A principal friend of mine told me that his school has had their third suicide in 6 months. His school has approximately 1200 students. I will be speaking there in the fall. What do you say to a group of teens who have lost three of their classmates since January? My speaking topics cover a wide [...]
As I finished up the school year of speaking I wanted to share some thoughts about what I learned this year. I knew this already but it was strongly reinforced after every school assembly that I delivered. My speaking topics were dignity, respect, and compassion. I also speak about addiction and mental health issues in [...]
Teaching Students to Act with Dignity & Respect https://player.vimeo.com/video/301684299 ➡️ Invite David to Speak at Your School or Event
How much personal information should we share with others? Just enough to show that we are human...just like them.
When you have lunch with someone its not about the conversation, its about the company.
In order to be a Good speaker, I need to be a Great listener.
I sit in judgment of no one...NO ONE.
A great deal of what I say to others are things I am also saying for myself. I need to hear myself say things to help me remember why I am here.
Being present is the key to all interaction. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes not. The person in front of you is the most important person in the world.
I love fostering connections in schools between students. It only takes one person to share something personal which can change the entire direction of a relationship. This is my definition of courage.