Shot 14 times … and still laughing!
More than just a completely captivating recount of the day this Special Tasks and Rescue (STAR) Group Police Officer was shot 14 times, in less than 5 seconds, with a high-powered rifle and left lying at deaths door for 3 hours before he could be rescued. This is an exceptionally empowering, remarkably moving and surprisingly funny insight into the human spirit rising above adversity and performing well beyond expectations. This is about a man harnessing the power of optimism, passion, contingency planning, goal setting, dreaming big and the ultimate in resilience to achieve the extraordinary.
Experience this very powerful presentation, which is full of deep and meaningful messages that will touch the heart and soul and lift the spirits of anyone who hears it.
Derrick will detail the 3 hours he lay bleeding on the ground with massive injuries with his blood supply getting so low that his vision turned to “pristine white”. He will detail being fully conscious and what it took to control his mind and body. The first doctor to reach him was amazed he was alive but estimated he was just 30 seconds from death. Doctors later predicted Derrick would never return to work as a Police Officer but were again amazed when he did. After two and a half years of roller-coaster rehabilitation, Derrick defied all odds when he didn’t just return to Police duties, he returned to full duties with the elite, physically, mentally and emotionally demanding STAR Group.
“Westfield was looking for a speaker who could demonstrate the importance of (1) operating as a professional team; (2) planning and preparing; (3) setting and achieving goals. Derrick’s life experience was a natural fit and he was able to structure his speech to (incorporate) our corporate objectives. The audience was inspired. Having listened to and engaged motivational speakers for 20 years I rate Derrick as one of the best we have encountered.”
Westfield General Manager, Security.
Derrick is grounded, frank and open. Mix that with a cheeky sense of humour and he will have you literally crying one minute and laughing the next. However, everything he says is laser focussed on meeting the client’s brief.
Derrick’s key points:
- 5 Drivers for Success in Life or Business … they are the same.
- Accept responsibility for building the life you want no matter the adversities.
- Preparation and attitude is the difference between mediocrity or success.
- Everyone has the success gene – learn how to turn it on.
- Focus on the skills you have and make the most of them – get over excuses.
- His survival and later thriving depended on teamwork … so does yours.
- How to build the confidence, courage and capacity to think, act and achieve BIG.
Ultimately, Derrick will leave your audience on the greatest high and realising the power and the tools to take on the world already lies within them. This makes Derrick’s presentation and workshops among the most dynamic and inspiring sessions available in Australia right now.
“Derrick’s workshop at our leadership conference was amazing. From the moment he opened he had us fully engaged. Not only were the sessions empowering, he delivered the content with humour, compassion and total respect for individuals. Feedback shows us that Derrick’s motivation and self-belief is infectious and life changing”.
Amanda Schultz, Business Development Manager, ANZ Bank
Keynotes, half/full day workshops and breakout sessions available.
‘Never Say Die’
‘Get Your Head in the Game’
‘The 7 Pillars of Tactical Leadership’
‘The Magic of Thinking BIG’
Every program is designed to build Confidence, Courage and Capacity in your people.