1mt1mt: One more thing. One more time.
Josh Sundquist is a Paralympic ski racer and bestselling author who has been featured on CNN and in USA TODAY and has spoken across the country to groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to inner city public schools to the White House.
His high-octane blend of energy and humor inspires organizations and individuals to adopt his ski racing motto, 1MT1MT (one more thing, one more time) as their new standard of excellence.
Josh shares stories about losing his leg to cancer, ski racing in the Paralympics, and playing jokes with his artificial leg to give motivation for overcoming adversity and reaching peak performance. Josh tailors his message for each audience, so his presentations are a one-of-a-kind combination of spectacular entertainment and practical, customized inspiration.
Audience members of all ages and backgrounds walk away from his speech with a renewed sense of hope for the future and a determination to do 1MT1MT to maximize their potential in work and life. They will carry Josh's universal message of courage, determination, and hope in their hearts and minds long after the conclusion of your meeting.
takeaways from Josh's speeches
When life gives you lemons, make Halloween costumes
We all have problems. We all have adversity. But sometimes within those situations we can find a bit of humor, and that can make the challenges a little easier to endure.
When Josh was training for the Paralympics, his motto was 1mt1mt—one more thing, one more time. What's the 1mt1mt you could be doing on a daily basis to get closer to the future you are training for?
When the game changes, choose a new uniform
Josh had to give up his childhood dream of playing for the local travel soccer team. But as a result, he discovered something even better: The dream of a Paralympic uniform. When we accept change—in our lives, our workplace, and our industry—we create the space necessary for new growth.
You only strike out when you quit
Josh went up to bat in a softball game a month after his amputation. He got three strikes in a row. But his friends let him keep swinging. It took thirteen to get a hit. That game was a lot like life because in most endeavors, you only strike out when you quit. How many strikes are you willing to take?
Find your larry
A turning point for nine-year-old Josh was meeting an amputee athlete named Larry. Twenty years later, they're still friends. Last year Larry made the Guinness Book of World Records for completing the fastest marathon on crutches. We all run faster if we have the help of a mentor who has already crossed the finish line we're aiming for. Who's your Larry?
Leadership is putting yourself in their boot
A ski instructor named Mark taught Josh to ski. Mark had two legs, but he took off a boot and balanced on a single ski to give Josh an example to follow. Whether you are a business leader, a community leader, or a student leader, this a perfect picture of effective leadership. Put yourself in their boot. And leave a trail they can follow.
The question is not whether you will fall down but how fast you will get back up
In his first ski race, Josh fell. Five times. In sports, in life, in business, the principle is the same—you will fall. The question is, how fast can you get back up? How quickly can you learn from a mistake and then recover by implementing that new knowledge?
Stay connected to your opening ceremony
In 2002, Josh watched the Paralympic Opening Ceremony in Salt Lake City. That experience as a spectator motivated him to train for the next four years so he could be a participant in the 2006 ceremonies. What's your opening ceremony? What was the original vision that led you to your career, organization, or cause? Stay connected to that image. It's the fuel-source for your journey.
For years Josh accumulated a pile of unused left shoes. Then he met Stephen, an amputee with a collection of single right shoes. Now Josh and Stephen exchange shoes and each have twice as many as before. Likewise, when we find innovative ways to collaborate with team members, suppliers and clients, we we all end up with more, not less.
Every speech is custom built for your group. Examples:
Corporations, associations, and general audiences
Josh will give your audience a kick start of humor and motivation to inspire them to do 1MT1MT to increase their professional performance in areas like sales, customer service, and leadership.
Strong at the Broken Places: Overcoming Adversity in the Digital Age
Corporations, associations, and general audiences
Your audience is working in an uncertain economy and a world that is changing faster than ever. They are dealing with difficult customers, complex problems, information overload, and smart competitors. Josh will help them change the way they approach adversity by strengthening their sense of humor, sense of hope, and sense of possibility.
The Difference You Make in a Day
Healthcare, educators, non-profits, and fundraising events
Josh has spoken to thousands of educators in school districts across the country. He’s also an in-demand speaker for banquets and other fundraising events. During his tenure as National Spokesperson for the Combined Federal Campaign, events at which he spoke raised an average of 30% more than they did the previous year. If you hire Josh as your speaker, your audience will feel connected to the mission of your organization as they listen to stories about coaches and teachers who helped him on his journey to the Paralympics. Audience members will leave the presentation refreshed and inspired to strive for new levels of generosity and commitment.
Laughing at Our Differences
Colleges and Universities
Josh uses humorous stories about his experiences as an amputee to share ten lessons about diversity and to promote understanding between individuals of differing backgrounds. You'll attract a large audience because students who would not otherwise attend an "awareness event" will come to watch a comedy show. Independent research has shown that after attending this event, students show a measurable and statistically significant decrease in negative stereotypes. More info about Josh's college program.
Believe to Lead
Teen leadership conferences and high schools
Having appeared on MTV and built a YouTube channel with over 200,000 subscribers and 25 million views, Josh has a proven ability to speak to teens in their language. He helps young people make empowered decisions in the face of personal challenges like negative social pressures, learning disabilities, domestic problems, and disadvantaged backgrounds. They will leave Josh’s program motivated to set higher goals for themselves as students and to become stronger leaders in their communities.
to hire Josh, make an online request or call (202) 750-1154