amongst his slide show helped to reinforce his messages around the difficult and unique situations and terrain. The images were breathtaking and the underlying messages around teamwork were valuable. It takes an extraordinary person to climb Mt Everest but it takes a remarkable to person to share their experiences in such an uplifting way."
Amanda McClaren, Communications and Marketing Manager, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, 2011
"Dear Nick, On behalf of the Safety Institute of Australia (Vic Division) Inc and the Safety In Action Organising Committee, I would like to thank you for presenting at the Safety in Action 2011 Conference. Safety In Action continues to be Australia’s largest Occupational Health & Safety Conference with 70 Australian and international speakers participating and attracting 650 delegates. Thank you for the time and effort that helped make your presentation such a success. The feedback to date has been very positive. The Safety Institute of Australia and the conference organisers, Australian Exhibitions & Conferences Pty Ltd, look forward to Safety in Action 2012 and to working with you again in the future."
Lindsay Pritchard CPMSIA, Chair - Safety in Action 2011 Organising Committee, Safety Institute of Australia, 2011
"As Nick told our group of players and staff of his journey to conquer Everest, it was immediately evident the significant impact his story was having. The key message of ‘entitlement’ through preparation, teamwork and resilience held the group captivated and was spoken about by many as our finals campaign progressed and I am sure it will remain with us all. Nick’s story not only inspired our players but more importantly they gained a strong understanding that success is not immediate. They discovered that success is a result of thorough planning over a long period of time. We would highly recommend Nick to any sporting or business organisation as a world class presenter with an amazing story to tell."
Brendon Bolton, Senior Coach, Box Hill Hawks Football Club, 2010
"Nick Farr was the Keynote Speaker for the June Elephant in the Room Breakfast, hosted by Douglas LPT and Awards Victoria. The response to Nick’s presentation was overwhelmingly positive. Nick’s story was truly inspirational and thought provoking. Nick was able to show how with self-discipline and determination, you can achieve any goal. Nick’s take on failure, that no lesson is more powerful than failure stuck a chord with everyone in the room. Thank you Nick for your support, your presentation made a true impact."
Andrew Douglas, Managing Director, Douglas LPT, 2010
"Nick Farr’s account of his preparation to climb Mt Everest was truly inspirational and eye opening. It truly highlighted that meticulous risk management and a driving ambition to succeed are essential elements to any project or adventure you plan to undertake. I believe that Nick Farr should take his presentation into our schools to teach our kids that sometimes initial failure is a good thing to help overcome the obstacles that get in your way. I know that I will be teaching Nick’s definition of failure to my children."
Tony Alessi, Bite Visual Communications Group, 2010
"Nick’s story is amazing and inspiring. I reckon he would be a tough guy, but he presented his story with absolute passion and humility. His message about preparation transcends all things we do in life."
Clive Pugh, Winchester, 2010
"When we need a speaker who is direct, clear, inspiring and connected to his audience, we call on Nick Farr. Nick shares his stories in a meaningful and relevant manner ensuring his listeners are with him throughout the journey, leaving all gasping for more."
Graeme Kent, CEO Awards Victoria (Incorporating The Duke of Edinburgh's Award), 2010
"Nick Farr was the keynote speaker at Haymes National Sales conference in July this year. The way in which he told his story, shared his experiences and passed on what he has learnt in his life, was inspiring to all in attendance. Nick’s delivery of his message fitted perfectly with our aim to motivate and encourage our sales team to go beyond their comfort zone and aim to be the best they can. We have no hesitation in recommending Nick as a motivational speaker."
David Haymes, Managing Director, Haymes Paint, 2007
"It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge the excellent work that Nick Farr has done with us in Programs, at the Victorian Institute of Sport.I was initially made aware of Nick’s amazing exploits by one of our Head Coaches, and invited him to present to a meeting of our VIS Extreme Performance Group. This group meets regularly to explore ways of achieving excellence in a range of disciplines, particularly those from non-traditional environments. Nick’s presentation was very well received by the group and it highlighted the thorough planning and preparation, coupled with a long-developed ability to perform under extreme stress, that is required to achieve success in his domain. Quite clearly, there are key elements that all who are striving to achieve excellence can learn from Nick. His presentation was stunning and well supported by excellent audiovisual displays. I am pleased to recommend Nick as a presenter of a very high level."
Peter Spence, Programs Manager, Victorian Institute of Sport, 2007
"Inviting Nick to present his incredibly challenging yet inspiring story of his Mt Everest climb at a celebratory dinner proved to be a hit amongst our valued customers. He presented a variety of themes and topics that we were able to relate and apply to our personal and working lives which was an added bonus. At the end of it, you feel like going out there and climbing Mt Everest yourself!"
Maria Gounis, Account Manager, Bluescope Steel Ltd, 2007
"Nick presented to the Melbourne FC players and coaches at our recent camp at Sorrento. His impact on the group was significant to say the least as he told the story of his journey to conquer Mt Everest in an interesting, thought provoking and inspirational way. He touched on many themes that struck a chord with our playing group. These included coping with setbacks and failure, building your CV for success, confronting adversity, making the choice to succeed and doing whatever is necessary to get the job done (no short cuts), teamwork, confidence and belief comes from preparation, taking personal ownership and responsibility for performance, mental toughness, learning from past experiences and that achieving a goal is a step by step process. There were many more. The lessons we learned from his presentation are something that individual players, the team and the coaching staff constantly refer back to."
Neale Daniher, Senior Coach, Melbourne Football Club, 2006
"Nick’s anecdotal presentation not only captivated everyone’s attention but also delivered the clear message of how ‘Entitlement’ can turn dreams into desires and then into realities. To add to his captivating auditory, Nick also encompassed both still and live visual and audio mediums that not only appealed to a variety of senses but also truly made you feel like you were there. In summation, throughout my business life I have had the opportunity to listen to many wonderful speakers offering similar presentations, but I must truly state the ‘package’ Nick offered was of the highest and personally rewarding I have encountered."
Terry Considine, Managing Director, Secon Freight Logistics, 2006
"He was probably as inspirational as you would want to hear. A great message in mental toughness, persistence and perseverance."
Denis Pagan, Senior Coach, Carlton Football Club, 2005