Testimonials

Since 2009, dozens of students, peers, clients and friends have had some very nice things to say about me and my work.

I share these testimonials with you as examples of the caliber of contribution that I strive to make in the lives of others every day.

Praise from Peers

gems-180“On the surface, Dave looks like a talented writer who has a knack for deep connection. But really, Dave is a revolution–of thinking, of writing, of loving, of living.  His poetic wisdom is intoxicating. His ability to dance between raw vulnerability and profound strength is captivating. Within moments of meeting him I was already a better writer and thinker. He inspires me to ask questions that matter and write with purpose. There are times in your life when you stumble across a remarkable human who is capable of remarkable connection. Dave Ursillo is that person. I have tucked him into my heart. I suggest you do the same.”Gemma Stone, M.A., R.Psych
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carolynr“Dave is a compassionate and genuine leader–he is wholeheartedly involved, communicating with vulnerability and presence. His message of leadership is woven throughout his work. Through words he is able to powerfully connect with others and his dedication and love for the community that has gathered around him are etched in his actions. I urge you to read his beautifully candid words.”
Caroline Rubenstein, Author and Contributor to Psychology Today
srinir“I’ve witnessed Dave’s journey and have always been impressed by how he has pushed the envelope. I was fortunate enough to have him as a guest on my podcast, The Unmistakable Creative, and the insights he shared into self-publishing blew me away. Of all the launches of self-published books I’ve seen over the years, his stood head and shoulders above the rest.”
Srinivas Rao, Author and Podcast Host

“Hey Dave, just wanted to let you know your emails always get me fired up… I LOVE it!”  –Shannon from Sacramento, CA

 

lauras“Writer, leader. Leader, writer. Dave Ursillo is both, and each identity brilliantly informs the other. As a writer, Dave is prolific, consistent, and perhaps above all, dedicated. As a leader, he places a high value on community and power of peer support. Dave is an exceptional voice in the landscape of ‘change the world’ businesses. He not only calls on you to create a better life for yourself, he offers you the structure to do it.”Laura Simms, Career Coach and Strategist
karls“There are people that are just meant to change lives. They can’t help themselves. We need people like this in our lives. Dave is one of them. He takes a question and goes deeper than you expected. He was able to uncover answers to my questions that help people see hidden emotional issues that you wouldn’t expect.”Karl Staib, Career Coach and Customer Experience Expert
sallyh“Dave is the kind of person I turn to as a friend, colleague, and generally cool dude whenever I need support and wisdom. Not only is he wise beyond his years, but he has this great mix of spirituality and business smarts. Heart and brain. Smooth and edgy. Which is a pretty awesome combination, especially for a girl who needs a dynamic approach to problem solving. I love collaborating with Dave because every time I get off the phone with him, I feel more inspired, capable, and like I just talked to Buddha himself. He’s that good.”Sally Hope, Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Certified Life Coach

“To me, Dave Ursillo is the unleader of a new generation–and I think the leaders of today have a lot to learn from you.” –Angie, via email

 

lisanb“Dave Ursillo is a rare professional who takes thought-leadership beyond theory and to action–he’s a master at distilling aspirational concepts into tangible strategies. As a pioneer of alternative leadership among Millennials, Dave consistently inspires and mobilizes his clients to higher levels of success. I love the way he thinks, and I’m consistently inspired by his work.”Lisa Nicole Bell, Award-Winning Writer and Producer
jacobs“I’m constantly asking Dave for feedback. Why? Because I can always count on him to show me my creative blind-spots. I’m not entirely sure how we works his magic, but time and time again, Dave’s offered me advice which has brought me a deeper sense clarity about how to most effectively communicate my purpose and increase my profits. I think it’s because he has this socially-genius ability to deeply understand and connect with people from their core.”Jacob Sokol, Life Coach of Life Coaches
amyc“With his support and guidance, Dave truly made me think like a leader by helping me believe in myself and by guiding me to strongly direct my focus, goals and voice. He helped me so much hat I feel like I’m well on my way to becoming a leader in my world.”Amy Clover, Fitness Personality, Motivational Speaker, Mental Health Advocate

“I am going to take the influence of your words and exhibit them in my life. :) Thank you.” –Ayesha, via email

