Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Waldo Waldman

July 29, 2015
Rob Waldo Waldman

Waldo Waldman

Expertise:   Motivation, Teamwork, Peak Performance, Leadership

Speaking Style:  High Energy. Thought-provoking. Engaging.

Travels From:  Atlanta, Georgia

Nancy Says:  “You know a speaker is great when his peers offer lavish praise...that is how I discovered Waldo, through our speaker colleagues. The first time I booked him, my client couldn't have been more elated. Waldo delivered way beyond their expectations. It doesn't get any better than that!  P.S. He's also one of the nicest people I've ever met."


Never Fly Solo! Waldo Waldman, Your Wingman 

When the event calls for something beyond just a rallying call or a mere motivational pick-me up, when the audience deserves something with substance that sticks, but still leaves them inspired and energized, Waldo Waldman provides all that and so much more. His Never Fly Solo program is one of the most in-demand, exciting presentations any audience can experience.

A recent inductee into the National Speakers Association's Speakers Hall of Fame, Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob "Waldo" Waldman - The Wingman - is one of the most highly regarded speakers in the industry. Overcoming massive claustrophobia and fear of heights to become a fighter pilot with over 65 combat missions, Waldo teaches others how to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success, in business and in life. His book, also called Never Fly Solo, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Learn more about Waldo Waldman...

Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman - The Wingman – is a Hall of Fame leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo.  He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and sales manager.

He is a highly experienced combat veteran with over 2,650 flight hours and sixty-five real world combat missions, having flown both in Iraq enforcing the “No-Fly Zone” and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Some of his military honors include five Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals.

Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen – those who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. In business and life, you should never fly solo!

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. After leaving the military, he became a top producing sales manager with several companies before starting his speaking career. He is an inductee into the professional speakers Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors those who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977. Waldo is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon Wireless, New York Life, Siemens, Subway, Home Depot, Oppenheimer, and Johnson & Johnson. He even helped lead The Denver Broncos to the 2014 Super Bowl!

In addition to his speaking business, Waldo is also founder and President of The Wingman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to build funds and awareness for soldiers, veterans and their families in need.  Voted one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Georgia, Waldo has been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, Dr. Drew, The Harvard Business Review, Investor’s Business Daily, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, INC. Magazine, and Business Week. 


Presentation Topics

Never Fly Solo! 

The Power of Partnership to Reach New Heights in Business and Life

Flying solo in business? You might think so. But take a good look around. You have support staff and managers. You have suppliers, vendors, and distributors. And you have colleagues, family members and significant others. Today in our super charged, highly competitive world of constant change, those who build trust and work as a team will dodge the missiles and win. By committing yourself to excellence and placing your trust in those around you, you can overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers during adverse times. By placing your trust in your wingmen and by being a wingman to your customers and team, there is no sales mission you can't complete…and win!

Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman, The Wingman, overcame a lifelong battle with claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a combat decorated Air Force fighter pilot and highly successful businessman, entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author. His motto is Winners Never Fly Solo! Through his captivating personal stories and high energy videos, learn how you, like a fighter pilot, can succeed in highly competitive and demanding environments.

Discover how to prepare diligently for every sales mission;employ loyal wingmen to promote integrity and mutual support; and lead your team with courage, compassion and conviction. Be inspired to take to the skies knowing that you have wingmen to help you face challenges and change with confidence while maximizing your potential in all aspects of your life.

Waldo focuses on three components on being a wingman in business and life:

  1. Relentless preparation
  2. The courage to face our fears and still take action
  3. Collaborative teamwork and trusting partnerships

Audiences will learn to:

  • Employ Loyal "Wingmen" to Promote Communication, Integrity, and Trust
  • Create a "One Team, One Mission" Culture of Teamwork and Mutual Support
  • Adapt to change by re-commiting their Passion for Excellence
  • Chair-Fly" Sales Missions to Vastly Increase Revenues
  • Transform Fear to Focus
  • Lead with Courage, Compassion and Conviction


Wingman Leadership

How to Build a Culture of Courage in Business and Life

The key to building a high powered organization that encourages innovative thinking, loyalty to the mission, and a relentless commitment to excellence lies with its leadership. In this high energy workshop, I highlight the difference between managing people, and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident wingmen. What results is a more productive and efficient organization with superior morale that can rapidly overcome challenges in a competitive marketplace.

Following this highly interactive and fun session, audiences will learn peak performance leadership tools based on 4 key concepts:

Shared Vision - Each and every wingman in your organization must know exactly what they are fighting for. They must be committed to the mission, and understand exactly how their unique role in the organization is essential to its success.

Values Based Culture - Integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and teamwork must serve as the foundation for all relationships between employees, and with partners and clients as well.

Effective Communication - Leaders listen aggressively and communicate their vision with passion. They promote open communication and connect with the heart and soul of their wingmen.

Train to Win Mindset - Successful leaders command flawless preparation, not flawless execution. They encourage their wingmen to expand their capabilities, and consistently reward high performers who take calculated risks and 'push the envelope' in order to grow.


Employ Wingmen to Promote Communication, Integrity and Trust

No fighter pilot flies a combat mission solo and neither should you! Wingmen are those men and women in a fighter pilot's formation who assist in accomplishing a mission. In business, wingmen are those men and women in your business and life who help you to win when the heat is on. The trusting relationships you build with your wingmen are critical to your success in life.

"Check-6" to Develop a Culture of Teamwork and Mutual Support

The 6-O'clock position in fighter combat is behind you — your most vulnerable position and the most difficult to cross check. Fighter pilots use their wingmen to cross check these positions and call out maneuvers to help defend against threats. In business and life, you need wingmen to 'check your 6' and support you when you are engaged in activities that channelize your attention and cause task overload. When you work as a team and back each other up, you can transform a potential tragedy into victory.

Execute a Business Game Plan to Survive and WIN!

Surviving isn't enough in business. You want to win! Winning with integrity while maintaining your professional values requires serious effort and the consistent application of disciplined training, detailed preparation, and passionate leadership. In addition, by briefing and de-briefing your missions to your team, you can help your organization adapt to its constantly changing environment and continually update its training program.

"Chair-Fly" Sales Mission to Vastly Increase Revenues

In sales, it is all about confidence and adapting to your environment. The winning salesperson is 110% prepared for each sales mission. When fighter pilot prepare for our missions, we 'chair fly'. We mentally practice every detail of our mission until they are perfect. By chair flying your sales and business missions and practicing them over and over in your mind, you can plan for contingencies and ultimately build confidence to win.

Transform Relationships into Revenue

Relationships are fundamental to successful business transactions. The key to building and sustaining them is mutual trust. Connecting with people and developing a reputation as a trusted resource is one of the most important traits you can have in business. When you combine trusting relationships with a product or service that truly provides value, you win in business...and life!

Convert Fear into Focus

Fighter pilots have an amazing aptitude for remaining focused and overcoming fear when flying combat missions. Obviously, we are all not fighter pilots. However, the same lessons of focus can apply as we seek victories in our unique experiences in business and in our personal relationships. By focusing on the mission, your wingmen, and on winning, you can overcome fear, build the courage to take risks in your personal and professional life, and gain victories in all that you do.

Lead with Courage and Compassion

It takes courage for a leader to make difficult decisions for the benefit of the organization as a whole. In addition, a leader must remain accountable at all times and always act with integrity. Without integrity, your reputation along with trust diminishes. Finally, mutual respect and the ability to inspire in others a desire for excellence are the keys to successful leadership.



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