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David Goldsmith

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Fully Customized Presentations that Deliver High Value and Produce Long-Term Transformations

Give your next group of discerning leaders a top-notch, unforgettable, life-changing program with Consulting from the Stageä!  Considered the gold standard of full customization by decision makers, meeting planners, and speakers’ bureaus worldwide, Consulting from the Stageä challenges audiences to think differently, surprises, engages, educates, motivates, and inspires by awakening minds to expanded and sometimes counterintuitive perspectives that usher in waves of new opportunities. Consulting from the Stageä takes your event to the next level by delivering your unique audience with exact and future-focused solutions that address their specific needs. Participants always leave with proven take-away tools and accompanying instructions to ensure that they have everything they need to drive performance and results immediately upon return their return to work.

So what exactly makes Consulting from the Stageä a superior choice? David Goldsmith—businessman, consultant, author, former award-winning NYU professor, and the pioneer of Enterprise Thinking—found that too many events motivate audiences in the moment, but that after events close, most participants go back to their old ways of leading without much (if any) change. He saw that event organizers and audiences alike were spending their time, effort, and money hoping to gain a high level of value, but that both sides were unintentionally leaving boundless opportunities on the table.  His answer was to develop Consulting from the Stage, a three-phase customized presentation option that ensures leaders will gain value they very likely will not get anywhere else.

  • Phase I: Proprietary pre-presentation research precisely identifies participants’ most pressing challenges and assembles an accurate understanding of their industry’s current conditions.


  • Phase II:  Information is processed and converted to a consultative presentation format, including:

    1. Uncovered and generated solutions and opportunities from an overarching, holistic, leadership perspective (i.e. “50,000 feet”). Depending on circumstances and findings, this may include forecasted opportunities within and outside their industry/geography/culture so that leaders’ decisions are proactive and stand the test of time;

    2. Selection of leadership tools and accompany instructions that become transformative take-aways.


  • Phase III: Presentation is delivered. Your audience takes a mind-opening ride with David Goldsmith, who was named one of Meeting Magazine’s Top 26 Hottest Speakers for his ability to simultaneously educate, engage, motivate, and transform leaders in ways they never thought possible.


Increase the odds of reaching your event’s immediate strategic objectives and extend its value months and years after everyone gets back to (their new) everyday lives with powerful tools. Provide knowledge and skill-building experiences that will broaden perspectives and take your participants rapidly from where they are to where they want to be.

Consulting from the Stageä has helped leaders in commerce, nonprofits, governments, militaries, and education to expand, grow, learn, innovate, enhance performance, increase productivity, outpace competitors, improve working environments, upgrade the customer experience, secure and retain talent, uncover greater opportunities, and much more.

To find out more, please call, email, or watch the CFS video.



STOCK PRESENTATIONS (Available with/without Partial Customization)

Our presentations are based on decades of research into the minds, desires, and challenges of real leaders. They bridge the gaps between how leaders have traditionally been taught to learn and how they actually lead. In addition, the tools and solutions are universally applicable across industries, experience levels, and geographies/cultures to ensure that each and every audience member leaves an event with the capability to improve themselves, their organizations, stakeholders and staffers, and even their lives. What this means to you is that the value imparted extends the value of your event and incentivizes people to participate in any future events that you host.


PAID TO THINK™: The 12 Game-Changing Secrets to Great Leadership

(Based on the Internationally Acclaimed Book)


Any desired outcome or promising future can become a reality for every leader who learns the simple yet powerful universal mental tools of great leadership.

In a world that values busyness over idleness, leaders can be prone to taking action too soon before they’ve sorted out (or even considered) their best options; yet, those who have the awareness and tools to side step this trap are best able to identify and create their best opportunities to win optimized outcomes and mega rewards. So what does it take to acquire this and other advantageous thinking skills so that leaders confidently know that they are always making their best decisions at any given time? This program, described as a “hurricane to the brain”, shows leaders how.

Combining his own experiences over 30 years as a businessperson, his side-by-side consultative work with thousands of decision makers, and his twelve years as an award-winning New York University professor, David Goldsmith reveals two stunning realities that will forever change audience members’ perspectives and put them on the path to become their best leadership selves.

