Michael Groom’s Introduction

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Michael Groom is a Professional Speaker and mountain climber and is unquestionably one of the world’s greatest'big mountain climbers.

In 1995 he became the fourth person in the world to climb the four highest mountains without the assistance of bottled oxygen and in 1999 he successfully climbed Makalu, the smallest but for Michael, the last of the 'big five' - the five highest mountains in the world. Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, K2 and Everest - Michael climbed them all without the assistance of bottled oxygen, and all but Kangchenjunga he climbed without the front third of both feet.

Michael shares his wealth of knowledge and first hand experiences as a Motivational Speaker. Michael has assisted soldiers going off to war, supported athletes struggling to come back from serious injury and with his powerful story of human endurance he has advised professional  people how to get closer to the truth of "no pain no gain".

He is also available to speak to any group who would like to hear his amazing story.

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Major Speaker Clients



  • Agrichem
  • Australian Agricultural Company
  • Australian Crop Dusters Assoc
  • Department of Primary Industries
  • Stanbroke Pastoral The Alpha Group

Banking and Finance

  • AMP
  • ANZ
  • ANZ Risk Leadership Group 2009
  • Association of Financial Advisers
  • Australian Mortgage Brokers
  • AXA
  • Bank of QLD 2012, 1991,1992,1993,1996
  • Banking Institute of QLD
  • BDS Accountants
  • Bridges Financial Planners
  • BT Financial
  • BT Private Wealth
  • Chase Manhattan
  • Choice Home Loans
  • Commonwealth Bank Traders Bank
  • CPA Victoria
  • Credit Union Australia
  • Deutsche Bank Asia Pacific Conference 2012 Hong Kong
  • Duetsche Bank
  • Financial Lifestyle Solutions
  • Financial Line
  • Financial Planners Assoc
  • Financial Planning Services Australia
  • Financial Services National Conference 2011
  • Financial Technologies
  • FMD Financial
  • Future Financial
  • Garrisons Financial Planners
  • Hillross Financial
  • JLF Corporation 2003
  • JLF Group 2008
  • KPMG
  • Mahoney Gavens
  • MGI White Hancock
  • National Australia Bank QLD Staff Dinner 2005
  • PB McKenna
  • RFS Finance
  • St George Bank
  • Suncorp
  • Suncorp HR Division
  • Telstra Super 2013
  • UBS Global Asset Management
  • WB Financial
  • Westpac Commercial Banking


  • Australian Insurance Holdings
  • Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency
  • Capital Insurance Group, Port Morseby
  • Pharmaceutical Defence, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth
  • Suncorp Personal Insurance
  • Tower Insurance

IT and Communication

  • Asia Pacific SAP
  • Conference
  • Austar
  • Australian Radio Network
  • Birch Carroll and Coyle
  • Bridge Point Communications
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • Commvault
  • Delfin Lend Lease
  • Golden Point Marketing
  • Honeywell Australia
  • HP Services Asia Pacific and Japan
  • IBM
  • Infosys
  • M&T Resources
  • Macquarie Telcom
  • Mincom
  • Mincom Asset Intensive Industry
  • Optus Networks Senior Leadership Team 2008
  • Quinn Media
  • SAP Utilities Singapore


  • Apex Fenner
  • Bristol Banner Group
  • Lincoln Sentry
  • Nuflow
  • One Steel
  • Sealy of Australia

Medical / Pharmaceutical

  • Abbott Vascular Sapporo Japan 2011
  • Abbott Vascular Australia 2014
  • Abbott Vascular Phuket Thailand 2010
  • Australian Military Medical Association
  • Bayer
  • Care Pharmaceuticals
  • City Fertility Clinic
  • Dental Corporation
  • Dental Hygienists Assoc
  • Edwards Lifescience
  • Galderma
  • Gold Coast Division General Practice
  • LMT Surgical
  • Mater Health Service
  • Mater Hospital
  • Medtronics Product Launch 2005
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Schering Plough
  • Omega Trend
  • Pfizer
  • QLD Health
  • Sandoz

