In 2003, Eric Maddox collected the intelligence which led to the exact location of Saddam Hussein—the Ace of Spades in the infamous Deck of Cards. His technique shaped the future intelligence collection for the military and civilians around the world.
Today, he shares that technique—empathy-based listening—with people and companies around the world as an inspirational speaker, author, consultant, and negotiator. Empathy based listening teaches that trust is the most important element in all relationships. When you have trust, you turn clients and customers into champions and advocates. You gain and maximize influence. There is no other skill needed more to improve every aspect of your personal and professional life.
During his six month tour with this Delta Force team, he conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. For his accomplishments, Eric was awarded the Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Bronze Star.
Following the capture of Saddam Hussein, Eric was hired as the first civilian interrogator for the Defense Intelligence Agency where he continued to work with the Joint Special Operations Command in tracking down the U.S. military’s most-wanted radical extremists. Since 2003, Eric has conducted over 2,700 interrogations of prisoners from 25 different countries while deploying eight times including two tours to Iraq, three tours to Afghanistan; and tours to The Philippines, Bosnia, and Herzegovina as well as undisclosed locations in Eastern Europe.
Eric served in the U.S. Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency for over 20 years before retiring in 2014. He continues to help corporations, organizations, universities, CEOs, and audiences worldwide in the art of questioning, negotiations, and information gathering.
Check out Eric’s Website: EricMaddox.com