David Downs

  • Speaker
  • Height: 6' 3"/191cm
  • Location: Auckland
  • Ethnicity: NZ European
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David Downs is the co-author of a number of books in NZ, on serious topics written in a humorous and accessible style. David is an engaging and regular public speaker and presenter. David’s early career started as an actor, writer and stand-up comedian, before pursuing a corporate career that has seen him be very successful as a business and now government leader, always bringing with him the belief that you don’t need to be solemn to tell a serious story, and that humour in the workplace and in home life is one of the best ways to lift performance.

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Comedian, author and corporate executive David Downs got a man-cold.

So like any good male, he ignored the symptoms until they got so bad his wife forced him to see a doctor. A barrage of tests followed, with David all the time protesting they were unnecessary – until it became clear that what David thought was a mild touch of the flu was in factor a pretty major touch of Cancer.

Immediately swinging into action, David publicly documented his entire journey battling cancer from a comedian’s-eye view, with a high-profile column on Stuff.co.nz, and regular appearances on TV’s The Project. As a senior executive with 20 years’ experience, David is well versed in leadership and the importance of knowing yourself, so his battle with cancer was also a journey of self-discovery and realising how the human mind can overcome what the human body has to endure.

If Chemotherapy was a theme park, David would suggest you read the terms and conditions before entry… Unfortunately, now a season-ticket holder, David will entertain and inspire you. His talk is full of hope and inspiration, with thoughts on the impact of humour and positive psychology along the way – with detours into resilience and the power of control.

David’s talk can flex from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the audience and format.

Latest book, A Mild Touch of the Cancer - http://aotearoabooks.co.nz/a-mild-touch-of-the-cancer/

David Downs is the co-author of a number of books in NZ, on serious topics written in a humorous and accessible style. David is an engaging and regular public speaker and presenter. David’s early career started as an actor, writer and stand-up comedian, before pursuing a corporate career that has seen him be very successful as a business and now government leader, always bringing with him the belief that you don’t need to be solemn to tell a serious story, and that humour in the workplace and in home life is one of the best ways to lift performance.

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Comedian, author and corporate executive David Downs got a man-cold.

So like any good male, he ignored the symptoms until they got so bad his wife forced him to see a doctor. A barrage of tests followed, with David all the time protesting they were unnecessary – until it became clear that what David thought was a mild touch of the flu was in factor a pretty major touch of Cancer.

Immediately swinging into action, David publicly documented his entire journey battling cancer from a comedian’s-eye view, with a high-profile column on Stuff.co.nz, and regular appearances on TV’s The Project. As a senior executive with 20 years’ experience, David is well versed in leadership and the importance of knowing yourself, so his battle with cancer was also a journey of self-discovery and realising how the human mind can overcome what the human body has to endure.

If Chemotherapy was a theme park, David would suggest you read the terms and conditions before entry… Unfortunately, now a season-ticket holder, David will entertain and inspire you. His talk is full of hope and inspiration, with thoughts on the impact of humour and positive psychology along the way – with detours into resilience and the power of control.

David’s talk can flex from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the audience and format.

Latest book, A Mild Touch of the Cancer - http://aotearoabooks.co.nz/a-mild-touch-of-the-cancer/

Accents & Dialects:
(* = native)

New Zealand*

Languages:
(* = native/fluent)

French, Te Reo Maori

Performance:

Comedy, Comedy Improv

Other Skills:

Author, Comedian, Writer, Presenter, Public Speaker

Height:
6' 3"/191cm
Eye Colour:
Blue
Hair Colour:
Silver
Hair Length:
Balding