Derek Gaunt – Expert Trainer & Coach
Author of Ego, Authority, Failure
Derek Gaunt is lecturer, author of Ego, Authority, Failure, and trainer with 29 years of law enforcement experience, 20 of which as a team member, leader and then commander of hostage negotiations teams in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is a hostage negotiation and incident command subject matter expert who frequently speaks at hostage negotiations and SWAT conferences across the country.
Derek’s passion for interpersonal communications began when he was selected as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Section of a municipal police agency. He spent the majority of his law enforcement career in the Criminal Investigations Section as a detective, supervisor and eventually commander of major crimes.
In 1997, he took his passion for interpersonal communications to the next level, becoming a hostage negotiator. Once he became a supervisor, his passion transitioned from “doing” to teaching the concepts to others.
As a member of the Black Swan Group, he is a negotiation trainer and personal coach. Derek has trained throughout the US and around the world, instructing business organizations on how to apply hostage negotiations practices and principles to their world.
Derek presents seminars and in-house training programs in a variety of environments. His presentations are engaging and filled with useful techniques for understanding human behavior and navigating difficult conversations. His training has helped leaders and their organizations increase their performance by changing the way they think about communicating one person to another.
Meet the Team
CEO & Founder, Author
Chris has 24 years of FBI experience and was the former FBI Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator. Chris is the author of negotiation best-seller, “Never Split The Difference.”
Director of Training & Operations
Brandon is an expert trainer, coach and the thought leader behind negotiator personality types. In addition to leading up corporate training, Brandon manages the behind the scenes of the business.
Expert Trainer & Coach
With 29 years of experience, Derek has commanded and trained police department hostage negotiation teams. An expert trainer and coach, Derek has trained across the US and around the world.
Director of Events & Marketing
Maya has over 10 years of sales and marketing experience. She coordinates speaking at client events for the team and also is the hard work behind The Black Swan Group’s live seminars.