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Dennis Mansfield

Dennis is a business and executive coach for a billion dollar company in the Pacific Northwest. He's been interviewed on Focus on The Family,  Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News. Hosted Balance Point Radio for years and was embedded nightly with CBS affiliate news Point 2 Point as the conservative commentator for many years, as well.

From the storied halls of West Point class of 1978 to a bid for US Congress in 2000 to author and consultant; Dennis’ journey has taken him where few men are blessed to go. His unique clarity on life comes from being a lifelong learner and living each adventure to its fullest potential. Dennis has an inborn love for history and, due to his path in life, has a deep seeded drive to see honor lived out. Dennis has a deep love of creation and of the Creator.

Dennis is an award winning author of Cocoa: The Blind DogBeautiful NateFinding MaloneBenghazi and Beyond, as well as co-author of other books and written three motion picture screenplays. Dennis is a sought after conference speaker and business coach.


MESSAGE TOPICS AND DESCRIPTIONS . . .

Dennis anchors all his speeches to encouragement. His Mission Statement is as follows: 

I own the word encouragement. My mission, at all times, is to build courage into my coaching clients, speak courage into my audiences and provide the opportunity of courage for readers who select my books. 

Topics for keynotes, conferences and workshops include:

  1. How courage can be the root of encouragement
  2. Allowing pain to truly help you, if you’ll let it
  3. Defeating loss - how to bounce back from the deepest of hurts
  4. How win-lose scenarios outscore win-wins
  5. Thinking differently - why selling features and benefits does not work well
  6. Counter intuitive coaching for you and from you
  7. Who, What, Where, When and How - and avoiding the insanity of the "Why" 
  8. Developing your Mission Statement and Vision Statement - for a truer, deeper personal legacy
  9. Allowing the client to buy rather than you selling them on something
  10. The Benefit of becoming a DISC expert with clients and staff
  11. Asking Questions - How you can change lives by shutting up about yourself and opening up others
  12. How to Kill Brian Regan’s “The Me Monster” 

Each one of the topics listed can be fitted by Dennis to a keynote, a workshop, or a conference length by the inclusion of video clips and a question-answer period. Dennis loves to engage attendees through Q&A - often asking them to text their questions to him if the crowd is too large and a microphone set up is too cumbersome.

Every topic Dennis speaks on returns to the issue of encouragement and his Mission Statement - to provide an example to the attendees about their Mission Statement (or lack thereof) and how each topic must bring them back to overcoming the fears they have, the pain they have, and the losses they’ve endured. Dennis presents through humor and vulnerability whether speaking to a non-profit ministry/church group or a business/corporate setting. Dennis believes,

People will deal with their own pain (and hence they will change) IF they are coached to do so. And I am their coach when I’m up in front of them - for whatever length of time.

ENDORSEMENTS . . .

“I met Dennis as a resource to an entire team that was learning to grow and work together, through that process, I found that Dennis was straight forward, yet inspiring and supportive.  Able to provide direct and actionable feedback with an element of softness that only a true coach can offer.  Dennis has provided me a sounding board and point of guidance when the times have been hard and when tough decisions are needed through my own career and personal transitions.”

~Brandy S, Director of HR at Commerical Tire


Simon & Schuster Author Q&A with Dennis . . .

ABOUT DENNIS MANSFIELD

Q. WHAT IS YOUR BIRTHDATE?

A. January 8

Q. PREVIOUS OCCUPATIONS

A. I've owned several small companies and have coached business owners as well as individuals. While doing that, I've run several people for elective office, serving as well as a lobbyist for different conservative interests.

Q. FAVORITE JOB

A. I love being an author. I love coaching, through my writing.

Q. HIGH SCHOOL AND/OR COLLEGE

A. Two years at Mt. Clemens High School, Michigan. Two years at West Covina High School, California. I attended the US Military Academy, West Point, NY for two years and then completed my final two years of college, gaining my degree at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Ca.

Q. NAME OF YOUR FAVORITE COMPOSER OR MUSIC ARTIST?

A. Two: George Frederic Handel and Keith Green

REVEALING QUESTIONS

Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE IN ONLY 8 WORDS?

A. Mine is a passionate life of progress.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO OR MAXIM?

A. I am a creative, complete and connected man.

Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE PERFECT HAPPINESS?

A. Happiness is not what I desire. Joy is. Joy comes from being thankful for all that we have AND all that we do not have. My joy comes from appreciating God's love and His faithfulness to each of us - even when we don’t believe in Him.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

A. It used to be the death of one of my children. When my son, Nate, died, I had to come to grips with that fear, embrace it and realize that it no longer has power over me.

