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In the midst of the uncharted Amazon, after losing his three companions, one man was tested to the extreme. Alone and bare to the bone, for three harrowing weeks he battled to survive against all odds.

However, Yossi Ghinsberg lived to tell the amazing story. As well as how the ordeal profoundly affected his understanding of himself and his life purpose.

Ten years later Yossi returned to the Amazon and made it his home. Working with indigenous forest dwellers for three years they built Cha-la-lan, a model eco-tourism village that inspired the entire world. The following decade of his life he dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of opiate addicts across the globe.

Author of the international best-seller 'Jungle', Yossi’s amazing journey has been made into a full-length feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Yossi now travels the planet sharing his messages on vision, hope, survival and the inevitability of change.

Speaking topics

Real Survival vs Imaginary Survival

Drawing from his experiences of survival in the Amazon jungle, Yossi understands that imaginary survival can be far more dangerous than real survival.

Real Survival means immediate and palpable danger to dear life. Such circumstances are rare, yet when they occur to our surprise we rise and meet them naturally. In fact, real survival equals peak performance.

Imaginary Survival is far more prevalent and dangerous than Real Survival and can be the cause of most of our diseases and distress.

As we grew apart from natural life the cue that activates our survival stopped coming from our senses and was replaced by our mind. It is our mind, not our senses that activate our survival mode and our mind always perceive that we are in real danger while in fact, we are only facing the challenges and problems of our busy lives.

Humanity as a whole is suffering from chronic sympathetic stimuli. This causes stress and brings disease and disintegration.

It is instrumental to understand Real Survival and Imaginary Survival to be discerning in real-time and to learn how to fix the bug in our system, as in false activation and its terrible consequences.

Yossi can teach audiences how to be discerning in real-time, and how to switch from Survival mode to dealing with challenges efficiently by providing the audience with the following takeaways:

  • Real Survival equals peak performance as all faculties mental, physical, emotional and spiritual kick in to make a superhero out of you.
  • Imaginary Survival converts life-saving hormones to Life-threatening poison. Life means challenges and problems, accept that as long as one lives, this is how it is.
  • Challenges and problems are not life-endangering. If you still have food in the fridge and a safe place to sleep tonight you are not in survival circumstances.
  • It is not efficient to tackle challenges and problems in survival mode.
  • Never has humanity been so much exposed to information – our minds have become restless. We need to learn how to be discerning.
  • Audiences will receive initial training on how to mechanically switch the body from survival mode to relaxation mode

Jungle Survival Skills for Business

The Power To Survive

After a tragic separation from his friends, one man is lost alone for weeks in the heart of the Amazon with no food or weapons, in the midst of the worst rainy season in decades.

Through this inspiring experience, Yossi Ghinsberg takes his audiences on an emotional experience of inner strength and self-discovery. This keynote presentation is based on Yossi's international bestseller 'Jungle', now also aired as a docu-drama-mentary produced by the Discovery Channel and now soon ready for release as a major motion picture to be feature film directed by Greg McLean and starring Daniel Radcliffe — 'Harry Potter!'

You can hear a pin drop in the room when Yossi takes the stage. But there is much more than sheer entrancement in his storytelling. Yossi translates his own lessons of survival into principal and effective strategies for business excellence. In this unique presentation audiences will;

  • Feel empowered to adapt to their circumstances. They learn that we are co-creators of our own realities, in life and in business
  • Explore how adversity is part of life; being a victim is a matter of choice, following our business survival instincts will often lead to success
  • Learn how to move away from competition into a collaborative mindset, one that fosters innovation and ultimately, survival 

Jungle Survival Skills for Change

Innovation: In Flux, In Flow

In many industries, the rapid rate of change employees are facing can leave people feeling as though they are lost in the wilderness. Something Yossi Ghinsberg has experienced first hand. After a tragic separation from his friends, Yossi was lost alone for weeks in the heart of the Amazon with no food or defences, in the midst of one of the worst rainy season for decades.

