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Dave Mitchell

Dave Mitchell

Keynote Speaker: Founder of The Leadership Difference & Author of "The Power of Understanding People"

Dave Mitchell Biography

Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 450,000 people have attended Dave Mitchell’s “enter-TRAIN-ment” seminars on topics that include leadership, customer service, selling skills, and personal performance enhancement. His clients include Allstate Insurance, Bank of America, Universal Studios, Hilton Worldwide, Janssen/Johnson and Johnson, Novartis, Sub-Zero Wolf Appliances, Electrolux Appliances, Trek Bikes, Walt Disney World and the CIA. In July 2013, Meeting Professionals International selected as the Meeting Madness winner for Best Speaker of the Year at their World Education Congress in Las Vegas. In September 2015, Meetings and Conventions Magazine named Mitchell one of the Best Speakers of the Year.

He has a B.A. in Mass-Communications with an emphasis in Business Administration and M.Ed. in Global Human Resources Development. Mitchell spent 12 years as a corporate executive in human resources management, has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois. He is also a regular guest lecturer at Walla Walla University and Whitman College, is the chairman of the business advisory board for Walla Walla Community College and is designated as a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier by the International Wine Guild. He is also a founding shareholder of Pambrun Wines. Having failed to achieve his dream of playing professional baseball, he went on to a successful coaching career at the tee ball level.

Mitchell is the author of four books. "Live and Learn or Die Stupid!" focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence. His second book, "The Power of Understanding People," was released in December 2013 by acclaimed publisher Wiley and was immediately named Best Business Book of the Month by Amazon. Mitchell’s third book, "The Power of Understanding Yourself," was released on January 7, 2019 also by Wiley and was an Editor’s Pick by getAbstract and named Top Read by Training Magazine. His fourth book, "Peak Performance Culture: The Five Metrics of Organizational Excellence," was released in September 2020 on Wiley.

Mitchell lives in the Walla Walla Valley wine country with his wife of 37 years, Lori; has two adult children, Brooklyn and Slade; three horses, and Miles and Mingus – the canine security system (and Jazz tribute).

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Dave Mitchell Speaking Topics

The Power of Understanding People

One of Dave’s most requested programs, “The Power of Understanding People,” provides the tools to understand each participant’s own unique communication and leadership style. This info-filled, energizing training event provides an ideal combination of strong content, laugh-out-loud humor, and audience interaction. Attendees discover the cornerstone of high performance and tips for enhancing communication, teamwork, employee engagement, customer service excellence, and influence. This program was named the Meeting Madness Winner 2013 for best event of the year by Meeting Professionals International at the World Education Congress in Las Vegas. In December 2013, the book of the same name was released and was immediately named Best Business Book of the Month by Amazon. It is now available as an interactive webinar!

Attendees will walk away energized with strategies for applying the following insights:

• An understanding of their own strengths and vulnerabilities as a leader, team member, and communicator

• An ability to better understand the intrinsic needs of others and how to best engage them, build more effective relationships, inspire them to peak performance, meet their service expectations, and influence them.

• Better communication skills to apply in all relationships in their life

• Content can be tailored to leadership, sales, teambuilding, or customer service themes

Leading a Peak Performance Culture

This powerful program focuses on the leadership characteristics that are the foundation of the most successful organizations worldwide. Attendees will discover the behaviors embodied by leaders that instill a desire in others to perform at a high level while avoiding environmental stress and burnout. Notable in the content is that these are behaviors, processes, and approaches that are easy to replicate, not nebulous values that can be subjective and hard to manifest. They are designed to help all leaders drive a successful ideology throughout the organization, delivered in Dave’s “laugh and learn” style. The content is from Dave’s book, "Peak Performance Culture: The Five Metrics of Peak Performance Culture," released in September 2020 and represents data collected from over 1000 organizations over the last 25 years.

Being Resilient: Managing Stress Before it Manages You

Even before the life-altering changes brought about by the global pandemic, chronic stress had become a public health threat. Today, that threat is more severe, leading to heart disease, hypertension, digestive distress, mental health challenges, and other potentially life-threatening disorders. Minimally, chronic stress interferes with our quality of life and happiness. But is stress bad? The answer is a resounding “NO!” Stress is an important part of our physiological response to life’s demands. The problem is most of us have never developed a comprehensive strategy for using sudden stress effectively as a performance enhancement tool while avoiding the damaging effects of prolonged, chronic stress. Dave breaks down the origins of stress, distinguishes between sudden stress, chronic stress, and burnout, and maps out a strategy for liberating us from the toxic consequences of being the victim of stress rather than the victor.

What is Your Wine Personality?

Imagine combining laughter, wine tasting, and applied cognitive psychology into one high-energy event. In this highly interactive, 60-minute session, you will learn your leadership/communication style, obtain strategies for becoming even MORE effective in delivering and receiving information, and taste some delicious wines! A traditional wine-tasting event can be stodgy, pretentious, and boring. A class on applied cognitive psychology? No, thank you! But in the hands of Dave Mitchell, named one of the top speakers of 2015 by Meetings and Conventions Magazine, you will laugh and learn about both!

Are you similar to a complicated Chateauneuf du Pape from France? Or are you more the unconventional Petit Verdot from Walla Walla, Washington? Maybe you communicate like a charming Spanish Cava, or you are direct and big like a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Whatever your style, there is a wine that behaves just like you, and Dave will identify the wine that best reflects the way you communicate. Perfect for team building, ice-breaking receptions, or improving group communication while having fun and learning about wine.

