Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Dan Stockdale

February 11, 2014
dan stockdale

Dan Stockdale

Expertise:  Leadership, Communication, Teamwork, Sales

Speaking Style:  Entertaining. Educational. Inspiring.

Travels From:  Knoxville, Tennessee

Nancy Says:  “Dan is not only a terrific speaker, he’s simply an incredible human being, generous of spirit and talent. I’m grateful to be connected to him.”


Captivating Keynotes! Fierce Content! 

Imagine your head inside the mouth of a tiger. If that’s what your work life feels like some days, welcome to Dan Stockdale’s world! A successful businessman, speaker and exotic animal trainer, Dan credits his success to understanding the kinship between human and animal behavior. Weaving his expertise and experiences from the animal world, Dan’s enthralling keynotes have audiences “roaring for more.” His program, Leadership Gone Wild!, offers cutting-edge techniques to lead today’s new tribes!

When the agenda calls for motivation, success skills, or dealing with challenges and change, Dan’s signature keynote, Taming Tigers, is an adventure into your jungle, teaching you how to tame your own “tigers.” When requested, a live tiger or other animals can part of the program too! Dan is one of just a few exotic animal trainers worldwide who concentrate their efforts on tiger behavior and conservation, and he’s the only one who is also an experienced corporate executive, business consultant and author. Dan has appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, Fox Business Channel and many other national media.

Learn more about Dan Stockdale...

TWO CAREERS…ONE PASSION: Developing Star Performers!


If you are hiring a leadership speaker it makes sense to ask the speaker “What have you led?” and“When did you lead?”  Leadership skills that worked ten or twenty years ago will frustrate the human talent in today’s workforce.

Leadership: Real World, Real Time!

Dan’s presentations weave in his extraordinary background and multi-industry, multi-sector experience which includes establishing:

  • a concert production company;
  • a real estate development firm;
  • an adult learning, continuing-education organization, and,
  • a senior’s housing consulting firm

Dan’s message is always on target, practical and undoubtedly the most memorable of all the presentations your attendees will hear all year!

In particular, Dan’s healthcare experience is deep and current. He began his career in acute care in 1979.  He transitioned into ALF’s in 1985 and SNF’s in 1992.  He has led senior’s housing organizations with over 1,000 employees and he currently leads an organization with 125 employees – his real life, real time leadership laboratory where he forges new techniques which are guaranteed to work because they are hardwired in the cultural DNA of today’s workforce.

Practice: Real Results!

Dan is a trusted business advisor with a reputation for effectively transforming organizations of all sizes from inefficient, marginal performers to industry leaders known for the highest quality of service and performance.  In fact, his organizations typically receive 95-100% customer satisfaction scores, increases in EBITDA of more than 100% and decreases in deficiencies by 50% or more.

What makes Dan so different and effective is his ability to combine best-practice leadership principles with his expertise in human and animal behavior. With an educational background in business, communication and psychology, and decades of experience working with exotic animals and critters from the office jungle alike, Dan has made remarkable discoveries which have led to the development of principles that are as revolutionary as they are practical and effective. Dan uses humor, real-world examples, and exciting demonstrations to drive home these success principles.

Inspiring Speaker

An amazing speaker with a powerful message, Dan inspires lasting change through his entertaining and unforgettable presentations. His leadership best-practices principles have a direct impact on revenue, peak performance, positive customer experiences, and ultimately, profits of every organization he touches.


Dan Stockdale, motivational speaker, business consultant and tiger trainer has worked with exotic animals of many species since he was 15 years old.

Porpoise Island

Dan’s first experience working with exotics was at a small themepark in East Tennessee where, in his teens, he had the opportunity to work with a herd of deer, sea lions, dolphins and macaws as a deer ranch boy.

Monkey Melee’

Later, his passion turned toward primates and he began raising monkeys in his home with his wife and son. All the while Dan was also building his corporate resume as a skilled turnaround artist, management consultant and trusted business advisor for businesses who were facing financial challenges and regulatory issues.

