Trying Times? Tie Tongues Together Today!

I see my three youngest sons every summer and at Christmas. They fly in from overseas so we can enjoy the holiday together.

They are now seasoned travelers. But starting with their first trips, I’ve encouraged them to speak with strangers — on planes, in airports, and everywhere else. That’s right. I’ve taught my kids that they should speak with strangers. For how else will they learn about the world’s different peoples and cultures?

And I’ve shown them a great way to break the ice with fellow travelers whose native language is not English. What you do is ask them to tell you a good tongue-twister and teach it to you in their language. Your efforts are sure to make them laugh. And what better way is there to start a conversation — and a new relationship — than with laughter?

“Vasudaiva kutumbhakam” is a saying from the Vedas of ancient India. It means “The world is my family.” We are all members of one, big, international family. Breaking down the barriers to recognizing and appreciating that connection begins with one person at a time.

Although David hails from Blackpool, England – which is often referred to as the “Las Vegas of England” – he shunned a career in show business and instead followed a meandering career path overflowing with “life’s great experiences,” working or living in over 20 countries along the way. Chef, teacher of Transcendental Meditation, guest presenter on QVC, earthquake relief volunteer, CEO of a web hosting company, marketer at a radio station and all combined with years of direct marketing, PR and sales experience for clients as diverse as health food stores, small charities and right up to multinational public companies. David brought unique talent and experience to his role for six years as Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Publishing Group. Working closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers to test new ideas and marketing campaigns, Agora’s Internet revenues topped $200 million in 2007. David understands and can communicate fluently with creative “right-brain” marketers and analytical “left-brain” IT and software teams, all with equal ease. He has a proven track record for generating results and creative thinking and excels at making trouble to find new ways of making things happen! He lives on a small farm close to Mount Hood in Oregon with his wife Cinda, a veterinarian, and their four children and a menagerie of animals (no more, please!). When not marketing or brainstorming you’ll find David following a dream of self-sufficiency for food, power and water within 10 years, tending the land and caring for the farm and animals. Not surprisingly, David is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker with many amusing anecdotes from his work and travels over the years.