David Grossman, ABC, APR Fellow PRSA, CSP, helps leaders drive productivity and get the results they want through authentic and courageous leadership and communication.
He’s a sought-after speaker and advisor to Fortune 500 leaders, and author of the highly-acclaimed books. His latest book, “No Cape Needed: The Simplest, Smartest, Fastest Steps to Improve How You Communicate By Leaps and Bounds,” recently won the Pinnacle Book Award for the “Best in Business” category and the Beverly Hills International Book Award’s President’s Award. His other books include, “You Can’t NOT Communicate: Proven Communication Solutions That Power the Fortune 100,” now in its second edition, and its follow up – which continue to receive accolades and praise for reminding leaders – everywhere and at all levels – on the value of getting leadership and communication right.
A frequent media source for his expert commentary and analysis on employee and leadership issues, David was recently featured on “NBC Nightly News,” CBS News, CBS MoneyWatch, the Wall Street Journal Online, in the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times. David is a designated Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) through the National Speakers Association, an MBTI® Certified Practitioner, a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, and taught graduate-level internal communications at Columbia University.
David counsels leaders at top organizations to unleash the power of strategic internal communication and drive performance. The Grossman Group’s client roster represents a wide range of industries and includes some of the world’s leading companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Amazon, Amsted Industries, Hillrom, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, McDonald’s, Microsoft, and SC Johnson, among others.
He’s Founder and CEO of The Grossman Group (www.yourthoughtpartner.com), an award-winning Chicago-based strategic leadership development and internal communications consultancy, and taught graduate-level internal communications at Columbia University, NYC.
Industry Expertise (6)
Public Relations and Communications
Training and Development
Professional Training and Coaching
Areas of Expertise (5)
Communications Strategies and Best Practices
Effective Management Communications
IABC Recommended Speaker (professional)
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Silver Sabre Thought Leadership Finalist (professional)
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National Speakers Association Member (professional)
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Twice Named PR Week Boutique Agency of the Year (professional)
This award recognizes financial and client-list growth, client retention, and PR creativity and innovation.
Top 500 Diversity-Owned Businesses (professional)
The Div500 is a classification that represents the top 500 diversity-owned businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. 2010-2012
ABC Accreditation (professional)
IABC’s accreditation program is the global standard of professional achievement for business communicators. Accredited members practicing around the world apply the same strategic management process in all communication disciplines, across diverse cultures, and in for-profit and nonprofit organizations of all sizes.
APR Accreditation (professional)
Established in 1964, the Accreditation Program is the profession’s only national post-graduate certification program. It measures a public relations practitioner’s fundamental knowledge of communications theory and its application; establishes advanced capabilities in research, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation; and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.
PRSA Fellow (professional)
The College of Fellows is an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 300 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Bachelor of Arts, Journalism
Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Northwestern University: Master of Arts, Corporate Communications
- Fellow PRSA
- MBTI® Certified Practitioner
- Prosci Certified Change Practitioner
Attendee, IABC | IABC World Conference
“Wow—great session! Pertinent info, presented in a way I understand. Thank You.”
Attendee, Caterpillar | Inc.
“David’s presentation was EXCELLENT...couldn’t have been more pleased.”
Senior Leader, Abbot | Laboratories
“I just wanted to let you know that a number of staff mentioned to me (unprompted) how valuable and timely they found David’s presentation. It appears to have really hit the mark!”
Susan Schmitt, Senior Vice President, Human Resources | Rockwell Automation
“If you aren't using the principles that David teaches, you are not optimizing the power of your people."
Vice President , Global Leadership Development & Talent Management | The Nielsen Company
“I thought the session really hit on a highly relevant subject and was really useful. I learned something new which is always a great feeling and it will help in my continued leadership development.”
Stephanie DeDeaux , Communications Lead | Hess Corporation
"Learned so much from David's workshop based on "You Can't Not Communicate." Can't wait to learn more!"
Attendee, IABC | International Conference
“This session was incredible. Worth the entire conference fee.”
Attendee, IABC | World Conference
“Excellent speaker/presentation. Lots of good practical information organized in very useable way. Tangible take-aways!”
Attendee, NBC | Universal Pictures
“This [presentation] contributed to my personal growth and development…”
Attendee, PRSA | Public Relations Society of America
“Captivating Speaker… very engaging. [David] shares valuable information with insights on how to apply it!”
Attendee, Abbott | Laboratories
“The communications presentation was very good. There are very few presenter's who can talk to a group that large for only an hour and have them walk away with both theory and some tactical tools that can be applied the next day.”
Rick Phillips, Vice President of Communications | Nationwide Insurance
"David Grossman nails the detailed nuances as well as the basic blocking and tackling about leadership communication.”
Patricia M. Crull, Ph.D. , Vice President, Chief Learning Officer | Time Warner Cable
“David Grossman takes the common sense of great communication and provides the tools, techniques, and motivation to help every business leader—from supervisor to CEO—make it common practice.”