Q. IF YOU COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE?

A. Right where I am in Idaho. It's beautiful, wild and wonderful. I've traveled the world and love Israel and Europe, but Idaho has its arms around my shoulders, welcoming me home from each international trip.

Q. WITH WHOM IN HISTORY DO YOU MOST IDENTIFY?

A. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. They were amazing adventurers who scientifically discovered the land that became western America's homes, farms and cities. Their co-leading of the Corps of Discovery is a great example of leadership for each of us today.

Q. WHICH LIVING PERSON DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?

A. My bride, Susan. She was the first of her family to graduate from college and to teach school. She married me when I only had a vision and a series of vague goals and has helped me turn those into life-changing eternally impactful accomplishments.

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR MOST OVERUSED WORDS OR PHRASES?

A.I don't use over used words or phrases. I find them to be too over used and when I attempt to overuse the word "overuse" I realize that it may come off over used....tee hee. (Read my books and YOU tell me!)

Q. WHAT DO YOU REGRET MOST?

A. I have learned to regret nothing. Past bad decisions are deeply powerful teachers for the present and future.

Q. IF YOU COULD ACQUIRE ANY TALENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. I think I'd like to paint. That would be so much like writing. The word pictures as an author would become shaded images on the canvas. I think that would be really creative.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

A. In years past I would have offered up political examples, business projects or something I did when I was a Christian leader in the 1990's. But like Bill said to Socrates as Ted listened on, “All (they) are is dust in the wind, dude, dust...in..the..wind". No, my greatest accomplishment is in loving my bride as Christ loves His church. Either faith is real and lasts eternally or there is no purpose in living on this earth for even the 70 or 80 years we may have. The best is yet to come.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FLAW?

A. I can be a real jerk when I'm tired. "Putting Dennis to sleep" has a whole new meaning when I'm an idiot. Ha.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR BEST QUALITY?

A. Like a floating Ed Wynn bumping up against the ceiling in Mary Poppins' magical world, I love to laugh. I am also an encourager.

Q. IF YOU COULD BE ANY PERSON OR THING, WHO OR WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. I'm grateful I am who I am.

Q. WHAT TRAIT IS MOST NOTICEABLE ABOUT YOU?

A. I think my eyes are fairly noticeable, when people meet me. I love to speak through my eyes.

Q. IF YOU COULD MEET ANY HISTORICAL CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIM OR HER?

A. I'd like to meet Mark Twain. I'd ask him why he REALLY planned the publishing release of his Autobiography for a hundred years after his death. With all his straight forwardness during his lifetime, why did he fail in his courage to tell people what he really thought of them and when he was alive? May we each have "short accounts" with people today, during our lifetime.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?

A. It's a simple theological one. People of faith people read on, secular minded people skip this.  Scripture quotes Jesus as saying that "Wherever two or more are gathered, there am I in their midst". He was clearly talking about establishing truth as the Old Testament directed the Jews to do (hence the two or more witnesses). He IS Truth. Therefore he is there with them, establishing himself. BUT Christians often say, "Hey we have two or more among us, Jesus is here." Hmm. So when I was alone and prayed to him to enter my life, I should have had two more people with me? It's a wee bit ill thought out, I'd say.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE OCCUPATION, WHEN YOU’RE NOT WRITING?

A. I love to Coach people. Business or personal coaching is a wonderful thing to see change people's lives.

Q. WHAT’S YOUR FANTASY PROFESSION?

A. I live my life. There is nothing better than what I do and who I am in doing it.

Q. WHAT 3 PERSONAL QUALITIES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?

A. I appreciate vulnerability, brokenness and healing.

Q. IF YOU COULD EAT ONLY ONE THING FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A. C'mon on, did you even have to ask that? In-N-Out Double-Double with fries and lemonade; that's what a hamburger's all about!

ON BOOKS AND WRITING

Q. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

A. Tim Sanders Brock and Bodie Thoene, John Eldredge, Bobb Biehl, Randy Alcorn, Mario Puzo, Mark Burnett, Edmund Morris, CS Lewis, Stephen Ambrose

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR 5 FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME?

A. The Bible, US Grant's Autobiography, Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders, Washington by Meg Greenfield, Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Q. IS THERE A BOOK YOU LOVE TO REREAD?

A. Heaven by Randy Alcorn

Q. DO YOU HAVE ONE SENTENCE OF ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?

A. Write every day: journal, blog or dull a pencil, but write every day.

Q. WHAT COMMENT DO YOU HEAR MOST OFTEN FROM YOUR READERS?

A. "I started reading Beautiful Nate and didn't stop till the book was finished."