A spellbinding storyteller and motivational speaker, Steve grabs your attention and never lets go. His highly interactive and deeply researched presentations touch the heart and soul of corporate purpose and individual motivation.
As a young man Steve crossed the Sahara Desert overland. Decades later he embarked on a 3 year - 72,000 mile global odyssey to find a new story and a reason to tell it. These incredible journeys inspire his work to create legendary leadership in epic organizations as a motivational speaker, leadership trainer and consultant.
He is a bestselling author and international expert in Narrative Intelligence. Steve’s first book, Shifting Sands: A Guidebook for Crossing the Deserts of Change, has sold over 125,000 copies in half a dozen countries. He has worked with more than 500 of the world’s best organizations to revolutionize change leadership and ignite employee engagement.
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Steve builds Epic Organizations® that thrive on change with outrageously engaged employees and a powerfully compelling story. He has worked with over 500 organizations on 4 continents. As an international motivational speaker Steve excels at addressing global conferences.
Like the heroes of epic poems, leaders must thrive in constant change and be completely engaged in their journey. They must also be on a quest that creates its own compelling story. Steve shows how to acquire a legendary narrative that employees and customers want to play a role in and be the heroes of. Using cutting edge techniques from the emerging field of Narrative Intelligence he demonstrates how the oldest stories we know are the best templates we have to change, engage and inspire.
Steve’s classic presentation based on his journey across the Sahara Desert features a powerful metaphor for leading and succeeding in a change environment. Steve will keep you moving together in the right direction whether your change is continuous or episodic, proactive or reactive. His customizable “Rules of Desert Travel” focus on aligning personal and corporate direction, maintaining energy and engagement, teamwork and getting out of your comfort zone.
Stories carry values, clarify your mission and build brands. But how to tell your story and what kind of stories to share are crucial when competing for attention in a digital world. In this interactive presentation, master storyteller and motivational speaker Steve Donahue will enthral your audience with his narratives while instructing your group to perfect and leverage their own. Using the latest brain research he will show the science behind the art of storytelling that helps you captivate, illuminate and motivate.
Steve Donahue is your keynote speaker and conference storyteller all-in-one. He delivers one or more of his keynote presentations and attends your plenary and concurrent sessions. For your entire conference Steve interacts with delegates on breaks and appears on stage as often as possible to weave his thoughts, experiences and insights. He literally tells the story of your conference in real time to deepen the messages and moments from presenters and attendees alike. Make your next multi-day event more cohesive, inclusive and magical with Steve's uniquely inspiring approach.
What is Epic?
Epic is an approach to leadership and life that embraces, accelerates and capitalizes on change. Epic means being absolutely engaged on your quest with a clear sense of the story you are part of and how that narrative inspires your journey.
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A GUIDEBOOK FOR CROSSING THE DESERTS OF CHANGE
(OVER 125,000 COPIES SOLD)
"When I was 20 years old I crossed the Sahara Desert from north to south. Shifting Sands tells the story of that epic adventure and uses the desert journey as a metaphor for times of transition in our lives."
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"My second book shows you how to achieve your greatest success by finding and following your inner guidance system. It was an instant bestseller in Korea and an English version will be released in 2016.”
"Every few years I return to the Sahara with a small group of friends and clients. We fly from Paris to an oasis in southern Algeria. For the next 7 days we travel in 4 wheel drive vehicles over some of the most beautiful terrain you will ever see.
We play on 1,000 feet tall dunes and camp under a breathtaking canopy of stars. We visit nomadic desert tribes and share tea with them. Our head guide, Moulay Harachi, leads us on hikes through the dunes and into spectacular canyons that house 50,000 year-old rock paintings.
Daytime temperatures are surprisingly comfortable during autumn and early winter. But nights are cool and you will need a very warm sleeping bag. Evenings are spent around the campfire where we enjoy delicious meals prepared by our cook, Brahim.
Join me for your own epic adventure in the in the stunning environment that inspired mine!”
- Steve Donahue
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AND CREATE YOUR OWN EPIC NARRATIVE
“After 15 years as an international speaker I literally ran out of motivation. So I went in search of a new story and a reason to tell it. I traveled 72,000 miles in 3 years on a global odyssey including a return to the Sahara Desert 33 years later. On this second epic journey I discovered how a new narrative can transform your work and inspire your life.”