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Security veteran Richard Hawk is the world’s leading expert on making safety fun. A fresh and often comical presenter, he mixes style with practical tips assembled from an impressive lifetime of experience and credentials including: nuclear industry safety professional, National Safety Council certified, union employee, line worker, and manager.

Richard holds numerous safety and technical certifications from various organizations including the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and The National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT). He stays on the leading edge of the safety industry through his interactions with thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations in a wide array of industries. These include energy, manufacturing, chemical, construction, healthcare, technology, retail, food services, transportation, government, and education.

In addition to over 30 years working in the safety and health field – 15 of which were spent as a safety professional in the nuclear industry and a safety advisor on construction projects – Richard brings an extensive theater background to the stage. He has toured with acting companies, wrote a musical which was produced by Emerson College in Boston, and is an accomplished musician. Thanks to these talents and experiences, he is able to provide content-rich, behavior-changing learning programs that are truly “fun.”

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    It’s rare to find someone who is both a safety professional and an entertaining speaker and trainer, but Richard fits the bill. While his depth of knowledge and extensive experience make for content-rich sessions (Richard spent 10 years as a safety professional in the Nuclear Industry), he also draws on his
    theater and music background to deliver presentations that are truly enjoyable.

    Richard’s expertise also comes from his interactions with thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations in a wide array of industries, including energy, manufacturing, chemical, construction, healthcare, technology, retail, food services, transportation, government and education. He holds
    numerous safety and technical certifications from various organizations including the National Safety Council and stays on the leading edge of the safety industry. He has been a popular keynote speaker at the NSC’s Annual Congress & Expo, the largest annual safety convention in the U.S.

    Richard has a talent for connecting with people from diverse backgrounds. He has been a featured speaker at international conventions for Fortune 500 companies and presented to engineers and plant managers in India, CEO’s from Canada and Japanese technicians with Westinghouse. His experiences as a union and nonunion employee, line worker and manager, safety leader and now successful business owner, give him the insight to relate to people at all levels, from employees to CEOs, truck drivers to
    scholars.


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Richard Hawk touches on tactics, philosophies, and balance that have strengthened his personal relationships and fueled successes throughout his life. He lowers audience inhibitions, engaging every member with the simple yet effective example of a balloon.

Instructing members to blow up the balloon and then let it go, he comments that balloons are really at their best when they are full. If you blow excess air into one, it pops. On the other hand, deflated and under inflated balloons are “wimpy” and not something you would present to a child. “That’s how our life should be: full,” Richard remarks.

Richard Hawk - Speech Excerpt


Richard Hawk Interview


Richard Hawk - Speech Excerpt



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Richard Hawk has taught hundreds of audiences across the globe how to run a safer work place and have fun at the same time. Speaking from experience, he gives groups tools to lower risks, lower stress, and ultimately lower costs by preventing accidents.

At the same time, Richard’s innovative and entertaining take on serious, technical topics ensures that content will stick in participants’ minds long after the presentation – content that they will still use on a regular basis months later. Drawing on his music and theater background, he weaves original songs and parodies into his talks and uses props, prizes and audience participation throughout each session.

Find Your Focus: How to Reduce Accidents and Mistakes by Paying Better Attention
In today’s fast-paced world, lack of focus and mental distractions are a major root cause of accidents. Every year, un-focused acts cost billions of dollars in damage and injury. “Find Your Focus” combats this problem by giving participants the tools to concentrate better, heighten their attention to detail and effectively manage distractions. The end result? A safer workplace.

Great Leaders Make Safety Fun!: Using Your Influence to Create a Vibrant Safety Culture
Leaders at Southwest Airlines, Google, Raytheon and other world-class companies know that when employees are in a good mood and enjoy their work – in other words, having FUN– they perform better. That means they make fewer mistakes and have fewer accidents. In this engaging program, leaders will learn how to leverage their influence to reduce employee apathy, encourage safe behavior and instill a stronger team spirit. Participants will discover new ideas they can put into action right away to create safety campaigns employees will love.

The Future of Safety: A Hawk-Eye View of New Trends on the Safety Horizon
During this insightful presentation, Richard Hawk shares what is on the horizon for the safety and health field and how you and your company can take advantage of emerging trends. Richard’s work with dozens of companies in a wide array of industries every year allows him to see firsthand what is new, what is developing and what isn’t working with respect to safety. Don’t get left behind! Find out everything you and your team need to know to keep your safety program on the leading edge.

Bring It On Home!: Powerful Inspiration for Living a Safe and Healthy Life
According to the National Safety Council, “U.S. workers are safer on the job than in their homes or communities. Nearly all of workers’ unintentional fatalities and more than 70 percent of disabling injuries occur off the job. For every two workplace injuries, there are five off-the-job injuries.” During this engaging and convincing presentation, Richard Hawk moves audiences to change their day-to-day habits while they are away from the job. He offers practical, easy-to-remember tips and techniques to replace dangerous and unhealthy habits with behaviors for a safer and healthier life. Safer habits at home lead to safer habits at work.



