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Global Adventurer; Founder, Xplore

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 Alex Harris Biography

Alex Harris is an athlete whose interests are varied and unique. He has been climbing mountains for two decades and has led more than 20 expeditions to some of the furthest corners of the planet. In 1996, Alex resigned from a career in sales and followed his passion for exploration. Within the year he led his first expedition to Mount Everest. He has climbed the seven summits, the highest mountains on all seven continents, and has led expeditions to both the north and the south side of Everest. In 2008, Alex became the first African to walk unsupported to the South Pole, a journey that took 65 days and covered almost 1200km. More recently, Alex made history by making the first unsupported crossing of the Arabian Desert, or Empty Quarter as it is commonly known. Alex still has all his toes!

Alex is the Founder of Xplore, an organization that leads business leaders on expeditions across the most iconic and extreme adventures in the world. Through these experiences, Alex helps executives overcome their fears and achieve sustainable peak performance.

Alex started his business career with The Hospitality Group International, and within the first year, became the number one salesman for Southern Africa. By 1996, with a chance to go to Mount Everest, he resigned and turned his passion for the mountains into a profession, by starting a mountain guiding business. Through this he not only guided people up some of the world’s highest mountains, but also motivated schools and organizations -- through speaking and writing about his experiences. Alex combines his experiences in business and the mountains to draw life-changing and relevant parallels to both organizational teams and individuals.

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  • The Commodity of Belief – the Fuel for Future High Performance

    In a world where precious metals, minerals, oil and natural gas are the traded and highly valued commodities, belief, and specifically self-belief will increasingly be valued higher and higher and come at a premium. Alex has spent the last 20 years leading groups of executives and high performance teams on some of the world’s more challenging terrain; from the slopes of Kilimanjaro to the high plateau of Tibet and the wastelands of Antarctica. During this time he has noticed a very subtle but consistent theme. Irrespective of the challenge, the teams and individuals that have thrived and succeeded, and have consistently tasted success; have had one thing in common. Incredibly high levels of self-belief. Alex describes the particulars of what gives these teams and individuals such high self-belief; from the process of ‘trading’ belief, like any other commodity, to creating and adding to a ‘belief pool’. Key to this process in understanding the concepts of positive and negative cycles of belief, and what we can do to shift from one to the other. Alex shares anecdotes and incredible pictures from the slopes of Everest to the icy cold of Antarctica to the desperate heart of the Arabian Desert. This talk will empower you and give your team an unbeatable competitive edge. If you are wanting to know what the future differentiator is for high performance teams; it’s this. Self-belief and a set of skills to gradually increase your belief pool and make your competitors irrelevant!

  • Facing Your Own Everest

    Most people think the greatest challenges in our loves are those very big, audacious goals; the complex and challenging intricacies of teams tackling new projects or ventures. Or, in a simpler sense, the actual Mount Everest. However, the greatest obstacles are the very ones we take for granted all of the time, the feelings of doubt and uncertainty. It is these things that hamper our ability to achieve any level of success. Over a period of nine years Alex has spent 180 days on Mount Everest, leading teams in varying conditions before he finally succeeded summiting in 2005. Alex relates the trials and triumph of what it’s like to fight doubt and disbelief on the icy slopes of the world’s highest mountain, before finally tasting the sweetness of success. Alex’s message is simple. Each one of us will one day face our own personal Everest. It might not be 8848ms of ice and snow, but whatever it is, our ability to overcome self-doubt and disbelief will allow us to taste success. Focusing on Passion, perseverance and that illusive thing called Purpose, this talk will change your perspective on what are the things that really challenge us.

  • The Dirty Thirsty – the first unsupported crossing of the Arabian Desert

    One of the last great adventure problems was to cross the Rub Al Khali, or Empty Quarter as the Arabs call it, unsupported and on foot. Known commonly as the Arabian desert, it is the hottest and most hostile of all the worlds deserts, and splits the Arabian Peninsula in two. While virtually everyone said this project would be impossible, Alex and a small team set out to prove them wrong. In February and March of 2013, Alex finally succeed after three years of planning to cross the Rub unsupported. The journey took 40 days and covered 1210kms. This is the story of overcoming impossible odds. Specifically, how to plan and strategize when the goal is complex, challenging in every sense and has never been done before. Alex talks about 1st Phase vulnerability and the need to predict initial problems as your team is refining processes and levels of accountability. This talk also highlights the importance of ruthless discipline in an environment that takes no prisoners. Finally, Alex relates how critical it was to be positive and encouraging as a leader when things were taking a turn for the worse. If your team is embarking on a project that your peers feel is impossible, then this talk is for you. It will shift the boundaries on what you believe to be impossible and empower you like never before.

