Speaker Bio

David Thomas

David is an expert in memory and personal development. It all started out with buying a book on memory 18 years ago, now he is considered one of the leading speakers in the field of memory.

His credibility in memory is unquestionable and when mixed with his humorous and contagious side his talks are an experience like none other. David will leave delegates highly motivated and with the necessary knowledge and tools to progress forward in their careers, as an individual, and as an organisation.

David has a vast variety of clients from Olympic athletes to government officials. The never ending variety ensures that David meets new challenges everyday from new environments. Since breaking a Guinness world record in 1998 David has made multiple media appearances including being on the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago. David has gone on to take part in a number of interviews on ITV, BBC, Channel 4, and on the radio.

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He had a very challenging upbringing.  Amongst other things, at the age of 16 he went off the rails, got in trouble with the police, received a court conviction and was expelled from school.

He joined the Fire Service at 20 and subsequently failed his promotion exams. He bought a book on memory in a desperate attempt to pass his exams and found he had a gift. Within eight months of buying the book he went to The World Memory Championships and came 4th. He has since gone on to develop one of the most powerful memories in history. He is now a Sunday Times Number 1 bestselling author, international speaker and media personality.

Achievements

Memory

  • World Memory Championships medalist.
  • Guinness Book of Records record breaker for reciting the Pi to 22,500 digits from memory.
  • World record holder for memorising and reciting the order of 100 packs of playing cards.
  • 2007 US Memory Champion.

Media

  • Has done over 500 media appearances.
  • Biggest show has been The Oprah Winfrey Show that went out to 112 countries and 500 million people.

Books

  • Book One – “Essential Managers: Improving Your Memory” – sold in 16 countries and sales topped 120,00 copies.
  • Book Two – “Tell Me Why, Mummy” – went No. 1 in The Sunday Times bestseller list. To date, it has sold more than 500,000 copies.

Speaking

  • David has now spoken in 32 countries. Venues have included Caesars Palace, Alexandra Palace and the Tower of London. Delegates have included Government ministers, fire-fighters, Olympic athletes and receptionists and over 1,000 CEOs.

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Presenting with Power

David Thomas shows every Vistage member how to be a better THEM in front of any audience by COACHING them through his unique process.

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Presenting with Power

Overview:

Most presentations waffle on too long, use technology badly, bore the audience and don’t achieve their desired aims. In short, the presenter sacrifices their power in front of the audience. Take a CEO and the effect of that can be multiplied by 10.

But conversely, being able to present with power increases sales, customer loyalty and inspires staff.

David Thomas shows each participant how to be a better THEM in front of any audience by COACHING them through his unique process. This system can then be applied to every talk and presentation they give thereafter – from a Monday morning team meeting to a major conference.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an interactive session where every attendee will be expected to present at some point, either to all attendees or in small groups. This is essential because David’s main role is as a coach. Participants will develop material during the session that they will then be coached on by David.

There will also be video examples of best practice shown in each area and of course, David will share his own perspective as a speaker who has spoken in 23 countries over the last 20 years in every conceivable environment and to every type of audience.

Added November 2017.

Grow Your Brain, Grow Your Business

This interactive workshop includes learning simple, easy to use techniques that will have a real impact on performance covering Speed Reading, Mind Mapping and Memory Skills.

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Grow Your Brain, Grow Your Business

Speed Reading, Mind Mapping, Memory Skills

 

Part I: Speed Reading
CEOs need to be able to read effectively and quickly. Yet, almost all of them read slowly with poor comprehension, bad retention and low concentration. David Thomas will take participants through a simple process using techniques that will immediately improve their reading speed, concentration, retention and comprehension. Covering:

  • Why we read the way we do with the significant problems of low concentration, speed and retention.
  • Techniques to improve.
  • Application to all kinds of material.

Participants improve by an average of 40% in just a few minutes of practice.

Part II: Mind Mapping
Mind Mapping is like a Swiss army knife for the mind. It helps CEOs manage that deluge of information that crosses their desks every day. And helps them sort it and use it more effectively. Covering:

  • Mind Mapping technique.
  • How Mind Mapping works with the neurology of the brain to control information and ideas.
  • Mind Mapping for brain storming, decision making, meetings, planning, presentations and training.

