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Daniel Cnossen

6-Time Paralympic Medalist, Bilateral Above-Knee Amputee & Former U.S. Navy Seal Lt. Commander

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Daniel Cnossen Biography

A true patriot, raised on the farmlands of Kansas, early on Dan Cnossen knew he wanted to serve his country. Upon graduating high school, he was accepted at the U.S. Naval Academy and spent the next four years relentlessly pursuing selection for SEAL training. One of only 16 members of his class given the opportunity to enter Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL training as officers, Cnossen successfully completed the grueling process in the fall of 2003.

Over the next six years, Cnossen was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan and rose in rank to become the officer-in-charge of an 18-man SEAL platoon.

In 2009, Cnossen was deployed to Afghanistan, into an area of heavy combat. There, on a night mission in the mountains, he stepped on an IED, losing both legs in the blast. He would later be awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor.

For the next two years Cnossen fought for his life, enduring over 40 different surgeries, while readjusting to civilian life. It was during this time, as part of his rehab, that he was introduced to the sports of cross-country skiing and biathlon. Never one to shy from a challenge, he eventually earned a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team.

In 2015, Cnossen returned to graduate school, earning two degrees from Harvard University.

At the 2018 Paralympic Games Cnossen stole the show, remarkably winning one gold, four silver and one bronze medal over a period of eight days earning the honor of Best Male Athlete of The Games.

Speaking Topics
  • Mental Toughness & Goal Setting

    Navy SEALs and gold medalist don’t tolerate inefficiency, excuses and mediocrity. If you’re looking for a speaker to not only inspire your team, but to equip them with tangible steps to set and achieve far reaching goals while navigating any obstacle, this is the presentation you’re looking for.

    Dan shares the mental tools that got him through the most grueling military training in the world and to the highest levels of athletic competition, and how those tools translate to business and life. Under Goal Setting, Dan takes a deep dive into how to formulate a long range plan for success, utilizing and breaking down the very same Personal Performance Plan he employed to win six Paralympic medals. In Mental Toughness he defines and teaches the mental skills needed to weather the storms that inevitably accompany the pursuit of any meaningful achievement.

  • Leadership: Key Principles in Action

    Leadership Keynote Key Principles in Action 'Servant Based Leadership’, ‘Constantly Improving Your Tactical Position’, ‘Succession Planning’ and the counter-intuitive, ‘Not Knowing Is A Position of Strength’ are some of the many principles Dan demonstrates in this presentation targeted to your company’s directors and team leaders. Dan believes some leadership principles come naturally to certain people, other principles can be learned, and all principles can be continually developed.

    Dan Cnossen considers being put in charge of a Navy SEAL Platoon, being directly responsible for the lives of other men, to be his most significant military accomplishment. The lessons he learned during his military career, both as a soldier and as a Lt. Commander, are the basis of this insightful presentation.

  • Overcoming Adversity

    An astonishing story of survival, grit and resiliency in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity. Dan’s personal journey from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the podium at the Paralympic Games is sure to inspire your audience to confront any challenge head-on.

    Dan’s tone is that of a humble warrior who isn’t bragging about his remarkable accomplishments, but rather sharing his hard-earned lessons learned through some incredibly difficult life experiences.

    When he shares the story of being dragged off a craggy, mountain peak in Afghanistan, through a live minefield, with his legs blown to shreds, racing to get to the evacuation helicopter before it runs out of fuel, it’s like listening to a Tom Clancy novel come to life… but this is not fiction.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Daniel Cnossen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Daniel Cnossen for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Daniel Cnossen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Daniel Cnossen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Daniel Cnossen?

    Booking fees for Daniel Cnossen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Daniel Cnossen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Daniel Cnossen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Daniel Cnossen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Daniel Cnossen for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Daniel Cnossen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Daniel Cnossen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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6-Time Paralympic Medalist, Bilateral Above-Knee Amputee & Former U.S. Navy Seal Lt. Commander

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Daniel Cnossen Biography

A true patriot, raised on the farmlands of Kansas, early on Dan Cnossen knew he wanted to serve his country. Upon graduating high school, he was accepted at the U.S. Naval Academy and spent the next four years relentlessly pursuing selection for SEAL training. One of only 16 members of his class given the opportunity to enter Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL training as officers, Cnossen successfully completed the grueling process in the fall of 2003.

Over the next six years, Cnossen was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan and rose in rank to become the officer-in-charge of an 18-man SEAL platoon.

In 2009, Cnossen was deployed to Afghanistan, into an area of heavy combat. There, on a night mission in the mountains, he stepped on an IED, losing both legs in the blast. He would later be awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor.

For the next two years Cnossen fought for his life, enduring over 40 different surgeries, while readjusting to civilian life. It was during this time, as part of his rehab, that he was introduced to the sports of cross-country skiing and biathlon. Never one to shy from a challenge, he eventually earned a spot on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team.

In 2015, Cnossen returned to graduate school, earning two degrees from Harvard University.

At the 2018 Paralympic Games Cnossen stole the show, remarkably winning one gold, four silver and one bronze medal over a period of eight days earning the honor of Best Male Athlete of The Games.

Daniel Cnossen Speaking Topics

  • Mental Toughness & Goal Setting

    Navy SEALs and gold medalist don’t tolerate inefficiency, excuses and mediocrity. If you’re looking for a speaker to not only inspire your team, but to equip them with tangible steps to set and achieve far reaching goals while navigating any obstacle, this is the presentation you’re looking for.

