Ask about David Parkin OAM
Key Points
  • David Parkin OAM captained the Hawthorn Football Club to their second premiership in 1971 and to a flag in 1978. He later coached the Carlton Football Club to successive premierships in 1981-82 and again in 1995. In 2002 he was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.
  • Former AFL Coach, Lecturer, academic and author of around a dozen books on coaching, sports psychology, self-improvement and related topics. 
  • Recognised as one of the best business and sport coach speakers in Australia, David engages all types of audiences with his passion, a deep knowledge and the power of teams, leaders and success.
  • David has worked with numerous and varied organisations and corporations on developing leaders, teams and a culture of success.
Topics
  • AFL/VFL
  • Managing a Winning Team
  • Learning to Win
  • The Coach/Leader/Manager
  • The Individual - Value and work
  • Feedback, Culture & Success
  • Teamwork
  • Planning, Preparation and Performance
  • Motivation, Achievement, Success and Enjoyment
  • Ownership and Empowerment
  • Organisational and Individual Change
  • Health/Lifestyle Management
Testimonials

Right on point, with passion and energy, that’s what we wanted.
Adtrans Corporate

David is sensational, we were well aware of what to expect with him and he was every bit as captivating as we had hoped. Feedback has been outstanding, all involved in both sessions gained a lot out of it; he is inspirational, personable, genuine, astute and an absolute wealth of knowledge. He is also a gentleman and extremely easy to deal with – a great operator in all areas.
South Australian Cricket Association

David was a delight to listen to about his past AFL stories and what is happening in the game at the moment. It was a pleasure to get to know him and we are very thankful that he wanted to come and speak at the ASF Gala Dinner 2017 event. He was very entertaining and we would happily recommend David for any corporate event in hearing about his AFL career, the current challenges the AFL faces, and general life experiences and lessons learnt.
Australian Seed Foundation

Excellent, engaged and connected with the audience immediately.
Ricegrowers Association of Australia 

Very well received and nice to just listen to someone without having to follow on a slide show. The fact that he can keep the crowd entertained with nothing else, says a lot about him.
Australasian Promotional Products Association

Absolute inspiration. Take it from a non football person. David's philosophies can be applied in all situations. Work and Personal
VicRoads

Excellent (I would have chosen ‘Superb’ if there was another rating higher!) David’s presentation was quite simply outstanding.

His knowledge and personal experience around authentic and effective leadership, and the drivers of authentic and meaningful leadership were on full display. Our leadership series has now covered eight high profile community leaders from a range of diverse backgrounds and David (along with Dr Brendan Nelson) has clearly been the standout. On reflection, David’s remarkable performance is (in my opinion) is because he’s able to harness his past experiences and years of studies on effective leadership (including the wonderful book which I have already read cover to cover) and bring the subject to life with articulate meaningful stories that everyone (whether you are a footballer or not) can relate to on some level.

David really understood the intent of our series, and his preparation and careful planning around the subject of leadership was apparent to everyone who attended. There has been unprecedented levels of feedback to Graham and myself on the quality of the session. This is reflected in the number of people who are already accessing the online video of David’s session. Word of mouth is that this was a session not to be missed…and that there is much to learn from David’s insights. On a personal note, it’s rare that I am surprised these days…many of the presenters we get in are very good but either miss the brief or cannot connect / relate to the audience’s situation. David’s ability to connect with the audience and fully capture people’s imagination was inspiring. There were times when you could have heard a pin drop…everyone was hanging off the next sentence.  

Finally, I was amazed that someone of David’s profile, with his level of success, was so approachable, humble, genuinely warm and giving of himself. I had the pleasure of spending 40 minutes before the session with David talking football and his ability to make others comfortable is a rare skill indeed. Graham had the same impression as did others seeking to meet with him and get a photo after the speech. Nothing was too much trouble…he was happy to talk and engage with individuals who wanted 5 minutes of his time.

I will leave you with the feedback from our CIO. He emailed me to say: “David was awesome!”
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