In this content-rich, engaging program, audience members become stronger leaders by learning to:

  • Increase individual and organization performance through a proven empowering process.

  • Expand opportunities using an advanced strategizing tool.

  • Accelerate growth and drive long-term success through forecasting.

  • Get from where they are to where they want to be using a simple technique to gain more frequent buy-in and cooperation from colleagues and stakeholders.

  • Uncover the secrets great leaders know to attract and secure talent, clients, customers, and members.

  • Rethink current beliefs that hinder performance and internalize new truths to expand opportunities and optimize outcomes.


This introductory presentation based on David’s internationally-acclaimed book, Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future, opens minds to the boundless ways of identifying opportunities, making superior decisions, advancing organizations, and developing leaders and the people they impact all in their pursuit to Achieve More, Earn More, and Live More.




Leaders who forecast increase performance, outpace competitors, and produce winning, sustainable advantages throughout their organizations.

Picture for a moment that this morning a decision maker receives a special gift; it’s a newspaper from the future that reveals an avalanche of data about challenges and opportunities on the horizon that no one else is expecting. How differently might this person assess potential options so that decisions made today secure a better future for his or her organization, industry, or career?

Having a more informed view into the future—magical newspapers aside—is a reality for anyone who has the right tools. In this program, David Goldsmith awakens leaders to their own abilities to look into the future much farther and more accurately than they ever thought possible by using proven forecasting tools. During this engaging and educational program, audiences experience many “aha” moments as they learn to anticipate, plan, and decide in ways that transcend any they’ve learned before.

In this program, attendees learn how to:

  • Use a proven process for forecasting trends and opportunities within and outside their industry (or sector).

  • Develop a mindset that identifies trend markers that make predictive solutions a reality.

  • Diagnose their own “default perspective” and recalibrate their thinking skillsets to anticipate and decide optimally.

  • Orient their thinking to a future-focused perspective that positions them, their leadership groups, and their organizations with strategically superior plans.

  • Secure new tools for getting others engaged in regular forecasting activity.

  • Maximize potential and increase performance by solving or avoiding altogether challenges and threats that would likely have gone unnoticed without forecasting tools.

  • Gain pockets of time and peace of mind through a forward-oriented planning process.


Attendees’ take-aways are designed for immediate use upon their return to work and throughout their careers, extending the value of this program for years to come. As results start to happen, leaders not only wonder why more people don’t know how to forecast in this way, there’s a part of them that hopes their competitors never do!


RETHINKING LEADERSHIP “TRUTHS”: The 8 Mind-Quaking Realities that Trigger Avalanches of Opportunities

Beliefs about leading are so common and ingrained that we rarely (if ever) step back and assess whether they are actually true or even good for us.


What do leaders who seem to manage their roles effortlessly, efficiently, and confidently have that most other leaders lack? Certainly, there are outward plusses—years of experience, great people, resources, technologies, etc.—but their true advantages are actually the ways of thinking that we don’t see that makes these leaders outperform their contemporaries and competitors.   These high-functioning leaders have already learned that popular perspectives related to leading and managing, though common, are nothing more than false assumptions and self-sabotaging beliefs masquerading as “truths” that can hinder decision making and rob leaders of their best options for racking up gains, successes, and wins. Wouldn’t it be great to know what these realities are and how they can be put to use to make an immediate difference?


David Goldsmith engages participants to look through a completely new lens that replaces their old assumptions with new concepts and mental tools that deliver an abundance of unparalleled opportunities faster than they may have ever experienced throughout their careers. Your group will gain greater clarity and be posed to usher in an avalanche of new opportunities as soon as they return to their work environment and for many years beyond the close of your event.


Some of the mind-quaking realities that will expose previously invisible opportunities are:

  • The Power of 3 Letters: How “GPP” will transform individuals, organizations, and everyone they touch.

  • The Surprising Realities of Change: How people actually love change

  • The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing: What hidden opportunities materialize when one understands the gift of “Doing more with less.”

  • The “Mental Economics” of Leadership: Why “execution mentality” leads to diminished returns and needless struggle.

  • The Realities of Winning:  What leadership preaches is not how most wins happen and where one’s focus should be instead.


