S01 E13 – David Gouthro – The Art of Facilitation and Professional Speaking
David shared his passion for facilitation and speaking. He shared incredible insights about the change in the industry and how it has shifted from the typical keynote speaker to more of the facilitator. As the past president of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), he shared with me few things about how to be an effective facilitator and how to work with the audience to make them have fun and learn something valuable.
You can listen to the show and learn more, few ideas from the interview are:
- How keynote speaking and the business of speaking have changed over the last few years?
- How to keep audience engaged in the current time where people are on their phones or tablets
- David shared an important point about when your industry is changing, you should be surprised at what’s happening but do not shocked
As president of The Consulting Edge, David Gouthro possesses a rare talent for instilling inspiration, courage and innovation in audiences and individuals engaged in his programs and presentations. For over twenty years, he has been encouraging others to seize the day and act to develop greater personal effectiveness, regardless of their situation.
David has a knack for leading individuals and organizations in an ongoing pursuit of the knowledge and the skills necessary for achieving greater effectiveness. His energetic and playful approach incorporates variety, humour and fun to all he undertakes and has earned him the reputation as facilitator and speaker of choice for numerous North American organizations.
Particularly commended for his outstanding human and relational skills, David is highly motivated to help others succeed – both personally and professionally. In addition to being sharp, stimulating, and engaging, he remains sensitive to the unique needs and circumstances of each distinct group he has the privilege of working with. His thought provoking sessions evoke participation and action that lead individuals and organizations to greater levels of satisfaction and growth.
An avid learner himself, David deeply values improving his own knowledge and performance by keeping abreast of the latest advancements in leadership and organizational development. Clients benefit from his continuous learning through access to the most current and effective organizational change technologies . As a keynote speaker, David delivers practical concepts that address real-life issues which impede growth and prosperity…and he does this through entertaining, educational sessions brimming with energy and fun.
David takes time to really understand the business of each of his clients. This fulfils the client’s requirement to be understood and David’s desire to learn and provide as much value as possible. As a result of his ability to learn about (and relate to) a wide variety of clients, he has been able to work effectively with organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors (see client list).
David is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade, BC Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, BC Biotechnology Alliance, International Society for Performance Improvement, International Association of Facilitators, and the BC Association of Facilitators.