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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Colliver, Don
Legal name
Colliver, Donald Joseph
Birmingham, MI
Short biography
Don Colliver is a teacher, speaker, writer, and comedian with over twenty-five years of experience passionately engaging audiences and helping them engage with one another. Don’s mission is to help every speaker profoundly impact their audience through the power of courageous vulnerability, confident authenticity, and the joy of connection. Thanks to his popular public speaking courses delivered internally at Google and around the world, hundreds of nervous speakers have transformed into more effective and joyful communicators, reaching a deeper level of audience connection than they ever thought possible.
In addition to teaching, Don can be found on the trade show floor, where he writes and delivers presentations for companies including Adobe, Cisco, and Medtronic. On the screen, Don has written and directed hundreds of hours of nonfiction television for shows including House Hunters, $40 a Day with Rachael Ray, and Roker on the Road.
Before teaching others to confidently take the spotlight, Don toured internationally as a theatrical Clown for contemporary circus company Spiegelworld and performed briefly with the Blue Man Group and he is listed in the Cirque du Soleil performer database. He is a founding member of the award-winning sketch and clown groups DJ Faucet and the Innocents. His troupes have received awards, including the Improv Olympic Del Close Award for Best Sketch Comedy Troupe and the Hollywood Fringe Award for Best Physical Theater, and Don won the 2017 Toastmasters International District One Tall Tales Speech Championship.
Don graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Communications from Boston University. He holds certifications in Design Thinking, Applied Improvisation, and Instructional Design. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and when he’s not helping speakers engage with their audiences more deeply, he can be found hiking through the redwoods. You can connect with Don at www.doncolliver.com.



This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Don Colliver's book is a great practical guide to more engaging presentations and public speeches through simple, incremental steps. The idea of understanding one is enough and should embrace ones unadultered self is both interesting and encouraging for any speaker trying to find their brand / style. The examples, tips and tricks are great how-to's that are applicable to many different types of public speaking occasions.
I would have wanted more theory or academic background to the method, but this is a personal preference. The approach is really well articulated and worth a try for new and more seasoned presenters.… (more)
xavier.v | Oct 18, 2022 |


½ 4.5