Don Mann, a New York Times Best Selling Author, Navy SEAL Team SIX (ret) member, renowned and a World–Class Adventure Competitor who presents a compelling and extremely motivating presentation that has inspired business leaders and professionals from all walks of life.
Don's unique story and lessons he shares during his highly-accredited and very popular presentations come from his colorful and action-packed life as a Navy SEAL, of his experiences competing in some of the world's most grueling competitions, his experience in the business world and as a New York Times Best Selling Author.
Mann is the author of 14 books including the New York Times Best Selling autobiography Inside SEAL Team SIX: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors.
As a Navy SEAL he worked in countless covert operations aroung the world and was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale.
At the podium he shares a high-octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world's most respected and feared combat unit.
Don has over 40 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience, and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.
Mann received a Master's in Management from Troy State University, in Troy, AL, a B.S. in International Relations & Criminal Justice, from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and a B.S. in Liberal Science, from State University of New York. He lives in Cape Charles, VA.
Listening to Don Mann talk, to our world-wide team of over 500 employees and executives, about his experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was engaging, moving and inspiring. He went beyond the mere description of the expedition to make all listeners participate of the challenges encountered and the group’s drive to overcome obstacles. He is a speaker able to convey powerful, empowering messages that encourage others to reach higher.
I recently had the pleasure of arranging and attending a presentation by Don Mann. The group that Don addressed, the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia (MBAG), is comprised of mortgage bankers, attorneys, appraisers, executives, managers and sales professionals. The group, diverse in personality and interests, was united in their praise for Don’s message, delivery and absolutely unique perspective. Don Mann’s message of focus, determination and unwavering tenacity in the pursuit of any worthwhile goal has universal relevance. By wrapping the message in his “real life” stories he kept the audience riveted. Don’s story was not the normal hum and hype of many motivational speakers and sales trainers. Don’s presentation technique is understated, even quiet. The unassuming manner in which he delivers powerful principles is credible, very entertaining, and lasting. Once is not enough! I’m looking forward to Don’s encore presentation to my group later this year. I’ll be front row and center.
Don Mann was the keynote speaker at our Regional Growth Program kickoff meeting in January of 2007. Don presented the “Combat Mindset” to our Financial Advisors, referencing his experiences during certain stages of his life – as a young athlete, as a professional athlete, as a Navy Seal, and as a Director of Adventure Races. Don’s message was clear and well delivered – it doesn’t matter how physically gifted you are, as long as you train your mind and develop a “combat mindset,” you can achieve anything you desire. Raising the bar and striving for the next level was consistently evident in every one of Don’s personal stories. The Financial Advisors were highly motivated and eager to learn more about Don’s approach after the presentation. Everyone in the room wanted to hear Don speak for additional time and we carried the presentation onto dinner. One thing I can say for certain – “motivational speakers” are a dime a dozen. It is truly moving when you hear Don speak because he is credible, legitimate, and honest. We were proud to have heard Don’s presentation and will continue to develop our relationship with him for future events. The cost for the presentation was lower than most other speakers we have hosted and Don delivered ten times the value. It was an outstanding way to start our 2007 Growth Program.
Don’s presentation was entertaining but, most importantly, it really instilled in our group the principle that we are all capable of achieving personal greatness if we dare be proactive and step beyond the invisible boundaries we’ve set up around ourselves. Our company will often pay a fee, exceeding what we paid to Don, to send just one of our employees for training. I felt that our company received more than our money’s worth when I saw almost every person walk away enthused and talking about what they were going to do to ‘push their own boundaries’