Darren McBurnett: Perspective America
Retired US Navy SEAL, Professional Photographer, Author, Ambassador, and Motivational Speaker
- Retired Navy SEAL and world-renowned photographer, known for capturing some of the most incredible and intense images of SEALs in training
- A high-energy delivery paired with breathtaking visuals makes this presentation unlike any other
- Uses real stories and humor to share motivational and inspiring lessons about teamwork, leadership, and personal growth
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Following a 24-year Navy SEAL career, McBurnett has become an accomplished speaker and motivator, presenting to companies and groups including CDW, Budweiser, Rite-Aid, Walk-Ons, Albany Road Real Estate Partners, Founders Brewing Company, Hilton Hotels, BMO, National Quarterback Club, Fidelity Investments, Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, and many others. He is also an award-winning photographer. His professional portfolio includes work for NIKE, National Geographic, Fox and Friends, Rolling Stone, CBS SEAL Team, and the movie Act of Valor. His work has appeared on everything from album covers to billboards to walls of Fortune 500 companies and is in the homes of Charlie Sheen, Kid Rock, Jim McMahon, John Rich, Brent Burns, Roger Clemens, and John Daly. He is proud to be an ambassador for several military and first-responder nonprofits, where his photography has raised $1 million and counting for families who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom.
McBurnett is the author of Uncommon Grit, a 224-page photography book of the journey through Navy SEAL BUD/S first phase training. It’s a unique look at the military’s toughest training from the point of view of someone who has lived it. McBurnett includes descriptions of evolutions along with his sense of humor, allowing the reader to laugh, cringe, gasp, and imagine themselves participating.
His message is not only motivational and inspiring on a corporate level, but also promotes individual and personal growth—how to navigate in an ever-changing adverse environment where critical decision-making and leadership skills are absolutely vital for success. His visually breathtaking multimedia presentation highlights the untapped potential and Never Quit intestinal drive that is the cornerstone of Navy SEAL success and shares the defining characteristics that promote leadership and sacrifice in the SEAL Teams.
Developing “Uncommon Grit”: Lessons from Navy SEAL Training. A former SEAL platoon leader who served as an instructor at the Naval Special Warfare Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUD/S), world-renowned photographer and author Darren McBurnett understands what success requires. In this speech, built around breathtaking videos and photographs from his photography book Uncommon Grit: A Photographic Journey Through the Eyes of a Navy SEAL, McBurnett explores what separates the good from the truly exceptional.
With a message that’s not only motivational and inspiring on a corporate level—but also promotes individual and personal growth—McBurnett uses stories, humor, and his stunning visual aids to share lessons on teamwork, leadership, pushing through pain and failure, and more. Plus, he talks about how to navigate in an ever-changing adverse environment where critical decision-making and leadership skills are vital for success.
His visually breathtaking multimedia presentation highlights the untapped potential and “Never Quit” drive that is the cornerstone of Navy SEAL success, as he shares the defining characteristics that promote leadership and sacrifice in the SEAL teams.
Navigating Change: Never Underestimate Yourself. Learn strategies that will help you and your team successfully navigate an ever-changing, often adverse business environment. Set your organization apart from your competition, prepare, and equip your team to read and react to even the most uncertain situations effectively and with confidence. With words of inspiration and real-life stories from McBurnett’s SEAL career, you will walk away with tangible skills you and your team can immediately implement.
A true hero with a life time of lessons to share. His stories inspire and empower. His humble delivery captivates the audience and motivates us all to become better.
Darren has the unique ability to share his experiences and can connect with everyone in the room on a level that makes them get personally involved—he carries a powerful message
I have had the pleasure to have participated in a handful of presentations given by McB. Each was a unique and enjoyable experience. McB has a wonderful ability to pull in details from his experiences and to articulately communicate his message. From personal anecdotes to his professional achievements, McB is a crafty story teller. His message resonates with the audience; from the hardships of training to the personal sacrifices of he and his brothers. His personal narrative along with his incredible talents in photography create a lasting impression.
I have had the pleasure of hearing McB speak on numerous occasions and how he integrates his own personal experience as a Navy SEAL as well as his unfettered access to photograph Basic SEAL Training gives us a unique and never before look at what it takes to become a SEAL. His talent of speaking, photography and patriotism is awe inspiring
Darren McBurnett is one of the most inspirational speakers I have ever had the privilege of listening to. His words of duty, honor, patriotism and pride in America have stuck with me since the first time I heard him speak. As an organization, we knew we needed to have him back for a second keynote address after receiving such positive feedback from our guests the first time. They were blown away not only by his message but his photography - “Amazing” and “inspirational” were all they could say.
Darren McBurnett is a highly decorated veteran, and also a skilled storyteller. He is the narrator for his own real-life tales of honor and sacrifice that will stir a range of emotions in just about any audience. However, Darren has such a humble matter-of-fact way of recounting the stories that one can’t help but immediately sense the depth of his credibility and expertise when it comes to motivating others. Darren’s tales can easily translate to any organization that would benefit from: effective goal setting, a greater sense of purpose, and heightened teamwork. The typical “corporate motivational speaker” falls flat in comparison to the insights and experiences that Daren can share.
Darren is a captivating and authentic speaker. His history in the NAVY and the various Seal teams gives him ample real-life complex situations which he can use to compare to various business situations and goals. Teamwork, partnering, negotiating, mental toughness, following plans, achieving goals, regardless of the message your trying to get across, McB will be able to captivate your audience with real-life scenarios and leave them wanting more. He is the real deal, either in his dress uniform or in jeans and flip flips, his delivery is authentic and believable. Some speakers are just professional speakers with no real history of success. Darren is a real person, with real successes, and then he became a speaker. We had Darren speak at our event and the audience was totally captivated.”
You want to get inspired, you want to get motivated—spend an hour with McB listening to his stories and seeing his photography and videos. His messages are the best we as a country have to offer.
His message of perseverance through his Navy SEAL training, accompanied by his amazing photos, was truly inspirational. The “life lessons” portion of the talk really hit the mark with our sales team.
Darren is able to keep you on the edge of your seat as he inspires through the eyes and experiences of a Navy SEAL.