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A respected authority on military issues, leadership, teamwork, and reaching peak performance in high-stressed situations, Don Mann is a decorated combat veteran, motivational speaker, endurance athlete and NY Times Best-Selling Author. As a member of Seal Team Six and as a CIA operative, he worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, often at the risk of being shot, decapitated, or stabbed.

Mann participated in highly classified missions around the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His survival of enemy capture and numerous other adventures were widely read in his nationally best-selling autobiography Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors. As a training coordinator for several civilian SEAL training programs, and as a former Training Officer of SEAL Team 6, he was directly responsible for shaping the bodies and minds of SEALs who carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden as well as many other classified missions.

A highly popular speaker in both the corporate world and general public, Mann inspires people to overcome their personal challenges and chart a path for future success. In addition to being recognized for his extensive military service, Mann is known for producing and directing more multi-day, multi-sport, adventure races, triathlons and SEAL training events than any other person in the world.

Mann is the founder of Frogman Charities, a nonprofit organization that has raised millions of dollars through virtual run/walk events for charities that provide support to U.S. Navy SEAL veterans, military personnel and their families.

Full Profile

Don Mann’s unique story and the lessons he shares during his highly-accredited and very popular presentations come from his colorful and action-packed life as a; Navy SEAL, as a contractor for the CIA, of his experiences competing in some of the world’s most grueling competitions, his experience in the business world and as a New York Times Best Selling Author.

Mann’s impressive military biography includes being a decorated combat veteran; Corpsman; SEAL Special Operations Technician; jungle survival, desert survival, and arctic survival instructor; small arms weapons instructor, foreign weapons instructor, armed and unarmed defense tactics, advanced hand-to-hand combat instructor; and Survival, Evade, Resistance and Escape Instructor; in addition to other credentials.

Mann is the author of eleven books including the New York Times Best Selling autobiography Inside SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors.

When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the U.S. government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy’s best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.

Mann knows what it takes to be a brother of these ultra-selective fraternities. As a member of Seal Team Six and as a CIA operative, he worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, and facing shootings, decapitations, and stabbings. He was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale, and he participated in highly classified missions all over the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

As a training coordinator for several civilian SEAL training programs, and as a former Training Officer of SEAL Team 6, he was directly responsible for shaping the bodies and minds of SEALs who carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden as well as many other classified missions.

But to become a SEAL, Mann had to overcome his own troubled childhood and push his body to its breaking point–and beyond. At the podium and in Inside Seal Team 6, he shares a high-octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world’s most respected and feared combat unit.

Don Mann has over 40 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience, and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.

Mann received a Masters in Management from Troy State University, in Troy, AL, a B.S. in International Relations & Criminal Justice, from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and a B.S. in Liberal Science, from State University of New York. He lives in Cape Charles, VA.


Don Mann Speaker Videos Back to top

Don Mann - Introduction


Don Mann shares what his experience with the elite Navy Seal Team Six taught him about success and what it takes to be the best - and talent does not top his list. Most people, he observes, never push themselves beyond the minimum of their potential; however, it is “really hard to beat a person who never quits.”

Mann encourages people not to fear overdoing it, because once they reach their physical limit, they’ll be able to feel it and take things down a notch. “Stepping out of your comfort zone hurts, but you get so much more done, and reaching for that line is such a great experience,” he remarks, admitting that he has no regrets about giving his maximum effort in everything he’s tried.

Don Mann: GTN Presents: Seal Training


Don Mann: GTN Presents: SkyDiving



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


For over 25 years, Don Mann’s training programs have been world renowned and have until now focused on training elite military personnel, those preparing for the US Navy SEALs, and extreme athletes aspiring to compete in the world’s most challenging physical endurance competitions.

Don Mann, a retired Navy SEAL and internationally renowned athlete has changed the lives of countless people by sharing his unique Combat Mindset training philosophy approach. Don has tailored his unique training philosophy to meet the needs of those outside the military and sports communities by developing programs for the corporate world.

Don’s training seminars are popular, fun and powerfully effective. His inspirational “Reaching Beyond Boundaries” presentation, along with the training seminars typically range from 2–4 hours in duration and do not require any degree of physical readiness.

Reaching Beyond Boundaries
In this inspiring presentation Mann reveals stories and personal anecdotes from his many years working with the SEAL teams and competing as a world-class athlete. He shares insights into his personal philosophy of setting micro-goals to achieve macro-goals, while instructing organizations how to employ that same philosophy to achieve both personal and professional success.

Don’s message includes equal doses of inspiration and strategy. As he likes to say, “Anybody with the proper mindset can achieve anything imaginable.” Setting macro goals is an important way for organizations to identify what it is they want to accomplish, although sometimes reaching those goals can be a daunting task. By breaking those macro goals down into micro goals, they become much more manageable and easier to handle.

Seal Adventure Challenge
When not conducting world-class competitions, Don conducts team-building programs for business and government personnel through Don Mann Enterprises, Inc. (DME).

DME’s leadership programs are effective by modeling each program to fit the client’s specific needs. The training provides activities that build individual and team strength and confidence. Participants are introduced to activities that bring them out of their “comfort zone”. Various adventure sport and/or military training evolutions are implemented in which the strong must help team mates, such that all participants find their own individual strengths and weaknesses.

DME programs are designed to meet individual or organizational goals and training objectives, and do it in a way that participants enjoy, and find life affirming.

