David Lim

David Lim is best known for leading the landmark 1st Singapore Everest Expedition in 1998 (as well as the second in 2001). Partially disabled from a devastating rare nerve disorder since 1998, his comeback story of overcoming the odds made the cover of the Readers Digest magazine in 2001, and has since been translated into eight languages. He was in management at a publishing house for nearly a decade until 1998.

Since 1999, David has been a sought-after leadership coach, with expertise in negotiation skills, facilitating change, building high performing teams, and creating experiential learning programmes. These add value to any client event or sustainable change initiatives.  David has a B.A. in Law from Cambridge University, and a workshop leader with a decade of experience delivering solutions in negotiation, leadership and team skills across 43 cities, and 22 countries.

David’s presentation style is breezy with lots of humour, audience-interactive and backed not only by decades of leadership achievement, but also with the rigour of an understanding of how adults learn. This makes his solutions to a presentation or event programme so very different than just hiring an ‘achiever’ type of speaker who may lack a people-development background.

David is also an Associate Meta-Coach, certified practitioner in Neuro-Semantics and Neuro-Linguistics Programming. His coaching practice has been widely profiled in The Wall Street Journal and Singapore’s The Straits Times newspaper.

A past President of the Asia Professional Speakers ( 2007-8), his work included being an adjunct lecturer for INSEAD Business School (2000-2009). David hasn’t given up climbing, and is a veteran of over 60 alpine and expedition ascents around the world, and most recently returned from the Tien Shan ranges in Kyrgyzstan, having climbed three virgin peaks.

David is a CSP(Certified Speaking Professional), the first and only Singaporean to be conferred the highest designation for professionalism and consistent quality by the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation (GSF). The CSP is an independent audit of the firm’s quality, processes and maturity.

He joins a group of fewer than 10% of 5000 professional members of the GSF who have this accreditation.


David delivers presentations on leadership, motivation and overcoming obstacles, and is founder of Everest Motivation Team. He is a sought-after international motivational speaker and has addressed hundreds of audiences of up to 12,000 people, and regularly clocks up 70 engagements annually, a third of those being international assignments. These include adding value to:

  • Partner / distributor events
  • Sales, annual and divisional kickoffs
  • Global congress keynotes e.g the 2005 Project Management Institute and 2007 Visa Global Congresses
  • Corporate retreats
  • Evening / dinner / luncheon presentations
  • Regional business conferences
  • Incentives and reward meetings

Since 1999, David has delivered exciting, content-rich motivational presentations in over 20 countries and 40 cities worldwide.

David delivers a timeless message of overcoming the odds, the need for passion, inventiveness and perseverance. His most popular keynote presentation,

Lessons From Mt. Everest, has been described as “world-class”. Depending on the presentation focus, you will learn about:

  • Creating a shared success vision
  • The Wake Up test of personal values
  • How to set goals, and get them
  • Lim’s Action-Motivation Quadrant in bringing dreams into reality
  • Overcoming enormous odds
  • Doing more with less; having the Alpinist Attitude
  • The Five ‘C’s choosing the right people and the right team
  • The Fact/Belief Tool

David’s clients include:

IBM, INSEAD Business School, Prudential, ABN AMro, Citibank, Actis, Novartis, sanofi aventis. Pfizer, Boston Consulting Group, Maersk, Amadeus, Maruti, TATA Steel, Singapore Telecommunications, Bvlgari South Asia, Ministries of Manpower, Defence and Education ( in Singapore ) Media Development Authority ( Singapore ) and many more.


.thanks again for your inspiring talk on Friday. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive! I had many of my colleagues approach me after the meeting and that evening saying that they really were inspired by your story. There was one colleague that told me that even some of his most cynical people indicated that your story moved them to do some deeper thinking about motivation and inspiration.
Glen T. Matsumoto Partner EQT Partners Inc.

I found your presentation very inspirational. Your experience, being somewhat unique to speakers in your area of expertise, made many connections to leadership but in a very different way than I have been used to, which really made an impact. I am looking forward to reading your book. The rest of the day’s team building exercises were most enjoyable and helped to align many leadership and team work objectives with your earlier talk. I was surprised how relevant the exercises were. I recently spent 2 days in an offsite with the Australian management team and although we spoke many times of team work and communication, with a facilitator, the day I spent with Everest was far more inspiring and I personally got more out of it and at a deeper level.
Ian Wearne IES Business Manager Deutsche Bank AG – Australia & New Zealand

Having just finished reading your book, ….It is a wonderful book where I learned many new things about mountaineering and team work:
a) The bigger the challenge then around keeping a team together and finding common ground to rally around
b) Big goals and impressive achievements are never done through committees, you portrait that particularly well
c) Leadership is not given – it is taken
d) You found a fine balance managing a team/the selfishness of strong individuals, both needed to reach great goals
Kasper Rorsted CEO Henkel AG & Co KGaA

David first facilitated a Lessons from Everest session for IFF in 2008. David took the time to understand our business issues and deliver a spot on target session which delighted and inspired the senior management team. We were so impressed, we asked David back this year to our regional meeting in Shanghai. He once again delivered an insightful and energising session with new material and a fresh perspective. I would thoroughly recommend David to any organisation looking to inspire their team ‘Beyond the Limits'”
Karen Stanton Regional Marketing, Sensory & Consumer Insights Director IFF International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

As always, you got the group immediately engaged and everyone went away uplifted by your story and more importantly, ready to embrace the challenges and journey ahead (and believe me, we do have big challenges and changes ahead of us!). It was once again a roaring success and a great kick off for the workshop! Thank you once again!
Judy Hsu Group Head, Wealth Management (APAC) Consumer Banking Standard Chartered Bank

As you could tell and feel in the room, your presentation was the most inspiring talk for us. We all loved the way you translate real life experiences of aspirations and overcoming impossible challenges into practical and applicable lessons for us all.You left us with inspiring thoughts and a lot to reflect and act on.
Lily Lee Head of Pharmaceutical R&D, Asia Pacific Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

…The session was brilliant, so say the least. Pitched at the right kevel and very appropriate for the audience…
Rubin Pather Regional Business Director Integrated Supply and Trading (Eastern Hemisphere) British Petroleum
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