Clint Van Zandt

FBI Profiler, Hostage Negotiator, Vietnam Veteran and NBC TV Sr. Crime Analyst

Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he served as a Supervisor with the FBI's internationally respected Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit. He was also the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator and managed the FBI's Major Case/Crisis Management Program. Prior to this he was an Agent with US Army Intelligence and is a Vietnam War veteran. He has been the primary hostage negotiator for numerous national and international kidnap and hostage situations and he has testified before the US Senate. 

He managed both the FBI's Crisis Management and Major Case Management Programs and has assisted companies across the U.S. and around the globe with their Crisis Management and Violence in the Workplace Programs and regularly consults on these and other matters with such companies. 

As an FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator, he personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh in Waco, Texas and he has conducted negotiations that have brought about the release of hostages held by prison rioters, and kidnap victims held by both South American guerrillas and terrorists in the Philippines. He correctly profiled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on the day of that fateful bombing and also led the analytical team that helped to identified the "Unabomber."

A well-known author and television and radio commentator concerning crime and human behavior, he has made more television appearances than any other FBI Agent in history, to include over 3,000 national and international TV shows (NBC, MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and NPR, etc.) and has appeared many times on programs such as The Today Show, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends, Charlie Rose, Inside Edition, Anderson Cooper 360, The NBC Nightly News, The View, Meet the Press, The O'Riley Factor, Imus in the Morning, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and he has contributed to many print media and radio shows, to include the BBC. He is currently NBC/MSNBC TVs Chief on-air Criminal Analyst. His life and career were profiled in "The New Yorker Magazine" and Court TV aired a biography on his life (The Negotiator). 

Clint Van Zandt's newest book, "Facing down Evil, Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator," is available nationwide and has been published in a number of foreign languages, as a book on tape, and as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book. His book "Dynamic Processes of Crisis Negotiation," was awarded the 1998 Best Book Award by The International Association for Conflict Management. In addition to his weekly and sometimes daily television appearances, he also writes a weekly Internet column for Newsvine.com/MSNBC.com that is read by 1/2 million viewers each week. Clint is an extremely popular corporate, social, and cruise ship lecturer. He has spoken before many diverse groups such as the US Naval Academy, the American Psychological Association, and the American Society for Industrial Security, and at a number of major US and international institutes of higher education as well large fund raising, yearly corporate and other social events such as Chamber of Commerce and Crime Stoppers meetings.  He is also a frequent cruise ship speaker and has traveled all over the world in this regard. 

Clint's seminars, lectures and after dinner speeches are exciting, interesting, dynamic, educational and humorous at appropriate times, and he leaves his audiences with valuable insights and critical information that can help them better understand human behavior, and perhaps even save their lives! 

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Media, Negotiating, Safety, Strategic Alliance

  • Travels From:

    District of Columbia

  • Price:

    $5,000 - $7,500

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Clint Van Zandt

Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he served as a Supervisor with the FBI's internationally respected Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit. He was also the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator and managed the FBI's Major Case/Crisis Management Program. Prior to this he was an Agent with US Army Intelligence and is a Vietnam War veteran. He has been the primary hostage negotiator for numerous national and international kidnap and hostage situations and he has testified before the US Senate. 

He managed both the FBI's Crisis Management and Major Case Management Programs and has assisted companies across the U.S. and around the globe with their Crisis Management and Violence in the Workplace Programs and regularly consults on these and other matters with such companies. 

As an FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator, he personally negotiated with Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh in Waco, Texas and he has conducted negotiations that have brought about the release of hostages held by prison rioters, and kidnap victims held by both South American guerrillas and terrorists in the Philippines. He correctly profiled Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on the day of that fateful bombing and also led the analytical team that helped to identified the "Unabomber."

A well-known author and television and radio commentator concerning crime and human behavior, he has made more television appearances than any other FBI Agent in history, to include over 3,000 national and international TV shows (NBC, MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and NPR, etc.) and has appeared many times on programs such as The Today Show, Larry King Live, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends, Charlie Rose, Inside Edition, Anderson Cooper 360, The NBC Nightly News, The View, Meet the Press, The O'Riley Factor, Imus in the Morning, and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and he has contributed to many print media and radio shows, to include the BBC. He is currently NBC/MSNBC TVs Chief on-air Criminal Analyst. His life and career were profiled in "The New Yorker Magazine" and Court TV aired a biography on his life (The Negotiator). 

Clint Van Zandt's newest book, "Facing down Evil, Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator," is available nationwide and has been published in a number of foreign languages, as a book on tape, and as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book. His book "Dynamic Processes of Crisis Negotiation," was awarded the 1998 Best Book Award by The International Association for Conflict Management. In addition to his weekly and sometimes daily television appearances, he also writes a weekly Internet column for Newsvine.com/MSNBC.com that is read by 1/2 million viewers each week. Clint is an extremely popular corporate, social, and cruise ship lecturer. He has spoken before many diverse groups such as the US Naval Academy, the American Psychological Association, and the American Society for Industrial Security, and at a number of major US and international institutes of higher education as well large fund raising, yearly corporate and other social events such as Chamber of Commerce and Crime Stoppers meetings.  He is also a frequent cruise ship speaker and has traveled all over the world in this regard. 

