Born in London, Dave is the author of 23 published books relating to problem solving, performance and learning. Dave is a veteran of the sporting arena with over 30 years competitive and hands on experience and brings this passion to his work.
After representing Great Britain as both a Junior and Senior International Gymnast, Dave has channelled his experiences into teaching and writing. Dave currently coaches teams, as well as individuals in some of the country's most prominent national sporting teams as an elite performance coach. Regularly consulting on the psychological battles faced by high performance sports men and women in their roles as athletes and leaders, Dave offers original and different ways of approaching problems, ideas or opportunities.
Dave also has a passion for supporting, nurturing and educating children, and this has become a focus and driving force in his work as a speaker and author of 20 children's books. This passion takes him the world over, helping to guide children; teaching them how to best manage some of life's more challenging issues on their terms; and stimulating their imaginations through crafted programs and books to enable them to not only cope but to thrive.
With international qualifications in Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming and cognitive and behavioural science, Dave is now dedicated to the development and education of children, teachers, athletes, coaches, parents and leaders and regularly travels between Australia, the US and the UK to speak on these topics.
Through his books, Dave offers a refreshing perspective on the meaning of effective communication, and offers a creative approach to how we can deal with the challenges of everyday life - to live with a peaceful mind and empowered spirit.
Cyril Squirrel & his family had nested in the great oak tree for generations, building the squirrel house & adding to it as their family grew. After sheltering in a nearby barn one night during a fierce storm, Cyril returned to find his family tree had been struck by lightning & was split right down the middle. How will Cyril's friend Betsy Barn Owl show Cyril how to look at this split positively?
Frederick is a Freeway who's been carrying the traffic between two major towns for years, & takes great pride in ensuring nothing blocks this traffic lifeline. When some sections of road need repair, Frederick begins to puff & pant as it becomes more difficult to get people from Ayr to Lungsdon & back again on time. Will Carmen the helicopter be the breath of fresh air Frederick needs to help him?
Melanie wanted to be a pilot whale, following in the great family tradition, just like her father & grandfather. The big exam was coming up & the entire class of young pilots-in-training were nervous. Melanie, starting to feel the pressure, thought cheating was her only option. Breezing through the exam & finishing first, Melanie was rewarded for her great results, which brought deep consequences.
Mary the yellow canary lives in a tall tree in an African rainforest. She's not allowed to play outside without her Mum or Dad being with her. When Mary adventurously decides to edge herself out of the nest to take a look, a strong gust of wind blows her out of the tree, leaving her lost, but not alone! Meeting pythons & alligators looking for lunch dates, Mary wonders if she'll find her way home.
Ewan liked school but hated going to school. Some kids in his class teased him about his thick glasses, red hair & even his cute freckly face! So when the holidays came round Ewan excitedly explored his home like a superhero, even venturing to the one place where, until now, he hadn’t dared to go. Ewan wasn't to realise what he stumbled upon that day will change his experience of school forever.
The snowfields of the Antarctic is one of the coldest places on Earth, just how Paco likes it! Paco dreams of being a professional speed skater. He lays awake at night & imagines himself gliding across the rink, going fast as the crowd shouts his name. If only his parents would share in his passion. Can Paco find the courage to tell his parents that he loves to race & that's what he wants to do?
Sally is a young saltwater crocodile. When Ms Nasher chose Sally to sing a solo part at the school concert, Sally feared she would forget the words & everyone would laugh at her. Sally becomes so nervous she runs & hides in the mangroves on concert night to avoid the embarrassment that may never happen. Sally does not realise Ms Nasher holds the special SECRET to a perfect performance every time.
Malana thinks her dad is THE greatest! He's teaching Malana the ways of the ocean by taking only what you need & letting the rest pass you by. She's finding it's not as easy as it sounds. Frustrated by her slow progress, Malana shows her dad she can take in as much, & do it as well, as he does. Malana did not foresee the consequences of this decision, nor the very crabby reaction she would receive
When Brian's brain goes out on strike he finds himself in unfortunate, embarrassing situations. What do we do in the bathroom in the mornings? Which shoe goes on which foot? Forgetting how to do maths & not being able to spell the simplest of words. Why can't he remember things? If Brian's day is to get any better, he may have to learn to take better care of himself & start listening to his body.