You might want to caution your attendees that if they prefer status quo, this program is not for them. Past attendees have said that they were never able to go back to old ways of thinking and that this program drastically transformed how they viewed their roles as leaders and unleashed potential within themselves that they never knew they had.


THE 4 D’S OF INNOVATION: Disrupt, Differentiate, Dominate and Deliver


While most leaders want to be innovative and to build innovative organizational cultures, few feel that they actually know how.

In 2009, a survey of leaders conducted by McKinsey & Company revealed that more than 70% of leaders expected innovation to become one of the top three drivers of growth for their organizations in the upcoming three to five years. Yet seven years later, while there seems to be no shortage of “Most-Innovative-Companies” lists online, leaders worldwide are confessing behind closed doors to a disappointing reality—despite all the talk, intentions, and attempts to be more innovative, their organizations are still sitting on the sidelines, stalling innovatively.

The good news is, innovation, whether disruptive or not, is actually a leadership issue, and there are simple but powerful steps leaders can take immediately to replace “vanilla” practices and offerings with stand-out-in-the-crowd “raspberry swirl”. After a 1-hour presentation, one client achieved 42 innovation projects. Attendees who come to this presentation thinking, “I’m not sure,” are likely to be saying, “Yes I can!” in a short period of time.

Leaders who have struggled with innovation in the past find this presentation’s content to yield a refreshing departure from their past experiences. David Goldsmith moves audiences far beyond theory and “should-do” talk by delivering the same practical, actionable tools and techniques that turned his consulting clients around 180°.

In this program, attendees learn:

  • The means by which to start initiating disruptive ideation.

  • The secret that innovative leaders use to innovate.

  • How inspiration is only a small part of the innovation formula, and what leaders should focus on instead.

  • The use of “triggers of innovation” to foster innovative input.

  • Tactics to bypass altogether the pitfalls of innovation.

  • Essential steps for applying innovation everywhere, thus strengthening performance and outcomes related to strategic planning, forecasting, product development, competitive intelligence, and more.


This is a practical and motivating program that transforms leadership perspectives about innovation and provides proven tools and instruction so that attendees can successfully begin building their own unstoppable, innovative organizations.


REDEFINING: Asking Better Questions to Always Get Better Answers


If you incorrectly enter your intended destination address into a GPS, what is likely to happen? The same is true when you incorrectly assume that your challenge is your real challenge without any method to test that assumption.

Before any leader channels time, energy, and resources into creating their next solutions and opportunities, they should attend this program. Redefining is an incredibly reliable tool that produces optimal results, because it guides leaders to ask better questions and ultimately focuses them on their real and right challenge from the get go. In essence, Redefining gives leaders the immediate ability to delineate their real challenges from distractive imposters, such as assumptions, symptoms of challenges, or lower-priority issues.

In this program, David Goldsmith sparks attendees’ awareness of distractors that typically steer leaders, plans, and organizations off course—even if only slightly to alter results from their intended outcomes—and opens perspectives to the vast possibilities to achieve more and win more both individually and organizationally.

In this introductory presentation to Redefining, attendees will learn:

  • How to improve every decision they make.

  • What it takes to transform an entire organization in a year (or less).

  • The common diverters that cause leaders to make poor or inferior decisions.

  • The 6 “Challenge Statement” tests that vet options.

  • How the Economics of Thinking leverages talent throughout an organization.

  • How thinking with the end in mind is only half the process.

  • Why asking WHY often leads to the wrong solutions or missed opportunities.


Once leaders learn about Redefining, they understand why it is such an important decision-making tool. Furthermore, this program gives attendees every step and instruction they need to go back to work and immediately approach their everyday questions, quandaries, meetings, interactions, challenges, opportunities, and decisions with it. Considering the frequency of decision points throughout a single day, this tool puts immense power in leaders’ hands to shape the present and future of organizations, careers, lives, and all the people who are affected by their decisions. In addition, leaders can easily transfer this tool to others to multiply its amazing potential to transform individuals and groups within a very short time.


FROM THOUGHTS TO REALITY: What Others Won’t or Can’t Tell You about Advanced Planning


A winning outcome is born as much from how leaders think as it is from what they think.