Yossi translates his own lessons of survival – where every single moment left him at the mercy of the jungle, and his ability to adapt fast to the changing circumstances literally meant the difference between life and death – into effective strategies for those experiencing change in the work environment

This keynote presentation is based on the international bestseller 'Jungle', now also a documentary produced by the Discovery Channel and soon to be feature film directed by Greg McLean and starring Daniel Radcliffe — 'Harry Potter!'

From this unique presentation audiences will;

  • Feel empowered to adapt to their circumstances. They learn that we are co-creators of our own realities, in life and in business
  • Explore how adversity is part of life; being a victim is a matter of choice and following our business survival instincts will often lead to success
  • Learn how facing our fears and looking for innovative ways to embrace change, can lead us towards our desired outcomes

Jungle Survival Skills for Teams

Collaboration, Innovation, Survival

After a tragic separation from his friends, one man is lost alone for weeks in the heart of the Amazon with no food or supplies, in the midst of the worst rainy season in decades.

This inspiring keynote experience is based on Yossi's international bestseller 'Jungle', now also a documentary produced by the Discovery Channel and soon to be feature film directed by Greg McLean and starring Daniel Radcliffe — 'Harry Potter!'

A key insight from Yossi’s harrowing story is that the law of the Jungle itself relies on collaboration. Working intelligently with his changing conditions, Yossi was able to perceive innovative ideas vital to his survival. Yossi challenges organisations to think about how they can apply collaborative thinking; expanding out from the limiting mindset of pure competition, designing environments where teamwork can thrive, skills are utilised and ideas are shared. In this unique presentation audiences will;

  • Learn how to move away from competition into a collaborative mindset, one that fosters innovation and ultimately, survival
  • Feel empowered to adapt to their changing circumstances and roles and forge a united team
  • Learn that we are co-creators within the wider team and organisation
  • Be motivated to become day-to-day heroes in their lives and at work

Testimonials

You rank number one in my experience - I am honored to be a reference.
Head of National Investment Bank, Citibank

Yossi was a big hit, and recieved the maximum scores in every category we evaluate. Amazing!
Education Chair, YPO El Salvador

The reaction from our team has been unlike any other speaker we've had before. A lot people felt a personal connection to Yossi, his story, and his message.
COO & Co-Founder, Nearsoft

We are beyond thrilled Yossi!
Head of SU LaunchPad, Singularity University

Yossi is among the most impressive speakers we have ever had. He weaved a gripping tale of survival in the Amazon, against all odds, into a story that had practical application in all of our lives. Our team of senior managers left your presentation filled with an inspiring view of how each of them could take the adversities that are sometimes thrown at them, put these challenges in perspective and turn them into positive growth experiences.
President & COO, Aegis Living

Many delegates made a point of coming up to me and explaining how Yossi's presentation had been a life-changing event for them.
President, CCIQ

Yossi was amazing. I have never seen a packed room to be so totally absorbed at a convention session in my career.
Tech Support Executive, IBM

Yossi’s keynote was a breath of fresh air, an injection of much needed oxygen for the sales force and the management team. We sat mesmerized listening to ideas that were new to us and opened us to see more choices we haven't seen before.
CEO, Fuji Xerox

Yossi is nothing short of a magician, the entire audiences seemed to be transported and everyone had nothing but glowing references and felt an enormous sense of exhilaration.
Managing Director International Sales, Hilton International

A dream was embodied in the people gathered at that presentation. So much beauty, tangible and vital.
Procter & Gamble

Yossi's presentation was simply outstanding. Feedback from our delegates that his presentation was "fantastic", "captivating", "they were in the raft and on the river with him", "they didn't want him to stop", what more can you ask of a Keynote speaker.
Event Organizer, Remax

Yossi's story is truly inspirational. It taught us many lessons which will surely equip us to deal better with the more everyday difficulties and adversities that we encounter in our working environment.
Chairman and CEO, NDS

