I’ve always said that I never learn as much as when I’m teaching. So here’s how it works:
I ask questions. You ask questions. I make you laugh. You make me laugh. Then I ask a lot more questions. We discuss the issues facing the fire service and we come up with solutions: together. And we have fun doing it. That’s pretty much how it goes. It’s a simple system, but it’s worked pretty well so far.
Here’s a brief list of presentation topics available for your organization, conference or convention. Or, if none of these lights your fire, you pick the topic and we can customize a conversation around the needs of your organization.
I bring passion, humor and insight to the discussion. You won’t be disappointed.
Give me a try. You never know: We might all learn something.
Leadership in the Firehouse: Recruitment & Retention – Rescue & Recovery
My flagship presentation format, Leadership in the Firehouse is a comprehensive look at why we’re in the boat we’re in, whether we’ll sink or swim and how we can keep this fire service boat afloat.
This presentation can be tailored as short as 90 minutes together in a large group setting, 3 hours to do it justice and 6 hours if you’re serious about getting down to where the rubber meets the road.
Tiger’s Top 10 Tips for Recruitment and Retention
I’ve heard that the first step in any good 12-step program is admitting you have a problem. In this discussion, we start by admitting we have a problem recruiting new volunteers and retaining the qualified services of our more experienced members. Then we set out to change the mindset of the volunteer fire service with my 10-step approach. I know what you’re thinking: I only offer 10 steps – not 12. But hey, the price is right!
This unit is designed for a 60-90 minute time frame but could take longer if we really get into it.
Safety Through Leadership
This multi-module program addresses all aspects of developing a safety culture, beginning with several cooperative exercises. Five modules regarding safety and leadership are presented to the students, ranging from effective supervisory practices to threat and error management (utilizing the model of crew resource management). The modules are designed to make the program both easy to deliver and scalable to the particular audience. This program is based largely around the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives and was designed by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation as part of the Everyone Goes Home program.
The length of the program varies based on the modules covered. Call to discuss content and scheduling.
Brainstorming & Message Building
Would you like to design your own recruitment campaign but never knew where to start? Want to discover the creative side you never knew you had? I’ll take you through a step-by-step process to help you come up with your own ideas, slogans and campaigns. CAUTION: I can be brutally honest at times. I may even tell you that my ideas are crazy.
Plan on spending at least a couple of hours together for this one. Once we get going, we may not want to stop. This session works best with small groups of 10 or less. Pack an overnight bag in case it gets out of hand.
Success and the Art of Stealing Ideas
We’ll take a look at a wide variety of recruitment and retention efforts and see what we can learn from their successes – and failures. From collateral materials to complete campaigns and everything in between, we’ll explore solutions that can work for you and your organization. I’ll share my proven methods of information acquisition: begging, borrowing and stealing ideas.
An hour and a half is a good starting point for discovering the secrets of success, for others and for you.
Traffic Control is the job we do most often – and the most dangerous job we do. I have a vested interest in seeing that first responders are safe when operating in the roadway. I’ve co-authored a Highway Safety awareness program designed for first responders in every discipline.
Take advantage of this 2-hour training program to keep your team safe when operating in the fast lane.