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David Griggs

David Griggs is a successful speaker, speaking coach and business pitch consultant with a difference. He works with leaders, CEOs and other professionals to transform them into persuasive and inspiring speakers.

David’s unique feature is his combined experience in theatre and business. A graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), David has taught acting and drama as well as directed many fine productions for the Adelaide Theatre Group. He then went on to manage, grow and successfully sell a family-owned business.

David teaches public speaking skills drawing on the techniques of the professional actor, and helps business people access their ‘inner performer’. He has helped many individuals and organisations to achieve confidence, credibility and a competitive edge through more effective public communication. His technique is not just to help produce confident speakers; it is to allow you the freedom to inspire others.

David is the principal and founder of The Speakers Studio. He is Past President of the National Speakers Association of Australia, and has represented Australia on the board of the International Federation for Professional Speakers. In 2007, David was inducted in to The Australian Speakers Hall of Fame.



Andrew Nunn

South Australian Chief Entrepreneur,

"As I sit here on Saturday afternoon after another busy week, I am reflecting on the work that I have completed with the Beyond Words program.

I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for the enormous energy and compassion you have shown through the Beyond Words program. 

I have learnt so much, feel that I am so much more engaging as a speaker, and I am substantially more confident and relaxed at speaking because of your program, that I felt the need to ensure that I let you know. 

In my opinion, it’s the size of the group, the diverse range of backgrounds, the age and varied reason for being there, that makes it work so well.

Please note, I will be strongly recommending your program to all of those who I meet who need support in public presentation or any form of leadership. 

Once again, thank you so much for all the support and guidance over the last few months, and I look forward to continuing our relationship after Beyond Words."


Jana Matthews


Professor, and ANZ Chair in Business Growth.

"You did the impossible – WOW a roomful of experienced CEOs , all of whom have started, grown and exited their own companies – and are not easily impressed.


They were over the moon, and used words like “pure gold”, “best professional development day I have ever spent’, and “Thank you Jana. I didn’t know what to expect, but the day exceeded every expectation I had!”


Thank you  David for constructing a day which enabled them to get to know each other better, included lots of teaching tips, self-management tips, and (hopefully) will improve their presentation skills!  The fact that they were there together was great, because they can now support, remind and reinforce each other as they work together, in teams of three Growth Experts, at each module. I am sure that will reinforce their learning.


All your prep paid off .  Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise so freely and making Thursday a very memorable day."

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