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Kevin Sweeney

Pressure Cooker Confidence for Leaders
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Conversations With the Colonel
Conversations With the Colonel puts you and your team front and center, up close and personal with Lt. Colonel Kevin J. Sweeney, the author of Conversations with the Colonel.... Lessons of Life, Leadership, and Wisdom and Pressure Cooker Confidence, How to Lead When the Heat Is On. The Colonel will discuss with you an authentic, ethical and realistic view of the attributes needed for successful performance under pressure. The Colonel shares his extraordinary experiences across a wide and varied spectrum that few if anyone can match.

Pressure Cooker Confidence
Pressure Cooker Confidence enables you to say I can, I will, I expect, and I did it when the pressure is on. The Colonel's flagship presentation built around his dramatic life or death flight during a mission in Desert Storm introduces the five principles of Pressure Cooker Confidence. Learn why the hard work you do before hand matters more than the work you do when the pressure is on.

Leadership in Challenging Times
True and effective leadership is not based upon rank or position. True and effective leadership is a critical and earned gift from the people you lead. Learn how to identify personal attributes of great leaders, become the teammate that makes you a great leader, discover integrity characteristics that great leaders demonstrate and more!

Mission Accomplishment
In addition to his renowned keynotes, Kevin can moderate an interactive breakout session for your event in which the group explores the reasons why aircrews are so effective in their mission execution and mission performance no matter what happens. Aircrews seem to excel at their highest level when they are under pressure, delivering a very high mission success rate.

Why Book Kevin Sweeney?

  • Kevin's programs are energizing, inspiring sessions that deliver concrete value that gives audiences the drive and determination to compete at the highest level.

  • Kevin enables individuals to reach peak performance and helps leaders and their teams to develop personal enthusiasm that drives you to excel under pressure.

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    Are you looking for a way to encourage your team and teach them how to excel under pressure while achieving exceptional results?

    During his presentation, Kevin teaches people how to have:

  • Exceptional results when the heat is on
  • Confidence and performance under pressure
  • Decisive and effective leadership
  • Courage to overcome obstacles as they arise
  • Cohesive teamwork to utilize the strengths of each person in the group
  • Precise communications and the ability to follow directions with exactness
  • Laser beam focus to improve productivity

    Kevin Sweeney is the only person to successfully land a KC-135, the military version of the Boeing 707 four engine jet, after two of the four engines were ripped completely off the airplane while on a night combat mission in the Gulf War. This challenging experience taught him to think on his feet and be highly flexible, which means that he will quickly make adjustments to his presentation to be sure that your audience is receiving the most applicable information possible.

    The unique life experiences of Kevin Sweeney have molded him into an inspirational speaker, allowing him to effectively motivate members of any organization. Through his presentation, people learn how to shine during the tough days by using specific techniques, helping them to maintain a calm composure when faced with a change and/or a challenge.

    A captivating storyteller and inspirational icon, Kevin shares a wealth of experience about the tools necessary for excelling when the heat is on! He adapts his presentations to match the needs of the audience, and each person will walk away with a renewed hope and increased motivation to be a decisive leader. He teaches audiences how to be the "go-to" person in the organization, so that they can become the teammate their customers, clients, and colleagues covet.

    Experience Highlights:
  • Experienced Fortune 50 Executive
  • Combat pilot decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Military leader in combat conditions
  • 1st Team All-Conference collegiate athlete and teammate
  • Well educated with two Bachelor's Degrees and a MBA
  • Author of two books
  • Business school university instructor
  • President of a local Wounded Warriors charity
  • Proud to be a dad and grandpa

    Kevin inspires audiences with his unique insights into leadership, teamwork, and how to position yourself to perform under pressure. Many speakers just talk about principles, but Kevin has personally experienced and been through the things he talks about.

    He has been a requested guest on over 450 radio stations in the United States and Canada. He spent 23 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. The story of his combat mission team was featured in Reader's Digest, and the story was also shared on the A&E channel titled "Wings Over the Gulf."

    He is also the author of two books: Pressure Cooker Confidence: How to Lead When the Heat is On and Conversations with the Colonel: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Wisdom.
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    "You told my people exactly what I wanted them to hear...I knew your speech would be good, but your ending was above good!!!"

    "I want you to know that the final keynote at CBITS this year was by far the best I have ever heard! Talk about motivation! I was sitting on the front row and several times felt as if my mouth was wide open-he just 'drew' me into his presentation!!!"

    "Kevin got a standing ovation from a group of educators-that's incredible. I've been doing this conference stuff ten years or more, and I've never seen that happen."
    --Great Plains Technology Center

    "I have been managing meetings and conventions for thirty years. You are exceptional!!..... What impressed me the most about your presentation is how extremely well you connected with the individuals in the audience. Your obvious strength of character made us want to listen; then once you grabbed our attention, you showed us how we could make genuine changes in our daily lives. All this before you wowed us with the climax to the rest of the story."
    --Independent Distributors Association

    "If you're looking for someone who embodies leadership, peak performance, accountability and knows what it takes to build a loyal and dynamic team, then you've found the right person in "The Colonel". Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney is a leader of men, both literally and figuratively. As a key executive in a top 50 company, a military hero, and now an author and professional speaker. The Colonel offers organizations and associations key insights to what it takes to lead when the pressure is on. I highly recommend Kevin as a speaker, author, and consultant. Bring him to speak at your event and your team will be inspired, encouraged, and motivated to deliver peak performance in all they do, even when times are tough! It pays to have a "Conversation With the Colonel".
    --Creasman Productions

    "I would encourage any organization that is considering you as a guest speaker to call me without delay. I will tell them you are indeed a beneficial and valuable investment for their organization."
    --Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Your experiences and presentation brought an absolutely terrific new angle of how tools, techniques and TEAM can be used to not only cope - but to excel - in those sometimes tense situations where delivering high performance is not an optional endeavor.
    --ACS Healthcare Solutions