Shy me, with Dad

Shy me, with Dad

One of my clients - a teenage student, English not being her first language - looked me directly in the eye and said in her speech, “I got 100% on my class presentation because of you…” I nearly cried. Which for those who know me, know it’s not that hard. Still, I was deeply moved and a moment I’ll never forget.

Many years before, I sat in the hospital waiting room in the middle of the night. I was alone. I was five years old. My mom had just gone to say goodbye to my Dad, who suddenly and mysteriously died.

Without having the words to explain it at the time, I suddenly was a sailing ship with no rudder, no sail, and no captain. I spent many years looking for a hero. As a child I imagined I was someone else who was that hero. As a teen, I was an actor, many times playing the hero (or the villain - but isn’t the villain the hero in their own story?). As an adult I continued to play those roles (see my acting resume below). As a speaker, I could entertain, impact, move, and motivate an audience. But…

…I was still that shy awkward kid inside. In many ways I still am.

If you feel a bit over your head, alone, or wondering what the next step is in life, school, or business - I understand. Now, I’ve used my story, experience, education, and my passion to change the world - to help others. Because there is a hero inside all of us. We are all captains of our own ships.

I give keynotes and workshops that show people they are not alone by demonstrating the power of connection using vulnerability and storytelling which increases the depth of relationships and transforms business.

As an award-winning public speaker with 1000’s of hours of stage time, I teach others that we hold more influence to change the world than we think.

I have spoken at events like, TOPBC, Be Inspired, TEDx, and Toastmasters Conferences, and have done workshops for organizations such as, Plenty of Fish, Create Change Now, and BL Education. I have taught public speaking at institutions like Future V, Eminence, and Leaders of Tomorrow. I have attained recognition as both a speaker and a leader from Toastmasters International. I have coached other speakers for events such as Get Inspired, TEDx Stanley Park, and Tony Robbins Power of Success.

I coach connection through storytelling and vulnerability, particularly working with students in transition or entrepreneurs who “Don’t love selling, but have to do it anyway.”

You are the hero of your story. You are the captain of your ship. Let’s give it a rudder and sail, and change the world.

At one of my workshops for Be Inspired

At one of my workshops for Be Inspired

 
 

Be Inspired Vancouver, opening story

Avoid Entrepreneurial Suicide

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Compelling Stories

Speaking workshop for "Create Change Now"

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Double Win

Toastmasters Division Winner in both the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest

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Who is your Hero

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Overcoming Fear

Speaking workshop for "Create Change Now"

Effective Networking

Be Your Own Hero

Listen To The Whisper Of Your Heart

 

I have had so many wonderful clients over the years. Here’s what some of them have to say.

 

You sir, are a master of your craft….What an outstanding evening!”

SAM MIDDLEWOOD , BE INSPIRED VANCOUVER


“I am one of the founders of “Leaders of Tomorrow Academy” – a program which teaches young children on both leadership and public speaking, and I’m also Mom of Jenny Zou, the youngest speaker in TEDxStanleyPark Conference.


It was my pleasure to work with David. He has been the teacher of “Leaders of Tomorrow Academy” since 2017. His professional actor’s background, his vivid teaching style and boundless enthusiasm made him a beloved teacher. I received quite a lot comments from his students, and they told me that they enjoyed the classes with David and learned so much on speaking skills, performance skills and leaderships’ key values. He was much loved and highly respected by all his students. Under his coach, students made a lot of progress and became better speakers.

David also coached Jenny on her TEDxStanleyPark speech delivery preparation before the Conference. David is an expert on performance, and he helped Jenny not only to perform better but also to ease her pressure before the Conference.”


CATHERINE CHEN, LEADERS OF TOMORROW FOUNDER


”David Fisher helped me a lot during the delivery preparation of my TEDxStanleyPark Conference. During the last couple of weeks, he helped me expand the gestures, play with my tone and vocal variety, and find fun and excitement within my nervousness. He is extremely funny, and teaches great techniques with an amusing tone.”


JENNY ZOU, TEDx SPEAKER, 12 YRS OLD


”David Fisher was instrumental in helping me deliver a TEDx script that contained challenging dialogue and make it fun and entertaining for both me and the audience. He was also the reason I received a huge unexpected burst of laughter and applause - his guidance helped me to up my game and deliver the best talk I could possibly give. Thank you, David!”