    Dan shares the mental tools that got him through the most grueling military training in the world and to the highest levels of athletic competition, and how those tools translate to business and life. Under Goal Setting, Dan takes a deep dive into how to formulate a long range plan for success, utilizing and breaking down the very same Personal Performance Plan he employed to win six Paralympic medals. In Mental Toughness he defines and teaches the mental skills needed to weather the storms that inevitably accompany the pursuit of any meaningful achievement.

  • Leadership: Key Principles in Action

    Leadership Keynote Key Principles in Action 'Servant Based Leadership’, ‘Constantly Improving Your Tactical Position’, ‘Succession Planning’ and the counter-intuitive, ‘Not Knowing Is A Position of Strength’ are some of the many principles Dan demonstrates in this presentation targeted to your company’s directors and team leaders. Dan believes some leadership principles come naturally to certain people, other principles can be learned, and all principles can be continually developed.

    Dan Cnossen considers being put in charge of a Navy SEAL Platoon, being directly responsible for the lives of other men, to be his most significant military accomplishment. The lessons he learned during his military career, both as a soldier and as a Lt. Commander, are the basis of this insightful presentation.

  • Overcoming Adversity

    An astonishing story of survival, grit and resiliency in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity. Dan’s personal journey from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the podium at the Paralympic Games is sure to inspire your audience to confront any challenge head-on.

    Dan’s tone is that of a humble warrior who isn’t bragging about his remarkable accomplishments, but rather sharing his hard-earned lessons learned through some incredibly difficult life experiences.

    When he shares the story of being dragged off a craggy, mountain peak in Afghanistan, through a live minefield, with his legs blown to shreds, racing to get to the evacuation helicopter before it runs out of fuel, it’s like listening to a Tom Clancy novel come to life… but this is not fiction.

Daniel Cnossen Videos

  • Jocko Podcast 333: Excuses and Rationalizations are Not Valid
  • Daniel Cnossen Interview | Pre 2019 World Championships
    Interview with Paralympian athlete Daniel Cnossen before his home World Championships at the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Prince...
  • Dan Cnossen, Already An American Hero, Is Now A Paralympic Gold...
    Dan Cnossen, known for his valor as a Navy SEAL, won two medals at the PyeongChang Paralympic Games — now the Topeka native is taking home gold in...

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  • How to book Daniel Cnossen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Daniel Cnossen for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Daniel Cnossen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Daniel Cnossen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Daniel Cnossen?

    Booking fees for Daniel Cnossen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Daniel Cnossen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Daniel Cnossen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Daniel Cnossen for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Daniel Cnossen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Daniel Cnossen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Daniel Cnossen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Daniel Cnossen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Mental Toughness & Goal Setting, Leadership: Key Principles in Action and Overcoming Adversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Daniel Cnossen for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Daniel Cnossen generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Melissa Stockwell, J.R. Martinez, Jason Redman, Rocky Bleier and Brent Gleeson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Daniel Cnossen for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Daniel Cnossen Speaking Topics

  • Mental Toughness & Goal Setting

    Navy SEALs and gold medalist don’t tolerate inefficiency, excuses and mediocrity. If you’re looking for a speaker to not only inspire your team, but to equip them with tangible steps to set and achieve far reaching goals while navigating any obstacle, this is the presentation you’re looking for.

    Dan shares the mental tools that got him through the most grueling military training in the world and to the highest levels of athletic competition, and how those tools translate to business and life. Under Goal Setting, Dan takes a deep dive into how to formulate a long range plan for success, utilizing and breaking down the very same Personal Performance Plan he employed to win six Paralympic medals. In Mental Toughness he defines and teaches the mental skills needed to weather the storms that inevitably accompany the pursuit of any meaningful achievement.

  • Leadership: Key Principles in Action

    Leadership Keynote Key Principles in Action 'Servant Based Leadership’, ‘Constantly Improving Your Tactical Position’, ‘Succession Planning’ and the counter-intuitive, ‘Not Knowing Is A Position of Strength’ are some of the many principles Dan demonstrates in this presentation targeted to your company’s directors and team leaders. Dan believes some leadership principles come naturally to certain people, other principles can be learned, and all principles can be continually developed.

    Dan Cnossen considers being put in charge of a Navy SEAL Platoon, being directly responsible for the lives of other men, to be his most significant military accomplishment. The lessons he learned during his military career, both as a soldier and as a Lt. Commander, are the basis of this insightful presentation.

  • Overcoming Adversity

    An astonishing story of survival, grit and resiliency in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity. Dan’s personal journey from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the podium at the Paralympic Games is sure to inspire your audience to confront any challenge head-on.

    Dan’s tone is that of a humble warrior who isn’t bragging about his remarkable accomplishments, but rather sharing his hard-earned lessons learned through some incredibly difficult life experiences.

    When he shares the story of being dragged off a craggy, mountain peak in Afghanistan, through a live minefield, with his legs blown to shreds, racing to get to the evacuation helicopter before it runs out of fuel, it’s like listening to a Tom Clancy novel come to life… but this is not fiction.

Daniel Cnossen Speaker Videos

  • Jocko Podcast 333: Excuses and Rationalizations are Not Valid
    Daniel Cnossen Interview | Pre 2019 World Championships
    Interview with Paralympian athlete Daniel Cnossen before his home World Championships at the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Prince George.
  • Dan Cnossen, Already An American Hero, Is Now A Paralympic Gold Medalist
    Dan Cnossen, known for his valor as a Navy SEAL, won two medals at the PyeongChang Paralympic Games — now the Topeka native is taking home gold in biathlon and silver in cross country skiing.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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