Afterburner Inc.

Flawless Execution Experts

Who better than a team of elite military professionals to help companies create a high-performance, results-focused culture? Afterburner Incorporated’s team of fighter pilots teach top organizations how to perform flawlessly in today’s rapidly changing, high-pressure business environment. Their customized, dynamic presentations help transform organizations into motivated, finely-tuned, competitive forces to be reckoned with.

Afterburner Incorporated was founded in 1996 by former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot James D. Murphy, when he realized that the tools he learned in the zero-tolerance-for-error world of military aviation were applicable and imperative to business success. Since its creation, Afterburner has trained over 1.5 million leaders and executives by delivering customized corporate training workshops, team building events, and motivational seminars. Afterburner’s clients include Honeywell, Lilly, General Electric, Cisco Systems, Pfizer, and Sprint, among hundreds of others.

Joint Force

Think Elite Military Teams are Spartans, tacitly giving and taking orders? Who better than the Afterburner team to share a very different environment; one in which Fighter Pilots, Special Forces, Navy SEALs and other team members from different ‘departments’ use a process to quickly  & collaboratively assess and leverage best practices and innovative solutions to achieve their mission.

That sounds great, but how do such disparate groups execute at such high levels?Communication is key. Through personal experiences and rare SpecOps & aviation video footage, we detail the tools and techniques used before, during and after missions to create highly engaged, aligned, nearly telepathic teams.

Speaking of teams, how can we help yours excel as they operate in complex, rapidly changing, challenging and hostile environments?  The same way we did – not with theories, but with practical skills that will immediately dramatically improve execution in your business!

Flawless Execution

A Fighter Pilot’s Secret to Business Success

In this session your group will learn how Fighter Pilots attack their missions in both training and combat. This keynote includes both a Main Speaker and a Wingman fighter pilot and is highly customized to meet the needs of your audience.

  • Plan – Learn how Fighter Pilots plan for a mission using the “Six Steps to Effective Combat Mission Planning”
  • Brief – Communicate the plan to maximize the quality of front-line execution
  • Execute – Discover how Fighter Pilots ensure Flawless Execution in their missions by eliminating performance-draining Task Saturation
  • Debrief – Implement nameless/rankless feedback sessions in your squadron to guarantee maximum learning

Flawless Sales Execution

When the economy is great, you can tolerate sales teams that are less than flawless, but what happens when the tables are turned and the economy isn’t doing so great? You can’t afford to have your sales teams operate at only a fraction of their potential. Your sales teams should hit their numbers not 70%, not 80%, but 100% of the time. But how can sales teams really improve their performance overnight? The answer…Afterburner brings you Flawless Sales Execution. Your sales teams are capable of success in any environment—hostile or calm. The power to lead your sales teams to victory can be found in this sales keynote presentation.

Leading Flawless Execution from the Top with Jim Murphy

Afterburner’s leadership keynote speaker Jim Murphy has helped top business leaders transform strategy into action. Historically fewer than 20% of all initiatives actually get accomplished. This keynote will help align your team around your strategy and understand exactly what to do and how to do it. This 60-90 minute keynote is based on Jim Murphy’s ground-breaking book Flawless Execution.

The Afterburner Day

Full or Half Day Event (5-6 hours)
Group Sizes 12-1,000

The Afterburner Day is an interactive, hands-on experience where your team will compare the similar situations faced in business and in air combat. During the Afterburner Day, your group will work side by side with some of America’s top Fighter Pilots and learn how they excel in the business of combat.

The day begins in the main briefing room where you will learn how Fighter Pilots adapt to change, assess risk, and prepare for their mission using the Six Steps to Combat Mission Planning. Suddenly, an urgent telegram will interrupt the briefing and alert your team that they have been attacked by a coalition of hostile competitors. Your Fighter Pilots will split into squadrons (breakout groups of 15) where, with the help of their Afterburner facilitator, they will have one hour to formulate a plan to regain your market share. Leadership, teamwork, and communication will allow each group to overcome the challenges of this dynamic Mission Planning exercise. The Afterburners use SCUD missile attacks, intruders, and information overload to closely parallel today’s task saturated work environment in a fun, new format that ensures a lasting impression. After utilizing these tools for planning and execution, your team will discover how Fighter Pilots learn from their mistakes through an effective debrief. The Afterburners nameless/rankless debriefs shed new light on how your associates can identify and learn from costly mistakes.

Black Ops

Afterburner’s Black Ops program is a high intensity, experiential learning and training activity that utilizes the ‘can’t fail’ techniques that elite Special Operations teams use to execute in challenging and often hostile environments.

This interactive, 2.5 hour experiential team building event utilizes cutting-edge iTouch technology in our break outs, digital mapping type software and real-time special operations rescue scenarios to put your team into HIGH ALERT, teaching them how to work as one cohesive unit. This experience provides your team with the ROI of focused teamwork, execution, and planning/debriefing tools that have worked in real military situations when failure is not an option. Afterburner’s keynote speakers – themselves experienced special operations team members – work side-by-side with the members on your team to uncover common roadblocks to success in business – and combat them effectively, both now and in the future.

Healthcare With Flawless Execution

Our objective is to provide Flawless Execution as the enabling process your physicians, nurses and administrative teams utilize to improve safety and reduce medical errors by breaking down silos and improving communication, collaboration and teamwork.

Your staff is professional and dedicated. Your clinical staff has been trained in Team Steps and your administration has invested time, energy and financial resources in Six Sigma/Lean. Yet despite your best efforts cultural hierarchies and organizational silos continue to hinder your progress toward building a culture of safety and efficiency.

You need a team that works as one. You need a team that collaborates using a proven, common process. You need a team that knows not only how to plan a mission, but how to brief and execute that mission flawlessly from start to finish.