Yossi's delivery of this unique situation had everyone on the edge of their seats. He certainly was a major talking point of the Conference.
National Training Manager, Schwarzkopf

Our group has been talking about Yossi ever since, which is a great sign.
Event Manager, Commonwealth Bank

The sincerity and passion with which Yossi delivers his story endeared him to all the delegates present. The reception after his first presentation was such that we invited Yossi to make a second presentation on the following day.
CEO and Managing Director, Sigma Pharaceuticals Plc

Yossi's entire presence had a profound effect on me and your words resonated in me for a long time.
Founder of TEDxBratislava

Yossi's story and style of delivery was extremely moving and inspiring. he spoke in a way that allows your audience to relate the content easily to their own situations, making it all the more powerful an address.
General Manager, Telstra

When I listened to Yossi tell his story I climbed into another world - the trials, the tribulations, the extremes, the insurmountable, all brought to life by this most wonderful of human being. At times it was a quiet whisper, other times raucous laughter, picking me up and caressing my inner self with astute wisdom and practical application. Every once in awhile one is privileged to be part of something very very special and this was certainly one of those times.
Mental Skills Coach, All Blacks

Yossi eloquently shared his survival experiences from the Amazonm making a positive difference to each individual present that day. He was truly moving and yet inspirational.
CEO, Aditya Birla Corporation

Spectacular, inspiring, emotional, breathtaking, all of these and more have been used by delegates who were privileged to hear Yossi. he touched many hearts with his wonderful story.
General Manager Conferences & Events, American Express

Spectacular, inspiring, emotional, breathtaking... all of these superlatives and more have been used by delegates who were privileged to hear you. You have touched many hearts with your wonderful story and people who have now read your book following the conference keep talking about ‘this inspiring man called Yossi Ghinsberg.
Travelscene, American Express

Yossi, thank you! Your story was truly amazing and your message was right on target with the entire audience.
IBM Global Services

Thank you for your invaluable contribution to our recent Nokia Day conference. Your address was perfectly suited to our theme. Feedback received from the group was outstanding which can only be attributed to your ability to communicate the events you experienced whilst in the Amazon. The storytelling at the themed dinner was superb with all staff mesmerized by your presentation.
Nokia

It's always a challenge to find speakers of the right calibre for these high profile events. Your story was both fascinating and challenging. You possess the extremely rare gift of a great storyteller with the ability to create word pictures which capture the imagination of an audience and take them on a journey with you. We look forward to an opportunity to work with you again in the future."
AMP

I received very positive feedback from your very articulate, interesting performance. Many dealers were capable of quoting the key messages from your story... which is exactly what we hoped for.
General Motors

We are very pleased, as you know, with your presentation… Thank you for your candor and honesty and for your easy working relationship.
BMW

Everyone who participated in the evening had nothing but glowing references and felt an enormous sense of exhilaration in recounting Yossi’s story. I would not hesitate to recommend him to other companies thinking of using him in a similar situation.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals

In my opinion and that of many delegates to whom i spoke, Yossi was the most moving presenter at the conference. He has that unique and uncanny ability to tell a story in three dimensions, with passion and leave you on the edge of your seat. I would strongly recommend Yossi as a keynote speaker at any future conference where you wish the audience to be entertained, motivated and reflect on their own lives.
AXA Financial Advice

The motto of the meeting was “The Alliance Team Can Change the World.” I looked for a key note speaker who was able to deliver the message that it is up to the team to lead the changes in the way we do business.... What I like about working with Yossi is the fact that he takes his time to learn who the audience is before the presentation... I highly recommend Yossi when you look for a presenter that is different to the day to day business routine. He is a great motivator and speaker.
Hilton

You speak in a way that allows your audience to relate the content easily to their own situations, making it all the more powerful an address. Now, over a month since the conference, I am still receiving requests for your book!
Telstra

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