Douglas would lay awake at night thinking about flying. Soaring through the sky & elegantly landing to a roaring cheer from onlookers. So when he finally received flying lessons for his birthday, he had only one thing on his mind: flying, real dragon flying! However, Douglas soon learns what scaly accidents occur if you're not observant & watching for other flyers when crossing a busy flight path.
Lilly the Library Van is bright red with long eyelashes and cheeky smile. She zooms around schools to let children read her books. She has books on sport, geography, history, science - almost anything you can imagine, Lilly has a book on it. Lilly knew she had a lot of information to share & often could not remember where to find it! Lilly has to remember information when it is needed - and fast!
On the outskirts of town is a lush, green forest stretching as far as the eye can see - it's a magnificent sight. In a clearing where the sun shines through is where Sammy Sunflower chooses as the perfect place to plant himself & grow up. Although Sammy has much to learn from the resident elders, he soon becomes the teacher & shows them all living things come to fulfill their purpose & move on.
Reggie is the official car for the president. Being an important car you would think Reggie was happy & proud, seeing the greatest places around the world as people cheer him along. However Reggie wasn't happy, waking some mornings feeling flat. Sometimes in his front tyres, sometimes his back tyres. Can Reggie's friends help him realise he's putting too much pressure on them to be perfect & round
Farmer Toby keeps his sheep in the fields of Bedford Valley during the day & lends them out at night to kids who can't sleep so they can count sheep jumping the fence outside their windows. One night water from the big dam threatens to flood the valley. Not wanting his sheep to get wet, Farmer Toby hurries to find night watchperson George. Only George can close the tap in time to save the valley.
Boris the pink-toed tarantula is both excited and puzzled. Invited to meet the Queen, he is confused by the request to bring manners. Not sure where he could get some on short notice, Boris goes to the other side of the jungle in search of manners. Seeing good manners in action pays off for Boris, his newly acquired skills take his life in directions only an 8-legged tarantula could keep up with!
Samantha Piggleton is just like your average six-year-old girl. She loves to play with her dolls, have tea parties & play dress-ups.
Samantha had a dark secret...
An unpleasant habit...
Something that would cause a shiver down the spine of anyone catching a glimpse of her doing it...
Samantha liked to pick her nose!
What Samantha did not realise was under her finger nails hid another dark secret.
When Dr Peta Anteater’s waiting hollow becomes awash with sick frillneck lizards, she knew she had to find the perfect medicine to fix their sore throats.
With the only known cure being a secret blend of just the right quantities of four different families of honey, Dr Peta had no choice but to ask a special bee to help bring it all together to make this pure blend needed to help the young ones.
Bob and Barbara, brother and sister boa constrictors, could not be any more different from each other... on the outside. However, if you look deeper inside you may find a very different story!
Although Barbara felt uncomfortable and just wanted to change the way she looked, until she can accept the differences, she will never know she is more magnificent than she had ever thought possible!
Annie Ant lives with her mum, dad and 382 brothers and sisters and didn’t understand what storms were and why they made such a big noise.
Where did they come from?
Where did they go?
Is there a place where storms go to hide?
Determined to lift this dark cloud of confusion, Annie decides to find the answers and learn who holds the key to the stormy questions that have been scaring her for so long.
Little Alfie is the only battery factory in the district.
Children used his batteries to have fun so Alfie only used clean, healthy fuel to make them - with very little waste.
When the Factory Manager told Alfie they will sell his batteries all over the world - this made Alfie a very big factory indeed!
However, how will Alfie learn to control the waste, just like all the other big factories?
An insightful interview between National Figure Skating Champion, Merry Neitlich and Sports Mind Coach, Dave Diggle, in how an elite athlete prepares for a podium finish at the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships.