David Allen is a South African leadership coach, trainer, motivational speaker and author. He has presented a variety of leadership and development talks to corporate entities, school groups and police units in South Africa and the USA. David has guest lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s leadership and business programme and is a regular speaker at Babson College (a leading entrepreneurial school in Boston, USA) and Bentley University. His new Decoding Body Language presentation has been well received. David's first book, Leadership in the Trees, is now in its third reprint and available in paperback or on Kindle.
Being able to read a person's emotion and intentions through their body language gives your employees that extra edge in their personal interactions. David Allen's Decoding Body Language sessions will help you, your staff and your friends to easily distinguish between truth and lies. The benefits of this include an increase in confidence, and improved conflict prevention and resolution. Professionally, this allows a person to improve their sales skills and interpersonal relationships. This increased confidence can reduce anxiety and boost performance while contributing to a more productive and proactive work environment.
David presents leadership and motivational talks to more than 7 000 people a year in South Africa and abroad. He has been invited to speak at institutions such as Stellenbosch University, Engen Oil Company, Nestle (head office, Geneva) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. David was also the keynote speaker at ERGO Insurance Group’s 2012 international conference in Germany. His leadership talks are entertaining, informative and interactive. Some of the topics addressed include respect, accountability, creative thinking, stress management, maximising potential and powerful positive thinking.
“I have learned one indisputable fact about leadership: Where leaders lead well, people thrive and where leaders lead poorly, people suffer. Essentially, success or failure is dependent on the quality of leadership.”
Based on the life experiences and teachings of David J. Allen, a well-known South African leadership coach. As a community activist, volunteer policeman, businessman, husband and father, David Allen has assumed many different leadership roles. Using lessons he has learned during an eventful life, including those from encounters with other effective leaders (such as former President Nelson Mandela),
David Allen was very interesting and captivating in his presentation. I particularly liked the leadership hour and agreed with all the points he made about successful leaders. I feel I can use these in my everyday life - Kevin Healy
I enjoyed the training. I thought it was very applicable to my day to day work. His exercises were very useful and I especially like the segment on making first impressions. The only drawback was that it was too short! - Robert Surette
I commend his method of teaching. It was at a level that we could all understand and were able to mentally consider the various options that we could take as law enforcement officers in a stressful situation - John Evans
David Allen is popular guest speaker in South Africa and the USA, David is known for helping motivate and unleash the leadership potential in his audiences. He conducts popular practical body language interpretation training. These sessions allow participants to learn to read interpersonal interaction and to identify truth, lies, omissions and to react accordingly. David is an entrepreneur, co-director of Challenge Tours which runs leadership courses at Greystone Adventure centre, as well as Camp Solomon.
He is also the director of the Leadership Camp at Village Camp Leadership School in Switzerland and York, England. Every July he leads the Village Camps’ award-winning Leadership Training programme in Switzerland. David has served as a police reservist for more than 20 years, has trained in hostage negotiation and served in specialised units. In 2017, he released his first book, Leadership in the Trees, which is now in its third reprint. He has presented to a variety of corporates, school groups and law enforcement in South Africa and abroad.
David has lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s leadership and business programme and is a regular speaker at Babson College (a leading entrepreneurial school in Boston, USA) and Bentley University. He is a resident of Estcourt, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. He is happily married to Debbie and is the proud father of two adorable girls. The Allen family are adored by their dogs, Marmite and Charlie, and owned by Cleo the cat (in ancient Egypt, cats were considered gods… Cleo has not forgotten this).