Paul Nadeau

Author, Actor, Former Hostage Negotiator & International Peacekeeper

Paul Nadeau

Author, Actor, Former Hostage Negotiator & International Peacekeeper


Former police detective, hostage negotiator and international peacekeeper J. Paul Nadeau spent more than 30 years working with victims of crime and perpetrators and learning from top experts in abuse situations, murder investigations, hostage takings, terrorist attacks and human behavior in general. Over the course of his career, Nadeau talked hostage takers into giving themselves up and murderers into admitting to their crimes. And because of his extensive training and his unique approach to connecting with people of all walks of life and under every circumstance, his life was saved by a terrorist during a terrorist attack in the Middle East. Nadeau understands the importance of connecting to others, without judgement, prejudice or fear so that we can each contribute to helping the world become a better and safer place.

As accomplished as Nadeau’s career has been – and continues to be, his life has been equally influenced by events in his youth that were beyond his control. As a survivor of severe physical and emotional abuse by an alcoholic father, he experienced firsthand the loss of hope and destructive internal dialogue that can immobilize a person as effectively as any prison. Suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety and depression at an early age, Nadeau experienced a moment in grade 7 that turned his life around and led him to confidently take control of his life. He credits that moment for providing him the personal power to achieve many successes, both personally and professionally. He became the policeman he promised himself he’d become to arrest men like his father and he has made it his life’s mission to guide others through the thoughts and experiences in their lives that hold them hostage, just as his thoughts had done to him. He now speaks to thousands of people-in large audiences and one on one about what they can do not only to overcome their fears and challenges, but also to confidently step forward into a new, happier and more fulfilled life.

Nadeau’s success in helping others led him to write the acclaimed book, “Take Control of Your Life,” published by HarperCollins Canada, and his book has been credited for saving lives and helping hundreds of people deal with anxiety, depression, self-sabotage and a number of other human conditions. Nadeau is also a regular guest on SiriusXM’s talk radio, a consultant to world news networks such as CNN, The National and CP24 for his expertise on terrorism and global hostage crisis’ and a screenwriter.

Keynote Topic:

Stories From the Field: Hostage Negotiations Applied to Business Problems

Paul’s work as a Hostage Negotiator taught him the Behavioural Change Stairway Model: five key steps leading to positive change in times of crisis. Getting into the mind of the person on the other end of a deal requires a deep understanding of motivation, communication, and human instinct. In this keynote, Paul will share his lessons on how to remove roadblocks in the process of negotiation in order to reach consensus.

Persuasion in the Absence of Manipulation

Paul’s approach to successful business and sales negotiations makes use of a combination of effective hostage negotiation principles and techniques. His proven formula of influence without manipulation resulted in a 90% criminal confession rate. Drawing on his 30+ years of professional experience, Paul’s presentation will walk the learner through his tactical, step-by-step scientific and relationship-based approach to negotiations.