David Pearl

A maestro of corporate creativity


David Pearl is an innovator who works in business, the arts and social change.

Current work:

Now he combines his performance background with his boardroom experience to offer clients talks which are highly entertaining, unusually interactive (he can engage even the hardest-nosed crowd) and richly insightful.

In addition to his talks and workshops, client often draw on his skills as an Experience Engineer to design, orchestrate and animate high stakes meetings.

Beyond business, his non-profit venture Street Wisdom transforms ordinary city streets into extraordinary learning zones. Founded just two years ago it’s already active in 30 countries.

Meanwhile David keeps his own performance skills honed in the knife-edge improvised shows of his company Impropera.

Previous experience

Opera: A performing artist by background, he was boy soloist at the Royal Opera House where he first sang with Placido Domingo at the age of 9. He has toured the world as an orchestral player, written for the great Stanley Kubrick, presented a music series on BBC2 and set up two mould-breaking opera companies.

Arts in business: In 1994, when one of the world’s leading service firms was looking for a radical new way to boost creativity they asked for David’s help. He pioneered the use of arts in business in the UK. Two decades on he’s a creative confidante to the leaders of some of the world’s leading businesses helping them and the teams they lead perform at new levels.

Author: His book on the art of meeting, Will There Be Donuts (Harper Collins) was a Times Top Ten Summer Read in 2013. Yes, a book about meetings that was so popular people took to the beach with them! His most recent book, Story for Leaders, explores how leaders can harness the extraordinary power of storytelling to engage whole organisations and, indeed, entire countries.


Talking Points
Author the Future
Beyond Teamwork: the secrets of high-performance
A Cure for the Common Meeting!
Inspiration is Everywhere