David Nour

Social Networking Strategist, Global Thought Leader

Born to middle-class educators in Iran, David Nour learned at a very young age the incredible power and promise of identifying, building, and nurturing strategic relationships. As he wrote in his first book, Relationship Economics® – Transform Your Most Valuable Business Contacts Into Personal and Professional Success (Wiley, 2012), he certainty didn’t get it then, but walking through the bazaars of Iran at a young age with his father on Friday errands, he understands now that his dad got things done through relationships. Whether they needed a plumber at the house that afternoon or access to an influential politician, the rest of the world is dramatically more proactive with its portfolio of relationships.

David arrived in the U.S. as a teenager in 1981 with a suitcase, $100 to his name and no fluency in English. He lived with an aunt and uncle he had never met and grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta. He earned his Eagle Scout, graduated from high school and enrolled in an undergraduate engineering program, before graduating from Georgia State University with a business degree. His early career in sales and sales management at various technology firms reinforced the value of internal and external relationships. 

Later after working for a global consultancy and earning his postgraduate degree from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, David became President of an early-stage venture. While there he again leveraged more than his educational foundation and professional pedigree, but his portfolio of relationships to identify market opportunities, attract and retain exceptional talent, raise capital, and gain his clients’ confidence. Many of these results he shares today with his global audiences.

During his time as a senior leadership advisor to portfolio companies of a private equity firm, David saw dramatically diverse business models, leadership styles, and a broad spectrum of relationship development best and worst practices. From that experience, he dedicated himself to becoming a student of business relationships and what made world-class individual contributors, managers, and leaders excel.

After hundreds of speeches and being asked countless times for a book, David hunkered down to write his first, Relationship Economics, back in 2008. To date, more than 50,000 copies of that first book have been purchased or gifted by individuals or their organizations, and it remains David’s iconic work. In it, he outlined his Relationship Currency™ Roadmap, the sustainable differentiation in Reputation Capital™, and the strategic value of one’s Professional Net Worth™. The goal was then as it is now to elevate his audiences’ mindset, help create a roadmap, and provide a toolset to think of relationships as more than transactional networking, and one of truly transformational relationships.

In 2016, he launched the Relationship Economics quiz, amassing a research database of over 20,000 respondents on how individuals think about their business relationships, further quantifying the six relationship-development archetypes, from Start to Star across 28 different industries, from manufacturing to professional services. Continuing on that journey to better understand how people think, feel, and behave around their business relationships, this time with a particular emphasis on collaboration and reinvention of business and revenue models, he launched the Co-Create quiz, Canvas, and Workbook. 

As an internationally renowned thought leader and business expert, David annually delivers 50 global keynotes on business relationships, social and mobile disruptive technologies, and adaptive innovation at corporate meetings, leading industry association conferences, and academic forums. He is an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s College of Management. David serves as the lead independent director on the board of introNetworks, a privately held intelligent community technology firm based in Santa Barbara, California.

David’s unique perspective and independent insights on business relationships as well as social and mobile innovation have been featured in a variety of prominent blogs and publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Knowledge@Wharton, Associations Now, Huffington Post Business, Medium, Entrepreneur and Success magazine.

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    Business Communications, Business Trends, Change, Disruption, Economics, Globalization, Innovation, Marketing, Motivation, Networking, Peak Performance, Social Media, Strategic Alliance, Teambuilding

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Born to middle-class educators in Iran, David Nour learned at a very young age the incredible power and promise of identifying, building, and nurturing strategic relationships. As he wrote in his first book, Relationship Economics® – Transform Your Most Valuable Business Contacts Into Personal and Professional Success (Wiley, 2012), he certainty didn’t get it then, but walking through the bazaars of Iran at a young age with his father on Friday errands, he understands now that his dad got things done through relationships. Whether they needed a plumber at the house that afternoon or access to an influential politician, the rest of the world is dramatically more proactive with its portfolio of relationships.

David arrived in the U.S. as a teenager in 1981 with a suitcase, $100 to his name and no fluency in English. He lived with an aunt and uncle he had never met and grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta. He earned his Eagle Scout, graduated from high school and enrolled in an undergraduate engineering program, before graduating from Georgia State University with a business degree. His early career in sales and sales management at various technology firms reinforced the value of internal and external relationships. 

Later after working for a global consultancy and earning his postgraduate degree from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, David became President of an early-stage venture. While there he again leveraged more than his educational foundation and professional pedigree, but his portfolio of relationships to identify market opportunities, attract and retain exceptional talent, raise capital, and gain his clients’ confidence. Many of these results he shares today with his global audiences.

During his time as a senior leadership advisor to portfolio companies of a private equity firm, David saw dramatically diverse business models, leadership styles, and a broad spectrum of relationship development best and worst practices. From that experience, he dedicated himself to becoming a student of business relationships and what made world-class individual contributors, managers, and leaders excel.

After hundreds of speeches and being asked countless times for a book, David hunkered down to write his first, Relationship Economics, back in 2008. To date, more than 50,000 copies of that first book have been purchased or gifted by individuals or their organizations, and it remains David’s iconic work. In it, he outlined his Relationship Currency™ Roadmap, the sustainable differentiation in Reputation Capital™, and the strategic value of one’s Professional Net Worth™. The goal was then as it is now to elevate his audiences’ mindset, help create a roadmap, and provide a toolset to think of relationships as more than transactional networking, and one of truly transformational relationships.