  • Journey to the South Pole

    Antarctica is one of the driest, coldest and most hostile of environments on the planet. It is a place devoid of any permanent life and a place that requires the utmost competence and sheer determination to survive for any length of time. Through history the tales of suffering and perseverance are legendary and etched into adventure folklore. For more than a hundred years of polar history, no African had ever made an unsupported walk to the South Pole. That is, until Alex teamed up with another South African Sibusiso Vilane. In January of 2008, Alex and Sibu became the first Africans to complete the 1200km trek unsupported and unassisted. The journey took 65 days and was in Alex’s words, quite simply the hardest thing he has ever done. Alex relates his trek with powerful images and video and shares some key strategies for tough times. First, the need to balance risk and understand when its critical to be aggressive and push forward; but also when its necessary to pull back and wait. Secondly, the need to simultaneously keep in mind the bid picture compelling stuff, like vision and purpose. But also the mundane minutia of the day to day grind that make up the audacious goal. Finally, Alex highlights the power of process and our ability to increase our effectiveness in any given situation when we make principled decisions.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alex Harris for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alex Harris for your next private or corporate function.
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Alex Harris

Global Adventurer; Founder, Xplore

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Alex Harris Biography

Alex Harris is an athlete whose interests are varied and unique. He has been climbing mountains for two decades and has led more than 20 expeditions to some of the furthest corners of the planet. In 1996, Alex resigned from a career in sales and followed his passion for exploration. Within the year he led his first expedition to Mount Everest. He has climbed the seven summits, the highest mountains on all seven continents, and has led expeditions to both the north and the south side of Everest. In 2008, Alex became the first African to walk unsupported to the South Pole, a journey that took 65 days and covered almost 1200km. More recently, Alex made history by making the first unsupported crossing of the Arabian Desert, or Empty Quarter as it is commonly known. Alex still has all his toes!

Alex is the Founder of Xplore, an organization that leads business leaders on expeditions across the most iconic and extreme adventures in the world. Through these experiences, Alex helps executives overcome their fears and achieve sustainable peak performance.

Alex started his business career with The Hospitality Group International, and within the first year, became the number one salesman for Southern Africa. By 1996, with a chance to go to Mount Everest, he resigned and turned his passion for the mountains into a profession, by starting a mountain guiding business. Through this he not only guided people up some of the world’s highest mountains, but also motivated schools and organizations -- through speaking and writing about his experiences. Alex combines his experiences in business and the mountains to draw life-changing and relevant parallels to both organizational teams and individuals.

Alex Harris Videos

  • Alex Harris at FEAT 2010 Johannesburg

Alex Harris Speaking Topics

  • The Commodity of Belief – the Fuel for Future High Performance

    In a world where precious metals, minerals, oil and natural gas are the traded and highly valued commodities, belief, and specifically self-belief will increasingly be valued higher and higher and come at a premium. Alex has spent the last 20 years leading groups of executives and high performance teams on some of the world’s more challenging terrain; from the slopes of Kilimanjaro to the high plateau of Tibet and the wastelands of Antarctica. During this time he has noticed a very subtle but consistent theme. Irrespective of the challenge, the teams and individuals that have thrived and succeeded, and have consistently tasted success; have had one thing in common. Incredibly high levels of self-belief. Alex describes the particulars of what gives these teams and individuals such high self-belief; from the process of ‘trading’ belief, like any other commodity, to creating and adding to a ‘belief pool’. Key to this process in understanding the concepts of positive and negative cycles of belief, and what we can do to shift from one to the other. Alex shares anecdotes and incredible pictures from the slopes of Everest to the icy cold of Antarctica to the desperate heart of the Arabian Desert. This talk will empower you and give your team an unbeatable competitive edge. If you are wanting to know what the future differentiator is for high performance teams; it’s this. Self-belief and a set of skills to gradually increase your belief pool and make your competitors irrelevant!

