Tim David

• Mentalist & magician on how to motivate, engage & influence others

Like you, author and influential communication expert, Tim David is frustrated by what is happening to the quality of human connection in our modern world. Can more connection really increase the bottom line and improve the quality of our lives at the same time? Will better human connection really make us better leaders, better salespeople, and better co-workers?

With over ten years of speaking, mentoring, writing, and most importantly real-world, in-the-trenches business experience, Tim can unequivocally answer, “YES!”

Strong human connection makes you more memorable, likable, and influential, which is something everyone wants, but few people realize is a learned skill and not an innate gift. In short, anyone can discover simple ways to improve the quality and power of human connection in their life.

Nothing could be simpler or more practical than the ideas in his two popular books, Magic Words – The Science and Secrets Behind Seven Words that Motivate, Engage, and Influence (Penguin Random House) and TRUE Influence - The Magic of Human Connection. Tim’s science-based approach is radically different from standard leadership, sales, or communication training as it was honed during his years as a professional and international award-winning “brain science magician” and perfected while working with top companies and organizations from almost every US state and around the world.

Tim's work has been profiled in hundreds of media outlets including Forbes, New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Chicago Tribune, the Today Show, Investor's Business Daily, Harvard Business Review, New York Magazine, World Magazine, and he is a regular columnist for PsychologyToday.com and Huffington Post.

Speech topics

The Magic of Human Connection – Your Advantage in a Digital World

Ideal Audience: General

Available Formats: Keynote, Breakout, Digital Keynote, and Virtual Training

Description and Objectives:

It’s not WHAT you know…

“Shockingly, only 15% of your financial success is due to technical knowledge.” – Carnegie Institute of Technology

Not so fast. It isn’t WHO you know either…

Your organization has the raw talent. Look around your org chart. The boxes aren’t where the really big problems are. The biggest problems are found at the lines in between. At their roots, the biggest problems are caused by a lack of human connection.

Technology was supposed to improve the QUALITY of our human connection. Instead, we’ve become lost in a sea of softly-glowing screens and endless email, losing touch with each other and suffering consequences that no one could have predicted.

The Magic of Human Connection – Your Advantage in a Digital World presentation uncovers the keys to creating more human connection at work and in life in a world that has forgotten how. After experiencing engaging stories and humor, provocative science, Tim’s incredible “brain science magic,” and yes, his show-stopping “backwards poem”, attendees will leave feeling refreshed and with a renewed sense of what is really important – bringing that sense of purpose and meaning into the workplace with astonishing bottom-line results.

After this program, attendees will be able to…

  • Understand and apply the five keys of human connection

  • Create more rapport and influence in all interpersonal interactions

  • Eliminate the mindset that destroys communication before it even begins

  • Appreciate the importance of human connection in a business setting and feel motivated to improve connection skills

  • Create and contribute to a work culture focused on human connection

The Future of Working Together: 7 Non-Obvious Traits of Top Teams

Ideal Audience: General Business

Available Formats: Keynote, Breakout, Half-Day/Full-Day Strategic Work Session, Digital Keynote, Virtual Training, Coaching/Consulting

Description: A team divided cannot stand. But a team connected multiplies.

This is why talent acquisition and retention – which is expensive, time-consuming, and difficult – is not nearly as important as talent multiplication.

Talent multiplication works like this: one Clydesdale horse can pull a ton. Two Clydesdales – connected together properly – can pull ELEVEN tons. Connection is how mediocre talent on a top team outperforms top talent on a mediocre team. This is how an organization with limited resources can compete with the biggest players – by connecting together properly.

This program teaches the 7 traits of highly connected teams so your teams can operate at a far higher level than the sum of their parts.

A Divided Team...

    • Communicates poorly and not enough.

    • Can’t fully agree on important decisions.

    • Has ineffective, drawn-out meetings that are dominated by a few.

    • Bickers about minor issues.

    • Doesn’t even know why they’re forced to work on a team.

    • Has workplace drama that affects everyone.

    • Doesn’t feel autonomy or freedom to be creative.

    • Wastes its talent.

A Connected Team...

    • Has confidence

    • Is accountable and self-directed

    • Communicates openly

    • Strives for 100% consensus

    • Deals with conflict quickly and effectively

    • Knows their roles

    • Has cheerleaders instead of backstabbers

    • Maximizes their time in meetings

    • Multiplies the effectiveness of its talent!


After this program, attendees will be able to…

    • Cut meeting times in half, while increasing productive output – Even virtually!

    • Make purpose and vision an integrated part of their work instead of just a “statement.”

    • Understand and interpret their teammates’ attitudes and behaviors – for the benefit of everyone.

    • Be a team player instead of a team destroyer.

    • Gain complete clarity on team roles and procedures.

    • Build more interpersonal influence – and get things done quicker and easier.

    • Balance personal goals with team goals.

    • Handle and manage conflict and constructive criticism – without hurt feelings.

    • Assess and adjust any team’s performance.

    • “Manage up” – communicating effectively to their boss.

    • Celebrate wins successfully with four proven ingredients.

Virtual Human Connection: The New Soft Skill that will Make or Break Your Next Important Interaction

Ideal Audiences: General Business Audiences, Especially Salespeople, Leaders, and/or Remote Employees

Available Formats: Virtual Interactive Keynote, In-Person Keynote, Breakout Session

Program Description: It’s not always practical to communicate face-to-face, so we opt for emails, phone calls, and video chats instead. But many people leave those virtual interactions feeling like the “human touch” was diminished or missing entirely. Fortunately, with the simple tips learned in this program, genuine connection can be built – even through a screen.

Virtual Human Connection: The New Soft Skill that will Make or Break Your Next Important Interaction is an interactive presentation that explains (and – if delivered virtually – demonstrates) the ways people can put humanity back into their virtual interactions so they can leave conversations feeling more connected instead of empty and distant. Business is all about relationships and in this age of digital technology, those relationships call for an entirely new set of soft skills.

Program Objectives:

After this presentation, your attendees will be able to:

  • Use a few simple ideas to instantly build a stronger human connection with anyone - even via technology.

  • What to do BEFORE every virtual meeting to ensure its success.

  • “Own the Zoom,” and become the most memorable person in the virtual meeting.

  • Cut through distractions, creating a situation where everyone feels attentive and heard.

  • Easily read (and speak) the most common on-screen body language and facial expression clues.

  • Know exactly how to word every email so that it gets the message across, with no unintended negative side-effects.

  • Why a screen is a lens that can either diminish human connection or magnify it - depending on how you hold it.

  • Use a few simple “Magic Words” to enhance any interaction - online or off.

  • And MUCH more…


FLIP: The Four Levels of Influencing People

Influence and success go hand-in-hand. If you want to move mountains, then you have to be able to move people.

Magic Words: The Science and Secrets Behind Seven Words That Motivate, Engage, and Influence

"An elegant and concise book." - NY Times

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