Author Archives: Tim David

Doing this ONCE will Virtually Eliminate Employee Disengagement

According to a Gallup poll in 2013, 22% of workers “actively disengage” when the boss criticizes them. (Hmm, how can someone disengage…actively?)

But what’s worse than a boss criticizing an employee?

NOT criticizing them!

The poll found that a whopping 40% of workers actively disengage when the boss ignores them completely. That’s almost twice as many!

Does that mean if you don’t have anything nice to say to your employees…you probably should just go ahead and say something mean?

Nah. Not that either.

Because the poll also uncovered what GOOD bosses do.

Do this third thing JUST ONE TIME, and you’ll drop the “active disengagement” rate of your employees to just 1%.

(Nope…it’s not complimenting them either. It takes somewhere between three and seven compliments to offset one insult.)

Instead, the winning strategy is to “recognize just one of the employees strengths and reward them for doing what they’re good at.”

Easy enough, right? Especially because employees who are engaged in their work bring many benefits to the company. Including…

  • They report higher job satisfaction and are strong ambassadors for the company
  • They are more productive. According to research by the Hay Group, “The offices with engaged employees were as much as 43% more productive.”
  • Employee retention goes up. Makes sense. If they’re more satisfied, they’ll stay.
  • Recruitment is easier. It’s obvious to top candidates which offices are more engaged.
  • They are more innovative. They feel they have a stake in the company and work harder and collaborate better when engaged.
  • They make you more profitable. A study by Wyatt Watson found that companies that have highly engaged employees produce 26% higher revenue per employee.


Besides, isn’t acknowledging someone’s good work the right thing to do? Just one more example of how being good at people will make you good at your job.

Why not go recognize someone’s strengths right now? This one’s too important to put off. Post a comment below with that person’s name and their biggest strength. Then GO TELL THEM PERSONALLY!

Why Do Babies Love iPhones?


What appeal could an iPhone possibly have to babies? Teens like the social connection. Kids like the games. Heck, toddlers like the interactive flashing lights and sounds.

But that’s not why babies are into iPhones.

It’s not like the baby in this photo is checking her email or posting on Facebook. She’s not on level 2822 of Candy Crush. She’s not using the newest gadget as a status symbol.

She doesn’t care whether it’s the latest and greatest. She doesn’t know how expensive it was. She has no concept of data plans or processing speed. The damn thing doesn’t even have to be on.

And yet…SOMETHING gave that gizmo a sense of what researchers call “increased utility” in that baby’s mind.

She is ignoring all the more interactive, flashier toys in favor of a flat rectangle.


One reason…

Social learning.

She sees grown-ups staring at iPhones all day long. That’s why her brain automatically decides that they must be pretty interesting.

My book, TRUE Influence is a month old this week. In it, I teach all kinds of science-based influence techniques. But never underestimate the influence of your own example.

Social learning is deeply hard-wired into our brains. We take our cues from others – whether we care to admit it or not. Study after study has demonstrated the power of social influence even when it happens completely outside our conscious awareness.

Gandhi was right when he advised us to, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

So as you kick off 2018, let your example be your influence. Remember, someone is ALWAYS watching.

TRUE Influence is Finally Here! (or, What this Book Launch Taught Me)


It’s official. TRUE Influence: The Magic of Human Connection has been released into the world. (Woohoooooo!!!)

Get it now at That’s where you’ll get the best deal and some amazing FREE bonuses.



(You can also grab the Kindle version now on Amazon.)

Let’s make this baby a best-seller, shall we?

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Buy tons of copies as gifts for everyone you know. (And doing it today gives us our best chance of best-selling.) 🙂
  2. Do a post about the book on your favorite social media platform. (Or just use those handy share links over there on the left.)
  3. Post a short review of the book HERE.
  4. Comment below and give some moral support. I need it today!!!
  5. Know that you are appreciated.

BUT…Hitting a Best Seller List Would Only Be Icing on the Cake

My biggest life lesson that I learned from launching this book is simple…

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

This process was certainly NOT fast. We started back in August. And only time will tell how far it goes. For me though, it already feels like a huge win.

Influence really is about connection. It’s about community. It’s one thing to hear about that or even to WRITE about that.

But I experienced it.

Thousands of people from six continents came together to be part of something that we hope will change how influence is approached by businesses and leaders around the world.


Cliché? Maybe. True? Absolutely.

Over and over again I was taken aback by people’s generosity and willingness to help. What started as a little book with a few tips has turned into something that Jamie Turner says is…

“…destined to become a seminal work on the topic.”

