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Speaking Engagements

David Kertzner of ProActive English speaks regularly at ESL / ESP conferences, HR and Training Conferences, and tasty luncheons with Special Interest Groups

From Silicon Valley to Taipei: English Communication Skills Training Stories from the Road

Drawing on his well-honed English speaking skills, David Kertzner has presented at many ESL conferences and professional networking events over the past 16 years.  Blending humorous and meaningful anecdotes and examples rooted in accepted theory and time-tested practice, David shares his experiences as a corporate language trainer delivering English language and communication skills training in workplace settings. 

Along the way, he shares tips for colleagues and newcomers to the field about running a business including hiring trainers, developing technology and managing programs around the world from his base in rainy Portland, Oregon.

David Kertzner’s work has taken him to Prague (Czech Republic), Tbilisi (Georgia), Baku (Azerbaijan), Lyon (France), Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Guanajuato (Mexico), Sao Paolo and Barranquilla (Colombia), among many locations.  He has also gained extensive familiarity with the corporate map in Silicon Valley and The Bay Area.

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Here are just a few of the presentation topics David Kertzner has spoken on since 2008:

“English as a Global Language for Global Teams:  What Organizations Need to Know,” PHRMA – Global SIG.  Portland, Oregon.  April 2015

“A Macro View of Workplace and Academic ESP training,” English for Work Fair – Sponsored by U.S. Peace Corps. Barranquilla, Colombia. October 2014

“ESP in Workplace Settings: From Needs Assessment to Program Delivery,” English for Specific Purposes:  A TESOL International Academy. São Paulo, Brazil - Universidade Metodista de São Paulo. September 2013

David Ketzner speaking to multi-cultural audience

"Picture Stories on The Business English Web – A Tool for English Pronunciation Training," TESOL Professional Conference. New York, NY. March 2008

"ESL in the 21st Century: Workforce Transitions, Materials and Policy," TESOL Professional Conference. New Orleans, LA. March 2011

David Kertzner is a guy who speaks from his heart about real stories from the sometimes lonely road of a training consultant. He sprinkles in meaningful language learning and organization development theory (but not too much of it) and weaves it all into a practical nugget that makes people feel like the price of the conference was actually worth it. Most of all though, he is funny and modest. You can just pay him directly when he is finished - and you'll be surprised how much you want to give him!

David Kertzner

Managing Director

ProActive English

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