Enter Afterburner Fighter Pilots, Delivering Flawless Execution Tools to Your Teams

Our team of real fighter pilots will help your teams and organization reduce errors, increase quality and improve risk management utilizing Healthcare-specific Flawless Execution keynotes, workshops and training on planning, briefing, debriefing and Task Saturation.

Oil and Gas Safety Training with Flawless Execution

The atmosphere in a fighter jet is a “0-errors, 0-losses” environment. Perhaps no one in the civilian world understands this more than the highly skilled professionals in the world of offshore petroleum production. The necessity for Flawless Execution in this environment is ABSOLUTE. The men and women of Afterburner specialize in one thing and one thing only, accelerating performance through Flawless Execution. They have been trained and tested their entire career in the execution of their mission, with an unmatched level of importance on the safety of their equipment, their crew and everyone involved with operations. Afterburner uses their battle proven process of Flawless Execution to improve your team’s performance. By leading groups through a core process of Plan, Brief, Execute, and Debrief, the Afterburner trainers begin to ingrain a fundamental change in how a team operates and functions on each and every mission.

Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire you and your staff to take action, be it in your personal lives, your workplace, or both. Read More

Conference Speakers

The Impact of a Speech Can Last Forever

Speakers' Spotlight represents a talented roster of some of the world's most extraordinary conference speakers. Our conference speakers' experience is as broad as it is deep, and they are all leaders in their fields, which include business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our conference speakers are thought-provoking and action-oriented and leave their audiences, whether speaking to a group of 10, 100, 1000 or more, enlightened and inspired.

Speakers' Spotlight's conference speakers frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our conference speakers arrive on time, and will have conferred with you in advance to ensure they have everything they need in order to deliver an impactful speech. Our conference speakers frequently use well designed visuals, such as photos, slide shows, or video clips to bring other elements of interest into their talks, and our conference speakers frequently build-in time during their talks to allow for an audience Q&A, ensuring your staff has a chance to ask questions of the particular conference speaker they have just heard.

Some of our conference speakers in high demand include David Chilton, Bruce Croxon, General Rick Hillier, Clara Hughes, Ron James, Amanda Lang, Stephen Lewis, Patricia Lovett-Reid, Mark Kielburger, Kevin O'Leary, Jeff Rubin, and Margaret Trudeau.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to serving the diverse needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking conference speakers, and we work hard to find the conference speakers that will best meet and exceed your needs. Whatever you require are when it comes to conference speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the conference speakers that are right for you.

Keynote Speakers

Speakers' Spotlight: The Key Ingredient To Finding Your Perfect Speakers

Speakers' Spotlight represents a vast roster of some of the world's most extraordinary keynote speakers in fields such as business, politics, sports, the media, academia, science, technology, culture and entertainment. Our keynote speakers run the gauntlet from spoken word poet Sarah Kay, to business guru Simon Sinek; from young athlete Olympic athlete Adam van Koeverden to the wrongly incarcerated former boxer Ruben Carter; from Margaret Trudeau to her son Justin Trudeau. Whatever your needs are for your keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight the keynote speakers that will fill them.

Our keynote speakers can adjust their talks to suit your needs, whether you're looking for an address by keynote speakers of 15, 30, or 45 minutes or more, our keynote speakers will confer with you before your engagement to ensure that their talks meet your needs. Our keynote speakers frequently adjust their speeches to include important talking points your organization or company needs emphasized, and will also often adjust content so it is individually tailored to your audience. For instance, if your audience is primarily those in the auto industry, our keynote speakers will draw on anecdotes from that industry in order to ensure their speech is relatable. Our keynote speakers are usually available in the days and weeks prior to your event to discuss your needs and go over any details (such as audio visual requirements) that arise.

Speakers' Spotlight is committed to meeting the different needs of the corporations, organizations, companies, non-profit and government groups that contact us when seeking keynote speakers, and we work hard to find the keynote speakers that will provide the best match for your event. Whatever you require are when it comes to keynote speakers, Speakers' Spotlight will work had to ensure that you get the keynote speakers that are right for you.

Motivational Speakers

Motivating the world

Speakers' Spotlight represents a wide variety of motivational speakers who present energetic talks that will inspire leaders and employees to take action, be it in their personal lives, their workplace, or both. Speakers' Spotlight's motivational speakers address everything from encouraging audiences to adapt healthy lifestyles to unifying groups to achieve professional goals. Our motivational speakers work with an astonishing range of companies in sectors such as science, technology, finance, advertising, and manufacturing, as well as professional organizations, cultural institutions, and non-profit entities and government, throughout North American and around the world.

Motivational speakers that work with Speakers' Spotlight frequently go the extra mile to be in touch with meeting planners - or even CEOs and presidents of companies and organizations themselves - in advance of their talks in order to tailor the message and hit on key points specific to the client's needs. Our motivational speakers arrive on time, work with the client in advance to ensure the proper set up of their audio/visual needs so that everything will go smoothly when they hit the stage, and often include Q&A sessions in their talks so that your staff can ask any questions of our motivational speakers that they may wish.

Using Speakers' Spotlight to book your motivational speakers obviously offers many advantages. You reap the benefits of our experience and expertise, as we can help you select the best motivational speakers for your motivational speakers' engagement.

Our motivational speakers include prominent motivational speakers - and many of them household names -- such as Roberta Bondar, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Terry Evanshen, Scott Harrison, John Izzo, Simon Jackson, Craig Kielburger, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Simon Sinek, Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Brett Wilson.

Whatever your needs are when it comes to motivational speakers, Speakers' Spotlight has the motivational speakers that will both meet -- and exceed -- your expectations.

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