As a History-making Mountain Climber, Corporate Executive and Award Winning Author, Susan Inspires Audiences to Challenge Their Perceived Limitations and Reach New Heights of Business and Personal Success.
Susan Ershler leads sales groups at some of the nation’s largest corporations, which is a demanding follow-up for her accomplishment of climbing the Seven Summits. Ascending the highest mountain on every continent helped her develop strategies to help Fortune 500 companies strive for their personal and professional best so that their companies reach peak performance.
Susan helps transform businesses or organizations Together on Top of the World and Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales.
Reaching New Heights – Everest & Beyond
No matter how impossible they may seem, your dreams for personal and professional success are never truly out of reach if you Project • Prepare • Persevere®. This is the systematic approach to high achievement Susan Ershler developed while simultaneously climbing the world’s tallest mountains and leading sales organizations at some of the nation’s largest corporations.
On May 16, 2002, Susan and her husband Phil made history as the first couple to stand together at the summit of Mount Everest, capping their decade-long odyssey to climb the Seven Summits; the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. In her stirring keynote, Susan tells the amazing story of their Everest experience, the setbacks they overcame along the way, and their triumphant return to reach the summit. In this inspiring presentation, she also shares the road-tested strategies she developed that can empower anyone to overcome their perceived limitations and achieve seemingly impossible goals.
Perfect fit: General Sessions with motivation and inspiration focus. Inspire audience members to push past perceived boundaries to pursue their greatest dreams.
Leading Teams to Peak Performance™
On the mountains, successful expedition leaders think like trusted guides, not climbers. In the business world, the most successful leaders think like CEOs. They inspire and lead by example.
Susan is an expert practitioner in the art of sales leadership. Throughout her career, she has excelled at building and leading teams that achieve exceptional, sometimes life-changing results. In this inspiring presentation, Susan shares the Project • Prepare • Persevere® methodology that enabled her to lead her sales team to achieve a seemingly impossible $300M revenue goal while simultaneously climbing the Seven Summits; the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
Drawing on her knowledge and experience, Susan shows why the best leaders are much more than top performers themselves. They enable every member of their team to overcome their perceived limitations by learning to commit to their team’s shared vision of success. Attendees will walk away with the leadership skills they need to help their teams win the recognition and rewards that accrue to top performers.
Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales
Is your sales organization achieving its true potential? What strategies and techniques would transform your sales team into a dynamic force for revenue growth and customer satisfaction?
For two decades, Susan Ershler rose through the ranks of sales leadership while simultaneously climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Now, her mission is to help others secure the financial rewards and personal fulfillment that come with being a top performer.
In this presentation, Susan shares the Seven Summit principals that every sales professional must master to consistently achieve top performance year after year. She describes the Project • Prepare • Persevere® methodology that enabled her to lead her sales team to achieve a seemingly impossible $300M revenue goal. She also provides practical techniques for overcoming real-world sales challenges and blowing away the numbers. Attendees will walk away inspired to excel and ready to meet Everest-sized revenue objectives.
Perfect fit: Sales Conferences, Kickoffs and Leadership meetings. Inspire audience members to reach higher objectives and believe they can achieve far beyond their perceived limitations.
Conquering the Seven Summits of Peak Performance®
In today’s increasingly competitive business environment, it takes vision, planning and perseverance to reach the pinnacle of career achievement. Are you ready to see your career trajectory accelerate into the stratosphere? Then Susan Ershler’s Project • Prepare • Persevere® methodology is your key to becoming a peak performer and reaching the pinnacle of personal and professional success.
In this inspiring presentation, Susan shares the Seven Summit principles that every business professional must master to consistently achieve top performance year after year. She also describes practical techniques for overcoming real-world business challenges and securing the financial rewards and personal fulfillment that come with being a top performer. Attendees will leave confident, inspired, and equipped with the tools they need to achieve peak performance and realize their dreams.
“Sue’s presentation was an outstanding story where we share the excitement of her journey to the summit and how this experience is related with our business, specifically in terms of setting goals and teamwork. Sue performed flawlessly and the team was pleased and really motivated by this absolutely great keynote. She is truly an inspiration for all of us!”
Business & Marketing Officer Microsoft
“Susan, thank you for the fabulous presentation you delivered to our West Region team in Orlando. The audience of 600 attendees was thrilled with the tales of your quest to complete the Seven Summits. Furthermore, your ability to relate the challenges, risks, and rewards of climbing to the business world were invaluable. As we set out to reach new peaks as a team in 2004, we will reflect upon your words of encouragement and structured approach to reaching our goals. Thank you again for the value you provided to our team.”
Region Vice President IBM
“We are pleased to say that Susan exceeded our expectations and provided an excellent presentation. Susan’s discussion on the Seven Summit experience, culminating with climbing Mt. Everest, was presented in a fashion of setting a seemingly impossible vision and then breaking down the task into manageable steps and activities. Susan integrated the highs and lows of making progress and experiencing setbacks and rewarding experience of maintaining focus on your goals, hard work and perseverance. The feedback from our customers was over-whelming positive citing both an entertaining and aspiration experience. From our perspective, Susan exceeded what we expected — being able to kickoff our global customer symposium by drawing the connection of Survival of the Fittest with industry challenges and strategic objectives. Susan has the highest recommendation from us and would be expected to deliver an excellent presentation for future events.”
Vice President Westinghouse Electric Company
“Thank you so much for coming to our meeting and inspiring us all to focus on our goals and not quit. I have had such great feedback from everyone and it has quickly spread around to other teams within the organization. Little did we know how timely your talk would be in assisting us in staying focused on our plans as New York is under this terrible threat.”
Regional Business Director Ortho-McNeil
“Your session was extremely well received and we really appreciate the time you invested with the evening dinner and ceremonies. The main messages of your presentation did resonate with the team and they all expressed their admiration for your accomplishments and the parallels to our own lives. Thanks again for joining us at our Sales Kickoff Meeting. Your presentation was so inspirational and extremely well received. Everyone I talked to said it was clearly one of the highlights of the conference. I also really appreciate you staying for dinner and mingling with the team.”
Agile –Software Developers
American Business Women’s Association
American Heart Association
American Library Association
Blue Coat Systems
BRG Sports (Bell, Riddell, Giro)
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CB Richard Ellis
City of Tacoma – Metro
Crown Capital Securities
Deloitte & NABA
Department of Revenue
Department of Transportation
Farm Credit Council Services
Fluke – Danaher
Guardian Life Insurance
Graphic Arts Center
JEA Senior Living
Lockheed Martin & Deloitte Consulting
Magma Design Automation
Mercer Island Schools
Municipal Employees Retirement System
New York Life
Novartis & IBM Consulting
Pacific Edge Software
Premera Blue Cross
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Reckitt Benckiser (Israel)
Shell Exploration & Development
Society of Plastics
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