Inspirational Keynotes
From Eric Maddox

Captivate your audience with a daring war story and life-changing lessons from one of the best storytellers in America.

At conferences, meetings, or other events, the keynote speech is the best opportunity to make an impact on your audience. It reflects the spirit of the event and condenses the essence of the entire program into a few minutes. This is what a keynote speaker is: he or she is equal parts engaging and thought-provoking, ultimately leaving an indelible impression on listeners. As such, the energy and storytelling evoked during the keynote speech are crucial to a successful conference. These few minutes make or break the event, which is why you should choose a speaker who aims far beyond gaining a loud applause; he or she should be able to inspire change and get people to act — a true public speaker whose message stays with your audience long after the event.

Eric Maddox, Keynote Speaker

In Eric Maddox’s experience, the best way to capture an audience is through a story. And he has a repertoire of anecdotes that change the way people look at life. The most riveting of these tales is the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003 — a military operation where his information gathering technique played a pivotal role. Through empathy-based listening, he collected crucial intelligence that led to the exact location of Hussein — the Ace of Spades in the Deck of Cards. This thrilling story has captivated audiences of various professional backgrounds across the world. Expanding from this anecdote, Eric Maddox shares his life and business-changing techniques. Combined with his
powerful skill in storytelling, he has become one of the top motivational speakers in building professional and personal relationships.
Hire a seasoned speaker for your event. Get in touch with Eric Maddox for an unforgettable keynote address.

Riveting Stories

Battle Tested Tools

Unforgettable Events That Inspire Change

Riveting Stories

Wow and captivate your audience with one of the most daring war stories
from one of the best storytellers in America.

As a keynote speaker, Eric holds audiences spellbound as he shares the story only he can—a firsthand account of the intelligence-gathering that led to Saddam Hussein’s capture. He takes the audience from tension to release as he weaves the narrative of how every perceived failure leads forward. His lessons are from a one-of-a kind experience and they work in any industry.

Battle Tested Tools

Eric Maddox delivers not only a compelling and entertaining story about communication, but a battle tested tool that audience members can use every day to get better outcomes in their own negotiations. That tool is empathy based listening, and it’s the number one way to gain trust and maximize influence.

With trust, clients and customers turn into champions and advocates. With influence, leaders are more effective. As Eric teaches through example, there is no greater tool than empathy based listening to improve every area of life—professional and personal.
No other military speaker delivers empathy based listening as a life-changing tool that audience members can implement and see immediate results.

Unforgettable Events That Inspire Change

An Eric Maddox keynote is an entertainment event people will remember for years…and you’ll be remembered as a hero for booking him!

Eric Maddox is a life changing presentation. Audience members will leave with a deep process for how to use empathy based listening to change their lives. No other military speaker delivers empathy based listening as a life-changing tool that people can implement and see immediate results.

Inspirational Keynote:
“What’s Your Ace of Spades?”

Winning Through Empathy Based Listening | Perseverance | Leadership/Influence | Innovation | Change | Growth

Eric Maddox is more than a storyteller — as a keynote speaker, he becomes a mentor and guide, drawing insightful lessons from his war time stories that can be applied to different situations. In his experiences, empathy-based listening has drawn people closer to their goals, no matter what they may be. He believes that this active form of listening gains the trust of the people you interact with every day. It is, in his words, the number one tool for expanding your influence in all areas of life. As one of the most sought-after event speakers, Eric Maddox shares how you can use this powerful technique to turn customers to advocates, bosses to leaders, and followers to active contributors in a team.
Each moment of Eric’s story draws parallels to the way business intelligence is gathered and the necessity of innovation in an ever-changing landscape. The methods and techniques are as relevant in the boardroom as they are on the battlefield. They are proven methods of success up and down the command structure. Eric Maddox and his story will inspire your organization to take action and risks for growth and unprecedented success.

Keynote Topics

Eric can adapt his keynotes to address your event focus, industry, specific business challenges or areas of opportunity

  • Empathy based listening
  • Innovation
  • Leadership and influence
  • Perseverance
  • Culture change
  • Teamwork
  • Better decision making
  • Becoming a change agent
  • Adapting to a changing industry


“A one-in-a-billion story…best speaker I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”
Allison Zimmerman

I can’t say enough great things about last night! Eric was great, funny, insightful, gracious, humble….I could go on and on and on… Truly one of our best resources!!! One comment that was made was that the event was a 15 out of 10!
Jennifer Fraps

“One of the best keynote speakers I’ve ever seen! Eric’s amazing story of finding Saddam Hussein kept me on the edge of my seat and inspired me to challenge the status quo.”
Nathan Badgett

Discover the inside story of the search for Saddam Hussein—as told by the soldier who masterminded his capture
No other military speaker delivers empathy based listening as a tool that anyone can implement to see immediate results.