In 2016, he launched the Relationship Economics quiz, amassing a research database of over 20,000 respondents on how individuals think about their business relationships, further quantifying the six relationship-development archetypes, from Start to Star across 28 different industries, from manufacturing to professional services. Continuing on that journey to better understand how people think, feel, and behave around their business relationships, this time with a particular emphasis on collaboration and reinvention of business and revenue models, he launched the Co-Create quiz, Canvas, and Workbook. 

As an internationally renowned thought leader and business expert, David annually delivers 50 global keynotes on business relationships, social and mobile disruptive technologies, and adaptive innovation at corporate meetings, leading industry association conferences, and academic forums. He is an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s College of Management. David serves as the lead independent director on the board of introNetworks, a privately held intelligent community technology firm based in Santa Barbara, California.

David’s unique perspective and independent insights on business relationships as well as social and mobile innovation have been featured in a variety of prominent blogs and publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Knowledge@Wharton, Associations Now, Huffington Post Business, Medium, Entrepreneur and Success magazine.

The Co-Create Effect: what will the evolution of you, your team, and your organization look like?

Individuals, teams, and organizations must balance learning and performing to evolve. That evolution no longer comes from being the smartest in the room but from innovative collaboration with strategic relationships - within and external to the organization. David will explain how co-creating provides the construct, the process, and the tools to help your audience do just that – evolve themselves, their teams, and their organization. Recognized by many past clients as David’s best thinking and practical, pragmatic work to date.

Relationship Economics - The Art & Science of Relationships: Leveraging your single biggest asset to driver performance, execution, and results

Focus on the quantifiable value of business relationships and provide a systematic process for identifying, building, nurturing, and leveraging personal and professional relationships. David introduces battle-tested best practices, based on his global experiences, along with social science research and hundreds of executive interviews, that bridge the gap between relationship creation and relationship capitalization. The cornerstone keynote based on the best-selling book, Relationship Economics Updated & Revised (Wiley, 2012), delivered to more than 30 corporate, association and academic forums annually.

Return on Impact - Disruptive Technologies Impacting Your Business Model: How will you adapt to disruption and evolve your value-add in the process?

Return on Impact isn’t about Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. It’s about socially enabling organizations to listen louder, think faster, and respond to changing market dynamics, helping them reinvent, adapt, and relate in new and powerful ways. David discusses how SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud) is swinging the power pendulum in the direction of members and customers, leaving many industries and organizations out of the equation, and how you can get the most return on your business interactions, involvement, image, and impact.

Adaptive Innovation - Adaptable Business Models for Changing Market Demands: From signal scouts to "yes, and" learning to drive creativity, communication, and collaboration

Create a sustainable competitive advantage, develop a relationship-centric culture, and have the audacity to fail and the ability to learn from those failures. Create greater market value than your competitors, help your channel partners differentiate your unique products or services, and shake up your value chain. It sounds difficult; David makes it simple.

Skyhook Wireless

“I found David to be incredibly knowledgeable, creative and forthright. I would gladly work with David again if given the opportunity.”

LK Communications

“With David's enthusiasm , you can't be in the same state and not be motivated! Beyond the motivation factor, his teachings are right on. They can be applied to anyone in any industry. I highly recommend each organization & individuals alike listen to David!”

5 Technology Trends Every Association Executive Should Follow
Thursday, May 5, 2016

I have been consulting, speaking and publishing on the art and science of relationships for almost two decades now.  I’m always amazed at how much I learn after one of my books comes out. The publication opens up new opportunities to talk about my ideas, and that leads to meetings with people who are deep in the trenches doing what I have written about.

Right now I’m writing a new book and working on revisions to several others. I try for 40-50 percent new content with each change.  My research process includes new interviews and circling back to people I respect and trust for conversations about the latest developments in their work.

For updates on my book Return on Impact, I am specifically interested in what’s happening in the association space, which has unique attributes.

  • Even though the biggest associations are technically SMBs from the standpoint of revenue and employee count, they have an enormous impact on their industries.
  • They are often the governing body and—if their leaders are smart and non-partisan—they have influence along their industry’s entire supply chain.
  • They are the original social network, connecting a broad base of constituents.
  • Because of their nonprofit orientation, many don’t pay for exceptional talent and as a result, they are not benefitting from sufficient intellectual horsepower.
  • Unfortunately, because associations haven’t had to compete the way other business models do, they are prone to complacency.

I’m painting with a broad brush, but if you are familiar with the association landscape, you recognize the truth in these generalizations.

Recently I met an exception, and I'd like to share some of his exceptional thinking with you. Reggie Henry, CIO at the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). I have found most I.T. people are buried in their “speeds and feeds” and “bits and bytes.” Reggie is the opposite. He focuses on the business applications of that technology, not its features and functions. In our recent meeting, Reggie shared five key trends that are dramatically impacting the association world.

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52 Questions for Insane Conversations:
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

52 Questions for Insane Conversations: How have you overcome a recent failure?

Let’s face it, as Americans we don't like to fail! It's not in our nature to understand it, accept it, put up with it, like it, or ever get used to it. We see it as a sign of weakness, incompetence, or lack of willpower to overcome obstacles. I don't know about you, but ever since I was a kid, it was driven into me that failure is bad. Obviously, most of us fail professionally at some point; many of us fail at something on a daily basis!

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