My name is David Montague and I founded this website as a way to help two important needs; 1) provide needed online learning consulting solutions to organizations, and 2) provide inspiration to others toward their educational and career goals.
It is important to note that while I do charge for online learning solutions provided to clients, I never charge for public speaking or advice to inspire individuals on gaining their education or ideas toward career success. Think of it as my way to support our community and give back to others.
Any honorarium provided for public speaking goes to defray costs in overall efforts to help the community through public speaking.
A little about me... My current role is executive director of online learning & faculty mentoring at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I work directly under the university's provost; the person in charge of Academic Affairs for our entire university. I'm also a tenured full professor of Criminal Justice and occasionally volunteer to teach classes. For 16 years I've been a proponent of innovative solutions to education in online, hybrid, and face-to-face settings. I have significant experience leveraging technology and resources to benefit students and faculty, as the footprint of online learning continues to expand. Prior to joining higher education, I completed federal investigations for 14 years in law enforcement and intelligence capacities working for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration as a diversion investigator, the United States JFK Assassination Records Review Board as the senior investigator, and as a consultant on national security matters with US Investigations Services, Inc. I am happy to have received several awards for teaching and service. I have been fortunate to serve on numerous academic and community boards and have delivered 228 presentations at academic conferences and community events, including research presentations in 6 foreign countries. I earned a PhD at Howard University, an MA at The George Washington University, and a BA at Morehouse College.
Today, more than ever, online learning plays a role in how people gain knowledge. Whether for a formal academic degree or certificate program, or formal training to benefit organizations, online learning is becoming the "go to" for ease of access, reduced cost, and appeal to learners needing flexibility. The additional reality is that an ever-increasing number of people representing all demographics, are choosing short-term and long-term online courses to simply learn more about the world around them. Sometimes the reality of offering a solution to centralize an organizational process can mean that adopting online tools is a a benefit to an entire organization. Respect for an organization's culture is critically important. However, it takes determination and willingness to challenge an organization's traditional norms to help the relevant people understand that what they are limits to technology and a need to work with the best "on hand" while improved technology can be obtained. So it is important to be innovative, optimistic, and have an open mind as to the importance of online learning success.
Public speaking events are amazing opportunities to reach people. Whether face-to-face or virtual to respect the realties of the current COVID-19 pandemic, connecting with other human beings, especially to provide stories and encouragement, benefit society. I have been blessed to be able to have asked to speak at hundreds of events over the years. More importantly, I have been able to address current issues in my presentations, with no limitations, to almost any demographic imaginable. People and organizations have a choice as to whom they provide a platform to speak to others connected to them. So I am honored to have been asked to speak to so many over the years, whether locally, or in other countries. In the end, Public speaking embodies the ability to capture minds, hearts, and spirits; to endure and to overcome.
By Artemesia Stanberry and David Montague
Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2014
By Artemesia Stanberry and David Montague
Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2011
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