KAREN MCGREGOR, FOUNDER OF ROCKTHESTAGE, TEDx and TONY ROBBINS POWER OF SUCCESS SPEAKER


”You are a powerhouse in front of people.”


JILLIAN AIKEN, OWNER OF AMAI VEGAN TREATS


“We were looking for someone to come into the office during one of our weekly lunch and learns to teach and share valuable tips around public speaking. David did a superb job at providing examples on how to conquer the initial fear and how simply changing your mindset goes a long way. David was informative, professional and relatable. He shared some real life examples which made everyone feel comfortable and the overall feeling in the room was very positive. He used humor to engage the audience and his interactive workshops were memorable and insightful. We had some great feedback from employees and we would be more than happy to recommend David.”


SARAH FREW AND SARA HINSON, HR AT PLENTYOFFISH.COM


“I LOVED that lunch and learn.

So different from the normal ones (lunch and learns) we have but it was so much better, thank you for bringing him by and I’d really like to have him come back again”

”I absolutely appreciated today’s lunch and learn...I would love for him to come back and expand on any subjects relating to today”

”Such a helpful L&L and I would be very interested in more sessions like this one.”

”I really liked David’s approach and, in particular, the way to ‘rewrite your story’ which I can definitely see myself using in the future.””

PLENTY OF FISH WORKSHOP ATTENDEES


“David is a natural at public speaking, he really knows how to keep an audience engaged in what he’s coaching/teaching them, through humour, stage presence and his delivery of the information.”


MARK LENTSCH, OWNER, M.L. DEVELOPING LTD


“David helped me to crystallize the message for marketing my business. During our meeting, he created an atmosphere that encouraged creative collaboration. After working with him, I had a much clearer idea of how to communicate the value that I bring to my clients clearly and succinctly.”


CATHY WANG, OWNER, MINDFUL NUTRITION


“David made an immediate connection with our team. His knowledge and passion is evident.”

RUSS ROSSI, PRESIDENT, CEO OF ONTRACK CORPORATE TRAINING


“David guided me on how to use the stage smoothly. He also helped me to improve my vocal variety and facial expressions.”


LADDA BOONMEE, OWNER, BUILDING A GREATER FUTURE, AWARD WINNING SPEAKER


“Your speech was beautiful and powerful. It triggered my inner voice speaking to me ‘This is it. This is right. I want to be able to talk like that one day.’”


TRACY XU, EXECUTIVE , DUNSMUIR TOASTMASTERS


"David is an amazing coach who can get the best authentic self out of each speaker.”

ROGER Y.M. WONG, BMSc, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FCAHS, TEDx SPEAKER

 
 
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My acting background

My experience and skills as an actor give me a unique and effective perspective to connect with an audience through vulnerability and story.

Click here for my IMDB page

FILM and TV

  • Sex Sent Me the ER (TV) Cash (lead)

  • The Cylinder Cowboy (supporting)

  • Mind’s Eye   Deep Vincent (supporting lead)

  • You’re Not Getting Out Alive    Ellis (supporting lead)    

  • Despair (short)   Unnamed Man (lead)

  • Spectrauma Pluto (supporting)

  • Memphis Psychosis    Frankenelvis (supporting lead)

  • The Legend of The God Print (trailer)  EZ (lead)    

  • A Tout Le Monde   James (lead)  

  • Bag of Many Things   Nathan Brown (supporting)

  • Team S.P.I.R.I.T. (web series) Knox (lead)


THEATER

  • Sherlock Holmes   King of Bohemia (supporting lead)

  • She Stoops to Conquer     Tony Lumpkin (supporting lead)   

  • Royal Hunt of the Sun     Atahualpa (lead)   

  • Seven Keys to Baldpate     Marlow (MaGee - lead)

  • Wonder of the World     Kip (supporting lead)

TRAINING   

  • Advanced Acting with Jonathan and Deb Farwell, Fort Collins CO   

  • Advanced Acting for Film with Tomas Herrera, Fort Collins CO   

  • BS with Honors, Communications/Theater, Wayne State College, Wayne NE  

  

SPECIAL SKILLS   

  • Certified for gun handling and safety   

  • Stage Combat – hand to hand, quarterstaff, rapier, broadsword   

  • Accents – Oxford English, American Southern, German   

  • Karate, Lima Lama and Jujitsu, Sun Hang Do

  • Certificate of Fitness and Nutrition

  • Taught various theater, acting, and speech classes and workshops