David McQueen is an international speaker, executive coach and facilitator, working with clients around the globe and sharing his insights on effective leadership and communication in the workplace.
He started his career as an accountant, then went to IT working in systems support and then as a project manager. In his careers, he found that he spent as much time advising colleagues on career development and presentation skills as he did the technical part of work and decided that he would leave the corporate world to set up his own communications company, Narratively Ltd
Since then David has spoken at conferences, in-house meetings, away days and executive retreats in Europe, Canada, USA, The Middle East, Thailand, South Africa, Australia and Tanzania to name but a few.
In his speeches, he challenges audiences on honest, thought-provoking and evidence-informed approaches to value-based leadership. He uses his client work and research to help organisations shape culture, manage change and drive performance. David demonstrates how leaders can impact positive change through effective communication strategies including strategic storytelling, facilitation and inspirational presenting.
Talks can be bespoke keynotes or you can choose from one of these four:
A ROOM FULL OF WHITE MEN
Creating and leading a culture of inclusion in any organisation takes hard work. It is one thing to talk about diversity when organisations approach recruitment and retention but another thing to actually do it. Often the phrases diversity and inclusion can put people’s backs up but it doesn’t have to be so.
This keynote takes a provocative but evidence-informed approach to developing leadership culture to make organisations more inclusive. Tackling assumptions about the diversity of personnel and thought, and how inclusive cultures affect the bottom line through harnessing creativity, innovation and performance.
LEAD FROM THE CENTRE
At the heart of good organisation is a central focus on the vision of the company.
Where are we going? Why are we going there? How we you intend to get there?
Leadership at any level of the organisation is profoundly shaped by knowing the purpose, values and ethos of the organisation and collectively working to get there.
Using case studies, research and anecdotes, this keynote is a reminder to organisations as to why leadership at all levels is crucial. Using the metaphor of an orchestra, this keynote inspires audiences to think and act on driving their organisations forward. From the centre.
HOW TO GIVE A DAMN GOOD PRESENTATION, EVERY TIME
Whether giving a pitch, speaking at a conference, chairing an AGM, selling an idea or even networking, being able to present effectively and clearly is a necessary skill for working professionals.
This simple keynote goes some way to explaining the formulas successful speakers and presenters have used for years to make their presentations matter. Whether giving a motivational, technical or sales presentation, clients will learn how to define, design and deliver great presentations every time.
WHY YOUR STORY COUNTS
From the dawn of time leaders have always been able to inspire through a powerful story, whether express or implied. In the world of business, the stories we tell around the origin of the company, the products we have or our customer service are critical.
This keynote explores not only how to develop your stories in the context of the company you work for or run, but how to deliver them and when. Attendees will leave with tools as to why their stories matter, not just to customers, but to themselves.
David has worked with organisations in the corporate, public and third sector.
Away from the podium, David is a presenter and is currently the host of a leadership podcast, imaginatively entitled The David McQueen show, He was the host of Pioneers TV, a business show by Virgin Media, where he interviewed (and worked with) his business hero Sir Richard Branson. In 2007 co-hosted the Channel 4 career series Vocation, Vocation, Vocation.
Bloomberg, Virgin Group, Barclaycard, JP Morgan Chase, Investec, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Societe Generale, Shell, Cisco, Morgan Stanley, Pearson, Northern Trust, BBC, Channel 4 and the Telegraph Media Group.