For Meeting Planners, When Booking Captain Brudnicki
the Most from Captain Brudnicki's Presentation
Every type of business and
industry will find Captain Brudnicki's presentation valuable because
the strategies that were successful saving lives during the Perfect
Storm can help any organization become more successful.
People easily relate to this inspiring story because everyone has
been in a situation that they could not control and had to make difficult
decisions when they didn't like the options, or they have been part
of a group that had to come together as a team and act with a single
focus if they had any chance to accomplish their goal.
Any company or association that wants to remain in business must manage
risk. Captain Brudnicki uses the experience he gained from leading
successful high-risk missions with international visibility combined
with what he learned investigating leaders and teams who did not understand
the principles of risk management or chose to ignore them. He can
help any group understand how to implement the steps necessary for
success while avoiding the pitfalls.
the Most from Captain Brudnicki's Presentation
We take our responsibility
to you very seriously. We don't want you to be merely satisfied; we
want you to be thoroughly delighted. To get the most from Captain
Brudnicki or any other speaker, please consider the following:
Captain Brudnicki enjoys meeting as many members of his audience as
possible. If requested, he will attend your social events but please
do not make arrangements to keep him out late at night or he will
not be at his peak performance the next morning.
The eye follows movement, not sound. If photos are to be taken, never
take them during the first fifteen minutes of the presentation. It
will be too much of a distraction for your audience and the speaker.
Have your photographer take photos from the back of the room and/or
have him take "posed action shots" during the break.
Do not introduce the speaker immediately after award presentations,
extended announcements, sad announcements or moments of silence for
a recently departed friend or colleague. Either consider presenting
awards and making announcements after your speaker is finished, or
give the audience a stretch break for a couple of minutes before introducing
Audiences will not receive much value from any speaker after athletic
activities, marathon meetings, cocktail parties, gourmet dinners or
arriving jet-lagged from another time zone.
It is not a good idea to have your main speaker the last day of a
conference when the audience is at half-attendance or everyone has
been up very late the night before. To capitalize on your investment
consider changing the schedule to when everyone is more alert.
We hope this will help you. We want to present a first-class program.
Please have a lavalier
microphone. If that is not possible, the second choice is a cordless
hand-held microphone. The last choice is a hand-held microphone with
a long cord (50 feet).
Your audience will not be focused and will not remember the speakers
message if he is competing with a loud noise from the room next door.
Do not use the speaker system in the ceiling of the room. A separate
sound system will have a much higher quality sound. If you are in
a divided ballroom, it eliminates the possibility of the group next
door from being patched into your room.
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Brudnicki commanded the Coast Guard Ship that performed
two dramatic rescues during the worst weather in
more than 100 years, which became known as "The
Perfect Storm" and inspired the book that was on
the NY Times best-seller list and the blockbuster
Perfect Storm is not an isolated incident. Throughout
his 30 year Coast Guard career you could generally
find him in the wrong place at the right time.
all started when he commanded his first ship at
the age of 23.
continued when he became the Facilities Engineer
for President Reagan's Inauguration,
the team that converted almost all federal buoys
and lighthouses to solar power and earned the Coast
Guard international recognition,
save the federal government from the liability of
the $5 Billion cost of the clean-up operation during
the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill disaster,
the efforts of 80 government agencies and directed
all Coast Guard Operations for the 1995 America's
Cup Races in San Diego,
created an organized counter-drug operation for
the Coast Guard in the Pacific Ocean, and had tactical
control of ships and aircraft that seized 150 tons
of cocaine, including the ten largest cocaine seizures
in the year 2000 and again in 2001.
Brudnicki began his second career as co-author of
the book "The Teambuilding Path" and has already
started working on his next book.
have seen him on ABC, The History Channel, National
Geographic, The Learning Channel, Discovery, The
Travel Channel and The Weather Channel.
listen to his first hand account of how he made
life and death decisions, and motivated his crew
to perform their best in conditions that are beyond
welcome Captain Brudnicki.
likes to move around, so please do NOT put him behind a lectern
or head table. If the head table is on a riser or a stage, pull
it back from the edge to allow space for him to stand in front
The best seats in the house - directly in front of the speaker
- are often wasted in a large empty aisle. The speaker must move
from stage left to stage right and back again to address a "divided"
audience. Use two smaller side aisles on either side of center.
Tell the hotel
or conference center to put the front row close to the speaker
and try to seat people near the front of the room. Please have
only as many chairs as you expect people, with extra chairs stacked
up at the back of the room. Otherwise, the front rows will be
Stager the chairs so that the audience does not have to twist
and turn in their seats to see past the head of the person directly
in front of them.
If you know some attendees will be in wheelchairs, you might remove
a few chairs at the ends of the rows near the front, to provide
space for them to wheel their chairs to the ends of these aisles.
This allows for easy entry/exit, and it's nice change for those
often relegated to the back row in an audience.
Many of the lights may be off because of audiovisual presentations
used by the previous speaker. Please make sure they are turned
on so that the entire room is well lit, but especially the stage
area. If spotlights are available, consider using them.
It is difficult for the speaker to build rapport with the audience
if they are still eating. Please tell the hotel to clear the tables
before introducing the speaker so that the audience will not be
distracted by the noise of the waiters/waitresses.
If the door at the back of the room closes loudly, please have
a doorstop or tape the lock so that the door will not be a distraction.