 

mattl“Dave is both calm and enthusiastic, he’s both a dreamer and a doer, and, he is a leader and a follower. His supreme talent is this balance. I love watching the Dave Ursillo space because I never know what I’m going to get, but I always know he will always be 100% himself.”Matt Langdon, TEDx Speaker and Founder of The Hero Round Table
jeanpI believe that Dave is not fully aware of his magic, because he’s genuinely just there with you. He just ‘is.’ And over the past year, I’ve grown to respect him deeply as a creative professional, a coach, but most importantly, a friend. I’m not entirely sure where he’s pulled this depth and wisdom from, how he has found a way to so easily relate to all the jagged and disparate parts of my life, but he does it with such ease and confidence. I’m free to be unapologetic and dig deep into my layers.”Jean Powell, Director of Sales at MiiR
jasonvOne of the greatest decisions I’ve made has been to connect with Dave Ursillo. He has quickly become a role model in the ways that he lives a life of self-reliance, authenticity, honesty, and openness. I really appreciate him and all that he does—including beyond The Literati Writers. The world really needs more Dave Ursillos walkin’ around. There’d be high-fiving on every corner.”Jason Vanfosson, Instructor at Western Michigan University

“Thank you Dave. Thank you for sharing your gift to me, to us. It means the world to me to know that I was never alone. That regardless of culture, of race and of status, most of the time, we all go through the same things in life.” –Annie, via email

 

sarahnThere stands Dave Ursillo, a different kind of leader: a humble, genuine and generous one. He consistently engages with his community in a way that boggles my mind. Dave’s gentle way of pushing the creative envelope is just one of the reasons why I listen to what he has to say. I plan to swim in his circle for as long as I can, because his leadership is dynamite.”Sarah Nicotra Hutchison, Literati Writer and Founder of Spiritual Momma
joecDave is hell-bent on helping you–no matter what. He takes the time to truly get to know you as a person, which is rare in this day and age of people merely trying to increase list numbers, followers, and likes. He takes the time to know your interests, goals and aspirations on a deep level. And because he does this, he can either help you, or he can to connect you to others who may be able to help you. When you’re around Dave, things just seem to fall in place and happen.”Joseph Choi, Author and Copywriter
mariacAs a creative, I love Dave’s passion, compassion, motivation and wise outlook. It’s both explicitly and subconsciously motivational–I find myself reflecting on his words without even realizing it.”Maria Conigliaro, Founder of Inspired Design Studio, LLC.

“I’ve just been sitting in a little cafe in the Old Quarter of Hanoi reading Dave Ursillo’s book and just feeling like all’s right with the world.” –Vicky from Vietnam

 

jana“Even the shortest connection with Dave–a 10-minute conversation or an email exchange, even–feel like an intravenous wheatgrass shot and a weekend spa retreat to a busy soul like mine. Dave has a presence and calm about him, paired with sincere depth, interest, compassion and intelligence that I had not encountered before. For me, he has become an invaluable source of energy, encouragement, inspiration and advice. One of the things that strike me most about Dave is his commitment to enable and empower writers who don’t yet feel like writers in a soul-nourishing, knowing kind of a way. Simply brilliant!”Jana Schuberth, Results Coach and Creator of ALIVE In Berlin
sarahk“I’ve been a fan of Dave Ursillo’s work for a long time. He’s thoughtful, introspective, and highly articulate. He is able to question the bigger picture and bring both meta- and micro-examinations into harmony. His writing is lovely and his teaching compassionate.”Sarah Kathleen Peck, Writer and Founder of It Starts With
marcsAuthentic leadership is a condition of the heart. Dave Ursillo masterfully performs open heart surgery with his writing. His words are a must for any student of enlightened leadership. As a senior fire officer, I found his lessons to be exactly what I needed to re-center myself.”Marc Scrivener, Connecticut Senior Fire Officer

“Your philosophical, reflective and mindful writings have been most insightful for me as a human, like any other, trying to find his way through the roller-coaster of life.” — James from Wales

 

nathanaDave is hard at work in the pursuit of truth. Truth for himself, for his clients, for his business, and for his community. It’s evident in the writing and work he does, in the conversations he has, and how he shows up as an individual. Uncovering a deeper meaning and sense of purpose is clearly a passion of his, and anyone looking for this will not be disappointed in Dave’s ability.”Nathan Agin, Host of Travel. Eat. Thrive.
chantelle“Dave is a fabulous writer, coach and all around great guy. He’s played a key role in supporting the development and growth our charity, One Girl, and has always gone above and beyond to ensure our success. Dave has a way of making you feel like it’s ‘okay’ to be you. And finding that acceptance means that you’re supported and empowered to do your best work. I highly recommend Dave as a coach and writer–anyone would be lucky to work with him!”Chantelle Baxter, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur
barretb“Dave is a powerhouse whose expertise sits at the intersection of purpose, leadership, and writing. Like many great writers, Dave talks the talk on paper, but what differentiates him is his ability to act on what he says as well. If you want somebody you can trust and somebody that can push you to be the best version of yourself, whether as a writer, leader, or entrepreneur, then Dave is the guy you’ve been looking for.”Barrett Brooks, Owner of Unconventional Innovations LLC

