I am uniquely qualified to teach you how to be a good communicator.
For one thing, I am definitely a nerd. I was the kid in school that would rather read than play sports, loved science and math, I spend 20 years as a software engineer. I got my BA in linguistics. my MS in Information Systems, and have done graduate work in sociology at Stanford. I have published in journals and contributed to the important sociology book, Identity and Control by Harrison White.
You can see from the subjects I have studied, that I am interested in people. And, is not just academic. I have hitchhiked across the US, lived on a boat in the Bahamas, lived in Finland, worked at a cannery, and have enjoyed my interactions with people from everywhere. That allows me to connect with almost anyone. Everyone has something they can teach me.
I enjoy working with the startups at ActionSpot and giving talks and mentoring startups in several countries. I have been fortunate enough to hear the pitches and read the business plans of well over a thousand companies. I understand what is involved in a business plan, a pitch, and how to create a vision.
One of the things I have done a lot is teaching. I have taught several subjects, but the one I have done the most is to teach complex software engineering to engineers at corporations like HP, Motorola, Bell Laboratories, NetApp, Sony, and others. It is important that students are successful. I have had many thousands of students. I also give talks frequently and have given talks in 8 countries.
It is possible for a nerd to be a good communicator. The people with the best communication skills are the most successful in life. It is my mission to share what I have learned as widely as possible.
Linguist – My training and study as a linguist allow me to go beyond the superficial levels of language to the meaning below.
Social Scientist – Your relationships, psychology, and culture all blend together to make you who you are. I apply my extensive background in this area to you.
Businessman – I have been involved in dozens of startups and still do it on an ongoing basis. I can help you with all aspects from technology to funding.
Teacher – As a teacher, I have learned that each person is unique. It is my job to understand how you learn and work with you.
Speaker – My hope when I speak is that listeners will be entertained and come away with something of value.
Coach – Coaches help you identify the resources you have and set you on the path to use them. I have learned from some of the best and I want you to have the benefit, as well.
|“He has amazing insight into how we think, perceive, and feel about the world we live in, and he has effective tools in his mental workshop … I feel that Don played a big role in learning how to positively develop myself and my situations …” — Olin Anderson|
|Donald assessed my situation and said he would help … [w]ithin a month things had turned around. … I can focus on my business, and I am happier than I have been in years — Alan Smith|