Programs & Keynotes

Programs, Seminars & Workshops

  • 1 hour breakout
  • 2-hour breakout
  • Half-day workshops
  • Full-day seminars
  • Multiple-day safety and leadership development programs
  • Customized programs available

Conference Keynotes

Keynote addresses are customized to meet the needs of your audience and range from 30-90 minutes in duration.

Topics

My areas of speciality is delivering powerful, results-oriented, high-impact, experience-based safety and leadership programs using interactive, adult learning techniques. For 25 years I have been delivering content rich programs for first responders, business leaders and industry works ranging in size from 10 to 2,000 throughout the United States, Canada, England, Hong Kong and Australia.  Let me know how I can help your organization improve safety and leadership.

Safety Programs

Mental Management of Emergencies©
Improving decision making under stress
Program length options:
1/2 day version
Full-day version
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(Also have an industrial version)

Fifty Ways to Kill a First Responder©
Improving first responder situational awareness
Program length: 3-days.
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Flawed Situational Awareness
The Stealth killer of first responders
Program length options:
1/2 day version
1 day version
2 day version

Flawed Situational Awareness
The Stealth killer of employees
Program length options:
Customized from 1 hour to 2 days.
(Industrial program)

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly©
Fireground Safety: Mistakes and best practices
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

When Brain Science Meets Public Safety©
Seven things you need to know that can save your life
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

The Competent Commander©
Twenty One essential skills for successful outcomes
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

In the blink of an eye©
How quickly a firefighter can die
A case study of a firefighter line-of-duty death.
Program length options:
3 hour version

Training for Failure©
Nine amazing examples and the solutions to ensure success
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Real World Incident Management©
For small fire departments
Program length options:
1 day version
2 day version

  Realistic Incident Accountability©
Why most systems don’t work and how to fix the problem
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

A Recipe From Hell’s Kitchen©
The Ingredients that Produce the Perfect Catastrophe
Keynote address

We Must Stop this Insanity!©
Why LODD investigations reports will NOT fix our problems
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Conducting a Facilitated Debriefing
Learning from near-misses, casualties and catastrophe.
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Multitasking and Seven Other Deadly Misconceptions©
What you don’t know… can kill you!
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Decision Making Under Stress©
Understanding seven steps for making decisions under stress
(Also have an business/industrial version)
Program length options:
1 hour version
2 hour version
3 hour version

Leadership Programs

The Courage to Lead©
It takes a lot of courage to be a leader.
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Leader’s Toolbox©
Real solutions for real leadership challenges
Program length options:
half-day version
full-day version

Preparing for the Storm on the Horizon©
What to do before your city hires and efficiency consultant
Program length options:
half-day version
full-day version

There’s a new breed of worker lining up to be your next member:
Are you ready?©

Understanding the new generation firefighter.
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Company Officer Leadership Institute©
Essential skills to ensure company officer success
Program length options:
3-day version
5-day version

Recruit and Retain the Best©
Strategies to attract and keep the best members
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Teambuilding
Working successfully within diverse groups
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Understanding Motivation
The secret sauce revealed
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Customers Satisfaction
Providing service beyond expectations
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Instructor Development Programs

The Competent Public Speaker©
Rocking audiences with powerful messages
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

  Leave Your Mark©
Using simile, metaphor and story telling to impact your audience
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Throw Away Your PowerPoint and Start Teaching©
Tools for teaching success
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

Personal Development Programs

Climbing [down] the ladder of success©
Preparing to leave your public service career
Program length options:
1.5 hour version

Dealing with Difficult People©
Surviving and thriving in a challenging environment
Program length options:
1.5 hour version
3 hour version

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The Mental Management of Emergencies

Delivery Formats

Keynote: 1 hour

Workshop: up to 1/2 day

Symposium: Full-day

Mental Management of Emergencies program description: This powerful training program is designed to build  first responder knowledge of situational awareness – one of the leading contributing factors to first responder casualty incidents. During this program, I combine my 22 years of chief officer command experience with my extensive research on the topic of first responder situational awareness and presents material that is catastrophically important for all responders. This program is presented in my signature hallmark style – packed full of humor and examples that resonate well with the first responder community. I won’t try to impress you with complex terms from neuroscience. The lessons in this program are too important to risk anyone misunderstanding.

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Fifty Ways to Kill a First Responder

Delivery Formats

3-day program

Fifty Ways to Kill a First Responder program description: This program shares leading factors that erode the situational awareness of first responders operating under stress. While conducting my research I amassed a list of more than 100(!) barriers to situational awareness. This program focuses on the top 50. This presentation is ideal for commanders, supervisors and line personnel and is valuable for new responders just learning how to make quality decisions in emergency situations. The program’s focus on leading barriers to situational awareness includes recommendations for how to improve decision making in high-risk, high consequence environments. While the program is focused predominately on decision making and situational awareness at residential dwelling fires, other domains are discussed and the lessons are, truly, universal.

* It takes three days to cover all fifty ways. If you are looking for a shorter version of this program, request the “Flawed Situational Awareness” program from the list above.

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The Courage to Lead

Delivery Formats

Workshop: up to 1/2 day *

Symposium: Full-day

The courage to lead program description: It’s not easy being a leader. It take knowledge, skills and abilities. But, above all else, it takes courage! If leadership were easy, we’d all work for great bosses and we know that’s simply not the case. This program focuses on what it takes to be a strong, principled, courageous leader in the face of adversity. You’ll learn best practices for how to be a courageous leader, including:

  • How to hire the right people for the right reasons;
  • How to fire the wrong people for the right reasons;
  • How to overcome fear of criticism and embarrassment;
  • How to adapt and overcome adversity;
  • How to resolve conflict;
  • How to motivate under performing workers;
  • How to evaluate performance;
  • How to sell your ideas for change;
  • How to coach subordinates to be courageous leaders; and much, much more.

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There’s a new breed of worker lining up to be your next member: Are you ready?

Like it or not, here they come… The Generation Y first responder!  Are you ready? There are 80 million of them and they’re going to be your next crop of new firefighters and EMS providers. They’re a force to be reckoned with and they’re changing the rules for successful recruitment & retention. They’re tech savvy, family-centric and attention craving. And if you don’t know how to handle them, they can drive you crazy!  This program introduces you two Generation Y employment candidates.

The first candidate is your stereotypical Gen Y teen. He’s chillin’, saggin’, textin’, Ipodin’, X-Box playin’ and Facebookin’. He’s coming to you with no credentials and unreasonable demands. He’s going to tell you how it is! Like him or not, he is who he is and he ain’t changin’ to conform to what he sees as antiquated ways of management. Are you ready?

Your second candidate is the not-so-stereotypical Gen Y teen. He’s an Eagle Scout, honor student, national EMS competition award winner and a distinguished honor graduate from the United States Marine Corp crash-rescue firefighter training program. He’s coming to you with quality credentials and very high expectations.  He’s going to tell you how it is! And, like his fellow Gen Y teen, he’s not changing to conform to what he sees as antiquated ways of management. Are you ready?

Finally, to help you manage through this quagmire, you will participate in a discussion facilitated by a public safety leader with 30+ years of experience and the contributing author of The Leadership Guide to Combination Fire Departments, co-author of The Leadership Guide to Volunteer Fire Services (both Jones & Bartlett Publishing), and author of On Fire About Leadership (self-published).

If you have a headache and heartburn just reading this program flyer, come and get a dose of both the new reality and sage, solution-based advice.