"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 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 [...]

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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

Defining Moments Part 3: HUMBLE YOURSELF

On a recent interview, I shared one of my marketing strategies I employ is podcasting.  I've listened to podcasts for years as much as I travel, I need something stimulating my mind instead of the ever present 24 hour news cycle.  I love listening to podcasts who interview outstanding people from all genres. I listen to the Dan Patrick podcast every week so I can keep up on my sports fix as I get some comedic relief.  This week I listened to the podcast when Dan was interviewing Kevin Costner.  Candidly, I was a little skeptical about what approach the interview would take. Would it take a sports track, Hollywood track or a political track.  As I listened Mr. Costner was asked a question about a role he really wanted that he didn't get.  He shared a story about really wanting to be involved with "Schindler's List."  When he didn't [...]

By |June 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Defining Moments- Part 2: Worldview

I recently did an interview with Entrepreneur Radio for Entrepreneur Magazine.  It was a tremendous interview as Alan Taylor really did his homework.  He did what many of the great interviewers do,  prep and then go for the backstory OF the backstory.  He watched my TEDx talk about Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome.  He listened very carefully and pulled out something that no one had yet asked me about.  We discussed what a worldview is and how and why mine changed after the Miracle on the Hudson. Everyone has their own worldview, their own philosophy of life or conception of the world.  Most are rooted based on their upbringing and the peer groups they are running in.  I really didn't understand this until I saw Tony Robbins do a live session with someone at an event in Australia.  He was masterful in breaking down how the gentleman's worldview was impacting his relationship [...]

By |June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Defining Moments- Part 1, The Question

I am humbled and honored to be interviewed on many different platforms.  When I am scheduled to speak in a new town, I often do television, radio and/or newspaper interviews.  About 2 to 3 times a year, I am asked to do magazine interviews.  A couple of times a year I am asked to share different aspects of what happened on January 15, 2009 in a documentary format.  I am honored when I am asked.  Since the premier of "Sully" and my Tedx talk, "Bouncing Back," there is a question I get asked consistently, and it's not about the Miracle on the Hudson.  It is about the one most important thing I learned from my time being around Tony Robbins. I share in my talk about the only person that called me that night in the hospital at Palisades Medical Center after the Miracle on the Hudson was Tony Robbins.  There is [...]

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


I have had the opportunity to meet many great leaders in my life.  Since the Miracle on the Hudson, I have had the honor to interview and share the stage with many great leaders. Each of these leaders have had a different "slant" on their style of leadership from 'setting the mission' to 'make a decision and don't regret it.'  One thing I learned from being around Tony Robbins is too seek out people who have done an "outstanding" job and find out their strategies.   Everyday one thing I do is try and find another 'outstanding' person that I can either interact with or read about.  I recently shared the stage with a Super Bowl champion and asked him who he would like to play for.  He said Bill Belichick.  I was a little surprised but after asking him why, he told me that he respected the loyalty and leadership Coach Belichick portrayed. [...]

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