Derrick McManus

Keynote Speaker

Derrick McManus was a Sniper, Tactical Diver and Counter-Terrorist Operative with the SA Police Special Task and Rescue (STAR) Group when he was shot 14 times with a high-powered rifle in less than 5 seconds. He was lying on the ground bleeding for 3 hours before he could be rescued. Dr. Bill Griggs said, “I don’t know how he survived, he’s an incredible human being”.

However, despite the circumstances Derrick sustained optimum performance. Optimum is not perfect and it’s not always peak performance – it’s optimum dependant on the external circumstances. Derrick didn’t just survive the worst shooting in South Australia’s history, he positively thrived afterwards. After two and a half years Derrick returned to full duties with STAR Group.

Based in Adelaide

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Derrick McManus was a Sniper, Tactical Diver and Counter-Terrorist Operative with the SA Police Special Task and Rescue (STAR) Group when he was shot 14 times with a high-powered rifle in less than 5 seconds. He was lying on the ground bleeding for 3 hours before he could be rescued. Dr. Bill Griggs said, “I don’t know how he survived, he’s an incredible human being”.

However, despite the circumstances Derrick sustained optimum performance. Optimum is not perfect and it’s not always peak performance – it’s optimum dependant on the external circumstances. Derrick didn’t just survive the worst shooting in South Australia’s history, he positively thrived afterwards. After two and a half years Derrick returned to full duties with STAR Group.

Derrick McManus is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on the topic of Human Performance – inspiring people and working with organisations to reach greater potential. He has presented as a keynote speaker in Asia, USA, New Zealand and around Australia.

Derrick McManus speaks about a new topic – DURABILITY OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE – sustaining optimum performance throughout a challenge. Derrick is working with the University of South Australia’s psychology department to further research the science of Durability.

Derrick’s story is powerful, engaging and inspiring. The theme of Durability gives your people powerful specific tools and strategies to build their confidence, courage and capacity to change behaviours and achieve greater outcomes in any field of endeavour.

Keynote Address:
Durability of Human Performance

Derrick relates the story of being shot 14 times with a high-powered rifle in less than 5 seconds and surviving on the ground for 3 hours before he could be rescued. He combines this with the latest research in positive psychology and achievement by building the audience’s capacity for Durability of Human Performance – being able to sustain optimum performance throughout a challenge.

Be inspired by Derrick McManus’ zest for life and competition, learn how to overcome your biggest challenges and how to triumph where others believe it’s impossible – personally and professionally.

Keynote, Break-out Sessions and Workshop topics include:

  • The secrets of Durability – sustaining optimum performance under pressure
  • The distinction between Resilience and Durability – the Continuum of Durability
  • Get Your Head in the Game – building confidence, courage and capacity
  • Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes – creating a future by design
  • Decision making under pressure – confidence to make decisions and take action
  • Building clear focus and direction – knowing the desired outcome before you start
  • Cultivating a ‘high achievers’ mindset – eliminating assumptions and self-limiting beliefs

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