Decorated Fighter Pilot & Motivational Speaker
Lt. Col. (ret.) Waldo Waldman - The Wingman – is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman. Read More >
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The key to building a high-powered organization that encourages innovative thinking, loyalty to the mission, effective communication, and a relentless commitment to excellence lies with its leadership. In this high energy multimedia workshop, Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman highlights the difference between managing people and leading them to be responsible, empowered, and confident wingmen. What results is a more productive and efficient organization with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges in a competitive marketplace.
Waldman discusses proven leadership principles based on his experience as a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, as a seasoned Air Force officer and decorated combat fighter pilot, and experienced businessman. Relentless self discipline, passion for the mission, dedicated teamwork, and a commitment to excellence are just a few key elements of this engaging and highly interactive seminar.
Flying solo? You might think so. But take a good look around. You have support staff; you have managers; you have suppliers, vendors, and distributors; and you have colleagues, family members, and significant others. By committing yourself to excellence and placing your trust in those around you, you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers during adverse times. By placing your trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to your customers and team, there is no mission you can't complete. Read More >
Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman, “The Wingman,” overcame a lifelong battle with claustrophobia and a fear of heights in order to become a decorated combat Air Force fighter pilot and highly successful businessman, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author. His motto is “Winners never fly solo!” Through his captivating personal stories and high energy videos, learn how you—like a fighter pilot—can succeed in highly competitive and demanding environments. Read Less ^
The key to building and sustaining relationships is to develop them based on mutual trust. Connecting with people on a human and emotional level and developing a reputation as a trusted resource is one of the most important traits you can have in business. When you combine trusting relationships with a product or service that truly provides value, you win in business… and life! Read More >
In this presentation, speaker Rob “Waldo” Waldman will teach you how to gain new business leads and referrals by promoting yourself as a trusted “wingman” among your business associates and peers; implement unique tools and techniques to build value and trust when you network; identify and improve weak areas in your relationship-building agenda that are holding back your ability to grow your business and take positive steps to improve them; and, last but not least, build “relationship currency” with your personal network that can be cashed in when you need it the most. Read Less ^
In the world of the fighter pilot, complacency kills. A failure to adhere to standards, maintain discipline and follow procedures not only can cause aircraft mishaps, but it can also cost lives. The same holds true on the factory floor or a dangerous worksite. Employees who lack attention to detail, focus, and discipline are prone to make mistakes that can impact safety, productivity, operational excellence…and lives. Waldo will share proven leadership principals based on his experience as an Air Force safety officer and as a combat flight lead where his wingmen’s lives were on the line. Read More >
Following his program, the audience will learn peak performance leadership and safety enhancing tools based on three key concepts: Read Less ^
"Passion! You had passion for what you do, and what you believe in. You captivated the audience by not only telling a story, but painting a real life picture of your experiences. You let us in to your life. Giving us a glimpse of what it is like to live in your shoes. Talked about your fears, how you overcame them, and how those fears sculpted you into the success you are today."
"I had many people mention to me during the convention how much they appreciated your presentation and your customization to our audience. That is so important. Many speakers say they customize but barely mention an industry term. It was clear to me, and more importantly to our attendees, that you took your “EASA homework” to heart and really connected with our group."
"On both occasions, you delivered way beyond our expectations. Not only was your industry knowledge of our franchise system commendable, but your ability to personalize the program was one of the best I have seen. It made the programs that much more engaging and relevant for our diverse attendees."
"Our leadership team was both energized and brought to tears by Waldo’s talk. His stories focused on building a high performing team, the need to “push it up” when facing adversity and most importantly… relying on your wingmen."
"Your speech was the best motivational speech I have ever attended. Every once in a while we do something to help better someone's life. Your words resonated with me and has made me reflect on the things that I can do better. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for your heroic service that gives the rest of us freedom. Thanks again and you've definitely made a difference in more ways than one."
"Fantastic - nailed the theme, nailed the audience, nailed our businesses! He had this uncanny knack for remembering people’s names, in which he was able to rattle off 20-30 names on stage that blew people away. We loved him…Fantastic! He walked around and met people and they loved him!"