Extreme mountaineer Benedikt Böhm is the international managing director of Dynafit, a leading global ski touring brand. He is also a speaker whose talks, managed with great finesse, sees him develop ties between the world of extreme mountaineering and the business world.
With his passion for the mountains, Benedikt Böhm is no risk-taker. He is, instead, a meticulous planner who, in both his sport and business lives, meticulously plans his goals, working passionately on their implementation.
Although Benedikt Böhm studied in both the United States and England, he believes his success is due to his love of pushing his limits.
Regarding his mountaineering exploits, Benedikt Böhm uses what is called ‘speed style’ to climb 8,000-meter mountain peaks without supplemental oxygen or aid extremely fast. This uncompromising climbing method has seen him take on some of the highest peaks in the world with his focus on the clock. In so doing, he limits the risks of the time he spends in the ‘death zone’. The term ‘death zone’ refers to high altitudes where there is not enough available oxygen for a person to breathe properly.
Benedikt Böhm not only climbs quickly but takes the minimum supplies with him. Once he reaches the summit, he again quickly comes back down using his skis. His speedy ascents are radically different from the norm and demand absolute precision and preparation in order to climb in such a short period of time. It requires not only exceedingly hard training and loads of discipline, but also creativity in developing new technology, thinking out of the box to find solutions, and a readiness to take action.
Despite a business career and love of extreme mountain climbing, Benedikt Böhm also takes time out to write. He is the author of “In the face of Manaslu: Speed mountaineering in the death zone” and “From the Death Zone to the Boardroom: What Business Leaders and Decision Makers Can Learn From Extreme Mountaineering”
As a speaker, Benedikt Böhm makes use of breath-taking images and short video clips with rare footage of the highest summits on the globe. He has the unique ability to draw parallels between his mountaineering and the business world, talking about risk calculation, doing the seemingly impossible in the shortest amount of time, facing fear head-on, and so much more.
Benedikt Böhm lives in Germany and presents in both German and English.
In his tailor-made talks, Benedikt Böhm touches on such aspects as:
“You have really inspired us with your presentation, and have clearly hit right to the heart of the big overlap between the mountain world and the business world. Based on your presentation, topics such as communication, decision-making and speed can be discussed anew with a totally fresh perspective. Many thanks for that!”
“Our expectations were high. And your spot-on remarks, and your breath-taking observations fulfilled them completely. The audience hanging on your words, the applause and of course also the following discussions and conversations in small groups are all the best proof.“
“All participants were totally enthused and were carried along on your first summit of an eight-thousander. I have never heard such an equally perfect presentation – Your authentic enthusiasm is phenomenal! Certainly an unforgettable experience.”
“You really hit the mark with your presentation. There was nothing but positive response, well, actually more like totally enthusiastic. Your authentic manner, the way you spoke to the audience and had everybody spellbound with your fascinating images and accompanying audio really impressed everybody. In addition, the connection between sport, imagination and the world of business was outstandingly successful. Again and again in our meetings now quotes from your presentation are cited.”
“It was fantastic to have you on, your story matches perfectly, you touched on my key points and everyone was highly impressed as you might have figured from the standing ovation! Many many thanks again for joining us.“
“The talk was for me very educational since I recognized many parallels to my profession from expeditions. Sports and business do indeed have something in common.”
“The presentation was authentic, inspiring and captivating for every last minute. Many thanks for some very personal insights into your world of adventuring on the edge -- not only from an athletic standpoint but also in business. The comments about your presentation as a part of our International Sales Forum were just as overwhelming as your presentation itself.”