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Lessons from the Miracle on the Hudson

When you’ve suffered a complete loss of engine thrust over the largest city in America, you must act quickly and independently to address the developing situation. But, you must also trust in the system that trained you and prepared you to handle such moments of crisis. Jeff Skiles’ story of the “Miracle on the Hudson” would not have had its perfect ending if it weren't for the years of training and preparation that allowed him and Captain Sullenberger to work together as a team and maximize their time, communication, and effectiveness. Having only met each other three days earlier, Skiles and Sullenberger were able to work together seamlessly because they trusted in their system and the training and professionalism of everyone involved, from the air-traffic controllers, to the rescue personnel, to their own cabin crew. As he takes audiences through the nearly catastrophic events leading up to U.S. Airways Flight 1549′s emergency landing on the Hudson River, Skiles delivers the key lessons and principles that aided the flight crew in successfully landing the plane on that cold January day. If such lessons can save 155 lives when time is short and every move must be perfect, imagine what these lessons can do for your organization.

Jeff's presentation can be tailored in many ways to emphasize training, preparedness, and/or organizational management techniques. Jeff also has a very specific presentation that he often gives for medical industry clients detailing Barrier to Error Management techniques employed in the airline world.


Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities, Jeff Skiles details the lessons, training, and scenarios that led to the “Miracle on the Hudson” with a great sense of humor and his natural storytelling ability. Click below for more information or call 1-800-SPEAKER


"We were delighted you were able to be our guest speaker. The feedback we have been receiving has been terrific. Your story is truly amazing. Many comments have focused on the warmth conveyed in your delivery and how you truly valued the team of people that did their job so effectively."

"We can't thank you enough for sharing your story with our audience last week. We were thrilled to hear your message and have heard from many of our guests that it was one of their favorite keynotes to date with this event."

"Skiles knocked it out of the park...and then stayed and met folks in the exhibit hall at our booth. Highly recommend him to anyone..."

"Jeff did an excellent job. His presentation was the perfect close our conference. Attendees were super engaged and interested in his story, and they were very impressed at how well he tied his experience back to safety principles that are crucial to the metals industry. They also found great value in his comments about teamwork and changes in the airline industry’s culture. Grand slam to end the day in my opinion!

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