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Deshun Deysel
Deshun Deysel
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Category:
Speaker, MC, Facilitator
Location:
Johannesburg South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
Tags:
Adventurer,Endurance athlete,Facilitator,Inspiration,MC,motivation,Professional Speaker,Womens Interest
Profile:
Guest Speaker Deshun Deysel assists companies in the areas of leadership, envisioning, efficacy, goal-setting, motivation, diversity and organizational culture. Deshun came to prominence in 1996 when she was selected to participate in her nation’s 1st expedition to Mt. Everest, which saw the new South African flag fly on the top of the world for the very first time. She has subsequently been on 13 high altitude expeditions on 5 continents.

Mountaineer, Leadership Facilitator & Corporate Performance Manager Deshun is best known as the only Black female high altitude mountaineer in the world. She has climbed some of the world’s most challenging peaks under the most gruesome conditions.

Having had no experience whatsoever, Deshun knows what it’s like to tackle Big Hairy Audacious Goals with little track record. ''For me new frontiers & big scary situations are comfort zones. I always tend to push myself to impossible limits. I start on the premise that 'what I don’t know, I can learn’.'' The factors that can cripple the efforts of a mountaineering expedition can often also be crippling to an organisation.

Deshun’s life and career spans a spectrum of worlds – from corporate strategies and global sporting events to some of the neediest communities in Africa. Her mission in life is to bring these worlds closer together and bridging the gaps in fun and adventurous ways.

Deshun lives in Johannesburg with her husband (Charles) her son (Edward) and two cats (Rosie and Nina).
Guest Speaker Deshun Deysel assists companies in the areas of leadership, envisioning, efficacy, goal-setting, motivation, diversity and organizational culture. Deshun came to prominence in 1996 when she was selected to participate in her nation’s 1st expedition to Mt. Everest, which saw the new South African flag fly on the top of the world for the very first time. She has subsequently been on 13 high altitude expeditions on 5 continents.

Mountaineer, Leadership Facilitator
Synopsis:
PRESENTATION TOPICS AND DETAILS

Deysel is best known as the only Black female high altitude mountaineer in the world and has climbed many of the world’s most challenging peaks in the most gruelling conditions. Having tackled an Everest expedition with no experience whatsoever, Deshun knows what it’s like to tack Big Hairy Audacious Goals with little track record. “For me new frontiers and big scary situations are comfort zones and I always tend to push myself to, seemingly, impossible limits. I function on the premise that ‘what I don’t know, I can learn’.”

Deshun has been up Everest twice in seven years and, on the 2003 Discovery Everest expedition, achieved a personal high altitude record of 8 300m above sea level - a mere 550m from the top having been forced to turn back due to treacherous weather conditions!

Her signature talk ‘From Couch Potato to Mountaineer’ has wowed audiences from 23 countries in the past 10 years. She says “when you climb Everest, everything, including your sanity is confronted. You'ré being tested on all levels and the mountain peels away at your physical, emotional, mental, spiritual layers until there’s very little left. In addition the female physiology adds to the difficulty in coping with the extreme conditions on big mountains.”

Life in the corporate environment can be very similar
•setting goals beyond market expectation
•aligning teams around a daring vision
•merging different styles of leadership and “follower-ship” into a corporate strategy
•dealing with the loss of team mates due to the corporate climate or industry pressures
•management of pain, discomfort and risk
•effective use of energy for a seamless transition from one task to the next
•dealing with ‘weakness’ - your own or that of a team mate
•how to live to climb another mountain – recognising long term gain may require short term forfeit

These factors, and many more, can cripple the efforts of an organisation in the same way as they often cripple the success of a mountaineering expedition. “The key is to remain focused on the goal when things become chaotic but to be flexible at the same time. And then, if the result is disappointing, to use the experiences and lessons learnt to strengthen your resolve for the next challenge. The world’s greatest leaders do this naturally. The best high altitude mountaineers are expert at it. There is never any guarantee that you’ll make it to the top but the experience you gain in the attempt cannot be bought. There is always opportunity in the midst of setback.”

Deshun draws on her experiences as a mountaineer, leadership facilitator and coach to highlight the use of setbacks as an opportunity to innovate and create.

TACKLING THE SUMMIT

Tackling the summit is very different from arriving on the summit. In both life and business the majority of time is spent focusing on that future achievement and forgetting that the preparation is an important part of the journey.
•confronting fear
•dealing with comfort zones/effective zones
•moving forward without guarantees
•innovate, not imitate
•increasing efficacy
•working flexibly

If the dream is alive these factors tend to take care of themselves. Instead of chasing the mountaintop, I’ve learnt to let it come to you. All that’s needed is a different approach to the challenge.

FROM COUCH POTATO TO MOUNTAINEER

•the birth of a dream
•get off the couch!
•do I really have the guts?
•sometimes it takes as long as it takes!
•on the strength of the Sherpa
•crossing the crevasse – what if I fall?
•feel the fear and do it anyway
•Death Zone deprivation
•when failure isn’t failure
This presentation is light-hearted and pokes fun but it speaks into the issues of fear, doubt, discomfort and, sometimes, disappointment that face us when we go after big goals.

MOUNTAINS AND MANICURES

How do women cope in extreme environments? Well, how do women cope at all? As we always do – with patience, flexibility, respect and humility. Believe it or not all these attributes make female climbers more adept at high altitude mountaineering than their male counterparts! Yep, it seems the female of the species even has the required physical attributes for the long, hard grind that these expeditions are all about. Most of my fellow male climbers agree. Most. So how is it then that still more men than women climb the highest mountains in the world? Some would say that we already know we can do it so don’t have to prove anything!! However to find answer it was necessary to study the phenomenon of women participating in extreme sports.

Mountains & Manicures is really about looking closely at the kind of women that are drawn to testing themselves in extreme conditions. It also looks at how they cope when the going gets tough and some of the discipline required to stick to the task irrespective of the immense pain and discomfort. As a result the real question has become:
is this how women cope in general?
How do women deal with life and work in general?
Are there any lessons that could be learned from this?
Do women have secret knowledge that makes it look so easy?
Being a woman is an extreme adventure!

**All the presentations include exciting pictures and video images of Deshun’s various expeditions**
PRESENTATION TOPICS AND DETAILS

Deysel is best known as the only Black female high altitude mountaineer in the world and has
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TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS - Large white screen - Sound system - Lapel mic - Data projector - Room to be darkened ** Deshun brings her own laptop**
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