Mining and Construction

  • Abi Group
  • Assa Abloy
  • Australia
  • Australian Pipeline Assoc
  • B&D Doors
  • BP Oil
  • Clarendon Homes QLD
  • CSR
  • Elevating Platforms Association
  • Golder
  • John Holland Pty Ltd
  • Marshall Mining
  • NZ Ready Mix
  • One Steel
  • Ostwald Bros
  • Pioneer Construction
  • QLD Glass and Aluminium Awards
  • Resources
  • Roche Mining
  • Sealcorp
  • Stockland Development
  • Surveyors Institute of QLD
  • Tasman Insulation
  • Thiess United Group
  • Trend Windows
  • Walton Construction Staff Retreat 2007
  • Wesfarmers
  • Wood Group PSN
  • Xstrata Coal


  • Bus Industry Confederation 2014
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • Mercedes Benz QLD
  • Rally Australia
  • Suzuki QLD 2007
  • Toyota

Organisations , Clubs and Associations

  • Australian Federation of Air Pilots
  • Australian Institute of Management Cairns
  • Australian Institute of Management Sunshine Coast
  • Australian Technical Millers Assoc.
  • Australian Townhouse Holiday and Ownership Council
  • Caloundra Chamber of Commerce
  • Cerebral Palsy League
  • Clubs NSW
  • Endeavour Foundation QLD
  • Environment Protection Agency
  • Facilities Management Association
  • Funeral Directors Assoc Australia Darwin Conference
  • Funeral Directors Assoc of North QLD
  • Funeral Directors Assoc of SE QLD
  • Garden City Library
  • Industry Secretary Assoc
  • National Baking Industry Association
  • National Safety Council Australia
  • Presidents Organisation India
  • Rotary District 9830 Tasmania 2014
  • Rotary District 9630
  • Sheraton Staff Brisbane
  • South Australian Kidney Foundation
  • Taekowndo Australia
  • Twin Waters Staff
  • YHA Brisbane
  • YMCA South Australia
  • Young
  • Young Presidents Organisation Cairns 1997

Real Estate

  • Coronis 2008, 2014
  • Elders Real Estate
  • Property Valuers Association QLD Mackay
  • Ray White QLD
  • REIQ


  • Baskin Robbins
  • Crazy Clarks
  • Flight Centre
  • Flight Centre Vic & Tas National Leaders Conference 2005
  • Gas Centre
  • GPT Group Retail
  • Just for Pets
  • Niagara Therapy
  • Retravision
  • Toys R Us

Schools and Education

  • Balmoral State High School
  • Blackwater State High School
  • Boys College 2012
  • Bremer Institute of TAFE
  • Brisbane
  • Caulfield Grammar School Melbourne
  • Childcare Industry QLD
  • Elanora State High School Awards Night 2007
  • Elector Group Apprentices
  • Fingal Head Public School
  • IDP Education Australia
  • Ingham State High School Awards Night 2007
  • John Paul College Brisbane
  • Lindisfarne Anglican School
  • Lismore Public Schools
  • Loreto College Coorparoo
  • Mathew Flinders Anglican College
  • Metro Canteen
  • Murwillumbah District State Schools
  • National Young Leaders Day 2005
  • Skills Tech Australia
  • Southport State High School
  • St Edmonds College
  • St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • St Lukes School
  • University of QLD Business Services Division
  • William Ross State High School Townsville


  • Australian Fitness Assoc
  • Australian Olympic Rowing Team 2012 Gavriate Italy
  • Australian Olympic Swim Team 2000
  • Australian Women’s Softball Team 2000
  • Australian Olympic Swim Team 2008
  • Australian Sports Drug Agency 2000
  • Australian Women’s Olympic Water Polo Team 2012
  • Brisbane Broncos 1997
  • Logan City Council Sports Awards 2008
  • Newcastle Knights Juniors
  • QLD Reds
  • Queensland Swimming
  • Redland Sports Summit 2012
  • Western Bulldogs 2008

Utilities and Miscellaneous

  • Advanced National Services
  • AM Institute QLD
  • Australian Graphics
  • Brisbane Water
  • Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific
  • Coca Cola Amatill
  • Collins Foods
  • Couriers Please
  • Ergon Energy
  • Fuji Xerox Australia
  • Herron Todd White
  • Hervey Bay Independent Indy Foundation
  • NCS Holdings
  • Organisers Australia
  • Pennley Pty Ltd
  • QNI
  • QUT
  • South Australian Water
  • Toll Holdings
  • Trilby Misso Lawyers
  • UBSW
  • Unity Water
  • Valcorp Fine Foods

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Justin Smallshaw

Coronis Realty 2014

We were looking for someone to inspire, motivate, and captivate our team and Michael offered all of these things and much more through his amazing speech, I highly recommend Michael to motivate your team with his absolutely incredible story. Everyone in his audience is guaranteed to be inspired. We were……twice!