Considering the transformative impact of just one decision—both good and bad—and the fact that countless decisions are made in organizations minute by minute causing limitless possible outcomes to hang in the balance, it’s critical that leaders have a proven, way of planning and thinking smarter so that they and their organizations produce winning outcomes.

In this presentation, David Goldsmith teaches audience members about a powerful combination of new planning tools, counter-intuitive approaches, and eye-opening perspectives that empower leaders to make rapid and highly transformative outcomes. 

Depending on the audience’s needs and the program length, this presentation teaches leaders how to:

  • Use an advanced model for strategic planning that improves individual and organizational outcomes at short-term, intermediate, five-year, and future points in time.

  • Gain an accurate big-picture perspective and use it as the foundation for daily planning and action.

  • Forecast future opportunities and trends so that plans deliver long-term rewards.

  • Develop practical, workable plans that stakeholders can use on a daily basis to keep everyone on track toward reaching desired outcomes.

  • Stop viewing their ideas as plans and get down to actionable measures that produce results.

  • Adopt a view of “execution” that drastically enhances achievement rather than hinders it.

  • Identify and reverse the danger signs that surface when leaders are working from no plans rather than from great plans.

  • Employ techniques that gain buy-in internally and externally.


This program’s value continually increases in the months and years after an event ends, because it captivates audiences which improves retention and it delivers unique, proven, and powerful tools that truly transform every leader who incorporates them into their careers and lives.


WHAT EVERY LEADER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR NEW DIGITAL WORLD: An Introduction to the Next New Frontier of Ecosystems, Networks, Algorithms, Big Data, AI, and Machine Learning


Digital advancements are the new gold, not just for techies but for every leader...that is, if one knows what those advancements are and how to use them.

It can be very exciting to be a leader at a time in human history as today’s progressive leaders are using cutting-edge technologies, algorithms, and data to make smarter strategic decisions that are delivering huge returns and having impact on everybody, everywhere, and in every way. By now, whether one is a tech-minded leader or not and regardless of their organization’s size, reach, geographic location, and industry or sector, they need a wakeup call to get up to speed quickly so that these digital possibilities become opportunities rather than challenges. This program is a straightforward introduction as a first step in leveling the playing field.

In this enlightening and engaging program, David Goldsmith explains how today’s progressive leaders are using cutting-edge computational algorithms to seek and find hidden values in markets and organizational relationships. Audience members begin to expand their thinking to how they can make smarter, more strategic decisions that outpace competitors and draw larger-than-typical returns.

Participants of this presentation learn:

  • What technologies are currently in use and their impact on organizations of all sizes.

  • The connection between complex ecosystems, algorithms, AI, and machine learning and setting a foundation to create new opportunities.

  • How today’s technologies can deliver data that makes decision making more accurate and its outcomes more sustainable.

  • The different ways leaders can use data for various gains such as in new product development, competitive analyses, and more.


Audiences from all industries and sectors throughout the world have found this program to be an eye-opening introduction to current technological opportunities and an impetus to get on board quickly to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving world.


BUILDING A DEEP BENCH OF POWERHOUSE LEADERS: Putting Your Organization in the Ready Position


The success of an organization very often hinges on its leadership’s readiness to make solid decisions and act upon them each and every day as well as in times of special need.

In today’s rapidly paced world, leaders know that they need more than the typical succession plan in place, desiring a deep bench of powerhouse leaders that can step up and take charge whenever they are needed. Yet study after study has shown that as many as 76% of executives report leadership talent shortages in terms of the number of leaders they can rely on and the skills and competencies within their current leadership teams. Considering the increasing need for organizations to proactively create opportunities for tomorrow, leadership development is in greater demand than ever. 

In this program, David Goldsmith describes how organizations need great leaders NOW and delivers practical strategies and techniques to help audience members overcome the challenges of building internal talent. To date, most leaders believe that building talent is much easier said than done, but in this engaging presentation, audience members learn new answers and tools that make accelerating leadership teams a rapid reality. 

In this presentation, attendees will learn:

  • How to remove old habits and build the obstacle clear path to new capabilities fast.

  • The secrets that eliminate the common concern: “If I leave, two or three people will be needed to do my job.”

