Dan CnossenUS Navy SEAL Lt. Commander    |    7x Paralympic Medalist

Speaking Topics

Dan has shared his remarkable story, and the inspiring insights he has uncovered along the way, to corporations, military audiences, professional associations, charities, and schools across the country. With captivating stories from his time in SEAL training, his numerous military deployments and his pursuit of athletic excellence at the Paralympic Games, Dan will leave your audience both in awe of one man’s will, and inspired to take on any personal or business challenge in their own life.

Inspiration Keynote

Overcoming Adversity

An astonishing story of survival, grit and resiliency in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.

Dan’s personal journey from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the podium at the Paralympic Games is sure to inspire your audience to confront any challenge head-on.

Dan’s tone is that of a humble warrior who isn’t bragging about his remarkable accomplishments, but rather sharing his hard-earned lessons learned through some incredibly difficult life experiences.

When he shares the story of being dragged off a craggy, mountain peak in Afghanistan, through a live minefield, with his legs blown to shreds, racing to get to the evacuation helicopter before it runs out of fuel, it’s like listening to a Tom Clancy novel come to life… but this is not fiction.

It’s intense, inspiring and not soon forgotten.


Leadership Keynote

Key Principles in Action

'Servant Based Leadership’, ‘Constantly Improving Your Tactical Position’, ‘Succession Planning’ and the counter-intuitive, ‘Not Knowing Is A Position of Strength’ are some of the many principles Dan demonstrates in this presentation targeted to your company’s directors and team leaders.

Dan believes some leadership principles come naturally to certain people, other principles can be learned, and all principles can be continually developed.

Dan Cnossen considers being put in charge of a Navy SEAL Platoon, being directly responsible for the lives of other men, to be his most significant military accomplishment. The lessons he learned during his military career, both as a soldier and as a Lt. Commander, are the basis of this insightful presentation.


Mental Toughness
& Goal Setting


Navy SEALs and gold medalist don’t tolerate inefficiency, excuses and mediocrity.

If you’re looking for a speaker to not only inspire your team, but to equip them with tangible steps to set and achieve far reaching goals while navigating any obstacle, this is the presentation you’re looking for.

Dan shares the mental tools that got him through the most grueling military training in the world and to the highest levels of

athletic competition, and how those tools translate to business and life. Under Goal Setting, Dan takes a deep dive into how to formulate a long range plan for success, utilizing and breaking down the very same Personal Performance Plan he employed to win six Paralympic medals. In Mental Toughness he defines and teaches the mental skills needed to weather the storms that inevitably accompany the pursuit of any meaningful achievement.