Clint's seminars, lectures and after dinner speeches are exciting, interesting, dynamic, educational and humorous at appropriate times, and he leaves his audiences with valuable insights and critical information that can help them better understand human behavior, and perhaps even save their lives! 

Nostradamus and the Psychic Detectives 

Do so called psychics really have special abilities that can help law enforcement solve cases? Explore the history of psychics, the myths and the truths, and learn how they help, or hinder, criminal investigations. 

The History and the Secrets of Psychological Profiling 

What is the origin of criminal profiling and how is it used to solve crimes by the FBI? Hear the truth from a former top profiler in the FBI and see firsthand how these techniques are applied to solve so-called unsolvable crimes.  

Protecting Children of all Ages from Predators 

Former FBI Agent Clint Van Zandt was kidnapped by a child predator when he was 7-years-old. Hear how that experience changed his life forever and how you can both identify predators and help your children survive such situations. 

Telling the Difference between Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong 

Former FBI Agent Clint Van Zandt has helped both men and women deal with cases of Internet and personal stalking and domestic violence. He has identified and provides audiences with the behavioral clues needed to make such critical personal decisions. 

The new Age of Terrorism 

What is the current threat posed by terrorists worldwide, and might they strike again in America? Former FBI Agent Clint Van Zandt discusses the history of both international and domestic terrorism, the threat from the Middle East and how you can survive a terrorist attack.  

Kidnap, Ransom and Extortion Management 

The FBI's former Chief Hostage Negotiator discusses how businesses and families alike need to protect their employees and loved ones from becoming a victim of a kidnapping and how corporations should prepare themselves and their employees for the unthinkable.  

Similarities between Business Negotiations and Hostage Negotiations 

Negotiate as though your Life Depended on it! The FBI's former Chief Hostage Negotiator contrasts business and hostage negotiations in an interesting, exciting and useful way. His lecture leaves his audience better equipped to conduct future business negotiations. 

Violence in the Workplace 

Hardly a week goes by without a media report of some kind of violence in the workplace. Former FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt discusses such matters, the early warning signs that are normally present, and how companies and individuals can prepare to avoid or survive such situations. 

Psychological Profiling: Solving Famous Unsolved Cases 

Former FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt discusses the infamous Zodiac Case, the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, and the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Consider the evidence as you learn firsthand the rest of the story and develop your own profiles in these cases.  

Crime Scene Investigations 

What do the clues and other physical evidence left at a crime scene tell you about the crime and the person committing the crime? Former FBI Profiler Clint Van Zandt reviews the history of Crime Scene Investigations and tells you how modern CSI investigators really solve crimes.  

Modern Day Pirates, Ancient Day Crime 

Attacks by pirates have plagued seafarers for centuries. In 1795, the fledgling US Govt. paid a ransom of $1M to obtain the release of 115 kidnapped American sailors. Today private boats, yachts, cargo ships and even ocean liners face this ongoing threat from the 7 seas. 

Lessons Learned from the VA Tech Tragedy and Beyond: Identifying the Person in Need 

Grade school, high school and college campus' across the country have witnessed the tragic shooting of teachers and students by both insiders (students) and outsiders coming onto campus. Former FBI Agent Clint Van Zandt tells you how to identify the person in need, hopefully before tragedy strikes. 

How to Survive a Home Invasion, a Kidnapping and a Car Jacking 

The incidents of home invasions, kidnappings and carjackings are increasing all across America. Former FBI Agent Clint Van Zandt tells you how to avoid and survive a home invasion, how to avoid a kidnapper and how to survive and escape if you become a victim. 

Crisis Management 

Many companies and corporations encounter situations every day that, if not responded to appropriately, can develop into major media worthy crisis with an appropriate negative effect of company personnel... 

John Harrington, Assoc. of Independent Schools of Florida

I greatly benefited from Clint's presentation concerning child predators and have used his handouts about "What Children Need to Know" and "The Characteristics and Early Warning Signs of an Abusive Individual" well. Our association has reprinted material from his lecture for the benefit of 1,300 independent school leaders in Florida.

Bill Thiesen, The SPES Society

I want to let you know how much we appreciated Clint's presentation before our community group. Thank you is not even the beginning of how we feel about all he has accomplished for our organization. Clint's most recent presentation was exceptional in content and delivery. He had the full attention of the audience from his first sentence to the last. I marvel at his ability to capture and excite the group. As a listener I feel as though I am a part of his presentation. Many of our attendees have contacted us with very positive comments about his talk and how it gave them an insight into a different view of what had gone on during that period. Once again we are being asked when we will have him back. As I think back to 1997 and the first time you were a part of our program I am again reminded of the quality and success of his presentation. Comparison of then and now has me thinking that like a great vintage age has polished and smoothed him to perfection.

Irene & Duane Higent, Wisconsin Hospital Aux.

It was wonderful having Clint to speak before our Talk Series. All comments from attendees have been superlative and we loved having him and his wife as both our guests and our speaker.

Rick Foster, Program Director, the Newseum

Thank you for participating in "Inside Media" at the Newseum. Your comments were insightful and informative and the audience reaction was overwhelmingly positive. We hope you enjoyed the program and look forward to working with you again.
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