  • Facing Your Own Everest

    Most people think the greatest challenges in our loves are those very big, audacious goals; the complex and challenging intricacies of teams tackling new projects or ventures. Or, in a simpler sense, the actual Mount Everest. However, the greatest obstacles are the very ones we take for granted all of the time, the feelings of doubt and uncertainty. It is these things that hamper our ability to achieve any level of success. Over a period of nine years Alex has spent 180 days on Mount Everest, leading teams in varying conditions before he finally succeeded summiting in 2005. Alex relates the trials and triumph of what it’s like to fight doubt and disbelief on the icy slopes of the world’s highest mountain, before finally tasting the sweetness of success. Alex’s message is simple. Each one of us will one day face our own personal Everest. It might not be 8848ms of ice and snow, but whatever it is, our ability to overcome self-doubt and disbelief will allow us to taste success. Focusing on Passion, perseverance and that illusive thing called Purpose, this talk will change your perspective on what are the things that really challenge us.

  • The Dirty Thirsty – the first unsupported crossing of the Arabian Desert

    One of the last great adventure problems was to cross the Rub Al Khali, or Empty Quarter as the Arabs call it, unsupported and on foot. Known commonly as the Arabian desert, it is the hottest and most hostile of all the worlds deserts, and splits the Arabian Peninsula in two. While virtually everyone said this project would be impossible, Alex and a small team set out to prove them wrong. In February and March of 2013, Alex finally succeed after three years of planning to cross the Rub unsupported. The journey took 40 days and covered 1210kms. This is the story of overcoming impossible odds. Specifically, how to plan and strategize when the goal is complex, challenging in every sense and has never been done before. Alex talks about 1st Phase vulnerability and the need to predict initial problems as your team is refining processes and levels of accountability. This talk also highlights the importance of ruthless discipline in an environment that takes no prisoners. Finally, Alex relates how critical it was to be positive and encouraging as a leader when things were taking a turn for the worse. If your team is embarking on a project that your peers feel is impossible, then this talk is for you. It will shift the boundaries on what you believe to be impossible and empower you like never before.

  • Journey to the South Pole

    Antarctica is one of the driest, coldest and most hostile of environments on the planet. It is a place devoid of any permanent life and a place that requires the utmost competence and sheer determination to survive for any length of time. Through history the tales of suffering and perseverance are legendary and etched into adventure folklore. For more than a hundred years of polar history, no African had ever made an unsupported walk to the South Pole. That is, until Alex teamed up with another South African Sibusiso Vilane. In January of 2008, Alex and Sibu became the first Africans to complete the 1200km trek unsupported and unassisted. The journey took 65 days and was in Alex’s words, quite simply the hardest thing he has ever done. Alex relates his trek with powerful images and video and shares some key strategies for tough times. First, the need to balance risk and understand when its critical to be aggressive and push forward; but also when its necessary to pull back and wait. Secondly, the need to simultaneously keep in mind the bid picture compelling stuff, like vision and purpose. But also the mundane minutia of the day to day grind that make up the audacious goal. Finally, Alex highlights the power of process and our ability to increase our effectiveness in any given situation when we make principled decisions.

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  • How to book Alex Harris?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alex Harris for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Alex Harris, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alex Harris or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Alex Harris?

    Booking fees for Alex Harris, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alex Harris, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alex Harris?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alex Harris for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alex Harris for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alex Harris or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alex Harris or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Alex Harris is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Commodity of Belief – the Fuel for Future High Performance, Facing Your Own Everest, The Dirty Thirsty – the first unsupported crossing of the Arabian Desert and Journey to the South Pole. The estimated speaking fee range to book Alex Harris for your event is available upon request. Alex Harris generally travels from South Africa and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Louis-Philippe Loncke, Brian O’Malley, Gary Guller, Robert Ballard and Rob Waldo Waldman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alex Harris for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Alex Harris Speaker Videos

