"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

Just Begin!

                      I admit it, I was enamored with being an astronaut when I was young.   In my little "School Years" book my mother kept for me, I would check the box on "what you want to be when you grow up"  for astronaut.   Watching the Gemini then Apollo missions would never be missed.  So last week when I heard that John Glenn had passed away, a little of my youth died with him. Being the last survivor of the Mercury  program, John Glenn was the poster boy for the space program even to the point that after he flew his first mission, President Kennedy told NASA that he didn't want him to fly again as the country could not risk losing a "hero."  I met Senator Glenn when I was in high school and as he spoke he [...]

By |December 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Christmas is not my birthday

I recently spoke for a college athletic team.  I'm always impressed with the commitment it takes not only to be a college athlete but all the things they have to do outside of their athletic commitment.  Being a college athlete teaches many skills from teamwork to time management.  As I progressed through my talk, I started to veer off into a message of the difference between being a good team to an outstanding team and how outstanding teams have athletes that learn to check their egos at the door, focusing on the common mission.  Personal significance and having those who need all the notoriety are not highly valued, it's about the team.  They figure out that "Christmas is not MY birthday." One of the most important lessons I have learned over the past 20 years is what Tony Robbins teaches about the six human needs.  The first time I heard [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Suffering into Purpose

In the weeks since the political season ended, the emotion from the results of November 8th are still high.  Every day we hear about fellow citizens that are protesting the results, some violently, most peacefully.  As I watch these protests, I get reminded of a book I read years ago in college, "A Man's Search for Meaning"  by Viktor Frankl. Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist who spent the years 1942-45 in four different Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz.  By the end of the war his pregnant wife, his parents and his brother had been murdered; among his immediate family, only he and his sister survived. I've found wisdom and comfort in his words during challenging times.  One of the things Frankl writes about is that we must never forget that we may also find purpose in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed. [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Advocacy and Inspiration

As I travel throughout the world speaking and sharing the lessons and strategies from the Miracle on the Hudson,  I am asked often about how leadership impacted the outcome of that day.  I share some "tactical" things that happened and contributed to the outcome but I usually go back to something I first learned from my friend, Tony Robbins then reinforced when I read the book, "Start with Why" by Simon Sinek.  It is a reason that the movie "Sully" became so popular and why the Miracle on the Hudson still resonates. Individuals "follow those who lead not because we have to, but because we want to.  People follow those who lead not for themselves, but for others well being. " I had the privilege of meeting General Norman Schwarzkopf in 1999.   One of the things he said when he spoke to our group was an attribute about great leaders he learned as he [...]

By |November 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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