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“You not only lived up to my expectations, you far exceeded them. Practical, insightful, funny and moving. Words can’t even do justice to the information you gave us this week. You have inspired me to inspire others, as well as look at the way I handle things at work and in life. I can truly say that meeting you has altered my life in a way that is hard to explain.”
- Jamie Williams, S&W Ready Mix

“Thank you for making our annual offsite event something truly special. You listened to our needs as a company and were incredibly creative and flexible in terms of structure and scheduling.”
- Kate Callaghan, Suncor Energy

“We asked Richard to make a change in the program the night before, and he did without a moment’s hesitation. It went great!”
- Andy Esposito, US Sugar Corporation

“It is difficult to find a speaker who is both a safety professional and an entertaining, humorous speaker. The way you combine substance with fun is the best way to captivate an audience. Participants at the conference continued to talk about your presentations throughout the conference. Thank you so much for helping make our conference a success. I am sure we will be in touch for future events.”
- Melodye A. Turek President, Colorado Safety Association

“It’s been several months since I attended your seminar, and I regularly use many of the things I learned there.”
- Mark Craven, Dade Paper Co.

“Richard provided real tips and tricks that I can take back to my workplace and start using tomorrow.”
- Jennifer Kness, Penn State Office of Physical Plant

“Everyone was so impressed with Richard and how much time he spent that day talking to folks. He’s real. He’s sincere. You can tell he actually believes what he’s preaching.”
- Sharon Ketelsen, Nebraska Public Power District




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“You not only lived up to my expectations, you far exceeded them. Practical, insightful, funny and moving. Words can’t even do justice to the information you gave us this week. You have inspired me to inspire others, as well as look at the way I handle things at work and in life. I can truly say that meeting you has altered my life in a way that is hard to explain.”
- Jamie Williams, S&W Ready Mix

“Thank you for making our annual offsite event something truly special. You listened to our needs as a company and were incredibly creative and flexible in terms of structure and scheduling.”
- Kate Callaghan, Suncor Energy

“We asked Richard to make a change in the program the night before, and he did without a moment’s hesitation. It went great!”
- Andy Esposito, US Sugar Corporation

“It is difficult to find a speaker who is both a safety professional and an entertaining, humorous speaker. The way you combine substance with fun is the best way to captivate an audience. Participants at the conference continued to talk about your presentations throughout the conference. Thank you so much for helping make our conference a success. I am sure we will be in touch for future events.”
- Melodye A. Turek President, Colorado Safety Association

“It’s been several months since I attended your seminar, and I regularly use many of the things I learned there.”
- Mark Craven, Dade Paper Co.

“Richard provided real tips and tricks that I can take back to my workplace and start using tomorrow.”
- Jennifer Kness, Penn State Office of Physical Plant

“Everyone was so impressed with Richard and how much time he spent that day talking to folks. He’s real. He’s sincere. You can tell he actually believes what he’s preaching.”
- Sharon Ketelsen, Nebraska Public Power District


Find Your Focus: How to Reduce Accidents and Mistakes by Paying Better Attention
In today’s fast-paced world, lack of focus and mental distractions are a major root cause of accidents. Every year, un-focused acts cost billions of dollars in damage and injury. “Find Your Focus” combats this problem by giving participants the tools to concentrate better, heighten their attention to detail and effectively manage distractions. The end result? A safer workplace.

Great Leaders Make Safety Fun!: Using Your Influence to Create a Vibrant Safety Culture
Leaders at Southwest Airlines, Google, Raytheon and other world-class companies know that when employees are in a good mood and enjoy their work – in other words, having FUN– they perform better. That means they make fewer mistakes and have fewer accidents. In this engaging program, leaders will learn how to leverage their influence to reduce employee apathy, encourage safe behavior and instill a stronger team spirit. Participants will discover new ideas they can put into action right away to create safety campaigns employees will love.

The Future of Safety: A Hawk-Eye View of New Trends on the Safety Horizon
During this insightful presentation, Richard Hawk shares what is on the horizon for the safety and health field and how you and your company can take advantage of emerging trends. Richard’s work with dozens of companies in a wide array of industries every year allows him to see firsthand what is new, what is developing and what isn’t working with respect to safety. Don’t get left behind! Find out everything you and your team need to know to keep your safety program on the leading edge.

Bring It On Home!: Powerful Inspiration for Living a Safe and Healthy Life
According to the National Safety Council, “U.S. workers are safer on the job than in their homes or communities. Nearly all of workers’ unintentional fatalities and more than 70 percent of disabling injuries occur off the job. For every two workplace injuries, there are five off-the-job injuries.” During this engaging and convincing presentation, Richard Hawk moves audiences to change their day-to-day habits while they are away from the job. He offers practical, easy-to-remember tips and techniques to replace dangerous and unhealthy habits with behaviors for a safer and healthier life. Safer habits at home lead to safer habits at work.


Richard Hawk - Demo Video


Richard Hawk touches on tactics, philosophies, and balance that have strengthened his personal relationships and fueled successes throughout his life. He lowers audience inhibitions, engaging every member with the simple yet effective example of a balloon.

Instructing members to blow up the balloon and then let it go, he comments that balloons are really at their best when they are full. If you blow excess air into one, it pops. On the other hand, deflated and under inflated balloons are “wimpy” and not something you would present to a child. “That’s how our life should be: full,” Richard remarks.

Richard Hawk - Speech Excerpt


Richard Hawk Interview


Richard Hawk - Speech Excerpt