As an astronaut and the fourth person to walk on the moon, Alan Bean is dedicated to inspiring people to be the best they can be, so their family can be the best it can be, and their company can be the best it can be. The Apollo program was an impossible dream come true. Sending humans from Planet Earth to explore the moon and return was a glamorous and newsworthy dream, but no more important than the dreams we all have in our hearts right now. With this conviction, Alan will take each person in the audience along with him as Lunar Module Pilot on the flight of Apollo 12 and along the way present some thoughts and ideas that will help each individual reach for their own professional and personal stars. By talking with, and listening to the client prior to an event, Alan custom tailors each speech around the theme of the client’s event and the specific goals they wish to emphasize. He does this by telling stories from personal experiences during his 18-year career in NASA. Alan can focus on a broad variety of subjects from teamwork, high achievement, risk taking, goal setting, attitude control, achieving maximum potential, creative thinking, leadership, and effective followership, to showing how a company and an individual can find ways to accomplish their goals and dreams and more.
Captain Bean knows about reaching for the stars, organizationally and individually. In 1973, he was the Commander of Skylab Mission II (SL III), where he lived 59 days in space, orbiting 270 miles above our planet Earth. Under his leadership his crew accomplished 150% of their pre-mission goal - a record unsurpassed before or since. During his career as an astronaut, Alan helped establish eleven (11) world records in aeronautics and astronautics. He was awarded two (2) NASA Distinguished Service Medals. He also has received the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the Your Garaging Gold Medal, and many other national and international honors. Captain Bean shows why as human beings from the Planet Earth we are the most extraordinary creatures in the universe. We are unique because as far as we know we are the only beings in the universe whose only limits are those we place on ourselves. As a NASA Astronaut, Bean learned that people did not have to be extra gifted or extra talented to do something great. No matter what their level of achievement may have been in the past, with extra effort and dedication they can be great in the future. Organizations and individuals are almost always significantly better than they know or believe. The saving of the Apollo 13 crew after their oxygen tank exploded is a perfect example. People listen to Alan. He has competence and credibility and he causes them to think about where they are professionally and where they want to be. He stresses that we have but a brief chance, maybe 30 to 40 years at the most, to accomplish all we have dreamed we could. What we do today and tomorrow is not a rehearsal for some other life. Right now is the time we must be willing to do whatever it takes to be the person, professionally and personally, we have always dreamed we could be. Captain Bean emphasizes that our future will be cast in the image of our thoughts and actions of today. His book "Apollo: An Eyewitness Account by Astronaut/Explorer Artist/Moon walker Alan Bean," is a collection of Bean's original artwork, detailing the Apollo space program and the quest for the moon that culminated in six lunar landings from 1969 to 1972.
If the client’s schedule permits Captain Bean will remain an hour or so after his presentation to shake hands, answer questions, and personalize 11" x 14" prints of one of his most popular painting. He will bring 75 of these prints as a special "value-added" treat.