David Lim, is best known in Singapore for leading the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition in 1998 which succeeded in placing two members on the summit. The climb captured the imagination of the entire country and helped reset the parameters of what could be achieved by the small, flat, tropical island nation.

A week after his return from Everest, he was totally paralysed by the rare nerve disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Artificially ventilated for 42 days, he spent six months in hospital before returning home.

Though he was permanently disabled in both legs, he made a dramatic comeback to climbing the world's great mountains, and returned once more to Everest in 2001.

Speaking topics

Lessons From Mt Everest

In his presentations, David covers:

  • the importance of passion and vision.
  • embracing change,
  • re-defining success
  • pushing the boundaries of the possible.

He also focuses on the need for the right kind of people for projects. What are the right sort of mindsets? And what of his own devastating paralysis from Guillain-Barre Syndrome and disability?

In a highly interactive presentation, audiences will learn:

  • How to Pick the Best People
  • the 5 ' C's of team membership essential for high performing teams
  • the Art of Chunking down - why it matters to success
  • Avoiding the Success Trap - how to keep re-inventing
  • Overcoming Obstacles - Three Secrets of the Champions
  • the Alpinist Attitude - why it's critical for survival in changing time
  • Fact/Belief Tool in overcoming disempowering attitudes

All presentations can be tailored to meet duration requirements as well as specific desired client outcomes, themes and take-aways

David delivers keyotes and programmes designed to bring out the best in teams and has delivered programmes and presentations in 34 countries and 83 cities worldwide.

Clients include Linkedin , Google, Lego, Accenture, Danone, AP Moller/Maersk, Accor, Citibank, Bulgari, Singapore Telecommunications, Novartis, Pfizer and many more

David was educated in Singapore and Britain; and graduated with a law degree from Cambridge University. In the corporate world, he spent nearly a decade in the media industry with positions in marketing, journalism management and multimedia. David is author of the books "Mountain to Climb" , " Against Giants ", "How Leaders Lead" and " Lessons from the Edge".


David is a great speaker who can weave together the personal challenges he has faced and create relevance and meaning to genuine business challenges that organisations and leaders must tackle. I would have no hesitation in recommending David for your next conference or team building event.
Marko Ilincic Chairman, CEO, Leadership Coach - Former LEGO® Exec Board Member

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