My twin professional passions are:
- helping businesses navigate the social web, so they become savvy, skilled social media participants, not social media roadkill
- supporting entrepreneurial business owners with advanced coaching.
I’m Sydney born and bred, have lived and worked mostly in Australia, but also in Germany and England.
Have been variously a teacher of English and History, public sector senior executive, company director, business consultant, industry training specialist, coach and blogger.
I have a lot of experience in education policy development, the arts and cultural development programs.
I’ve worked in factories, on building sites and on farms, driven cabs, done sales and marketing and PR.
I love helping communication and connections between people. I’m always learning and in 2011 I qualified as a Certified Social Media Strategist with the Social Media Academy.
What clients get is the benefit of my practical experience in social media, a proven methodology focused on measurable business results and scalability through a global network of social media strategists. For more information on my social media strategy services, go to http://deswalsh.com/social-media/
I’m co-author of one of the earliest books on LinkedIn – LinkedIn for Recruiting – and in 2011, in response to a number of requests, I launched a set of LinkedIn coaching packages for professionals wanting to use their LinkedIn membership more productively.
Des Walsh is, hands down, one of the frontrunners in the digital landscape – nationally and globally. To say ‘he knows his stuff’ is frankly an understatement. His complementary skill set – that of a coach and social media strategist – gives him the ability to communicate and work with a wide array of clientele, regardless of age, industry or sector. Edward Harran, Digital Media Strategist, Attention Philanthropist
My coaching focus is on eliciting greatness in my clients.
The term “eliciting greatness” comes from one of the 15 Coaching Proficiencies I studied and learned to apply, firstly in an intensive workshop series with the late Thomas Leonard and then in more detail with Coachville and the Coachville Graduate School of Coaching. In 2007 I wrote about this proficiency of eliciting greatness.
My special skill is in being able to help people get clarity about their purpose and so they can play more effectively at the “inner game” that separates champions from the rest. Find out more about my business coaching at http://deswalsh.com/coaching
It has been my pleasure to have Des as my business coach for the past 6 years. Des combines all the fundamentals of a good coach – expert knowledge; clear manner; guidance and suggestion rather than didactic instruction – with a leading edge knowledge of the way social media can improve my business. He is a trusted colleague and a key part of the continued success of my firm. Kris Gale, Managing Director, Michael Johnson & Associates
As well as being passionate about social media and coaching, I’m also keenly interested in history, international politics, travel, literature, music, cross-cultural communication, story telling and personal development.
My home base is Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast (Map) where I typically start my day at the beach with a walk and a swim in the surf. With online conferencing available at the click of a mouse and the Gold Coast international airport only ten minutes away, distance from clients is not a problem.
More information? There is a longer story, with more details, at my LinkedIn page.
To speak with me
Get in touch via the Contact page on this site
Other contact details: Tel: +61 7 5536 5658 | +61 413 089 355 (please check time zones before calling!)
Image credit: Des Walsh speaking at Parliament House, Canberra, June 2009: Stephen Collins – trib, via Flickr , Creative Commons licence