“I just felt moved to let you know how much I appreciate you for the work you are doing on leadership and helping people nourish their creative side.” –Adewale, via email

 

Workshop Attendees

annaj“After Dave’s workshop, I feel that blocks have been lifted that were obstructing my flow, especially my creative writing flow. My soul has been freed from self-imposed restraints and is breathing freely now because it got to connect with part of its passion again. I’m incredibly grateful for the experience. So thank you Dave for deciding to add Belgium to your tour and for adding kindle to my inner fire.Anna Janssens, Belgium
coumans“I really enjoyed my workshop with Dave! He managed to create a unique atmosphere that brought out very honest and interesting life stories. Moreover, Dave managed so incredibly well to get a clear and convincing message across in just a short amount of time. What he transmitted and what we worked on together will be a very valuable lesson for me, I am sure.”Alex Coumans
mustafa“Everybody was touched by the way Dave shared his passion and experience about storytelling. As I am passionate about connecting people through conversations, I realized that the best conversations – like the one we had yesterday – come from the stories we share with people with a open mind and open heart.”Mustafa Osman Turan, Diplomat based in Brussels
wendy“I really enjoyed Dave’s workshop! He has a gift for understanding the unique relationship between words and feelings; the head and heart connection he talks about.”Wendy Deyell
lisa-s“Three things I value highly are artistry, self-expression and connection. Dave brings all of these qualities into the work he does and helped me bring it out in my own writing. I took his ‘Unapologetically Me’ About Page writing workshop. It provided such a strong framework for me to tell my story in a way that is more authentic and enjoyable than I dreamed was possible.”Lisa Speer, Life Coach
rose-h“I took Dave’s workshop because I lacked the skills to write about myself and what my business offers without sounding stilted or like I was bragging. Dave’s workshop finally allowed me to move beyond these unsure feelings–and how Dave taught his workshop helped me to do so, effortlessly. I left the workshop enormously relieved, energized and full of ideas on how to improve my business.”Rose Hayden, Owner of RAH Consulting
nikki“Dave Ursillo has an uncanny knack of tapping into the root of what’s getting you stuck, so that you can create from a place of you-charged positivity. His process? One I would pay good money to go through again and again (and again).”Nikki Groom, Copywriter and Entrepreneur
bethany“Dave is a rare breed of guy who is able to match any level of communication: from light and casual to highly intellectual. He’s a deeply thinking, deeply feeling, and deeply caring guy: all qualities which are part of the reason he’s not only such a talented writer but also such an effective teacher. I’m so thankful I was able to attend Dave’s most recent workshop, as he seems to understand my own creative challenges even better than I do. I left with greater clarity and a renewed courage to be ‘unapologetically me.’ Thank you, Dave!”Bethany O’Connor, Professional Photographer

