A mental resiliency expert for your next event

I am a passionate, engaging speaker, and my mission is to show your employees or conference participants how to harness the power of motivation, mindset and mindfulness to create sustained healthy habits, build authentic, sustained success, and create truly miraculous results.

Dave’s remarks were fantastic. Most importantly, it was an outstanding message for all of our current student-athletes, parents and coaches to hear.
— Scott M., Director of Athletic Communications, Lafayette College

ORGANIZATIONS THAT Dave has provided talks to INCLUDE:

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Why I’m Different Than Most Keynote Speakers


I speak in an accessible, direct way. I don’t pump people full of platitudes and motivational poster clichés – so your audience will actually experience a change in their mindset during our discussions. They’ll feel inspired and ready to take action when they leave your event.
I always back up my claims with evidence and research, and I’m always happy to provide resources for further study to your audience members.

My goal is to take my real-life experiences and translate them into informative, inspiring presentations



  • Prompt and professional replies to your email messages and calls.

  • A personal, one-on-one consultation with me, so we can get clear on how I can serve you and your audience.

  • A professionally prepared, engaging presentation focused on achieved the best results for your employees, team members, or conference attendees.

  • Timely follow-up communication after your event, to make sure I met your expectation and answer any remaining questions.



It was the greatest comeback we had ever seen.
— Massachusetts General Hospital

In 2005, when I was a senior and captain of the football team at Lafayette College, a stranger stabbed me when I tried to intervene in a fight he was having with another man.

My injuries were severe, and I actually died in the cab to the hospital. I’d been dead for seven minutes when the doctors at the hospital revived me.

When I opened my eyes in my hospital room, I knew that I wanted to fully recover. From that moment, my close relationships with my teammates and my love of the sport of football continually inspired me in my journey back to full health.

Two months later, I was back on the football field – and the team went on to win the Patriot League Championship that year. You can learn more about my story here.

These days, I’m a highly sought after personal coach, and I help high-achieving men and women reach their personal and professional goals and connect with their deepest, most important values.


I speak on topics related to team building, the science of connection, evidenced based motivation and mindfulness and how to overcome resistance in our day-to-day lives. I can customize my presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs, and I can present as a keynote speaker or facilitate a half-day workshop.

Some popular topics include:

  • How Near-Death Redefined My Mindset

  • How to Build Mental Resiliency with Values-based Goal Setting

  • How to Meditate in Under 5-Minutes to State Shift on the Fly

  • Identifying Your Your Criteria for Peak Performance and
    Using this in Everyday Life and Work

  • How to Overcome Complacency to Take Meaningful Daily Action

  • How to Lean into Fight, Flight or Freeze when Making Decisions

  • How to Spot Limiting Beliefs and to Eliminate them From Your Mindset

These are my most popular talks, and they are roadmaps for people who want to create and foster authentic, sustained success with themselves as individuals or as teams – success that comes from a deeper understanding of motivation and mental health backed by evidenced based science, intuition, and self-application.
If you want to achieve remarkable things, you must learn how to connect deeply with yourself and the world around you and operate not as a single entity – but as a group of connected people on this journey of life.


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What Others Are Saying About My Keynotes and Workshops

There’s something special about Dave Nelson! Incredible experience led by an incredible man. I enthusiastically recommend Dave’s talks and the Milestone Mind program.
— Joe K., Senior Account Executive, Nutanix, Inc.
If you’re looking to better understand yourself, your motivations, and how to put your own innate strengths to their best use, Dave’s talks are the place to start.
— David C., Cornell MD, Founder of Infinity Family Care
Dave is a modern day sage and if you’re asking me, anyone can benefit from the his talks and the Milestone Mind program!
— Chris L., CrossFit Athlete and Extreme Skier