How to Be Brave
How do you set off into the wilderness, knowing you’ll meet tremendous and unpredictable challenges? In this talk, Braverman uses stories from the trail to demonstrate that courage isn’t a quality, but a practice that combines preparation, problem-solving, and trusting your future self—and she offers practical lessons that anyone can implement in their life and work.
Secrets of High-Performing Teams and Leaders
A team's success depends on how well its members collaborate in high-pressure situations—and no one knows this better than mushers, whose lives depend on trust and teamwork with their dogs. But true leadership is far quieter than many people assume.
Using lessons from animal behaviorism, psychology, and her own experience, Braverman breaks down common misunderstandings about leadership and the myth of the “alpha dog,” instead offering a blueprint for confident, collaborative teamwork that helps every member to excel.
How do you tell a story in a tweet? A page? A single caption? In this fun and interactive workshop, Braverman—whose stories on social media have gone viral time and again—shares techniques for establishing characters, conflict, intrigue, and humor in practically no space at all.
Success Story: Dogsledder Blair Braverman receives rave reviews for her inspiring presentation on teamwork
Adventurer, dogsledder, and author BLAIR BRAVERMAN gave a riveting virtual presentation to First Databank, Inc. for their annual Company Kickoff meeting and received rave reviews. Braverman offered a thought-provoking and motivational keynote that was uniquely tailored for the event, sharing powerful takeaways about succeeding as a team to the 300+ crowd. The author of Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube and Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the Life received significant praise from the host, who said, "Blair’s presentation (part keynote and part moderated Q&A) was wonderful! Everyone LOVED it. Her stories are compelling and relevant even beyond the world of dogsledding. It was inspiring, insightful, unique and, she clearly demonstrated a deep love and appreciation for her area of expertise. Her enthusiasm came across quite vividly and she did a fantastic job making connections to many important values and disciplines that relate to work and personal life."
As an experienced adventurer who has traveled with her dog team through thousands of miles of wilderness, Braverman is an expert in grit and perseverance, working together to overcome obstacles, and cultivating a practice of courage. Attendees were raving about her impactful talk: "’Thank You!!! I greatly enjoyed her presentation yesterday, and thought it was very applicable to FDB’s theme of teamwork. It will be hard to top this year’s keynote presentation in the future.' ... 'This is a great presentation. Trust your team and you will succeed!!! Great leaders not only lead but can be led as well when it is needed. Team Success!!' ... 'Perfect presentation, perfect message. Thank you!!!' ... 'Very inspiring! Well done Blair.' ... 'Fantastic presentation! Thanks Blair!'” (Crowd Comments at First Databank, Inc.)
Adventurer Blair Braverman gives a masterclass on resilience
Famed dogsledder and adventurer BLAIR BRAVERMAN knows a thing or two about grit and perseverance, which she shares with riveting stories, concrete advice, and humor. She was recently featured in The New York Times, discussing surviving harsh conditions and focusing on the journey rather than the destination. She is also the author of two books, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube and Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the Life. Braverman’s lessons from the wilderness inspire us to bravely navigate our own epic journeys. After Braverman spoke at Microsoft, they shared, “My team at Microsoft was incredibly impressed with Blair’s passion, her depth of knowledge, and her storytelling. Over a year later, we still quote Blair about how there is always a way to get something done. She inspired the team in ways I had not predicted.”
Blair Braverman is an author and dogsledder whose stories are equally riveting on and off the page. She and her dogs have traveled through thousands of miles of wilderness in Alaska, the Yukon, Scandinavia, and the upper midwest. But the dogs are just as happy with small adventures, which Braverman recounts with equal weight—focusing not just on grand journeys, but on the teamwork, love, and trust that get them there.
Braverman is a contributing editor for Outside magazine, and writes for a range of venues, including The New York Times, Vogue, and This American Life. Her dog team has been featured on The Today Show and in O: The Oprah Magazine, Washington Post, Time, Teen Vogue, and on National Public Radio.
Braverman’s first book, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube (Ecco, 2016), was called “stunning and sharp” by the New York Times Book Review, and her newest book is Dogs on the Trail: A Year in the Life (Ecco, 2021). She lives with her husband, Quince Mountain, and their 21 huskies in northern Wisconsin.