Connection before content

It’s not that the content doesn’t matter. It’s that without the connection, the content won’t matter.

Donn King is The Confidence Cultivator. He is a professor of communication studies (which means “a professor of standing up in front of people and saying stuff”). He’s also a pastor, a speaker, a writer and author, and a communication coach. He works with professionals and leaders just like you who want to speak confidently so they can increase their impact, gain influence, and build their careers. He has spoken to audiences, churches, and radio audiences across the United States and written numerous newspaper, magazine, and blog articles as well as a textbook.

New book coming out!

Donn’s new book, The Way of the Three-Year-Old Why, will be published soon. Be among the first to get it when it’s published. Join the ride for free!

The Way of the Three-year-old Why is a business fable in the tradition of The Go-Giver, Said the Lady with the Blue Hair, Go for No, The Energy Bus, etc. Dan Roberts has been striving for years to create a prosperous speaking business, hampered by his daughter’s disability. A mysterious mentor shows up as a coffee barista, and somebody keeps leaving him guidance notes. Those notes show an uncomfortable level of knowledge about him, all focused on finding his “why” the way a three-year-old does.

Everybody in business knows about Simon Sinek’s concept of finding your why before getting tied up in your what and how. A lot of folks know the Five Whys technique of going beyond the first answer. But that can still leave you with surface-level answers. Dan learns five guidelines for asking “why” the way a three-year-old does. When you keep digging like a three-year-old, you are likely to find the actual answer—and it’s not “because I said so” or “go ask your mother!”

Free short story!

If you’re not sure you’ll like the writing style, try it out for free with a short story set in the same story universe, called Brewing Inspiration. It obligates you to nothing, but it also doesn’t leave you hanging since it’s complete in itself.

Benefit from the podcast!

Donn also is hosting fascinating conversations with people on his podcast. We’ve all heard of “The Great Resignation,” but it is more accurate to call it “The Great Realignment” as people realized life is short and reoriented their lives to honor what was important to them. That led to a lot of resignations, but it also led to a lot of recommitments and renewals within existing employment.

The Alignment Show” features conversations with folks who have taken steps to identify their highest values and aligned their lives around them.

Get in touch!

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Like many people, Donn is reworking his professional activities in the light of the realities of our post-COVID world, and so this website is being completely rebuilt. However that eventually shapes up, Donn is dedicated to helping people shape and effectively communicate their unique messages. Stay in touch and watch for new things to come to help you achieve your communication goals!

In the meantime, the best way to see what I’m currently working on is to follow me on LinkedIn.


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