Extreme Team Building: Surviving an Ocean Crossing


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Great keynote! Both inspiring and informative.

Emily Stamey at 18:01 on 1 Oct 2016

Such a fantastic and compelling story! Great examples and recommendations for handling conflict and improving your teamwork.

This was a very motivational session. Stephanie Evans' story about crossing the Pacific is inspirational and the connection to working with teams on dry land are very fitting. Stephanie is a very comfortable and engaging presenter -- I wish my whole team was here to enjoy the talk.

Sean Prunka at 18:07 on 1 Oct 2016

Many thanks Stephanie! So much great information to bring back to my [sometimes dysfunctional] team!

I saw so many let points where we could user improvement.

All around, a fantastic keynote!

Bruce Green at 21:07 on 1 Oct 2016

Great insights from a very personable keynote presenter. A unique team building metaphor with an exciting story to emphasize the important aspects of building a successful, coherent team.

Elly Post at 13:07 on 2 Oct 2016

Stephanie is ultra funny and engaging. She has a wonderful story to share and connects it to a topic central to any workplace. Great keynote speaker!

David Lundgren at 14:41 on 2 Oct 2016

I really enjoyed Stephanie's keynote, it was both informative and engaging. I look forward to share what I learned with my team.

Ed Barnard at 19:09 on 2 Oct 2016

What an unexpected surprise! Stephanie's adventure was compelling and interesting. We knew it ended well enough because she was here to tell the tale. But her tale brought all-encompassing credibility to her teachings on teamwork. I'll be picking up the referenced book to see if I can learn (and apply) more. Thank you!

I can't think of a more uplifting way to end the conference. Just great. One of the first decks i'll be grabbing to bring to the team building exercises at my organization.

Excellent soft skills presentation - perennially one of my favorite parts of PHP Madison.

What a great talk. This is actually my first time watching it as I missed it at another event and was pretty sad about it. Stephanie should be a frequent speaker at events. She really knows how to give a presentation to get the crowd engaged and excited! She made me laugh a lot too. Extra star for that. :)

Tom Godar at 13:37 on 3 Oct 2016

Very nice keynote. Was informative and also engaging. Excellent public speaker. I went ahead and ordered "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team".

Stephanie's presentation was a perfect capstone plenary that was able to appeal to the entire range of conference attendees. The combination of the sailing narrative, business anecdotes, and teamwork philosophy - a deceptively tricky set of elements to weave together - was done skillfully and with a lot of humor. I was thoroughly engaged with the talk and thought the mixture of entertainment and wisdom was a lovely ending to this event.

Slides are posted for those who requested them.

Also, this was the video I couldn't get to play during the talk: https://youtu.be/ZZTwH8C5bjo