"The amazing story of Dave Sanderson is what draws you in but it’s the personal connection he makes that is the true difference. As the keynote speaker for our association event, he captivated the group as he related the events of The Miracle on the Hudson and then challenged and inspired each individual to examine the lessons learned and correlate them to their personal experiences. The real impetus is how relatable Dave is. Rather than just hearing an incredible story, the listener finds themselves in Dave’s shoes and questions not only what they personally would have done in that moment but, more importantly, how that would affect who they are and what they do today. A month later, I am still receiving positive feedback from our members and stories of the impact the session had on them personally. Dave Sanderson is a great speaker and an amazing man. Thank you for sharing your gift and inspiring us all to view our personal missions in a new way." ~ Robert F. Albanese, Senior Regional Vice President, PA/NJ/DE, Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc


"When Dave Sanderson finished speaking at the LIDMA Annual Conference it was clear that his message was powerful and resonated with everyone in the audience by the standing ovation he received. Not only does Dave have an incredible story based upon his experiences, but he is inspiring, motivational, engaging and has a great sense of humor! Dave’s stage presence and presentation style are outstanding for a closing keynote session. I say closing as opening with Dave would simply be a tough act to follow for anyone! Dave is also genuinely a great guy, opening himself to questions and taking the time to interact with event attendees throughout his time there. We highly recommend Dave Sanderson for your next meeting, conference or convention regardless of the industry you are in. His message reaches beyond industries and affirms belief in the human spirit!" ~ Gina Grantham, CAE, CEO, Life Insurance Direct Marketing Association

Defining Moments- Part 10: And the Boats Came

Over the past week I rearranged my calendar to be on many interviews.  With what was happening in southeast Texas and my recent American Red Cross events in South Padre Island and Harligen Texas, I was honored to be asked about the Red Cross, how they do what they do during  traumatic life events and my experience and thoughts.  During one such interview with Darren Shearer on his podcast "Christianity in Business,"  I found out that Darren was doing the interview, named "The Defining Moments of a Leader" from Houston, during the crisis with everything going on around him.  As the interview progressed, I started thinking about the gravity of what was going on around him and I started thinking about how all the citizens stepped up in Texas, checked their egos at their doors and helped those in critical need, just like on January 15, 2009 when crisis hit [...]

By |September 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Defining Moments- part 9: If you want to change the world, make your bed!

I never understood why my mother always told me before I could have breakfast to make my bed.  I always thought it was my bed and I could take care of it when I wanted.  It wasn't until we had a neighbor who was in the Army and was getting ready to be deployed to Vietnam why it was important.  We had a neighborhood party for him and I asked him about the Army.  He told me that on his first day of bootcamp they taught him how to make his bed because when you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day and it will set you on a path of accomplishment.  At 7 years old that didn't resonate too much with me until I asked my mom about that and she told me that successful people always start the day on a [...]

By |August 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Defining Moments- Part 8: Purpose is stronger than Outcome

                                                     "When I give the best of me, that becomes my legacy"- Karen Lopez McWilliams Over the last week, I was sitting at my desk one morning and reflecting on what has happened to me after the Miracle on the Hudson.  Happily married with four children and a sales career that was going well.  I found myself remembering all my mentors and the lessons and stories they shared with me to get me where I am at today and through the challenging times I had during my life.  Each encouraged me to reach for a goal I had not considered possible.  In this moment, I realized how deep their impressions made on me and a similar theme with all of them. That having and understanding [...]

By |August 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Defining Moments- Part 7: GRIT is the real essence of greatness

 "Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal"-  Angela Duckworth   Tony Robbins teaches there is a 1% difference between being excellent and being outstanding and he "pities" the ones who go for excellence in their life.  I have seen this upclose and personal.   Being around Tony and many outstanding people,  I see the difference.  I was always taught, in sports, in school and in business to strive for excellence, so I did.  I did well but never really excelled at the level that some others did.  That is one of the reasons I started down my personal development path, first with Tom Hopkins, then Earl Nightingale, then Jim Rohn and in finally with Tony Robbins.  I wondered how someone who is my age could accomplish so much more than I had and I needed the "secret."  After listening to all the tapes, attending [...]

By |July 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Defining Moments- Part 6: True Prosperity is more than wealth

Prosperity.  I get a question on that about every week.  People ask me about how to get "prosperous" or how did you get prosperity or what is the fast track to prosperity?  I am humbled to be asked that question but most of the people who ask me that are only looking at "prosperity" from an economic or wealth angle.  Where that is the predominant perpective of being "prosperous" I take a different view as the more people I meet and interview I find that some of the most prosperous people in the world, now and in the past, were not financially wealthy.  Their prosperity came from having the mindset of contribution and impact. I don't believe that I am financially prosperous.  Being financially prosperous is relative though.  When I spoke in Panama, most people there would look at me like I was but as I drove around Panama City [...]

By |July 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Defining Moments- Part 5: Rebounding Determines your Identity

"There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor, the conquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persists when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back".-Orison Swett Marden I recently had the opportunity to speak to a group of women's basketball players.  I love basketball and since my daughters started playing competitive basketball in the late 1990's,  I really enjoy watching women's basketball.  Since the Miracle on the Hudson, I've had the honor to speak to many high school, college and professional teams.   So when I speak to teams,  I speak about teamwork, leadership and persistence in tough times but I focus on something they can all understand,  rebounding.  Not rebounding [...]

By |June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Defining Moments- Part 4: Problem Solving- the fastest way to gain Leadership

One of the things I enjoy most is the opporutnity to meet leaders from all aspects of society.  Each have achieved their leader "status" by many different means.  Some have become leaders just by being named, elected or appointed to their position.  They have the leader title but may or may not have the skills necessary to truly lead, most are managers disguising as leaders.  Some have earned their leaders designation by deeds.  They have accomplished something outstanding and by their actions have attained their leader status.  And some have not only become leaders by deeds but because they have solved BIG problems.  Those who have done that have not only earned their leader status but will be known for decades to come, a leaders' leader. One of the first things I learned when I started my journey in personal development was that I really didn't have any problems. Successful [...]

By |June 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments