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cddfspace
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posted 01-23-2008 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I may have the opportunity to bring Ken Mattingly in to speak at a function at work. Has anyone heard him speak? Any thoughts? Topic would be on leadership - to an audience of space and non-space followers. Any feedback would be appreciated!

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CDDFSPACE

Gilbert
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posted 01-23-2008 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I heard him speak in Montgomery, AL a couple of years ago. He was addressing a crowd of about 200, who were mostly Auburn University engineers. He was an excellent speaker.

kr4mula
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posted 01-23-2008 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I interviewed him for the JSC Oral History project, which obviously isn't the same as public speaking, but from my experience I'd say he'd do a great job. I don't think he's as dynamics as, say, Jim Lovell, but he is very thoughtful, reflective, and highly organized. He was also honest about not being the quickest person to pick things up, so he made up for it through very hard work. You can check out his interviews here.

Cheers,

Kevin

FFrench
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posted 01-23-2008 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've heard him speak twice - once as the solo keynoter, and once as part of a panel. Both times he was excellent. His presentation on the Apollo 13 mission (to young college kids) was great - he took the audience through the whole mission in vivid detail. He sounds a lot less "canned" than many public speakers, a lot more from the heart.

He's a very humble guy as a public speaker, one of those guys who is evidently drawing himself out a little bit from his usual zone to do public speaking. For example, for his Apollo 13 talk, it was only in the Q+A at the end that someone asked him, so, did you ever get to fly in space yourself, and he gave some of those experiences!

Mr Meek
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posted 01-23-2008 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Gilbert:
He was addressing a crowd of about 200, who were mostly Auburn University engineers.

I don't know...I mean, you have to consider the crowd and such.

(Roll Tide!)

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