Lincoln Hall OAM

Australian adventurer & Author

His commitment to his goals is a dominant theme in what is a very inspiring book and yet he is in no way a salesman for self improvement…..He preaches only by example

Richard Fidler

ABC Radio

More people have been to the moon than done what he has done

Prime Minister

John Howard OM/AC

You have done so much already, Australia wants you back safe & sound

Alan Thompson

National Head Coach, Swimming Australia

Michael's achievements are nothing short of inspirational. His delivery captured every member of the 2008 Australian Swimming Team from the first sentence until the last word. I think everyone in the room will remember Michael for a very long time.

Ms Sophie Djura

Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific

He is a wonderful speaker who humbly tells his powerful story touching everyone in the room; I am now in the unenviable position of having to come up with an equally powerful speaker for our next conference. How do you top Michael Groom?

Matthew Jacobsen

Principal, Fingal Head Public School 2011

The day was an enormous success. As per Michael's request, we kept the nature of his visit quiet from the participants. You could almost see lightbulbs turning on over people's heads as they realised who he was! The pictures and visual aides were top notch, his spoken presentation impeccable and his professionalism was fantastic. Our visitors really enjoyed the extra time that he took to meet and and greet, at the end of his session.

Jason Akermanis

Professional Footballer Western Bulldogs

As our team attempts to climb our own Everest (An AFL Premiership) I thought it was great timing to get someone who has not only been there but did it in the hardest of fashions, without oxygen and ten toes. For our group it was a story much like our own. A lot of planning followed by executing that plan and then having to deal with the insurmountable odds and obstacles that pop up at nearly every turn. Not one player had to deal with some of the odds that Michael had to. Funny not one player complained for another month at our training or game soreness after listening to Michael's journey. While Michael has been a friend for some years now it is his journey that still makes me realise just about anything is doable and within our reach.

Karen Tattersall

Business Development Officer Logan City Council

Michael Groom spoke at the BDS Logan City Sports Awards on Wednesday 22 nd October 2008. Michael's speech was truly inspirational and shows how sheer will and determination to pursue one's dream can be achieved. You could have heard a pin drop in the 400+ audience and the standing ovation was well deserved for his remarkable achievements in conquering the highest mountains in the world and surviving numerous ordeals. Thanks again for your inspirational speech.

Ira Webster

Brand Manager Merck Sharp & Dohme Australia

Many thanks for attending the Merck and Schering Plough Business Meeting across the two days on February 5th and 6th, 2008. The stories you shared with the group were certainly received very positively. Our objectives were met as our sales force were inspired and motivated after listening to the stirring accounts of your efforts in reaching your goals. It was also fantastic to have you mix with all of us during the breaks as the positive impact you had on the group was reinforced even more when individuals had the opportunity to join you in conversation and exchange personal stories. I've listed a few comments below from the feedback collected from the audience:"fabulous, amazing, uplifting, inspiring, brilliant" "very moving presentation and relevant to what we are trying to achieve" "excellent, very passionate" We also asked the audience to rate the sessions during our meeting between 1 and 10. Your session rated the highest out of all the sessions with 80% giving you a score of 10, and the remaining 20% a score of 9! Amazing!!! So thank you again for spending some time with us and I hope that we cross paths again in the future.

Ms Jill Murtagh

BDS Accountants

Michael was an exceptional speaker and presenter - and his presentation was excellent - all clients were in 'awe' last night and said what an inspiring man.

Clark Perry

Sports Psychologist Australian Academy of Sport, Canberra

Fantastic presentation. Great use of photography with one hell of a story to tell.

Ms Donna Parkin

Save the Children Function Parkroyal Brisbane

Michael was fantastic. He stayed back to talk to the guests and was an absolute delight to deal with.

