David Lim – Motivational Speaker and Presentations

David Lim knows something about leadership and overcoming obstacles.

In 1998, he made history as leader of the 1st Singapore Mt Everest Expedition. The landmark climb captured the nation’s imagination about the art of the possible, and ignited the need for calculated risk-taking, courage and imagination in the flat, tropical island nation of Singapore.

A week after his triumphant return from Everest, he was struck down by the rare nerve disorder, Guillain Barre Syndrome, and paralysed completely from eyes down. Spending six weeks on a ventilator and six months in hospital, he emerged permanently disabled from the ordeal. He regained his life through sheer will and focus, and made a successful return to the great mountains.



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 50 engagements annually, half of those being international assignments. These include adding value to:

(above: David delivering key leadership lessons for 500 leaders from KPMG China)

  • 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 33 countries and 75 cities worldwide. In 2019 alone, he delivered paid solutions in Budapest, HongKong, Hanoi, Guangzhou, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur,  and in many more destinations.

CSPG1-300x209David is the first Singaporean to receive the Certified Speaking Professional(CSP) designation, the highest accreditation that any of the 6000 members of the Global Speakers Federation can receive. That there are fewer than 12% of these who are CSPs is a reflection of the consistent quality and professionalism CSPs bring to the industry, as well as the high standards required to received the designation. Meeting planners, speakers bureau and event organisers can be assured of a top level presentation, as well as the lead up to the event. David also received the CSPGlobal designation for his global practice. The credential has been awarded to fewer than 30 of professional speakers worldwide, who must also have the CSP designation as a pre-requisite.



He 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
  • Why change is hard, and you can lead change
  • How to set goals, and get them
  • Create a winning culture at work
  • 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 1% rule in improving at anything



David has a breezy style, with plenty of humour that works with international audiences. Using a number of interactive tools that engage and entertain audiences, his presentations not only involve the telling of stories from which we can learn life’s greatest lessons, but will show us what we need to do to succeed. Audience interaction, emotional engagement, humour, stunning visuals, videos, and a powerful call to action are hallmarks of David’s presentation




Walmart, Google, Linkedin, Lego, McKinsey & Co.,Chevron, Shell, BP, AXA, AIA, Standard Chartered Bank, IBM, INSEAD Business School, Prudential, Citibank, Novartis,  Pfizer, Maruti, TATA Steel, Singapore Telecom, Ministries of Manpower, Defence and Education ( in Singapore ) Media Development Authority ( Singapore ) and many more.

Testimonials from industry specific clients:


Very few people have the ability to capture people’s hearts and minds and truly inspire them – to dream larger dreams and set their goals higher than they thought possible. You have earned this rare, wonderful power.

Ms Lien Siaou-Sze
Senior Vice-president
Asia Pacific
Hewlett-Packard Operations

I enjoyed your session and benefited from it. Particularly the interactive style you have adopted and the exercise you engaged participants in on the selection of your Mt Everest team for final push. The use of actual life examples was powerful to illustrate each of your strategic points. For me, your session of 90 minutes or more just flew by.

Shu Koo
Group HR,
AXA Insurance Group