  • When coaching or advising should supersede the performance review process.

  • How to engage a “side-by-side” approach to drive professional growth and development.

  • Techniques that build the types of leaders that don’t need titles or money to get others to follow them.

  • How to banish the “I’m new here” crutch from their organization forever.

  • Methods for empowering leaders to be their best, independently-functioning selves.

  • The role of Theoretical Jumps in gaining buy in.

  • How to convert “idea mentality” to “plan mentality” as a means of driving success and wins.

  • What the WSP is and how it explodes leadership performance.

  • The role of technology in leveraging engagement across one’s organization.


This program is a game changer for leaders and their organizations, because it uproots the issue of leadership development from the backs of minds and places it front and center where it can finally be achieved with practical, proven, perspective-changing tools and methodologies. Attendees typically find that even before they leave the event, their minds are racing with how they are going to quickly build leadership potential within their organization.


David Goldsmith is an award-winning businessman and serial entrepreneur, consultant, executive adviser, author, and patent holder. He is the Co-founder and President of the Goldsmith Organization (New York and Hong Kong), a consulting firm servicing mid- and top-level decision makers in commerce, nonprofits, governments, militaries, and education worldwide; Co-founder of ecosystem.AI (San Francisco and London), a predictive analytics and visualization company that finds hidden value in market and organizational complexity relationships; Co-founder of Buzd, LLC (San Francisco), a firm in which he is a patent holder for technological applications and products related to artificial intelligence, cell phone applications, battery technologies, and consumer products; Co-founder and CEO of TymSync, Inc. (San Diego), a forward-oriented firm that develops innovative technologies; Project Leader of NASA's Project Moon Hut (Silicon Valley); and adviser and stakeholder in several cutting-edge startups globally.

During his twelve years of adjunct professorate at New York University, David was awarded NYU’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He was named by Meetings Magazine as one of its 26 Hottest Speakers for his ability to deliver transformational and engaging programs. His content is drawn from the depth and diversity of 30 years of experience, enabling him to cross-pollinate ideas from one industry or sector to another and informing his understanding of the macro, micro, and nuanced challenges facing leaders and managers on a daily basis. His presentations deliver “I’ve-never-thought-of-it-that-way” solutions across multiple platforms, industries, and environments.

His book, Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future, replaces common leadership thinking with eye-opening perspectives and practical “tools” designed for decision makers to put to immediate use and to easily transfer to others, thus multiplying beneficial outcomes organization wide.  Readers have described Paid to THINK as “an MBA in a book” due to their newfound abilities to rapidly convert ideas to results, produce substantial financial returns, and take charge of their professional and personal lives. Experts have acclaimed the work as the forefront approach to modern-day leadership and management.

David works from his experience and insight that leadership challenges are universal, separated only by industry-specific vocabulary and trappings. Therefore, when leaders have the tools and skills to think better, they do better, regardless of their management level, degree of experience, industry, geography, culture, or function. After working with thousands of leaders, David identified gaps between how leaders learn and how they actually lead. Over time, he developed proven tools and methodologies that leaders around the world have been using to break silos, remove barriers, identify opportunities, create solutions, and convert ideas to realities faster and more efficiently than considered possible. Whether consulting, advising, writing or speaking, he educates on leadership and the multitude of factors affecting it, including but not limited to forecasting, innovation, and strategy.

Despite his tireless contributions to leaders and the people they impact, David does not subscribe to an all-work-and-no-play lifestyle. Rather, clients glean additional value from his strong emphasis on experiencing a high quality of life in simultaneous pursuit of professional excellence: a practice by which he lives daily. Those who know David equally attest that he approaches every endeavor with an authentic zest to fulfill the promise written on the cover of Paid to THINK—Achieve More, Earn More, and Live More.


David brings his own computer/tablet PC to events and in many instances, uses it to illustrate concepts for educational purposes during presentations. Therefore, we kindly request the following:

  1. Wireless lavaliere, preferred to a hand-held microphone if possible to keep hands free. 

  2. Projector and screen for audience to view material written on speaker's tablet PC.

  3. Flat lectern or podium at least 40 inches (101 cm) high, for tablet PC to open up flat.

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