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Talks & Presentations

Are you in need of a dynamic, engaging public speaker for your next conference, meeting, or event? At Anchorpoint Reponse, we are happy to help! Below are some of the talks and presentations that our speakers have provided to groups like the International Association of Corrections Training Personnel, the Washington State Office of Insurance Comissioner, Staff Training for Technical and Community Colleges, and the NOLS Wilderness Risk Management Conference.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of our talks. We are happy to work with you on finding the right topic to engage your group and connect with the theme/message of your event.


The Lessons of Unsuccess

Presentation for general audiences.

Approximate length: 1 hour

Topics: leadership, team dynamics, decision making, redefining failure

Description: The Lessons of Unsuccess explores the importance of redefining success and failure by examining two attempts to climb Mt. Adams, the second tallest volcano in Washington State.


Leave No Trace – Lessons from the Mountains

Presentation for general audiences.

Approximate length: 1 hour

Topics: leadership, sustainability, personal and team responsibility

Description: In this presentation, attendees are invited to consider how they can more positively impact their colleagues, workplace, and environment based on the outdoor world’s Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.


The Stress Continuum: Dealing with the “other” on-the-job injuries

Presentation for providers and first responders (corrections/law enforcement, emergency medical services, firefighters, health care, social workers)

Approximate length: 1 hour

Topics: stress injury, PTSD, resilience, recovery, interventions, resources

Description: Developed by the Marine Corps as a tool for assessing stress injuries, this model allows for self-assessment and evaluation of others who may be suffering from acute and post-traumatic stress. By understanding the levels of the stress response and appropriate interventions, first responders can improve their ability to return to mission-readiness and to support their friends and colleagues who may be experiencing a stress injury. This presentation provides an overview of the stress continuum and an introduction to next-steps and resources available to first responders.


Navigating Rivers & Storytelling

Workshop for general audiences. 

Approximate length: 1.5 hours

Topics: leadership, training, presentation skills, instructional design

Description: Using stories effectively can be a valuable tool in facilitating and leading discussions. Known as river stories, these are training tools that can be used to make connections, help participants relate to the material, and establish relevance. This workshop aims to explore the river analogy, provide tools for application, and allow participants a chance to practice developing their own river stories.


Beyond Tolerance

Workshop for general audiences.

Approximate length: 1.5 hours

Topics: leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion

Description: Leaders must challenge themselves to move beyond tolerance in order to be truly inclusive. In this workshop, participants are invited to participate in an activity that engages them in valuing “the other” and promoting positive dialogue around differences. The activity will be fully debriefed and participants will be provided with a takeaway training aid that will allow them to facilitate it in the future.


Breaking the Halo: Empowering Students in Outdoor Education

Based on the book Breaking the Halo (presented by the author).

Presentation or workshop (depending on the audience): 1.5-hour presentation for leaders, supervisors, managers, and instructors; 2-hour workshop for student and subordinate groups

Topics: leadership, risk management, student/subordinate empowerment, communication skills

Description: Following the death of a climbing student in 2018, the community identified contributing thinking errors and a need to better prepare and empower students to confront heuristic traps. “Breaking the Halo” offers a simple, universal approach to confronting complacency, assumptions, and communication breakdowns between students and instructors.