In 2003  Dan combined his two careers into one passion and wrote the leadership book Taming Tigers to teach business leaders how to apply the principles of exotic animal training to achieving extraordinary change and measurable results within their organizations.

Taming Tigers

His experience with large cats began when he shot the photo for his book cover and has grown ever since. He has worked with many facilities to care for and train tigers, lions, grizzly bears, elephants, snakes, marmosets, tamarins, owl monkeys, capuchins and many more.

Dollywood and the AEF

Dan has also performed in more than 500 birds of prey shows with the American Eagle Foundation at Dolly Parton’s Pigeon Forge based Dollywood. In these educational shows Dan presents bald eagles, golden eagles, great horned owls, barn owls, harris hawks, red tail hawks and many more.

Dan also travels the country presenting his leadership keynote, Leadership Gone Wild, where he teaches leadership principles to executives from all industries …with live animals on stage.

TV Wildlife Commentator

He has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Channel, CNN, New York Times, Parenting and many other national media outlets.


Presentation Topics

Leadership Gone Wild: Taming the Tigers in Your Jungle 

We all have ‘tigers’ in our daily work. How we respond often defines patterns of success or failure. Taming Tigers is a dynamic, multimedia event that Dan tailors to the specific needs of your organization. In this presentation, Dan teaches principles to achieving success and mastering leadership while conquering the wild and unexpected challenges your team faces in the real world every day.

From a senior executive team dealing with hostile shareholders and challenging board members, to a group of customer service representatives working the front lines, Taming Tigers is specifically tailored to address the business challenges facing employees today in ways that produce immediate, easy-to-implement solutions.


Office Animals: Beasts in the Jungle

Your office jungle is filled with beasts lurking in the cover.  This leadership keynote presentation for leaders and line staff alike will take them on an expedition where the learn about the critters they may encounter every day.  And “yes” Dan can bring real animals with him! 

Attendees learn how to anticipate predatory attacks and how to work with all office animals based upon the innate behavior of the beast.  This keynote is sure to be a hit with all of your attendees!


Teamwork Gone Wild

Packs, Pods and Prides in Perfect Harmony

This one hour high-energy, high-impact, high-content keynote will get the diverse personalities in your organization working together like a hunting pride of lions on the prowl. “Teamwork Gone Wild!” gets the individuals to take the focus off of themselves and put it where it belongs, on their team and the organizations goals. It is a sure way to get diverse departments to begin working together and to get their “buy-in” into the right goals and outcomes.


Sales Gone Wild 

Becoming King of the Jungle through Relationship-Based Sales

“Sales Gone Wild” gets your sales staff to stop “lion” to themselves and gets them to see their sales results in a realistic frame of reference.  Then, after they see their current results in objective form, we teach them techniques that will REALLY improve their performance – a focus on relationships.

“Sales Gone Wild” is a great way to motivate your sales force and get them back on track with their goals.  This 1 hour keynote is applicable to anyone in sales from financial products, to automotive, to real estate, to the medical / pharmaceutical industry.


It's a Jungle IN There 

Towering Turnover!
Sinking Profits!
Plunging Productivity!
Employee Morale Exhausted!
Negativity Abounds!

There is HOPE!  “It’s a Jungle in There” may be just the answer your organization is looking for!  This keynote is like group therapy for the entire organization!  Maybe you have just been through high regulatory scrutiny, unjust press, threatened or occurring labor issues, or any other of a myriad of other issues that can cause unrest, mistrust or uncertainty in an organization.  List isn’t a life-changing experience; it’s an organization-wide changing experience!  “It’s a Jungle in There!” will be tailored to your specific organizational needs whether it be a smaller 12-person department or a 12,000-employee organization.

  • Achieve Unity in Focus Throughout All Levels of the Organization
  • Get Employees to Buy into the Bottom Line
  • Create a harmonious work environment
  • Increase Employee Retention
  • Eradicate Bad Attitudes
  • Increase Production



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