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Chad Williams draws from his experience in the military to provide a Navy SEAL’s perspective on issues related to effective leadership, resilience, teamwork, overcoming adversity and motivation. He is a frequent guest on Fox News Channel, CNN News Room, Anderson Cooper 360 and more;
Just days prior to entering SEAL training, Chad’s resolve would be thoroughly tested when he turned on his television one morning to see the unexpected graphic video footage of his mentor and training partner, Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, who was brutally killed, mutilated, and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Hung upside-down from the Euphrates River Bridge while an incensed Iraqi mob repeatedly celebrated and chanted in Arabic, “Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans.” Helvenston’s body was set ablaze as Chad witnessed.
Forged by adversity, Chad became steeled in resolve to complete SEAL Training in honor and memory of his good friend, Scott Helvenston. Chad entered the military’s most difficult and grueling training known as BUD/S. As 1 of 13 out of a class of 173 trainees, Chad climbed the mountain and earned his Trident which signifies he had become a Navy SEAL. While the taste of success is great, Chad learned the SEAL Team motto of “earn your Trident everyday” which means the SEALs don’t rest on their laurels, the training is never really over because they always strive for better!
Serving his country proudly through multiple deployments on SEAL Teams One and Seven Chad continued to hone the technical skill, tactical proficiency and attention to detail that our nation’s best warriors adhere to. In an ironic final operation in Iraq, Chad’s shares the story of how his SEAL Team was set up on a premeditated ambush similar to the location and scenario that took the life of his mentor Scott Helvenston but on that occasion Chad and his Team were victorious, overcoming the enemy and odds set against them in a gun battle to the death.
Today Chad is a bestselling author of his book, SEAL of God and an in-demand keynote speaker. Drawing from his experiences as a SEAL, Chad grabs hold of his listeners, illustrating the SEAL mindset and ethos that revolve around leadership, teamwork, integrity, safety, mental toughness, discipline, overcoming adversity and grit.
“SEVEN” – SEAL Team Maxims
On a final operation in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, with the objective of capturing a deadly suicide-bomb manufacturer, members of SEAL Team 7 found themselves being set-up on a premeditated ambush. In SEVEN, Former Navy SEAL Chad Williams recounts the harrowing details of that ominous event, while communicating the seven SEAL Team maxims that ultimately led he and his Team to overcoming a hail of bullets in the worst of circumstances, and against all odds achieving mission success.
Sharing the seven SEAL maxims in a relatable way, Chad demonstrates how these battletested truths translate to the battlefield of doing business.
• AIM SMALL MISS SMALL (Goal Setting)
• COMMON MAN WITH UNCOMMON DESIRE TO SUCCEED (Heart/Desire)
• HUMBLY I SERVE (Servant Leadership)
• FORGED BY ADVERSITY (Overcoming Obstacles/Resilience)
• EARN YOUR TRIDENT EVERYDAY (Innovation, Progression)
• CONTROL EMOTIONS AND ACTIONS REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES (Composure)
• THE ULTIMATE MOTIVATION DISCOVERED INSIDE A HAT (The Fuel of Motives)
— BRIAN SWEENEY, VP of Chevrolet
The presentation was both informative and entertaining. The size of the attendance was noteworthy; it was larger than our typical attendance to hear our guest speaker. I received a lot of good feedback regarding your presentation and the fact you related to the owners and executives as well as their spouses and some older children is a compliment to you.
— MARVIN BROWN, VICE PRESIDENT- STEEL, LLC
I expected it to be excellent, you exceeded that!
— BRAD BAPTISTE, REGIONAL VPP MANAGER OSHA
Chad did a fantastic job with the kickoff meeting this year! He was a very interesting person and his story telling abilities were incredible. The content of his message was solid and I had many takeaways. His illustrations were memorable and applicable both in and our of the office. “Ducking boat,” “Identity,” “Not done until three people quit” and “The Human Condition” were all great nuggets.
— PAUL BEAULIEU, CHIEF PROJECT MANAGER ACE ASPHALT
Chad Williams did an outstanding job as our keynote speaker during our safety recognition day. He established an immediate connection with our maintenance personnel many of which are military veterans. Relating his real life experiences as a Navy SEAL to the importance of training and leadership was spot on. I have received numerous positive comments from our group and I would highly recommend Chad to any organization looking for a speaker with an inspirational message.
— MAC FELLIN – TRI-STATE GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION ASSOCIATION, INC
After you hear Chad you will understand that we can accomplish our mission by unflinching commitment to our chosen profession. After you meet Chad, you will better understand honor, loyalty, integrity, faith and character. He is the real deal.
— MR. MARK MOYA – HONEYWELL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INC.
Your dynamic, inspirational, and motivational message hit home with the over 100 people who were in attendance. I have never seen them listen so intently to anyone, and they are still talking about it almost a week later. Your intense and personal message about your life-changing experiences had a telling effect on the entire audience. We all came away not only with a determination to address our challenges with confidence and conviction, but also we were humbled by hearing of the path you have chosen for your life.
— CARL PALMER, PRESIDENT- NATIONAL LIME & STONE COMPANY
“Did you hear the good news yet? We got a $40,000 check written to us after you got done speaking!”
— Lt. Sean Kelsey
Chad was probably our most dynamic speaker that we have had in recent history. He is an entertaining, engaging, and sincere speaker. He can lead the audience in rapt attention.
— COL Nick Rogers (RET) CBMC, Redding, CA.
Chad was Great! Great! Great! One of the best, if not, the best Men’s Camp speakers we’ve had.
— KEATH BIGGERS, THE SALVATION ARMY
I had the pleasure of being at the Detroit auto show at the Chevrolet breakfast banquet where Chad Williams was the guest speaker. Chad was one of the best speakers I’ve heard. He’s very detailed and informative. He relates his life experiences as a navy seal to the real world. Most speakers lose my attention after a few minutes. After a few minutes, Chad had me and the group I was with on the edge of our chairs wondering what was next. Everyone I was with and around me raved over his speech when it was finished. Along with a standing ovations from the crowd. Chad is the real deal! Thank you for traveling from California out to Detroit to talk with us. 10 stars out of 10!
— MR. BRIAN P., CHEVROLET SALES
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SEAL of God
Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on a television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most difficult and grueling training to become a Navy SEAL. One of only 13 from a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad served his country on SEAL Teams One and Seven for five years, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq.
Part memoir, part evangelism piece, SEAL of God follows Chad’s journey through the grueling Naval Ops training and onto the streets of Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. Along the way, Chad shares his own radical conversion story and talks about how he draws on his own experiences as a SEAL to help others better understand the depths of Christ’s sacrifice and love.
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