About David Yau

David is a trilingual banker-turned-coach located in Shanghai.   He helps individuals and teams develop through working on real work problems e.g. difficult relationship at work, role transition.   Though coaching and facilitation, clients make progress on real problems and become more aware of own patterns of behaviour and thinking.   We further explore and experiment together new ways of doing and thinking in order to both advance the learning and problem-solving.

He works mostly in Asia and Europe. His clients are both from the private (business schools and corporates from a wide range of industries including financial services, luxury brands, high-tech) and public sectors (international organizations in Geneva).

Prior to his work as an independent consultant, David had worked in HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank for 20 years, both as a corporate banker and an in-house Leadership Development practitioner.

David’s approach is mainly guided by the Strengths-based practice, Action Reflection Learning (ARL) by MiL institute and LIM, Adaptive Leadership by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky, Immunity to Change by Dr. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey, Systems-Psychodynamics approach, etc.   David possess professional qualifications e.g. IAF CPF (on facilitation) and ICF ACC (on coaching).  He is certified to use various psychometric tools including Hogan Assessment, MBTI, DiSC, Facet5, StrengthsFinder and Firo-B.

David holds the coaching certificate from Tavistock Consulting, a MBA from INSEAD and a Bac. degree in Economics from the University of Hong Kong.   He lived in Hong Kong, Fontainebleau, Beijing and Geneva.

More about his work at www.davidyau.com.

33 Replies to “About David Yau”

  1. Glad to be the first one to browse your website upon your move on 8Sep. Surprised that it’s so informative and understand that you have spent so much time on it, well showing your dedication to this profession. Congratulations for having set up such a successful blog!

  2. Hi David, I’m attracted by your photo and content, can imagine your passion to training, really demonstrates your professionalism!

  3. Hi David, it’s my pleasure to join “the family” and share ideas. It is very structured and informative. I am eager to read through all items.
    One thing I do agree with you is to raise trainees’ energy level up during training. My source of information will come from the several “Free” newspapers here. Using Metaphors will be my next level of interest.

  4. Angie, interesting!! I shall start a post on using metaphors!! And do tell us more how you use ‘newspaper’ to raise trainees’ energy!!

  5. Hi David, nice blog!

    I felt great interest about the way of your observation and angle of your thoughts. They are fresh!

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi David,
    Many thanks for your great sharing here. Again, it’s really informative. I can’t help to say your passion is “pushing” me to improve my presentation skill. Cheer UP!

  7. Mandy, you are welcome!! Do share with me how your presentation skill improves, and more importantly, how you benefit from it!! David

  8. Hi David,

    Glad to hear from you & have this opportunity to take a look at your blog. It s very informative. And obviously, you put great effort to it. I appreciate your idea and ensure that we all can benefit from it. I am also delight to share experience and information with each other, and learn from each other.


  9. Hi David,

    Great work. Perhaps, you might want to update your “nickname” from “admin” to “david”…

  10. David, a great site not just for trainers but also for anyone who needs to speak and influence 🙂

  11. David,

    This site is impressive with so much content. I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand — so philosophical.

  12. Chris, thanks for dropping by and your comment…. if you know of anyone who is interested, do share this with him / her!!

  13. David, I am really impressed. First of all, it is amazing to see how much efforts you have made to keep enriching the contect of this site. Then after I read just a few, I must say you are a great thinker. You made lots of “extraordinary” stories to tell from daily life. Keep up with your passion!!!

