Gary Sheely

For over 30 years, Gary’s unique role in people’s lives has placed him in the middle of hundreds of conflicts and confrontations. His experiences, education and expertise truly make him a “Tactical Confrontation Specialist.” He has been teaching confrontation and de-escalation skills to clients for 20 years and works with organizations that want to create a culture where their people feel safe having constructive confrontation and deescalating angry people.

In addition to his Tactical Confrontation Seminar, Gary has published  several books, including Safe At Work:  How Smart Supervisors Reduce the Risk of Workplace Violence, and dozens of articles on Communication, Workplace Improvement, and Self-Development. 

He taught for over 4 years as an Adjunct at both University of Phoenix and Saint Gregory’s University in Tulsa. Among his courses were Professional Communication, Speech, Western Civilization and Culture and Interpersonal Relationship Skills. In 2009 he was recognized by his students as Faculty of the Year for a class entitled “Spiritual Dimensions of Mental Health.”

He is also a USPA certified Skydiving Instructor, Freefall Coach and Jumpmaster with hundreds

of skydives logged.

He has been married to Kathy for over 35 years and they have 2 grown sons.


Electric Cooperative Statewide Association


"I can personally recommend Gary Sheely to anyone looking for an engaging speaker that is not afraid to tell their group the truth.  Our organization has had quite a bit of active shooter training over the last two years but we wanted to address the environment that leads up to a possible event.  Gary did a great job of outlining clearly some of the signs to be diligent in looking for as well as behaviors in yourself that can effect people in a potentially negative way.  The group of CEO’s in the room commented repeatedly about how they felt Gary was talking directly to them.  Hopefully, that will lead to some positive change or at least awareness in our people moving forward.  I strongly recommend allowing Gary to have two sessions so that you can experience some of the practical group activities.

Thanks Mr. Sheely!"

Gerald Gordon

VP, Safety and Loss Control

Download Information about Gary's Programs

TSI - Sheely Tactical Confrontation for a Safer Workplace (pdf)


TSI - Sheely Smart Mgt one sheet (pdf)