Who is David Thomas?
Global speaker and CEO presentation skills coach who has coached and spoken to more than 500,000 people in 25 countries over the last 23 years.

Sunday Times #1 bestselling author whose books have had a worldwide readership of more than 1 million people.

US Memory Champion, Guinness record breaker and competitive bodybuilder.

"Every presentation has the chance to change the lives of the people who hear it. But that's not what happens.

I have spent 23 years sat at the back of conference rooms watching leaders and aspiring leaders die on their feet in front of audiences. That makes me feel sad for them, sad for their audiences and sad for the missed opportunity to inspire, educate and entertain.

My mission is to show leaders how to control their nerves, really connect with their audiences and and walk off feeling like a presentation rockstar.

Because that's what I do - make leaders presentation rockstars!"

Early Doors

David had a difficult early life at the hands of his alcoholic mother and abusive stepfather. This led him into a difficult period at the age of 16 that involved petty crime, two attempted suicides, being expelled from school and a juvenile criminal conviction.

After working in a factory for £1 an hour, he got an office job. Aged 20, his life changed infinitely for the better when he became an operational fire-fighter. For a Northern working class guy, this was the top of the pile. A job he deeply loved.

The Memory Years

While in the Fire Service, David struggled to pass his promotion exams. One day, he saw a guy memorise a pack of playing cards on TV. He bought his book and 8 months later went to the World Memory Championships coming 4th. He went on to develop one of the most powerful memories in history.

Over the following years, he came 3rd in the World Memory Championships, broke a Guinness record for reciting Pi to 22,500 digits, became an International Grandmaster of Memory and US Memory Champion.

Speaker

David began teaching memory techniques in 1997 in the Fire Service and soon moved on to schools, Universities, associations and companies.

In 1999, he left the Fire Service to become a full time professional speaker. 
To date, he has spoken to more than 500,000 people in 25 countries. 
Venues include The Tower of London, Wembley and Caesars Palace.

In 2003, he began speaking for CEO mentoring groups and has spoken to over 2000 MDs and CEOs. One of the groups, the Academy for Chief Executives, awarded him their highest accolade - Speaker Hall of Fame.

Speaker

David began teaching memory techniques in 1997 in the Fire Service and soon moved on to schools, Universities, associations and companies.

In 1999, he left the Fire Service to become a full time professional speaker. To date, he has spoken to more than 500,000 peopl in 25 countries. Venues include The Tower of London, Wembley and Caesars Palace.

In 2003, he began speaking for CEO mentoring groups and has spoken to over 2000 MDs and CEOs. One of the groups, the Academy for Chief Executives, awarded him their highest accolade - Speaker Hall of Fame.

Coach

David began coaching leaders on how to present when a client asked him to prepare them to speak at the Houses of Parliament. The presentation was a huge success. David now coaches leaders to speak globally at major events.

Coronavirus developed David's coaching further as he also prepares leaders to speak remotely at virtual events.

Author

David has written three books that have had over 1 million readership worldwide. His life story went #1 in The Sunday Times bestseller list. 
This is equivalent to going #1 in The New York Times bestseller list.

Author

David has written three books that have had over 1 million readership worldwide. His life story went #1 in The Sunday Times bestseller list. This is equivalent to going #1 in The New York Times bestseller list.

Media Personality

David has done more than 500 media appearances since August 1996 when he did his first TV interview. He has been asked to speak on a wide range of issues including motivation, memory and presentation skills.

His biggest ever interview was on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The episode went out worldwide to over 50 million people.

Personal Life

David runs his company with his partner, Karen and they have five children and three grandchildren between them.

His main pastime is bodybuilding. He lost 43kg / 94lb / 6st 10lb after getting hugely overweight. Once he had lost weight, he took it to a new level, competing in Masters  natural bodybuilding competitions.

In 2019, in only his second ever competition, he reached the British finals of the Natural Physique Association in the Masters Over 50s class.

He will compete again in 2021.
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