  14. Hi David,

    Haven’t heard from you for a really long time, till tonight’s dinner together with Tony, Gary and Nancy. Nancy said you opened a blog teaching presentation and soft skills so I googled “David Yau, blog, soft skill” and got here…
    Not to my surprise, this blog is very cool and informative, and I have browsed for 150 mins here… It is really good to see you have found what you love to do as your career, and seems it is indeed very interesting and quite technical. lol.
    Well, ask but not tell, I need to ask a question: as newly beginned as an investment banker, who is nearly empty with soft skills and insufficient with confidence, how could I in a short time improve my communication skills either with the 公司领导们, colleagues or the clients and improve my confidence since my knowledge and experience is considerably low compared with them at this stage? Any good books?(better if they are in chinese…)
    Hope you can kindly give me some guidance, or I can attend some of your trainnings if they were held in BJ. lol.
    Anyway, it is good to see you again, hope a new and wonderful 2008!!

    Mark, an child used to work for u…(if you still remember, lol)

  15. Quick Advice – There are some quick tips which will make you look better in a presentation. Click to http://www.ask-nottell.com/?cat=22 or click on the PQF i.e. Presentation Quick Fix category in my blog. Basically, what I mentioned under PQF are things which you can readily do without much preparation e.g. force yourself repeatedly answer ‘What’s in it for me?’ I will add more from time to time. Stay tuned.

    Alternatively, there are some good video clip which I watch. They are good in the sense that they are very easy to understand. Try to find one called ‘I am not prepared for that’. I know that there is a chinese version.

    Having said, if you ask me what is the single major factor for a successful presentation, I would say PREPARATION. Nothing beats that. ‘If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.’

    Book – Frankly, I did not come across any good Chinese book in presentation. At least not those tool book with content you can use readily. Do read the English books I recommend – they are not so difficult to understand. Especially try the ‘Articulate Executive’ one. Each chapter is short.

    Hope the above helps. Good luck… and do let me know how it goes.

  16. Hi David,

    What a wonderful Blog. I can tell you must be a great “learning guide” as it seems to be your life’s passion. It is always a great pleasure to be introduced to someone like you.
    I am sure we have a lot to share. Enjoy your time in Beijing and I hope to meet you in person soon!
    Cheers, Anna

  17. It’s a great blog – impressive, informative, insightful and resourceful! Proud of you! I really mean it! 🙂

  18. Glad to see you’re constantly sincere to run this blog. Before that, to manage your profession. You’re sure to be a master trainer in the field. So..master, how do you find and decide your life-time mentor? Is their any book to get inspiration about that issue?

  19. Hi David,

    My name is Sandra and I have been reading your posts in the past 2 weeks. I find it very insightful and would like to learn more about this field.

    I am currently in Shanghai, and am considering a career change from marketing/sales to being a facilitator/trainer. Before arriving in Shanghai, my work lies in raising environmental awareness among multicultural communities in Canada, during which, I came upon facilitation and was fascinated by its methodologies and guiding principles. From there, I took some quick courses from Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), and got involved in designing workshops. Currently, I am eager to go back to this field, and ready to learn from scratch.

    The reason I contacted you, is hoping that you can provide some advice on the industry of facilitation in China, where and how I can start, courses I can take, required certifications, opportunities to practice facilitation, etc. From a quick internet scan, it doesn’t seem facilitation is very common, but your blog proves me wrong. Thus, I would much appreciated if you can share some of your experiences and pointers.

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to your reply.

    Sandra Lee

  20. Sandra, thanks for your interest in my blog! Good to connect to someone with similar interest. Comparing to places like Singapore or HK, i indeed do not experience so much facilitation activity here in Mainland China….. yet. But things change fast in China and since the market here is so big, my observation may not be entirely accurate.

    In terms of qualification, you got to check out http://www.iaf.org.

    Do email me at davyau@gmail.com if you want to know more.


  21. hi,mr yau, i’ve seen your article,and i find it very innovative, such as the “Presenter, Trainer or Facilitator” thing, i learned a lot from it. and if you don’t mind, i want to use it in my article.of course, i will Indicate the source.what’s your opinion?

  22. Hi David,

    what a wonderful blog,benefit me a lot. You know, I am supporting one bank on training systen set up which includes to have the training content to be concise, explicit, interactive and interesting. Some tips can be found in your blog.

    Let us have a chat in SH.

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