About Terry Vaughan
Terry grew up in England under the heel of a volatile and frequently violent father. Because of this,
it was essential for him to pay attention and try to predict when an outburst might be on the way.
Body language signals in the form of postural changes, gestures, subtle facial expressions, or vocal
modulation often provided the only clues that an outburst was imminent. He didn’t know it at the
time, but this experience would lead to a lifetime of interest in the subject of non-verbal communication.
Vaughan attended human behavior and body language training during his time with the British
Royal Marine Commandos and quickly realized he had a gift for decoding others. Upon leaving the
military, Terry taught several different combative disciplines including hand-to-hand combat,
Muay Thai kickboxing, edged weapons, and tactical firearms. However, the knowledge that it is
always safer to avoid a physical altercation ensured that situational awareness instruction was always
a part of his curriculum.
After more than 15 years incorporating various personal safety elements into his combatives
training, Terry created his D.I.R.T. Dangerous Individual Recognition Training®, a workshop that
builds trust, teamwork, and emotional intelligence for every group that attends. It also teaches
employees safety skills that will make them safer at work, home, or play.
Combining a love of body language with his experience of various leadership styles in the military,
Terry expanded his workshop and keynote presentations to include Mastering Body Language for
Leaders. This seminar goes to the heart of why we need leaders in the first place and showcases how
to be a leader that appeals to a group's anthropological needs. Once a leader understands why they
should be displaying certain non-verbal behaviors, they will improve emotional intelligence and the
ability to influence, guide, and lead through good times or bad.
After nearly a decade presenting various body language topics to a multitude of audiences, Terry
turned his attention to improving the speaking styles of other professionals with Authentic Public
Speaking and Communication. Terry often states that a speaker's body language can either support,
weaken, or completely undermine the verbal message, but if a speaker loses their authenticity and
becomes too polished, the audience will likely rebel and stop actively listening. Effective
communication is part art and part science, and every professional can benefit from maximizing
their non-verbal signals.
Amongst Terry’s eclectic background he also worked as a teenage host on a BBC television show
called No Limits, before enrolling in a stage school and working as an actor, dancer, and occasional
singer. Transitioning from dancer to Commando was fraught with hilarious situations and epic
challenges, many of which he shares during his highly entertaining keynote, Dancer to Commando:
How to Overcome Any Obstacle. This presentation is part inspiration, part motivation, and part
cautionary tale. But, above all else, Terry’s account of how and why he signed up for one of the
toughest military training courses in the world after life as a thespian, has to be heard to be believed
and is the perfect way to launch or close any event.
Vaughan is also the author of the popular book NOT WITH MY DAUGHTER! A Dad’s Guide to
Screening Dates and Boyfriends (Skyhorse Publishing, NY), a former British Royal Marine
Commando, a competitor on season 4 of the History Channel's television show, TOP SHOT, and a
host for GUNTV.