  • Alex Harris at FEAT 2010 Johannesburg

Alex Harris Speaking Topics

  • The Commodity of Belief – the Fuel for Future High Performance

    In a world where precious metals, minerals, oil and natural gas are the traded and highly valued commodities, belief, and specifically self-belief will increasingly be valued higher and higher and come at a premium. Alex has spent the last 20 years leading groups of executives and high performance teams on some of the world’s more challenging terrain; from the slopes of Kilimanjaro to the high plateau of Tibet and the wastelands of Antarctica. During this time he has noticed a very subtle but consistent theme. Irrespective of the challenge, the teams and individuals that have thrived and succeeded, and have consistently tasted success; have had one thing in common. Incredibly high levels of self-belief. Alex describes the particulars of what gives these teams and individuals such high self-belief; from the process of ‘trading’ belief, like any other commodity, to creating and adding to a ‘belief pool’. Key to this process in understanding the concepts of positive and negative cycles of belief, and what we can do to shift from one to the other. Alex shares anecdotes and incredible pictures from the slopes of Everest to the icy cold of Antarctica to the desperate heart of the Arabian Desert. This talk will empower you and give your team an unbeatable competitive edge. If you are wanting to know what the future differentiator is for high performance teams; it’s this. Self-belief and a set of skills to gradually increase your belief pool and make your competitors irrelevant!

  • Facing Your Own Everest

    Most people think the greatest challenges in our loves are those very big, audacious goals; the complex and challenging intricacies of teams tackling new projects or ventures. Or, in a simpler sense, the actual Mount Everest. However, the greatest obstacles are the very ones we take for granted all of the time, the feelings of doubt and uncertainty. It is these things that hamper our ability to achieve any level of success. Over a period of nine years Alex has spent 180 days on Mount Everest, leading teams in varying conditions before he finally succeeded summiting in 2005. Alex relates the trials and triumph of what it’s like to fight doubt and disbelief on the icy slopes of the world’s highest mountain, before finally tasting the sweetness of success. Alex’s message is simple. Each one of us will one day face our own personal Everest. It might not be 8848ms of ice and snow, but whatever it is, our ability to overcome self-doubt and disbelief will allow us to taste success. Focusing on Passion, perseverance and that illusive thing called Purpose, this talk will change your perspective on what are the things that really challenge us.

  • The Dirty Thirsty – the first unsupported crossing of the Arabian Desert

    One of the last great adventure problems was to cross the Rub Al Khali, or Empty Quarter as the Arabs call it, unsupported and on foot. Known commonly as the Arabian desert, it is the hottest and most hostile of all the worlds deserts, and splits the Arabian Peninsula in two. While virtually everyone said this project would be impossible, Alex and a small team set out to prove them wrong. In February and March of 2013, Alex finally succeed after three years of planning to cross the Rub unsupported. The journey took 40 days and covered 1210kms. This is the story of overcoming impossible odds. Specifically, how to plan and strategize when the goal is complex, challenging in every sense and has never been done before. Alex talks about 1st Phase vulnerability and the need to predict initial problems as your team is refining processes and levels of accountability. This talk also highlights the importance of ruthless discipline in an environment that takes no prisoners. Finally, Alex relates how critical it was to be positive and encouraging as a leader when things were taking a turn for the worse. If your team is embarking on a project that your peers feel is impossible, then this talk is for you. It will shift the boundaries on what you believe to be impossible and empower you like never before.

  • Journey to the South Pole

    Antarctica is one of the driest, coldest and most hostile of environments on the planet. It is a place devoid of any permanent life and a place that requires the utmost competence and sheer determination to survive for any length of time. Through history the tales of suffering and perseverance are legendary and etched into adventure folklore. For more than a hundred years of polar history, no African had ever made an unsupported walk to the South Pole. That is, until Alex teamed up with another South African Sibusiso Vilane. In January of 2008, Alex and Sibu became the first Africans to complete the 1200km trek unsupported and unassisted. The journey took 65 days and was in Alex’s words, quite simply the hardest thing he has ever done. Alex relates his trek with powerful images and video and shares some key strategies for tough times. First, the need to balance risk and understand when its critical to be aggressive and push forward; but also when its necessary to pull back and wait. Secondly, the need to simultaneously keep in mind the bid picture compelling stuff, like vision and purpose. But also the mundane minutia of the day to day grind that make up the audacious goal. Finally, Alex highlights the power of process and our ability to increase our effectiveness in any given situation when we make principled decisions.

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