– JAMIE TURNER, internationally recognized author, speaker, and CEO of


But today is really only the first step. I know that my personal satisfaction isn’t enough. Take a look at what author, Jeff Goins writes:

“In any undertaking, the work you do is only as significant as the people it impacts. And if you’re creating for your own amusement, the enjoyment you get doesn’t come close to the satisfaction of making something and seeing it connect with another human being.”

In other words, “If you want to move mountains, you must be able to move people.” Getting the message of TRUE Influence out into the world is important work and I will likely spend the next year or more empowering others to create impact with integrity.

But for now, let’s enjoy this milestone. Together.

So I’m raising a toast of gratitude to everyone who pre-ordered the book, to anyone who believed in the message and helped it spread, and to the amazing individuals whose stories are featured in the book.

Thank you,
– Tim David, Proud author of TRUE Influence: The Magic of Human Connection

Before the S#!+ Hits the You-Know-What


One of my brother’s co-workers will never live down that time he said (during a meeting with the company’s top brass)…

“That’s when the shit will really hit the you-know-what…”

The what? The FAN? Why couldn’t you just say “fan”?

Hilarious. This happened years ago and the guy’s co-worker’s BROTHER is still talking about it.

Well, Tuesday is when everything hits the you-know-what for me.

It’s my book’s birthday.

Right now I’m in the eye of the storm. It was a whirlwind getting everything ready for print. Now that it’s all done, there is an eerie moment of calm. But I know everything will blow up again when the book hits the shelves.

I want to take this quiet opportunity to do two things:

  1. Express my gratitude and enjoy this milestone with you, the best readers in the world.
  2. Beg you to pre-order the book TODAY. 🙂

So let’s start with gratitude. Right now I’m taking a deep, satisfied breath. I have seen what we have created…and it is good.

Even if this book never sells another copy, I already view it as a HUGE success. It is a stake in the ground and a stand against manipulators and pushy salespeople. It is a bullhorn for the good guys and gals who have a positive message to share. It’s a collaboration of many individuals, from many different backgrounds, genders, and religions. (People from six different continents have lent their voices to this book!)

I’m humbled. And I’m thankful. Even the world’s most prolific authors only get to enjoy a book birthday a few times in their lives. This is a special occasion made possible by MANY individuals working together. Thank you.

Now go buy a dang copy!

(Kidding/not kidding.)

Truthfully, although this may sound harsh at first…it will make absolutely no difference to my life whether or not you get this book. A few dollars per copy is not going to put me on the straight path to Easy Street. That’s not why I wrote it. I wrote it because I know it will make a huge difference in your life.

If you want to move mountains, you must be able to move people. The skill of influence is the single most valuable skill you can learn to become successful in business or in life.

That’s why I’m shamelessly begging you to pre-order a copy.

BRIBING you, even.

Have you seen the bonuses I’m giving away at I think you’ll agree that any leader, salesperson, or parent would be foolish not to jump on this.

And because it comes out Tuesday, time really is running out.

Some folks got their hands on an advance copy. Here’s what Alese said about it publicly on GoodReads:

“There are books you read once, quickly forgetting it and moving on. THEN you come across a book that is so useful, it becomes a regular resource on your bookshelf. This is that book! Tim David’s newest book TRUE Influence provides practical, life changing information that will change how you interact with others and delivers its promise of creating influence for the positive!”

And Kyle:

“An absolutely amazing book. Direct ideas and tips told in a way that keeps you captivated. Information that can transform your life. Simple, easy and fun to read. Highly recommended.”

And Deborah:

“I was so excited to read this book. I’ve always been somewhat shy, but this book has given me the strength to believe I can influence someone! This is a well written book. It is easy to follow and understand. It should be in every household.”

And Mike:

“Amazing book. Just what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Tips on how to be more influential. I love Tim’s stories and how it conveys the point in simple and easy to remember ways. Do yourself a favor and get it!”

And Julia:

“This book is a must read, if you value positive communication, if you value people, if you value honesty and integrity, it’s for you. The author Tim David is witty and very entertaining in his writing style, using real life examples to help you see how it’s possible to influence in a positive way. It’s all about human connection and respect. Whether you lead in business or run a home this book will help you communicate better. I loved it!!”

Again I’m humbled and I’m grateful.

The ball is in your court now. Tuesday, December 5th, everything hits the fan and I don’t want you to miss the special pre-order pricing and bonuses.

Here’s what to do right now:

  1. Go to

  2. Choose which package you want.

  3. Complete your order.

(If you’ve already pre-ordered, then please donate a Tweet and/or a Facebook post over at Over 2 million people are already part of tomorrow’s big social media push. Wow!)

Okay that’s it. Wish me luck!