JoshSundquist

1MT1MT
one more thing,
one more time

Josh Sundquist is a Paralympian and bestselling author who has shared his story at events across the world. His high-energy blend of humor and inspiration motivates audiences to adopt his ski racing motto 1MT1MT (one more thing, one more time) to elevate their performance in sales, customer service, quality improvement, leadership, and more.

Josh studies your industry and organizational culture to create a customized keynote that reinforces your event’s theme and feels personally relevant to each member of your audience. He tells stories about losing his leg to cancer, ski racing in the Paralympics, and playing jokes with his artificial leg to help your group:

  • Be resilient during times of change
  • Maintain a sense of humor within stressful circumstances
  • Face adversity with strength and courage
  • Reverse negative trends and rebound from disappointment
  • Plan for the future with an expanded vision of what could be possible

His presentations blend clean stand-up comedy with soulful storytelling. Hilarious audience interactions are punctuated by moments of profound silence. Your attendees experience a roller-coaster ride of laughter, tears, chills and still more laughter.

Josh’s life story is a reminder of how all our stories are interconnected, how even our smallest actions and decisions impact the world around us. People walk away with a fresh perspective on everything they have to be grateful for, with resolve to overcome personal and professional challenges, and with a commitment to do 1MT1MT to reach their fullest potential. They carry Josh's empowering message of hope and determination in their hearts and minds long after the conclusion of your event.

your audience will learn

Halloween costume
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.


one more thing one more time
1MT1MT

When Josh was training for the Paralympics, his motto was 1MT1MT (one more thing, one more time). What's the 1MT1MT you could do today to get closer to the future you are training for?

Josh running in the woods
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
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. In most endeavors, you only strike out when you quit. How many strikes are you willing to take?

Josh and Larry
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. Larry recently 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?

mark teaching josh to ski
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, that's an illustration of how to be effective: Put yourself in their boot. And leave a trail they can follow.

word art of get back up
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?

Paralympic closing ceremony
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.

Paralympic closing ceremony
Shoe-swap

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 all end up with more, not less.

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custom built presentations

Every speech is custom made for your group.

Josh will study the unique challenges and opportunities facing your audience to tailor his presentation for your event. If possible, he will attend your entire conference or convention up until his speech, sitting in on general sessions to hear speeches by your leadership and industry experts. He will take part in your social functions and chat with attendees in the hall during breaks.

This cultural immersion allows Josh to:

  • Give a speech that weaves together his own story with the story of your organization
  • Share anecdotes from his life that serve as relevant metaphors for the theme of your event
  • Interact naturally with your leadership team and individual audience members by name while he's giving his talk
  • Reference what previous speakers have said on stage and to relate experiences attendees have shared with him over coffee
  • Know and impart the specific 1mt1mt's your audience can do to elevate their performance

Josh's goal is to share his story in a way that feels less like a generic brochure and more like a handwritten letter addressed to your audience.

case studies

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Google"Josh is a wonderful, inspiring, and engaging speaker. The sign of a captive audience at Google is when all laptops are shut!"
Erika Choung
@Google Talks Planner
Google

wal mart"An inspiration "
James Hiett
Senior Director of Distribution Center Operations
Wal-Mart

remax
"Josh is an extraordinary young man with a message that inspires and awes his audiences with his true life experiences.He is a must for your next meeting! "
Vinnie Tracey
President
RE/MAX International

rite aid
"More than 7,000 people heard Josh speak at our annual management conference. A miracle himself, Josh inspired us to make the most of our own lives."
Mary Sammons
CEO
Rite Aid

american cancer society
"Truly a compelling speaker "
Ellen Heier
Senior Training Specialist
ACS CAN

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