David Festenstein


Communication Specialist and professional motivational speaker, David Festenstein’s life changed forever after suffering a stroke in 2008, leaving his right-side paralysed and unable to walk. David’s story as a motivational speaker of recovery was driven by his communication expertise and determination, leaving stroke consultants shocked at the comprehensive shift back to normality David initiated.

During his recovery, David Festenstein kept a diary that extensively covered his Language of Recovery after reviewing his thoughts, David discovered he had created seven prominent steps to establish his extraordinary recovery, a process he explains in depth as an after dinner speaker.

After brilliant feedback, David was encouraged to speak at Medical Conferences and set up workshops, training and coaching professionals to spread the word of his 7 Steps to Recovery Model

  • Reframe the experience, in his case “I am alive!”
  • Be grateful to what you have
  • Hold your belief
  • Have a vision
  • Manage your mood
  • Work with those supporting you
  • Follow the process

David’s remarkable recovery and his advice and help given to other stroke and illness sufferers provides a truly inspiring speech as a motivational speaker that will captivate audiences at any event or function.

To book motivational speaker, David Festenstein, for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, David is known to cover the following topics:

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Medical Recovery
  • Life Coaching
  • Working under Pressure

“David is one of the most inspiring speakers I have heard in my clinical career.  He speaks from the heart and communicates with such a level of authenticity that he caused a paradigm shift in the way I view my patients and the world.  He has given me a renewed sense of purpose and hope at a time when the NHS is awash with demoralisation and constraint.  I truly believe that what David speaks about will empower patients and staff to trust themselves and bring their worlds together.” – Mr Hiro Tanaka, Clinical Director of Orthopaedics – Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board, Generation Q Health Foundation Fellow

“David gave a presentation entitled ‘Make every call count’ at our Alumni Careers Day.  He proved to be an excellent motivational speaker, very quickly engaging with alumni at various different stages of their careers, giving them very specific advice and encouragement.  Our alumni feedback to his session was extremely positive.”– Vivien Harrington, Director of Alumni Relations Cranfield School of Management