Since founding the Leadership Difference in 1995, over 300,000 people have attended Dave’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, 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 Dave one of the Best Speakers of the Year.
He has a B.A. in Mass-Communications with an emphasis in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Global Human Resources Development. Dave has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois and designated as a Certified Advanced Wine Sommelier by the International Wine Guild. Having failed to achieve his dream of playing professional baseball, he went on to a successful coaching career at the tee ball level.
Dave is the author of the book Live and Learn or Die Stupid! The book focuses on personal contentment and performance excellence. His second book, The Power of Understanding People, was released in December 2013 and was immediately named Best Business Book of the Month by Amazon. He is also a founding owner of Pambrun Vineyards.
Dave lives in the Walla Walla Valley wine country with his wife of 30 years, Lori; has two adult children, Brooke and Slade; three horses and two dogs and two barn cats: Socks and Stinker bell.
provides participants with the tools necessary to evaluate the current state of their organization and map out a strategy for maximizing performance and creating a desired future state of operational excellence and robust fiscal success. From Dave Mitchell’s fourth book, The Five Metrics of Peak Performance Culture, scheduled for release in 2020 by John Wiley and Sons Publishing, participants will get a first look at this award-winning author’s newest material.
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!
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.
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!
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.
– 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.
: 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.
: 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.
! 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!
– 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.
“Dave was fantastic and our group loved him. We laughed a lot! I could have listened to him all day! Very polished, yet so funny! He was also very pleasant to work with.”
“Dave Mitchell was really good at addressing his presentation to the theme that we had selected for our conference. He was very engaging with the audience and related well to them. He is an excellent speaker. We had him speak to our group a few years ago and would like to get him again in the future.”
“You gave me a number of speakers to select and I picked Dave Mitchell. Dave was here today and he was exceptional. He read his audience’s needs and delivered a presentation that made our CEO ask him back. Please know, that both you and Dave delivered quality today at ACUITY.”
“Book Dave today! His message was compelling, concise and well-received. He mixed humor with the undeniable truth, and he was able to extract that truth in 8 simple questions.”
“Phenomenal.. 100% recommendation.. Can mix with any group and provide a meaningful, entertaining event.”
“Dave is insightful, hilarious, and provides plenty of real life examples to drive home his points! Our group had very few people looking down at their phones during his 90 minute presentation, which today seems to be the marker of an engaging speaker. Our company highly recommends Dave Mitchell.”
“Dave Mitchell has the ability to engage audience members effectively with an enjoyable delivery.”
“Dave was GREAT! Pre-conference communication with Eagles Talent and Dave was wonderful. It made my job as a meeting planner much easier.”
“Dave was awesome… our group loved him, many said he was the best speaker we have had. He was engaging and entertaining as well as insightful. Many folks stood in line to buy his book, which is a strong indication of our team’s enthusiasm for Dave.”