Ms Leanne Bailey

Wespac Investment & Insurance

Michael's talk was received with an overwhelming response - you could have heard a pin drop in the room! Many approached Michael during a small break after his speech, which was terrific. Michael also made time for all - a truly great Australian.

Mr Justin Burt

Business Incentives and Conferences

Michael's down to earth style and delivery had the entire audience enthralled throughout his presentation. His story of high adventure, high drama and endurance is inspirational to us all.

Ms Caroline Barnes

Australian Macadamia Society

Michael is truly inspiring

Ms Narita Collins

Foodlands Supermarkets

Michael was inspiring and extremely motivating. An incredible story that would stimulate ALL. An amazing way to kick start our conference.

Joanne Terrans

Sports Coach 2000 Conference

Without any disagreement, delegates were inspired by Michael's message and totally captivated throughout his presentation.

Mr Geoff Butler

Hayes Knight Chartered Accountants

I previously heard Michael speak at the Awards Dinner for the Management Excellence Awards conducted by the Australian Institute of Management on the Sunshine Coast last year. His presentation on that occasion was so outstanding and inspirational that when I was tasked to consider potential keynote speakers for Hayes Knight National Conference I immediately thought of Michael. This is not a decision I regret, as once again he drew the audience into the world of extreme mountaineering, leaving them in awe of his achievements, persistence and drive. He tells his amazing tale in such a down to earth and humble way that those listening are left to wonder at the seemingly insurmountable challenges he has overcome. He is clearly a man who has found true contentment through achieving the long-term goals he had set himself, and is now comfortable to step back from the edge to enjoy the simpler pleasures of life. I would have no hesitation in using Michael’s services again and would commend him to anyone who wants a speaker to inspire and motivate their audience, by taking them on a journey most of us will only dream about

Mr Justin Burt

Business Incentives and Conferences

Michael's down to earth style and delivery had the entire audience enthralled throughout his presentation. His story of high adventure, high drama and endurance is inspirational to us all.

Ms Sophie Djura

Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific

I have used Michael Groom previously so I knew exactly what to expect. As in the previous case he was fantastic! He is a wonderful speaker who humbly tells his powerful story touching everyone in the room. He was the highlight of the conference. In our internal evaluation process 78% rated him excellent 16% rated him very good. This result far out shone all other aspects of the conference. I am now in the unenviable position of having to come up with an equally powerful speaker for our next conference. How do you top Michael Groom?

Julie McGraw

Stormwater 2016 National Conference

I recently had the opportunity to secure Michael as the closing keynote of the Stormwater 2016 National Conference - the last presenter after 4 days and more than 120 presentations. As our conference theme was "Rising to the Challenge" I hoped that his closing presentation would inspire the delegates before they returned home after 4 gruelling days. However, what I experienced was something much more. After 10 years working with the client, my experience of 25 years in this industry, and having worked with thousands of speakers, Michael's presentation will definitely something special. His presentation was flawless, his story mesmerizing and the feedback from my delegates has been simply incredible - many saying this was the best presentation they have ever seen in 10 years of Stormwater Conferences. I personally walked away with the message that nothing is impossible. Being able to experience Michael's presentation was most definitely one of the highlights of my professional career. It was a true privilege.

Andrew Hopper

Toshiba Australia 2017

I've seen many inspirational presentations, from people with much larger public profiles, but not one of them has come close to what Michael Groom presented at our recent client event. To be in the presence of someone who has climbed the 5 highest peaks on the planet, including Mt Everest 2 times was a compelling and tantalising opportunity for our invited guests and staff. And Michael did not disappoint a single person with his presentation. Without an ounce of pretence, Michael articulated with the assistance of inspirational and at times jolting imagery how a 5 year old boy achieved his dream to stand atop the highest mountain on earth. It was story telling at its absolute best, with plenty of drama and humour to keep the audience engaged. Michael was also incredibly generous with his time afterwards, happy to answer questions and pose for selfies with the guests. It was a privilege to have Michael Groom as our guest presenter, a truly inspirational man.

Ann Pugh

2017 Stormwater Victoria Conference

Michael was a humble and engaging speaker with an inspirational story.\r\n\r\nWhile climbing the world’s highest mountains may not be for everyone, his story of perseverance and tenacity in an extremely dangerous environment will stick with me.


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