Conflict Resolution: It's the Issue, Not the Person

Part of Dave’s award-winning The Power of Understanding People series, It’s the Issue, Not the Person, focuses on an easily learned methodology to resolve common interpersonal conflict that naturally arises between individuals with different communication styles. Using Dave’s “laugh and learn” approach to adult education, participants will learn a step-by-step methodology for addressing conflict. Additionally, the course identifies the most common causes for these conflicts, toxic behaviors that exacerbate their negative impact, and how to become more comfortable having positive conversations around the cognitive diversity that inevitably creates friction between team members. This invaluable course empowers team members to address their own conflicts with co-workers, family, and friends and reduces the need for leaders to play referee at work.

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What topics does Dave Mitchell speak about?

Dave Mitchell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Communication, Personal Growth, Authors, Motivational, Leadership, Teamwork & Teambuilding, Business Leadership, Consulting, Business and Customer Service.

Where does Dave Mitchell travel from?

Dave Mitchell generally travels from Oregon, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Dave Mitchell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Communication, Personal Growth and Authors. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dave Mitchell for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Dave Mitchell generally travels from Oregon, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jason Young, Dennis Snow and Robert Spector. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dave Mitchell for an upcoming event.

Dave Mitchell Speaking Topics

  • The Power of Understanding People

    One of Dave’s most requested programs, “The Power of Understanding People,” provides the tools to understand each participant’s own unique communication and leadership style. This info-filled, energizing training event provides an ideal combination of strong content, laugh-out-loud humor, and audience interaction. Attendees discover the cornerstone of high performance and tips for enhancing communication, teamwork, employee engagement, customer service excellence, and influence. This program was named the Meeting Madness Winner 2013 for best event of the year by Meeting Professionals International at the World Education Congress in Las Vegas. In December 2013, the book of the same name was released and was immediately named Best Business Book of the Month by Amazon. It is now available as an interactive webinar!

    Attendees will walk away energized with strategies for applying the following insights:

    • An understanding of their own strengths and vulnerabilities as a leader, team member, and communicator

    • An ability to better understand the intrinsic needs of others and how to best engage them, build more effective relationships, inspire them to peak performance, meet their service expectations, and influence them.

    • Better communication skills to apply in all relationships in their life

    • Content can be tailored to leadership, sales, teambuilding, or customer service themes

  • Leading a Peak Performance Culture

    This powerful program focuses on the leadership characteristics that are the foundation of the most successful organizations worldwide. Attendees will discover the behaviors embodied by leaders that instill a desire in others to perform at a high level while avoiding environmental stress and burnout. Notable in the content is that these are behaviors, processes, and approaches that are easy to replicate, not nebulous values that can be subjective and hard to manifest. They are designed to help all leaders drive a successful ideology throughout the organization, delivered in Dave’s “laugh and learn” style. The content is from Dave’s book, "Peak Performance Culture: The Five Metrics of Peak Performance Culture," released in September 2020 and represents data collected from over 1000 organizations over the last 25 years.

  • Being Resilient: Managing Stress Before it Manages You

    Even before the life-altering changes brought about by the global pandemic, chronic stress had become a public health threat. Today, that threat is more severe, leading to heart disease, hypertension, digestive distress, mental health challenges, and other potentially life-threatening disorders. Minimally, chronic stress interferes with our quality of life and happiness. But is stress bad? The answer is a resounding “NO!” Stress is an important part of our physiological response to life’s demands. The problem is most of us have never developed a comprehensive strategy for using sudden stress effectively as a performance enhancement tool while avoiding the damaging effects of prolonged, chronic stress. Dave breaks down the origins of stress, distinguishes between sudden stress, chronic stress, and burnout, and maps out a strategy for liberating us from the toxic consequences of being the victim of stress rather than the victor.

  • What is Your Wine Personality?

    Imagine combining laughter, wine tasting, and applied cognitive psychology into one high-energy event. In this highly interactive, 60-minute session, you will learn your leadership/communication style, obtain strategies for becoming even MORE effective in delivering and receiving information, and taste some delicious wines! A traditional wine-tasting event can be stodgy, pretentious, and boring. A class on applied cognitive psychology? No, thank you! But in the hands of Dave Mitchell, named one of the top speakers of 2015 by Meetings and Conventions Magazine, you will laugh and learn about both!

    Are you similar to a complicated Chateauneuf du Pape from France? Or are you more the unconventional Petit Verdot from Walla Walla, Washington? Maybe you communicate like a charming Spanish Cava, or you are direct and big like a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Whatever your style, there is a wine that behaves just like you, and Dave will identify the wine that best reflects the way you communicate. Perfect for team building, ice-breaking receptions, or improving group communication while having fun and learning about wine.

  • Conflict Resolution: It's the Issue, Not the Person

    Part of Dave’s award-winning The Power of Understanding People series, It’s the Issue, Not the Person, focuses on an easily learned methodology to resolve common interpersonal conflict that naturally arises between individuals with different communication styles. Using Dave’s “laugh and learn” approach to adult education, participants will learn a step-by-step methodology for addressing conflict. Additionally, the course identifies the most common causes for these conflicts, toxic behaviors that exacerbate their negative impact, and how to become more comfortable having positive conversations around the cognitive diversity that inevitably creates friction between team members. This invaluable course empowers team members to address their own conflicts with co-workers, family, and friends and reduces the need for leaders to play referee at work.

Dave Mitchell Videos

Dave Mitchell 2023

Dave Mitchell Reviews

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