My favorite presentations are those I’ve done for the NYPD Executive Training Unit. These law enforcement professionals, at the rank of captain and above, are reputed to be a tough crowd. And yet, they are incredibly attentive and eager to learn what you have to offer.
I can’t think of a more demanding, stressful professional life than theirs, yet they laughed at all my dopey jokes, and made me feel a genuine warmth and interest in my material. One of them was kind enough to write a wonderful foreword and has become a close friend.
The first picture is during a brief, informal ceremony at the conclusion of my first lecture. Sgt. Moore, on the left, who has been granted a well-deserved move up, is a most pleasant and bright young man. I have no doubt that he will reach the top. Sgt. Johnny Nuñez is a truly professional administrator. If I ever hit the lottery and use the money to buy a giant corporation, I hope he will accept my offer to make him CEO, so I can sail the Bahamas knowing that everything’s in good hands.
In the second picture is the man who first enlisted me at the Police Academy. Captain Daniel Sosnowik is the Commanding Officer of the unit. Harvard educated, job-trained — could there ever be a more threatening presence to this kid from the Bronx and Yonkers who never quite grew up? Captain Sosnowik greets you at every meeting with a warm smile and a what-can-I-do-for-you attitude. The first time I met him, he questioned me for over an hour about what I do and how I do it and where I learned it. But this was far from a grilling. His every phrasing let me know he had an intellectual appreciation for what he knew of my expertise. And he matched me punch line for punch line with grace. He’s a super guy.
The third picture shows me on stage talking about, and acting out, how to remember Mr. Cunningham’s name. Most of the NYPD programs are half-day. About an hour in, the class learns the first names that go with nine faces, and the last names for another twelve or thirteen. Then, throughout the rest of the lecture, without warning, I flash the faces on my Powerpoint presentation and the class shouts out their names. It’s a hoot!
Below is a brief clip with audio…