"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

Coaches who scrimmage all the time don’t know what to practice

Two years ago I had the privilege of meeting someone who I watched and admired when I was in my youth.  I was asked to speak at a Red Cross function in Greenville, SC and a special guest of the Red Cross was there, Sam Wyche.  Sam was a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals when I was young then later on the head coach.  He led the Bengals to their last Super Bowl and I was excited to meet him.  We discussed his playing days and I asked him something he remembered from his head coach, Paul Brown, one of the most innovative coaches in NFL history.  He told me something that Coach Brown told him. "Coaches who scrimmage all the time don't know what to practice"-  Paul Brown At first, I didn't understand what it meant, but as I started to think about it, it started to resonate with [...]

By |October 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Jesus Files Podcast

Dave Sanderson on the Jesus File Podcast: How the Miracle on the Hudson Changed His Life

By |October 19th, 2016|PodcastGuest|0 Comments

The Journey of Success Podcast

Dave Sanderson shares his journey to fulfillment and happiness through speaking and spreading hope. Dave is an inspirational survivor, speaker and author. His thoughts on leadership have made him a nationally sought-out speaker. He is a survivor of the US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” and the last passenger to depart the plane. In this episode, you’ll learn: Importance of a fathers example How our experiences can positively affect others Story of "The Miracle on the Hudson" Why we should eliminate "I can't" from our vocabularies How a message of hope inspires How becoming a speaker changed Dave How speaking his message helped to change others Take the opportunities afforded to you How we can switch our trials into a Post Traumatic Growth Syndrome How important exercise is to our overall wellbeing The importance of being present for your children Why we should always do the right [...]

By |October 19th, 2016|PodcastGuest|0 Comments

It’s performance that COUNTS!

Last week I had the honor of speaking to the East Carolina University volleyball team in Greenville.  I always enjoy speaking to young people as when I was young, an older man took interest in me and shared his wisdom with me.  I have often spoken about my first mentor, Bill.  He was at least 35 years my elder and didn't have to take me under his wing but he did.  I've always believed that it is my responsibility to do the same and the Miracle on the Hudson gave me a pathway to do just that.  ECU Volleyball started off strong but was in a little losing streak so my message was really centered around 'certainty in uncertain times.'   When I got back home and went to church on Sunday, I was listening to the sermon from our minister, Dr. Dave Melton.  He spoke from Jesus' Sermon on the [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Prepare until you can’t get it wrong!

"Amateurs practice till they get it right; professionals practice till they can’t get it wrong."-Kenneth van Barthold I recently did a talk at the Secret Service Summit in Cleveland.  The Secret Service Summit is not a conference to help people become secret service agents, it's the premier conference in the country to help companies make massive improvement in their customer service skills.  I was honored to be asked to speak alongside an all star cast of speakers, each with actionable messages about customer service.  As I was preparing for the event, I was going back through my sales career and speaking engagements for examples of when I gave and received outstanding customer service and when I didn't.  As I developed my new talk about "Making Raving Fans out of a Crisis,"  I remembered something from an executive told me I met years ago that I employed that helped me develop [...]

By |October 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If you’re constantly improving who you are and what you give… Game over!

One of the things I cherished most in my time with the security team for Tony Robbins was working with a group that held each other to a higher standard.  Tony talks about the group of people you spend most of your time with will impact the direction of your destiny. That came true for me as being a part of and then growing to a leadership position on the team put me in a position to grow and improve, what Tony calls "CANI" ( constant and never-ending improvement).  Being in "proximity" of the outstanding leaders, Tony and his leadership team taught me many lessons that I used in my business and on January 15,2009. Growing is one part of the equation, learning how to give of yourself to others is the other part.  That was the standard I and others had to play at around Tony, because as he told [...]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Miracles Matter!

  This is big week.   On September 9, 2016, Captain Chesley Sullenberger's life will be on the big screen.  I'm humbled to be a little part of that life.   As Captain Sullenberger has stated on numerous occasions, " we are all bonded by this experience for the rest of our lives."  Every time I interact with other passengers or run into Sheila, Donna or Jeff at the airport, I go back to that day when none of us knew each other and in about 6 minutes, our lives would become intertwined for the remainder of our lives.   What happened that day was a multitude of miracles happened that became one big miracle and the world again realized that "Miracles Matter!" There were many people who turned January 15,2009 from a day of tragedy into a day of miracles.  I’ve had the honor to meet many of the passengers [...]

By |September 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments