Dave Mitchell

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Dave Mitchell is a speaker and author who graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in mass communications and business administration.  Later, he obtained a masters degree in global human resources development from the University of Illinois.  He founded the Leadership Difference, Inc. in 1995 and serves as President and the company’s primary speaker.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Dave began his professional career in broadcasting (starting in radio when he was 17) and upon graduation worked as a television reporter for a CBS network affiliate. He eventually became a producer for CBS and then decided to transfer his skills to a career in organizational development.  Spending 11 years in corporate human resources and organizational development, Dave’s next career stop was at Marshall Field’s and Company as their Corporate Manager of Training and Development and later worked at the Buena Vista Hospitality Group in Orlando as Vice President of Human Resources and Quality. His experience with these organizations and frequent requests to speak at professional associations provided a springboard, in 1995, for launching the Leadership Difference.

What type of speaker is Dave Mitchell?

Dave Mitchell’s style is best described by a term he coined – enter-train-ment. As a speaker and organizational expert, Dave takes great pride in using proven principles in applied performance and cognitive psychology and delivering a high impact training experience that is also incredibly entertaining.  The over 40 courses and keynotes created and delivered by Dave are designed to bring laughter, joy and insight, hence the company’s motto, “laugh and learn!” Dave’s clients include AT&T, Allstate Insurance, Chase Manhattan Banks, Citi Group, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, General Dynamics, Electrolux Appliances, SubZero/Wolf Appliances, Trek Bikes, National Association of Realtors, Hilton Worldwide and the CIA.

Participants consistently rate Dave’s presentations very highly, with comments such as: “absolutely amazing”, “life-changing” and “best training we’ve ever experienced”. The keynotes, team-building events and training programs that Dave provides focus on leadership, selling skills, customer service and enhancement of individual and team performance.  

In 2006, Dave Mitchell released his first book Live and Learn or Die Stupid about his life experiences and the pursuit of happiness. In the first month of its release, it shot to the top of his publisher’s best seller’s list. In December 2013, Dave’s second book was released, The Power of Understanding People. Dave is also a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier as recognized by the International Wine Guild.  As a result, Dave can deliver wine-themed team building events like “What is Your Wine Personality” and “Are You America’s Next Top Winemaker.”

Dave Mitchell has been on the board of advisers of two Florida colleges, served as a board member for several professional organizations, is recognized for his volunteerism and fundraising, has written numerous articles for professional magazines and newsletters and retired (survived) after three successful years as baseball coach at the Tee Ball level. Dave lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Lori, their two kids, Brooklyn and Slade, and a collection of pets including horses, Mozart, Unico, and Wally; four dogs: twin yellow labs, Martini and Rossi,  Bob and Boone.

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    Customer Service, Leadership, Peak Performance, Sales, Teambuilding

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    Colorado

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Dave Mitchell: Motivational Speaker

Dave Mitchell is a speaker and author who graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in mass communications and business administration.  Later, he obtained a masters degree in global human resources development from the University of Illinois.  He founded the Leadership Difference, Inc. in 1995 and serves as President and the company’s primary speaker.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Dave began his professional career in broadcasting (starting in radio when he was 17) and upon graduation worked as a television reporter for a CBS network affiliate. He eventually became a producer for CBS and then decided to transfer his skills to a career in organizational development.  Spending 11 years in corporate human resources and organizational development, Dave’s next career stop was at Marshall Field’s and Company as their Corporate Manager of Training and Development and later worked at the Buena Vista Hospitality Group in Orlando as Vice President of Human Resources and Quality. His experience with these organizations and frequent requests to speak at professional associations provided a springboard, in 1995, for launching the Leadership Difference.

What type of speaker is Dave Mitchell?

Dave Mitchell’s style is best described by a term he coined – enter-train-ment. As a speaker and organizational expert, Dave takes great pride in using proven principles in applied performance and cognitive psychology and delivering a high impact training experience that is also incredibly entertaining.  The over 40 courses and keynotes created and delivered by Dave are designed to bring laughter, joy and insight, hence the company’s motto, “laugh and learn!” Dave’s clients include AT&T, Allstate Insurance, Chase Manhattan Banks, Citi Group, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, General Dynamics, Electrolux Appliances, SubZero/Wolf Appliances, Trek Bikes, National Association of Realtors, Hilton Worldwide and the CIA.

Participants consistently rate Dave’s presentations very highly, with comments such as: “absolutely amazing”, “life-changing” and “best training we’ve ever experienced”. The keynotes, team-building events and training programs that Dave provides focus on leadership, selling skills, customer service and enhancement of individual and team performance.  

In 2006, Dave Mitchell released his first book Live and Learn or Die Stupid about his life experiences and the pursuit of happiness. In the first month of its release, it shot to the top of his publisher’s best seller’s list. In December 2013, Dave’s second book was released, The Power of Understanding People. Dave is also a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier as recognized by the International Wine Guild.  As a result, Dave can deliver wine-themed team building events like “What is Your Wine Personality” and “Are You America’s Next Top Winemaker.”

Dave Mitchell has been on the board of advisers of two Florida colleges, served as a board member for several professional organizations, is recognized for his volunteerism and fundraising, has written numerous articles for professional magazines and newsletters and retired (survived) after three successful years as baseball coach at the Tee Ball level. Dave lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife Lori, their two kids, Brooklyn and Slade, and a collection of pets including horses, Mozart, Unico, and Wally; four dogs: twin yellow labs, Martini and Rossi,  Bob and Boone.

To book Dave Mitchell call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

Live and Learn or Die Stupid explores the characteristics of happy, successful people. Using audience interaction, comedy and introspection, Dave and the audience discover what it takes to achieve self- contentment. Taken from Dave’s popular book of the same name!

Reaching the Summit applies the concepts from Live and Learn or Die Stupid to professional performance. How do you obtain and sustain your full potential while remaining resilient and balanced in your life.

The Power of Understanding of People- Hollywood Style provides a better understanding of diverse communication styles. Based on Jungian psychology, it’s the perfect combination of pertinent human dynamics; laugh out loud humor and audience interaction. One of our most popular seminars!

The Heart and Art of Service will make your clients come racing back for more of what you have to offer. Through a series of dynamic, humorous real-life stories Dave will help your team discover how to identify each customer’s “service hot button” and ensure that you exceed their expectations. From building rapport to executing service recovery, this seminar covers the entire customer service dynamic.

Selling Luxury Items – There is a big difference between being a sales person and a sales consultant and today’s discerning consumer demands the latter. Learn the unique perspective of luxury consumers and how to take your selling skills to the next level to meet the expectations of this growing and influential demographic.

Breakthrough Leadership: Leading Transcendental Change will guide your team to a new level of sustained and consistent high performance. Dave will lead the participants through an interactive session of teambuilding, conquering with constant change and shifting from extrinsic to intrinsic needs fulfillment.

Dialectic Thinking: It’s the Issue, Not the Person focuses exclusively on resolving conflict. Dave uses the “Rules of Engagement” to help attendees adopt a more effective mental approach to conflict, reducing concerns to issues rather than to people. Further, this class focuses on a step- by- step model for approaching, discussing and ultimately resolving issues that divide individuals.

Becoming Resilient! focuses on the personal characteristics of high performers and how we can develop these attributes within ourselves. Is it possible to excel in all aspects of your life without burning out? This course examines each attendee’s strengths and potential vulnerabilities as they strive to maximize their potential. Life changing!

What is Your Wine Personality? – provides the opportunity to educate new salespeople on the fine art of business entertaining. This program ties valuable wine knowledge to communication styles and can be used as a team building event, teach rapport building techniques or to treat your VIP clients to an evening of fun.

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