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Charlie Plumb

Former P.O.W. - seeing opportunities where others might see roadblocks.

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Charlie Plumb: Former P.O.W. - seeing opportunities where others might see roadblocks.

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Captain Charlie Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8 foot x 8 foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War in communist prison camps.

During his nearly six years of captivity, Charlie Plumb distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and served for two of those years as the Chaplain in his camp.

Since his return home, more than 4,000 audiences in nearly every industry have been spellbound as Captain Charlie Plumb draws parallels between his P.O.W. experience and the challenges of everyday life. He has shared his message to an even wider public through appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live,  and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

One of the most sought-after achievement speakers of his time, Charlie Plumbs presentations are as he is, sincere, straightforward, humorous, and tailored to motivate each specific audience he encounters. His insights on how to cope with the difficulties as well as the opportunities in life have a positive impact on those who hear his message, those who read his books, and those who come to know him as a friend.  Captain Plumb's Military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the P.O.W. Medal.

Captain Charlie Plumb personalizes (for each audience) a highly motivational message of overcoming adversity… His and Yours.

Shot down during a combat mission over North Vietnam, Plumb survived almost six years as a Prisoner Of War and emerged to tell a tale of inspiring self-reliance. In an upbeat, humorous, and dynamic style he draws upon this experience to demonstrate how to turn adversities, the hard times each one of us faces, into assets in today’s market place and in daily living.

An expert at incorporating company jargon and industry buzzwords to reach the hearts and minds of each audience, Captain Plumb shares his insights on coping with the challenges of every day life, and business competition, in the twenty-first century. He helps audiences break free from their own self-constructed prisons of fear, blame, and doubt. He helps them uncover a new sense of purpose and potential. He gives each participant the strength to rise above the daily challenges of work and home and to recognize the opportunities that surround them. He leaves his listeners wanting to achieve and excel, no matter what the obstacles.

In a powerful look-to-the-future manner, Captain Charlie Plumb illustrates the importance of living life to the fullest and of overcoming everyday adversities.

Since his return to the United States, he has presented his message to more than 4,500 audiences in every industry and from all walks of life. Selected one of the top 10 public speakers in the country, Charlie Plumb looks forward to being a part of your next event.

Topics Include:

The Power of Choice:
In a daily routine, or in a communist prison camp, each of us has the choice to succeed, to fail…or to become the victim of circumstances.

Adversity: Viewed as opportunity and challenge, adversity encourages growth, and propels us beyond self-imposed limits.

Teamwork: In a world where downsizing forces us to do more with less, we must empower the team. “Packing parachutes” can mean the difference in survival. Yours, and your teams!

Change: Invariably, just about the time things feel comfortable, change hits. And whether that change is positive or negative it can be disturbing and difficult to adjust to. Yet, it’s during those times that ones true value shows up, in taking the risks necessary to adapt to change.

Empowerment: Each of us has assets we often times don’t tap into until we’re challenged. Whether or not we realize it, we each have the inner strength and resources to meet whatever business or personal challenges come our way.

- In an upbeat, humorous, eloquent style, this former Navy fighter pilot will entertain and inspire you.

There is a reason why he is one of the most sought after achievement and motivational speakers of our time. Whether he is delivering a Keynote, a Safety Seminar, or a Workshop – he is bold and dynamic. His message is powerful, it is entertaining, and it is delivered with high energy and passion.

Prepare to be spellbound and inspired by this true American hero.

Safety Related - Captain Plumb sees opportunities where others might see roadblocks. 

One of the most effective and dynamic motivational safety speakers in the country, Plumb illustrates the importance of embracing safety as a cornerstone to company morale, production and profitability. He is an expert at incorporating company jargon and industry buzzwords to reach the hearts and minds of each audience.

Whether your company is focusing on accident prevention, hazard recognition, or risk assessment – or if your meeting points are centered on injury & frequency rates, bad or good – Charlie Plumb’s presentation will be as he is, sincere, straightforward, humorous, and tailored to your specific needs.

For thirty plus years, Captain Plumb has been a part of safety conferences, safety stand-downs, safety awards banquets, workshops, seminars and retreats.  He has presented to hundreds of companies, thousands of employees and all levels of management in industries across the board, privately owned companies, military, and government.
“Safety is not a program,” says Plumb, “It’s a culture, and attitude is the secret to better safety!”.

Schedule Captain Charlie Plumb, Hall of Fame award winning speaker, to impact your next safety meeting.

Sample Titles - Captain Plumb will customize his message to fit any title or theme that you create, however he is often asked for suggestions. Here are a few presentation titles that have been used by various industries.
  • Tough Choices in Challenging Times
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Believe it! Achieve it!
  • Power of Purpose
  • People with Passion Performing with Pride
  • No One Flies Alone
  • Top Gun Tips for Peak Performance
  • Today / Tomorrow / Together
  • Born to Shine
  • The Power of Choice
  • Daring by Design
"From the preparation to the audience reaction, you grade was excellent. You took Rob's information and weaved it perfectly into your talk. You gave us many messages and words of inspiration. In each one of us there are the elements for success if we choose to use them. Our adversity in our daily lives becomes miniscule in comparison to your experiences in North Vietnam. Your positive spirit in meeting your challenges can be an example for us."

"I have attended and hosted many kick-off meetings throughout my career, but never have I heard a more compelling message. Your enthusiastic, humble delivery is superb, and your experience and positive attitude are an inspiration to all."
Integrated Systems Solutions Corporation

"Your remarks were very thought provoking, and the analogies made concerning your experiences dealing with adversity and change in today's pharmaceutical environment were right on the mark."
Bristol-Myers Squibb

"You skillfully weaved the challenges our company faces into your personal experience and, in doing so, bolstered our resolve to do what it takes to improve, to grow, and to prosper. Please accept my deepest appreciation for your significant contribution to our meeting, and more importantly, to our future."
Clark & Reid
Coca Cola
Johnson & Johnson