A hyperactive and obnoxious class clown who became the tallest and thinnest speaker in the world by flaunting his weaknesses instead of fixing them
During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the US Air Force and the Australian Government, as well as companies in the Fortune 500 including, Microsoft, AT&T, State Farm Insurance and Ralph Lauren.
In between presentations, he competes in ultramarathons and Ironman triathlons. Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a management professor and stand-up comedian. He also managed nonprofit enterprises that provided employment for people with disabilities. He has more than twenty years of experience leading people and organizations.
David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of three books, The Four Factors of Effective Leadership, The Freak Factor and The Freak Factor for Kids.
Funny for a Change: Using Humor to Create Serious Transformation
Is your organization confronting major change? Is your industry experiencing significant challenges? Are you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated? Maybe you just need a good laugh. Making people laugh is very similar to helping people change. We can learn how to transform ourselves and our companies by understanding what it takes to be funny. Humor surprises people, pushes boundaries and tells the truth. Great comedy requires the right blend of timing, restraint, humility and emotion. Applying these same principles to change management will help you succeed during turbulent times.
Lessons from the Lives and Violent Deaths of the World's Most Influential People
Do you want to become a great leader? What does it take to achieve greatness?
When I ask audiences to identify the greatest leaders in the history of the world, a few names always make the list. After asking this question repeatedly over the years, I finally noticed something. The leaders, who were consistently rated as great, shared one thing in common. They had all been killed. They didn't die natural deaths. They were either executed or assassinated. This led me to explore the lessons that we can learn from their exle. During that journey, I discovered four leadership principles that have the power to transform your leadership and your legacy.
The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness
What's your problem? I'm serious. What do you wish you could change about yourself? What is the complaint that you hear the most from those closest to you, your friends, co-workers, and family members? Are you too loud or too quiet, too hyperactive or too sedentary, too organized or too messy? You get the idea.
So, what should you do? Most people think that they should find and fix their weaknesses. Unfortunately, this just leads to frustration and failure. Your weaknesses are actually the best clue to your strengths. Furthermore, building your strengths, not fixing your weaknesses, is your best strategy for success.
This presentation will encourage you to become more of who you are, not to turn you into someone else. It's about becoming more different and more unique, not more average and more mediocre. You will learn how to:
¢Discover your distinctive strengths and weaknesses
¢Frame your unique characteristics in a positive way
¢Find situations that highlight your positive qualities
¢Maximize your self-control
¢Implement permanent procrastination
The Freak Factory: MAKING People Better By HELPing Them Get Worse
Are you frustrated by disengaged and unproductive employees? Are you looking for better strategies for improving employee performance? Research shows that most people are not committed to their jobs and the way we currently manage employees does even more to harm, instead of help, their performance. We think our employees are broken, treat them like they are broken, and then wonder why they don't work. Instead of attacking people's weaknesses, we need to find the strength that is hidden inside their apparently negative characteristics. It is time to stop trying to create well-rounded and balanced employees. We need people that are unbalanced. We need freaks. This session will explore four essential strategies for improving employee engagement by turning our teams, departments or organizations into freak factories.