Attendee, | Melcrum
“David is an excellent presenter. He kept the workshop moving quickly and the information was absolutely relevant.”
John Greisch, CEO | Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc.
“Grossman's combination of instinctual perception and practical advice is rare.”
David B. Speer, Chairman & CEO | Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
“Grossman’s principles and fundamentals for effective communications are constant reminders that to truly make progress, we need to share information across our company in the right way, at the right time, with the right people.”
Event Appearances (18)
Internal Communications Means Business
Northwestern University Chicago,IL
No Cape Needed: Improve How You Lead and Communicate by Leaps and Bounds
Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) Denver, CO
22nd Century Communications
Allstate Northbrook, IL
You Can't Not Communicate
Dixon Hughes Goodman Charlotte, NC
Respectful Authenticity: Bringing Your Best to Work and Bringing Out the Best in Others
IABC Heritage Region Conference Pittsburgh, PA
Lessons from a Veteran Road Warrior: Innovative Communication Techniques and Trends
Poppulo Chicago, IL
Communicating in Times of Change
Arizona Public Service Phoenix, AZ
21st Century Communications: Successful strategies to deliver authentic communications that engage employees and build reputation
IABC World Conference Chicago, IL
Froedert Health Milwaukee, WI
Financial Executives International (FEI) Summit Orlando, FL
Giving & Getting Feedback
MedStar Health Columbia, MD
Communicating in Times of Change
Pioneer Hi-Bred Des Moines, IA
Improving Your Communication Effectiveness
HTC Corporation Taipei, Taiwan
Changing Culture Starting at the Top
IABC Employee Communications Conference Alexandria, VA
You're Already Doing It: What to do When You Can't Not Communicate
The Nielsen Company Schaumburg, IL
The Power of Internal Branding to Drive Employee Action: The Communicator's Secret Weapon
IABC World Conference San Diego, CA
You're Already Doing It: What to do When You Can't Not Communicate
GlaxoSmithKline London, UK
Building Our Communication Skills
Texas Instruments Dallas, TX
Sample Talks (5)
What to Do When You Can’t Not Communicate
Before writing his two acclaimed books, “You Can’t NOT Communicate” and “You Can’t NOT Communicate 2”, David had a realization: Everything leaders do means something–especially to those who look to them for direction, guidance and vision. No matter how you slice it, being a leader inevitably means being a communicator. David will offer from-the-field insights on how the top leaders he works with differentiate themselves. He’ll additionally equip audiences with best practices and proven, actionable tools they can start using right away.
No Cape Needed: Improve How You Lead by Leaps and Bounds
Becoming a ‘natural born leader’ is similar to becoming an ‘overnight success story’: Neither happens by chance. Or by birth. Or overnight... Using communication to inspire teams, move employees to action and transform your company can seem like a superpower, but it’s like any other skill you develop. It takes a lot of work. It also takes knowing the rules, knowing when and how to break them, and practicing them at every turn. Gain a fresh perspective on communicating with employees, and learn how to plan—yes, plan—your communications in just five minutes. David will introduce audiences to small tips that will improve their performance as leaders by leaps and bounds.
Finding Your Most Authentic Voice Through Self‑Awareness
A common mistake among leaders is thinking they have to emulate someone else’s style to be effective. The reality is there is no one “type” of effective leadership style. What people respond to most–at work and in life–is the authenticity of the person leading them. David will guide audiences through strategies to shed any adopted personas they’ve acquired and reconnect with their true selves in the workplace. He’ll discuss what authenticity is--and what it isn’t. And he’ll offer strategies for building emotional intelligence necessary to rise above the fray and stand apart as a leader.
22nd Century Communications: Reputation and Authenticity in an Interconnected World
The communication landscape is changing at an exponentially rapid rate. Through his work and research, David has gained a deep understanding of the trends and best practices shaping the future of communications. In this interactive session, David will set the stage with a pre-read designed to give participants context into the rest of the day’s activities. He’ll then guide attendees through real-life applications and lively discussion of the different roles communications will play in a new era of communications. Some topics include: Value-creation for the businesses, why trust is paramount, technology and digital, and optimizing influencers. David also offers an optional group activity, aimed at helping each participant solve a personal workplace challenge.
Lessons from the Road: Communication Tips, Tricks and Trends
Through David’s more than 25 years working with leaders and communicators across industries, he’s gained first-hand insight into the new, emerging and tried-and-tested practices they’re using to set the gold standard. David will share the hard-won knowledge he’s gained on the road and through his research into the leadership and communications space, including: - Insight into new, emerging and cutting-edge practices - A look at the topics and priorities winning senior management’s share of mind, attention and resources - Why a tried-and-true strategy is on life support in most organizations today (but shouldn’t be) - The best-of-the-best strategies, tools and resources David has discovered on the road less traveled
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