When Boeing used Mind Mapping for the first time in 1993, they saved $11m in just one department alone!

Part III: Memory Skills
A strong and effective memory is an essential tool in the armoury of every CEO. Being able to speak without notes, recall names and memorise client details are just three small but powerful examples of how memory training can help the participants move towards achieving optimum performance. David Thomas will show participants how to tap into their latent and infinite memory ability. They will learn about memory and perform interactive exercises that will prove that the techniques work even before they leave the room. Covering:

  • The principles of memory improvement.
  • 7 Image Creation Principles.
  • Techniques to memorise lists, names, numbers, foreign languages, all types of information.

Up to 80% of what is learned is forgotten inside 24 hours. I test the participants and the average improvement is 80%.

Outcomes:

  • Learn simple, easy to use techniques that will have a real impact on performance as a CEO.
  • Gain an insight into something they never knew existed.
  • The chance to take techniques that can also be shared with staff, family and friends.

Presenting with Power

David Thomas shows every Vistage member how to be a better THEM in front of any audience by COACHING them through his unique process.

Read more

Presenting with Power

Overview:

Most presentations waffle on too long, use technology badly, bore the audience and don’t achieve their desired aims. In short, the presenter sacrifices their power in front of the audience. Take a CEO and the effect of that can be multiplied by 10.

But conversely, being able to present with power increases sales, customer loyalty and inspires staff.

David Thomas shows each participant how to be a better THEM in front of any audience by COACHING them through his unique process. This system can then be applied to every talk and presentation they give thereafter – from a Monday morning team meeting to a major conference.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is an interactive session where every attendee will be expected to present at some point, either to all attendees or in small groups. This is essential because David’s main role is as a coach. Participants will develop material during the session that they will then be coached on by David.

There will also be video examples of best practice shown in each area and of course, David will share his own perspective as a speaker who has spoken in 23 countries over the last 20 years in every conceivable environment and to every type of audience.

Added November 2017.

Grow Your Brain, Grow Your Business

This interactive workshop includes learning simple, easy to use techniques that will have a real impact on performance covering Speed Reading, Mind Mapping and Memory Skills.

Read more

 

Grow Your Brain, Grow Your Business

Speed Reading, Mind Mapping, Memory Skills

 

Part I: Speed Reading
CEOs need to be able to read effectively and quickly. Yet, almost all of them read slowly with poor comprehension, bad retention and low concentration. David Thomas will take participants through a simple process using techniques that will immediately improve their reading speed, concentration, retention and comprehension. Covering:

  • Why we read the way we do with the significant problems of low concentration, speed and retention.
  • Techniques to improve.
  • Application to all kinds of material.

Participants improve by an average of 40% in just a few minutes of practice.

Part II: Mind Mapping
Mind Mapping is like a Swiss army knife for the mind. It helps CEOs manage that deluge of information that crosses their desks every day. And helps them sort it and use it more effectively. Covering:

  • Mind Mapping technique.
  • How Mind Mapping works with the neurology of the brain to control information and ideas.
  • Mind Mapping for brain storming, decision making, meetings, planning, presentations and training.

When Boeing used Mind Mapping for the first time in 1993, they saved $11m in just one department alone!

Part III: Memory Skills
A strong and effective memory is an essential tool in the armoury of every CEO. Being able to speak without notes, recall names and memorise client details are just three small but powerful examples of how memory training can help the participants move towards achieving optimum performance. David Thomas will show participants how to tap into their latent and infinite memory ability. They will learn about memory and perform interactive exercises that will prove that the techniques work even before they leave the room. Covering:

  • The principles of memory improvement.
  • 7 Image Creation Principles.
  • Techniques to memorise lists, names, numbers, foreign languages, all types of information.

Up to 80% of what is learned is forgotten inside 24 hours. I test the participants and the average improvement is 80%.

Outcomes:

  • Learn simple, easy to use techniques that will have a real impact on performance as a CEO.
  • Gain an insight into something they never knew existed.
  • The chance to take techniques that can also be shared with staff, family and friends.

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