Working for an NHL team in Canada, I often see fans ask for players’ autographs. Only once have I witnessed players ask for someone else’s – it was for Don Mann’s after he spoke to our players and coaches prior to the 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks season. I know I can speak on behalf of everyone involved when I say that Don is one of the most remarkable speakers any of us has ever heard. Don has a humble approach, which helps him immediately connect with his audience. You likely wouldn’t sense his incredible accomplishments when you first meet him, however his stories and seemingly impossible life experiences in the military and extreme sports are nothing short of extraordinary. He explained his goal setting strategy, which is built on setting a series of “mirco goals” that helped him reach larger goals that would not otherwise be possible. He gave us examples of how physical and mental limits can be pushed and overcome with the right mindset. Don has helped us become a better group. A stronger team. And I know his continued influence will help our players overcome the challenges that inevitably happen during the season.
I am writing to express my unequivocal recommendation for Mr. Don Mann as a motivational speaker. He recently spoke to a group of 170 healthcare providers at the 17th annual Trauma Symposium in San Angelo, Texas. The audience comprised of Physicians, Nurses and Paramedics. The speakers were subject matter experts on a multitude of topics and Mr. Mann’s presentation was the crowing jewel for a perfect day. The audience evaluations were stunningly positive and complimentary. If I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me.
Don Mann spoke to an auditorium full of DaimlerChrysler employees at corporate headquarters. One of the important attributes of an effective leader is to have the proper mindset and team attitude. I had been through several of Don’s SEAL Training Adventure and was extremely impressed at how quickly the notion of teamwork is instilled – you either coalesce as a team to succeed or you fail miserably and pay the price. It was a great microcosm of how the business world works and I remember thinking that if ten percent of the people at Chrysler could experience this event, the company would be unstoppable. With this in mind, I asked Don to address our group and he gave an incredibly inspiring presentation. I was a little concerned about the topic since the audience would be very diverse. I thought it might come across as a little strong coming this highly decorated former Navy SEAL. MY concerns were all for naught. I had never received so many positive comments after one of our presentations than I had from Don’s. I had women coming up to me after he finished stating that they wished Don had more time to talk. And quite honestly, I thought the women attending might provide negative feedback to my post-meeting survey. I believe Don’s presentation had the most impact of any speaker I had invited. People memorized parts of his presentation and other had posted some of his quotes on their office walls. A colleague of mine recently told me that he still had Don Mann sayings on his wall, “hell yes!” and he proceeded to read a few of them off, and this is six years after Don’s presentation). I cannot say enough good things about Don and his presentation and how effective it was. I think any group would greatly enjoy a presentation by Don and would benefit by hearing what he has to say. He certainly has the credentials and has lived the experiences to be able to convey his topic with much authority and credibility.
Don Mann is such an awesome and very humble man. It was an Honor serving with him in Naval Special Warfare and getting to know him. I think everyone loved him and it was nice that he was able to see a few SEALs he trained at the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund. Mr. Mann also did a video call with Mid-Michigan Multi Sports and those folks are still talking about him, what an impact he left and how inspirational his talk was!!!
It was my great pleasure to attend The Savannah Book Festival on February 15 &16. There were many great moments at The Festival, but nothing compared to the ten minute standing ovation given to Navy Seal and author Don Mann. His talk was very inspirational, and when he concluded the audience of some 200 people rose to show their respect and appreciation. I am not embarrassed to say I had a tear in my eye.
Mr. Mann: It was entirely my pleasure to meet you at the DTN Ag Summit in Chicago. Honestly, I was humbled to be in the presence of such a physically strong and mentally aware hero. Your presentation was inspiring to me as well as the entire group of attendees – it was excellent. Generally, I’m not one to “take notes” at such a presentation, about half way through yours I picked up my pen and a notepad and started taking notes! I particularly like your quote “If you’re going through hell, don’t slow down”! In life, in a career, in sports training, in raising teenagers, this saying really applies. When we visited I had mentioned that I was preparing for a ½ marathon – it’s been a lot longer process than I’d ever imagined. Last year, everything was going well, 5K , 10K, 15K various other distance competitions and for my 47 year old butt, I had finally figured out that I was only competing against my own time, not some person I’d never see again in my life – all was going well until……. I missed a step on my back porch, fell, landed on my tailbone and ruptured a disc. What a bummer. However, I was fortunate to have found a surgeon that didn’t want to operate on me, encouraged me to stay active and recover on my own. On Monday of this week, he gave me the go-ahead to get back to running and training. That was a 9 month recovery and it seemed to have taken on a life of its own. The good news? I’ll be ready for the San Luis Obispo ½ marathon by early April, come hell or high water. I promise you, I’ll use your address to our group as my inspiration, I promise you. I wish you well and all the best in your career. Thanks for your service to our country and thanks for being an inspiration to so many.
Regardless of your attitude about the military or dangerous sports, if you are not quickly motivated by the credibility Don’s gripping stories bring to the topic of facing adversity with a positive attitude and tackling life’s challenges with a mission focus and team spirit, then CHECK YOUR PULSE!
Don, I just want to say thank-you again. It was great to see you. When you were speaking (to the Washington Stealth Team) you could’ve heard a pin drop and you could tell by the body language that everyone in the room was completely rapt! You give people a glimpse into a world that most cannot imagine. I do think there is a correlation to sports, even if they are warriors of a different kind. Thank-you again for being so willing to come out on such short notice and rearrange your life to do so.
I am writing this letter to convey how extremely happy Fidelity was with Don Mann as our Keynote Speaker at our recent Sales Rally at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. Don is a true American hero who has dedicated his life to serving our country and helping others. He spoke to the crowd about his experiences as a Navy SEAL as well as a professional athlete and although it was a room full of business people his stories found a way to hit home with everyone in the audience, Don is tireless and inspiring in all aspects, even with his continued career as a writer and speaker shows just how sincere he is in motivating others and using his personal experiences to try to push others to their maximum potential. Inside SEAL Team 6 was a compelling read and many of my employees were so inspired by Don’s presentation that my office ordered several books for the staff. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and we look forward to using him again in the future if possible. Professional he was extremely easy to work with and I continue to get fantastic feedback on him on a regular basis from coworkers. In conclusion I would like to reiterate our enthusiasm support of Don Mann as a speaker / writer and individual. Feel free to contact me with any questions / comments or concerns.
Your tales of setting extraordinary goals were inspiring, and your examples of “ordinary” people who took on these great challenges were fascinating.