Don Mann is an excellent choice for addressing the following topics within his programs:

    • Developing a “combat mindset”
    • Goal development (micro and macro)
    • Confronting challenges
    • Conflict aversion
    • Developing team synergy
    • Delegation of duties
    • Effective communication
    • Team dynamics
    • Observation skills
    • Working in a stressful environment
    • Iceland Team Building Event
    • These courses can be modified to meet the specific needs of the client


Don Mann Speaker Testimonials Back to top

"Wow... you are truly amazing! People in the group have been calling, and texting about how much they loved your presentation. You have inspired them all! For about an hour after your talk people just gathered around and I heard comments like "when he told that story of being in that hole... I physically felt sick to my stomach". Other comments were "by breaking it down with micro goals and macro goals I think I can really step up my game".
    Branden M., SEAL Team TWO, Midland Triathlon Team

"Thank you so much for joining us yesterday. Your participation was beyond impactful for all 900 attendees. I was so amazed to hear each individual member speak with you at the book signing. The message clearly resonated with them… each in a unique and amazing way. "
    Gabriel F., Chicago Traffic Club

"Your presentation about the challenges/achievements will help our team tremendously this year. The "combat mindset" is something that is definitely applicable to our sport. After travel, lack of sleep and injuries start to set in there are many excuses that can be made. Having everyone hear about how strong the mind is will help us overcome those obstacles and make us a better team. Not to mention they were extremely intriguing stories! You have done and seen a lot of things that fascinated the entire team."
    Kevin Bieksa, NHL Vancouver Canucks




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"Wow... you are truly amazing! People in the group have been calling, and texting about how much they loved your presentation. You have inspired them all! For about an hour after your talk people just gathered around and I heard comments like "when he told that story of being in that hole... I physically felt sick to my stomach". Other comments were "by breaking it down with micro goals and macro goals I think I can really step up my game".
    Branden M., SEAL Team TWO, Midland Triathlon Team

"Thank you so much for joining us yesterday. Your participation was beyond impactful for all 900 attendees. I was so amazed to hear each individual member speak with you at the book signing. The message clearly resonated with them… each in a unique and amazing way. "
    Gabriel F., Chicago Traffic Club

"Your presentation about the challenges/achievements will help our team tremendously this year. The "combat mindset" is something that is definitely applicable to our sport. After travel, lack of sleep and injuries start to set in there are many excuses that can be made. Having everyone hear about how strong the mind is will help us overcome those obstacles and make us a better team. Not to mention they were extremely intriguing stories! You have done and seen a lot of things that fascinated the entire team."
    Kevin Bieksa, NHL Vancouver Canucks


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Seal Team Six
When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the U.S. government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy’s best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist.

There are no better warriors on Earth. Don Mann knows what it takes to be a brother of this ultra-selective fraternity. As a member of Seal Team Six for over eight years and a SEAL for over 17 years, he worked in countless covert operations, operating from land, sea, and air, and facing shootings, decapitations, and stabbings. He was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale, and he participated in highly classified missions all over the globe, including Somalia, Panama, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

As a current training coordinator for several civilian SEAL training programs, and as a former Training Officer of SEAL Team 6, he was directly responsible for shaping the bodies and minds of SEALs who carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden. But to become a SEAL, Mann had to overcome his own troubled childhood and push his body to its breaking point-and beyond. INSIDE SEAL TEAM 6 is a high octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world’s most respected and feared combat unit.


Reaching Beyond Boundaries
In this inspiring presentation Mann reveals stories and personal anecdotes from his many years working with the SEAL teams and competing as a world-class athlete. He shares insights into his personal philosophy of setting micro-goals to achieve macro-goals, while instructing organizations how to employ that same philosophy to achieve both personal and professional success.

Don’s message includes equal doses of inspiration and strategy. As he likes to say, “Anybody with the proper mindset can achieve anything imaginable.” Setting macro goals is an important way for organizations to identify what it is they want to accomplish, although sometimes reaching those goals can be a daunting task. By breaking those macro goals down into micro goals, they become much more manageable and easier to handle.

Seal Adventure Challenge
When not conducting world-class competitions, Don conducts team-building programs for business and government personnel through Don Mann Enterprises, Inc. (DME).

DME’s leadership programs are effective by modeling each program to fit the client’s specific needs. The training provides activities that build individual and team strength and confidence. Participants are introduced to activities that bring them out of their “comfort zone”. Various adventure sport and/or military training evolutions are implemented in which the strong must help team mates, such that all participants find their own individual strengths and weaknesses.

DME programs are designed to meet individual or organizational goals and training objectives, and do it in a way that participants enjoy, and find life affirming.

Don Mann is an excellent choice for addressing the following topics within his programs:

    • Developing a “combat mindset”
    • Goal development (micro and macro)
    • Confronting challenges
    • Conflict aversion
    • Developing team synergy
    • Delegation of duties
    • Effective communication
    • Team dynamics
    • Observation skills
    • Working in a stressful environment
    • Iceland Team Building Event
    • These courses can be modified to meet the specific needs of the client


Don Mann - Introduction


Don Mann shares what his experience with the elite Navy Seal Team Six taught him about success and what it takes to be the best - and talent does not top his list. Most people, he observes, never push themselves beyond the minimum of their potential; however, it is “really hard to beat a person who never quits.”

Mann encourages people not to fear overdoing it, because once they reach their physical limit, they’ll be able to feel it and take things down a notch. “Stepping out of your comfort zone hurts, but you get so much more done, and reaching for that line is such a great experience,” he remarks, admitting that he has no regrets about giving his maximum effort in everything he’s tried.

Don Mann: GTN Presents: Seal Training


Don Mann: GTN Presents: SkyDiving