We think you would agree if we claimed today’s world seems to be in a quest of finding meaning. People are thirsty to achieve a stronger sense of self, so they are always eager to meet others who can inspire them in this regard.
True American heroes may well be considered among the most inspirational individuals out there, so they are the kind of event speakers you can never go wrong with.
In what follows, you are going to read about two such men who are the perfect epitome of resilience, grit, and perseverance.
A graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott Arizona, Scott O’Grady enrolled in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 1989.
Among his other achievements, we can count in:
- a BA in Aeronautical Science
- Honorary Doctorate in public service at the University of Portland
- assignment to a joint survival agency at Fairchild Air Force Base
- the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program
- F-16 pilot training and more than 1,000 flying hours on F-16 fighter aircrafts
- assignments in Korea, Germany, Italy and the US.
His mission proved to be particularly challenging when he was assigned to a NATO mission of keeping a no-fly zone over Bosnia during the early 90’s Bosnian war. After his F-16 was hit by a missile, Scott managed to valiantly survive in the hostile territory until being rescued by the US Marine six days later.
His story has been documented both in his books and through TV appearances, so he has a track record of inspiring people nationwide.
On a slightly different spectrum, we have another embodiment of bravery and honor: the adventurous spirit of Buzz Aldrin.
We can say Buzz is an American legend due to his impressive achievements:
- Air Force pilot to Sabre Jets
- 66 missions in Korea
- owner of a Distinguished Flying Cross distinction
- possessor of a Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT
- contributor to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs by engineering docking and rendezvous techniques in Earth and lunar orbit
- performed the first spacewalk in 1966 while on the Gemini 12 mission
- together with Neil Armstrong, Buzz performed the Apollo 11 moonwalk.
However, Buzz Aldrin’s adventurous spirit did not stop once his space mission ended. He ventured in designing a master plan for missions to Mars and also in writing SF and children’s literature based on his space travels.
If you think of it, Buzz Aldrin is the best person to inspire others to shoot for the stars (literally).
What Can Your Audience Learn from True American Heroes?
In this day and age, a skill which is becoming increasingly valuable is the ability to focus on your path and find the inner strength to face and adapt to almost any given challenge.
These are precisely the values true American heroes can instill in your guests. They are also the adequate instances to talk about these values since they have actually proved themselves in this regard, times and times again.
Besides, they can also inspire the audience to attain skills like:
- better teamwork
- conflict management
- stress management
- overcoming obstacles
- better workplace ethics
All in all, true American heroes are people anyone would be honored to meet in person, and some of them are also skilled motivational speakers, so collaborating with one of them will help you offer real value at your event.
One more thing, though: head over to the contact form here a.s.a.p. if you want to book them in advance. The Grable Group will ensure a smooth booking process.
Also published on Medium.