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.
Personal applications revealed in each spellbinding presentation 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.
Testimonials"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."
"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
Johnson & Johnson