David Miln Smith Ph.D.
David Miln Smith Ph.D. Bio
Audience are wild about the real life Indiana Jones, David Miln Smith. King of the Risk Takers, David believes that life is not a spectator sport. His twenty-five year career as an adventurer of high outdoor pursuit includes being the first man to swim from Africa to Europe, trekking the Sahara solo, running a marathon along the Khyber Pass, and kayaking 2,000 miles down the Nile.
A master storyteller he speaks from personal experience to entertain, teach, motivate and inspire. As one CEO observed, "To hear David Smith speak is to fall in love with life all over again". David is also the author of Hug the Monster: How to Embrace your Fears and Live Your Dream where he reframes risk as a positive force for enhanced creativity and performance.
Few others, if any, have the wide variety, diversity and longevity of experiencing athletic adventures in the most exotic and sacred places on the planet. Most athletes and adventurers hone specific skills and movements to high level excellence. While confidence comes from skill, courage comes from learning to manage fear in first time experiences.
Smith has faced first time fear plenty of times in a variety of wilderness athletic adventure situations. Because he has literally put his life on the line many times, he's an authority on managing fear and overcoming self-imposed limits.
A master storyteller,he speaks from a vast variety of personal adventurous experiences to entertain, teach, motivate, inspire . . . leaving his audiences revved up, prepared with skill building tactics for handling risk, and excited to meet their challenges with courage and confidence.
"The Spirit of Adventure is a light within each of us. With it, we are all capable of extraordinary feats of creativity, cooperation, and courage. Without it, fear wins. As a speaker and teambuilder, my job is to show people how to harness it to overcome obstacles, take risks and manage change".
-David Miln Smith
Get to Know David Miln Smith...
Risk taking is invaluable as an everyday tactic, not just an occasional strategy. Today business environment is like perpetual whitewater. Navigating today's perpetual rapids of change requires risk oriented management skills. David teaches how to convert the fear of change from an enemy to an ally and reframes risk from aversion to excitement.
His career as an adventurer/humanist spans over three decades in his quest to discover, experience, and embrace the highest and best of the human spirit. His career has demanded that he become an expert on health and fitness, risk-taking, world travel, outdoor adventure as a cross-cultural tool, team building, and making friends.
In a fast-paced world too pressed for formulas, tips, and sound bites, his expertise is fresh, rare, unconventional and invaluable.
David's adventure stories never fail to generate laughter and inspire awe as he tells of athletic feats, and connections of the heart with people and places all over the globe. Through accounts of courage, creativity, and peak performance in some of the world's most famous geographical landmarks, he motivates people to embrace their fears, get more out of life and take on new challenges.
A world class adventurer not just in body, but in mind and spirit as well, his presentations spark high levels of enthusiasm in audiences of all ages. Because he has literally put his life on the line many times, he's an authority on managing fear and overcoming self-imposed limits. A master storyteller, he speaks from personal experience to entertain, teach, motivate and inspire.
David graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of West Florida and holds a Ph.D. in Heath and Human Services. He has created pioneering wilderness challenge and healing programs for corporate executives, high level athletes, inner city drug addicts and schizophrenic patients.