I had the absolute pleasure of meeting David MCQueen at Silicon Beach this year and he blew me away with his infectious love for life. Dedicated to helping Leaders communicate and grow David is making a difference in so many peoples lives especially in schools.
Anyone who has seen David in action will know what a breathe of fresh air this man is!
Please tell me a bit about yourself?
I am husband of one, father of two, friend of many, and I love running businesses.
What inspired you to specialize in communication?
I love being able to learn and getting others to learn. Communication teaches how do to this by being able to speak better but even more importantly how to listen.
Can you summarize what leadership is to you?
Leadership is about being able to create a vision (whether for good or bad) and being able to inspire and empower people to come on a journey with you to reach that vision.
How would you summarize the meaning of success?
Success I think is very personal. For me it is about doing the things I love in my personal and professional life without worry or fear of judgement.
What is the best book you’ve ever read and why?
The Magic of Thinking Big is a book I recommend to all my mentees. I love the outlook on life that the author encourages the reader to have. To focus on seeing things from a bigger perspective outside of ourselves than just a narrow one.
If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice what would it be and when?
Check for people phone cameras before you skinny dip. Haha, it would have been to finish my degree but do it in a different subject. I did law. I hate not finishing things and though I have no regrets where my life has taken me I would have told my younger self to have finished the degree.
What is your favorite quote?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
If someone wanted to start their own self development journey what book would you recommend first?
The Magic of Thinking Big
Who are your role models or mentors?
My Dad, Richard Branson, Anita Roddick, Thomas Sankara and a lot of family members I grew up with who are very resilient.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Running my business from a villa on the coast somewhere on the Mediterranean.
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