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Jeff Baxter

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Guitarist, Advisor, National Security Expert, and Problem Solver with game-changing ideas for students and firms

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Our keynote speaker Jeff Baxter, also known as Skunk, is probably best known for being one of the founding members of Steely Dan and Grammy-winning guitarist in the Doobie Brothers. However, Jeff Baxter is also a national security expert and speaker on problem-solving and innovation.

How does someone go from being a rock musician to a national security expert? Keynote speaker Jeff Baxter has always had an interest for technology and quickly became self-taught in the area of military technology and missile defense systems. He wrote up a paper that proposed converting a ship-based anti-aircraft missile system into a rudimentary missile defense system, passed it onto the right people and his new career started taking form.

Inspired by music, Jeff has an unconventional way of thinking. Seeing something not for what it’s meant to do, but what it’s able to do. This allows him to constantly be innovative and think ahead.

As a speaker Jeff Baxter is one of a kind. His way of combining the art of music with problem-solving and corporate adversities is unique and entertaining while being very educating. His methods and ideas are game-changers for anyone from students to large corporate firms. Jeff’s keynotes are engaging, funny and extremely interesting and educating. You will open your eyes and look at everything differently. Jeff Baxter also does presentations with him playing guitar to illustrate his ideas and concepts. 

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    Tipping the Scales: Using Asymmetrical Thinking to Change the Rules in Your Favor

    • There are good companies, and there are great. What separates the two from each other?
    • Great companies are constantly trying to out-think their competition and this is exactly where Jeff’s expertise lies.
    • In this keynote, Jeff Baxter will teach his audience how to think in new ways as he strips down old-fashioned business models to show the outdated flaws.
    • Good thinkers think out-of-the-box. Great thinkers transcend the box completely.

    Keynote by Speaker Jeff Baxter

    Problem Solving in the 21st Century

    • In today’s world, we are faced with threats, struggles and competition that can affect our organizations.
    • Knowing how to solve problems and overcoming adversities is a valuable skill to have.
    • In this keynote, Jeff Baxter will teach his audience his methods, ideas and concepts and combine them with examples from his own life, history and music.
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Jeff "Skunk" Baxter - The Revolution in Intelligence.

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Interview with Jeff Baxter

How did you begin your speaking career?

I was producing a band at a studio in Massachusetts around 2001 and one of the engineers at that studio was an old friend of mine, the drummer from the Boston Band, The Rockin’ Ramrods.  We were reminiscing about our days in the 60’s Boston Music Scene when I asked him if he knew how Harry Sandler, the former drummer for the band Orpheus was doing and he connected us.  Turned out that Harry was the VP of a well-known speaker’s bureau and he suggested, because of my fairly unique career that combined music and national security, that I should consider doing speaking engagements and it evolved from that.

How much does humor factor into your keynotes and other speaking engagements?

I believe that humor is an integral part of the human experience and that there are very few things that should be taken extremely seriously, especially oneself.

Who or what inspires you most?

Much of my inspiration comes from music so musicians like Charlie Parker, Beethoven, Charlie Christian, Ella Fitzgerald and Les Paul were and still are inspiration for me.  As far as non-musicians are concerned, I was exposed to the writings of Winston Churchill at a very young age so he and others like Charles Townes, (won the Nobel Prize for inventing the LASER), Abraham Lincoln, George Martin, Jules Verne and USAF COL John Boyd are people who have inspired me. I am invigorated by the challenges of solving difficult problems and, for me, the most motivating words in any language are the words “no”, “can’t” and “impossible.”

What has been the key to your success?

Having an open mind, seeking out the non-traditional, and operationalizing the phrase, “improvise, adapt and persevere.”

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

My favorite part of any speaking experience is the Q&A. I almost always learn something new and I especially enjoy if I can start a lively, spirited and dynamic discussion between people in the audience who may have never communicated before. The outcome is almost always positive for all concerned, including me.

What are your biggest goals in your life/career currently?

I have pretty much checked off most of the items on my “bucket list” so, as I enter the sunset chapters of my life, I endeavor to leave this world a bit smarter, a better musician, make whatever contributions I can, keep my sense of humor and, with any luck, a little bit of a better place than when I came into it.

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