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Antoinette Tuff, Crisis Management Speaker

Antoinette Tuff

    • An Ordinary Woman Who Became Extraordinary
    • Accidental Hostage Negotiator
Fee Range

$7,500 - $10,000

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About Antoinette Tuff

About Antoinette Tuff

Antoinette Tuff: Chicago Idea Week

Antoinette Tuff: Chicago Idea Week

Antoinette Tuff: Tough to the Core

Antoinette Tuff: Tough to the Core

Lifetime Movie Trailer: Faith Under Fire

Lifetime Movie Trailer: Faith Under Fire

On August 19, 2013, Antoinette Tuff was a school bookkeeper, severely depressed that her husband of 33 years had recently left and faced the daunting challenges of raising a son with multiple disabilities as a single Mom. Never did she think that she would become a hero saving more than 1,000 lives, a best-selling author, an international celebrity or a guest of Michelle Obama’s at the State of the Union Address.

The next day, her life changed forever. Antoinette, an accidental hostage negotiator, used her experiences with challenging life issues to successfully convince an armed gunman who entered the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy to give her his AK-47. This is the only school active shooter situation in the US that ended without death or injury to school students, faculty, parents or shooter himself. Experienced hostage negotiators, law enforcement, and community leaders praised her intuitive, yet textbook, hostage negotiations on August 20, 2013.

As a speaker, Antoinette shares how her everyday crisis management techniques with Tuff Tactics apply to a wide variety of situations, both large and small. Audience members will learn how stressful incidents in their everyday life can be leveraged as an asset when dealing with difficult interpersonal relationships, heated customer interactions or if they find a gun pointed in their direction. Her crisis management presentation with Conversation in the Crosshairs is designed to complement structured crisis situation and relationship training utilized by security, human resource, and legal teams.

To book crisis management and leadership speaker Antoinette Tuff, contact Executive Speakers Bureau at (901) 754-9404.

Conversation in the Crosshairs

Preparation is the key to success in a hostile or life-threatening situation. Conversation is the Crosshairs educates audiences on real-life situation in which Antoinette used cautious compassion, clever confidence and took control of the situation when interacting with an active shooter that come into her workplace.

Antoinette's Tuff Tactics can be applied to the following situations:

  • Difficult customers
  • Interpersonal relationships (manager, employee or colleague)
  • Hostile employees
  • Vengeful family members (ex-spouses)
  • Active shooter

PREPARED for a PURPOSE: School Under Siege

Antoinette knows that her personal challenges, including financial struggles, broken marriage and raising a disabled child, and triumphs prepared her for to handle the gunman that walked into the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Center and her calling to help individuals reach their potential. She believes that everyone is prepared for purpose in life. Antoinette helps individuals and organizations to find their purpose.

Antoinette's Tuff Tactics can be applied to the following situations:

  • Team Building
  • Personal Growth
  • Goal Setting

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