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Captain J. Charlie Plumb is a former prisoner of war and one of the most sought after achievement speakers in the United States. In fact, he was selected as one of the ten top speakers in a poll of U.S. meeting planners published in Successful Meetings magazine. His presentations deal with the importance of inner strength to overcome challenges. Charlie Plumb discusses how people can become imprisoned by fear of failure, blaming others and self-pity. His presentations are sincere, straight forward, humorous, and tailored to each specific audience.
Charlie Plumb was born November 3, 1942 in Gary, Indiana. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in science and a commission in the United States Navy.
Charlie Plumb went through Navy flight training in Florida, Mississippi, and Texas, and was awarded Navy wings of gold in November of 1965. In San Diego, California, he was trained to pilot the F4-B Phantom, the Navy's newest supersonic interceptor. There he was instrumental in starting the Navy Fighter Weapons School, now called "Top Gun."
On board the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk Aircraft Carrier, Charlie Plumb flew 74 combat missions over Vietnam. He received eight medals for valor and bravery. On May 19, 1967, Charlie Plumb was shot down south of Hanoi, captured, tortured, and placed in an eight by eight foot prison cell. Captain Plumb spent the next five years and nine months in captivity. During his imprisonment, he distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communication.
Captain Plumb was repatriated on February 18, 1973, underwent medical and security debriefing, and returned to his home in Kansas City where he was awarded the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, and the POW Medal.
The United States Navy, governmental organizations, and the news media frequently call on Charlie Plumb for his expertise. An authority at incorporating company jargon and industry buzzwords to reach the hearts and minds of each audience, Captain Plumb shares his insights on coping with the challenges of every day life and business competition in the twenty-first century. Helping audiences break free of their own self-constructed prisons of doubt, Captain Plumb assist audiences in uncovering a new sense of purpose and potential, and gives each participant the strength to rise above the daily challenges of work and home to recognize the opportunities that surround them. He leaves his listeners wanting to achieve and excel, no matter what the obstacles.
Since his return to the United States, Charlie Plumb has presented his message to more than 4,000 audiences in every industry and from all walks of life. The personal applications revealed in each presentation include: the power of choice, as everyone has the choice to succeed, to fail, or to become the victim of circumstances; adversity, which encourages growth, and propels people beyond self-imposed limits; teamwork, as "packing parachutes" can mean the difference in survival; change, because during change ones true value shows up in taking the risks necessary to adapt to change; and empowerment, as all people have the inner strength and resources to meet whatever business or personal challenges come their way.
Charlie Plumb is the author of two books, I'm No Hero and The Last Domino.
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