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Steve Donahue

Steve Donahue

Keynote Speaker: Sahara Desert Adventurer, Bestselling Author, Corporate Change & Engagement Expert

Steve Donahue Biography

A spellbinding storyteller and motivational speaker, Steve Donahue 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 Donahue 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. Donahue’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.

Donahue lives on Vancouver Island in Victoria, BC with his wife Maureen, a family lawyer. They have 7 adult children living in Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Steve Donahue Speaking Topics

Build an Epic Organization

An epic organization enthralls employees and captivates customers in a way which superlatives struggle to quantify. But it’s the ancient definition of epic that shows us how to build a company deserving of the modern meaning. Like the heroes of those old poems epic organizations need to be on a quest. Leaders must thrive in constant change and everyone must be completely engaged on their journey. Most importantly, epic organizations need to cultivate a compelling narrative that staff, stakeholders and customers want to play a role in and be the heroes of.

In this inspiring presentation Steve Donahue will share his own epic story to illustrate the cutting edge concepts of Narrative Intelligence as a bridge to the future. You will learn how to embed personal and organizational values within stories to guide your career or company during times of groundbreaking change. Steve will show the science that makes narrative so powerful. You will also learn the dominant themes or story lines that function as a compass in your own life and how to leverage that unique narrative content to adapt and capitalize on opportunities while always staying true to your core values. www.stevedonahue.com

Tell an Epic Story

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 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. www.stevedonahue.com

Make an Epic Journey on Shifting Sands

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. www.stevedonahue.com

EpicThemeWeaver®

Steve Donahue is your keynote speaker, emcee and conference storyteller all-in-one. For the entire conference Steve interacts with delegates on breaks, attends all sessions and functions, then 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. www.stevedonahue.com

Steve Donahue Videos

Steve Donahue: Desert Adventurer, Author, Conference ...

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How much does it cost to book Steve Donahue for a speaking engagement?

Speaking fees for Steve Donahue, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Steve Donahue are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and Below $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Steve Donahue, click the Check Schedule button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.

What topics does Steve Donahue speak about?

Steve Donahue is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Business, Change Management, Empowerment, Personal Growth, Peak Performance, Business Leadership, Consulting, Motivational, Human Resources, Inspirational, Teamwork & Teambuilding, Adventure, Entertainers, Education, Celebrity, Leadership, Outdoor Sports & Recreation and Travel.

Where does Steve Donahue travel from?

Steve Donahue generally travels from Vancouver, Canada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

Who is the agent for Steve Donahue?

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Steve Donahue is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Change Management and Empowerment. The estimated speaking fee range to book Steve Donahue for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Steve Donahue generally travels from Vancouver, Canada and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jim Davidson, Eric Boles and Allison Massari. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Steve Donahue for an upcoming event.

Steve Donahue Speaking Topics

  • Build an Epic Organization

    An epic organization enthralls employees and captivates customers in a way which superlatives struggle to quantify. But it’s the ancient definition of epic that shows us how to build a company deserving of the modern meaning. Like the heroes of those old poems epic organizations need to be on a quest. Leaders must thrive in constant change and everyone must be completely engaged on their journey. Most importantly, epic organizations need to cultivate a compelling narrative that staff, stakeholders and customers want to play a role in and be the heroes of.

    In this inspiring presentation Steve Donahue will share his own epic story to illustrate the cutting edge concepts of Narrative Intelligence as a bridge to the future. You will learn how to embed personal and organizational values within stories to guide your career or company during times of groundbreaking change. Steve will show the science that makes narrative so powerful. You will also learn the dominant themes or story lines that function as a compass in your own life and how to leverage that unique narrative content to adapt and capitalize on opportunities while always staying true to your core values. www.stevedonahue.com

  • Tell an Epic Story

    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 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. www.stevedonahue.com

  • Make an Epic Journey on Shifting Sands

    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. www.stevedonahue.com

  • EpicThemeWeaver®

    Steve Donahue is your keynote speaker, emcee and conference storyteller all-in-one. For the entire conference Steve interacts with delegates on breaks, attends all sessions and functions, then 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. www.stevedonahue.com

Steve Donahue Videos

Steve Donahue: Desert Adventurer, Author, Conference ...

Steve Donahue Reviews

  • Overall a great presentation and well received by our team members!
    Cardinal Health, Inc. - Jun 02 2021

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