Love for The Literati Writers

cherylc“I would recommend any writer join The Literati Writers because it is spearheaded by Dave Ursillo, a man who walks his talk and knows how to bring together amazing people who are devoted to creating unforgettable life experiences for themselves and others. He knows the courage needed to release your words, thoughts and perspective into the world just so it can potentially be embraced or dismissed. And he knows what it takes to do it over and over again because as a writer, and to live, you must continue to breathe in this way.”Cheryl Chavarria, Author and Entrepreneur
mattc“This group has had such a positive impact on me, and I can’t thank Dave and The Literati Writers enough for that. Not only has my writing gotten better, but I feel like I have evolved as a person as well. Dave and the folks in the group have widened my perspective from a writing, mental, and spiritual perspective. And, I am forever grateful for that.”Matt Cermak, Literati Writer and Entrepreneur
amyo“Simply being around The Literati Writers has given me so much more than anything else in the past eight months–I finally feel like I’m on the right track. Thank you for bringing awesome people together and creating such a supportive community.”Amy Ouellette, Literati Writer and Personal Investment Adviser
milom“I’ve only been a member for 6 months, but during my time in The Literati Writers my identity as a writer has shifted dramatically. Our book project was a watershed moment. Getting a print copy and seeing my name in a printed book, under the title ‘I’m a Writer, Damn It’, was like I was finally declaring my truth to the world. I’m now earning enough money from writing/blogging to pay my mortgage and bills (and a little extra for those essential flat whites) and I’m more confident than ever that I’m on the right path.”Milo McLaughlin, Copywriter
dianep“Dave Ursillo is a writer with heart. When I first met Dave, I felt like he understood me as a writer. His ability to look at my words with precision and care was enough to encourage me to keep going. His subtle tweaks to my proposed ideas helped my series of stringed-together words flow even more smoothly. Dave is someone, and I can say this with assurance, that can help your writing flourish.”Diane Pauley, Writer and Certified Life Coach
jilliank“As a Literati Writer, it feels like I’m a part of a dedicated, sacred space to help me keep moving forward, and to help others do the same. There’s no wrong answers, just a common intention towards creation and movement forward. Speaking with Dave feels like speaking with someone who sparks my imagination.” Jillian Kramer, Literati Writer
clareh“Joining The Literati Writers has been a great asset to my burgeoning business. I wanted to express my gratitude for gathering this group of world-changing creatives and entrepreneurs and allowing me to be a part of it. Big thanks to you, Dave.”Clare Herbert, Literati Writer
trayced“Being a part of The Literati Writers has been life-altering for me. There is resounding forward motion in my life as a creative. My writing is POURING out these days. All of my life, I have held the mics that were put before me, sang the songs requested and simply played the role I thought was most appropriate. But now, I making my own set list, dismissing the band, picking up my own instrument and crooning my heart’s songs. You rock, Dave. I’m really glad to be a part of what you’re doing in the world.”Tracye Dukes, Literati Writer
beatriz“Dave was in my dream a few days ago. He was at the front of a classroom and encouraging me to ‘Write, write, write,’ asking me why I wasn’t writing, and why I was holding back. My subconscious associates Dave as a natural writing mentor, and the leadership he gives to his Literati Writers proves it.”Beatriz Alemar, Small Business Owner
joshh“A bit more than a month ago, I had a chat with Dave about self-editing while writing. One of his suggestions was to experiment with new styles of writing. 50,000 words of fiction later, I can say that it works.”Joshua Harbert, Web Designer and Copywriter
kadena“I am enjoying my experience in The Literati Writers tremendously. I love being around people who walk their talk and talk their walk. Every single person in this group inspires me to be better. Thank you!”Kadena Tate, Business Coach and Consultant
jeaninec“With a steadfast compassion, patience, and wisdom far beyond his years, Dave holds space for the possibilities of your writing, and your life, to emerge in ways you anticipated and also those you could not expect. Dave has motivated me, set an example I wish to follow by walking his talk, and helped both hold me accountable for my goals while also celebrating the results as he helps guide their beautiful unfolding.”Jeanine Cerundolo, Literati Writer, Poet and Certified Yoga Teacher

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“When I traveled to Toronto a few weeks ago, the border patrol asked me what I do for business and in a purely instinctual reaction, I said ‘I’m a writer.’ As I left the border behind me, I thought to myself what a huge benchmark that is! And that came, in no small part, due to the support and lessons and encouragement from you and The Literati Writers. Thanks to being a part of your rad community, I can proudly call myself a writer with confidence and not a sliver of doubt! So thank you for that!”Megan Atkinson, Founder of Ignite Your Cause
laurynd“I love The Literati Writers! I’m grateful because for the longest I’ve been around people who are interested in writing but don’t write. Now, I feel like I learn and grow just by being in this group’s energy.”Lauryn Doll, Multi-Pubished Author and Copywriter
levih“Thanks to Dave Ursillo and The Literati Writers, writing has become second nature again. This writing group has changed my life. Just by joining, my passion for the craft has increased three fold. Love it.”Levi Hannah, Poet and Photographer
sangd“I’d recommend you join The Literati Writers, without a doubt. You will find wisdom, entertainment, encouragement and a cataclysmic community filled with love. Here is a place where writers encourage, inspire, share ideas and provide a captivating perspective from their part of the world. I love the intimate setting you are in. We are all there to help one another and are able to share our honest opinions for the betterment of one another.”Sang Thi Duong, Copywriter and Founder of Sangtastik
cassiac“I am finding more and more that it is the intersections, the overlaps, the way one shape or color (or person or place) influences another that is the magic of our everyday life. It’s a crazy path I’m on and I’m psyched to be sharing space with The Literati Writers as I walk it and attempt to communicate both visually and through written word.”Cassia Cogger, Writer and Painter
tomm“Having a place like The Literati Writers to publicly make a commitment is so helpful in getting me to my desk and holding myself accountable to the goals I set for myself. So thank you–-I really appreciate it.”Tom Meitner, Copywriter and Entrepreneur
ronat“Dave, I’ve got to thank you for starting The Literati Writers. I am writing more frequently again. I’m allowing the writing flow to come out of me in the ways it wants to, without restraint. My ‘inner judge’ has been disrobed and has helped me access a lot more of the fun of being me!”Dr. Rona Thau, Writer and Health Expert

Raving Retreat-Goers

laurajWeekend in the Woods brought me so much clarity on what it really means to have a writing practice. I was relieved to realize that, more than anything, it should be enjoyable and something I anticipate doing. I’d been putting far too much pressure on myself to deliver specific results and, as with any art, the magic happens when you’re having fun. Weekend in the Woods brought the magic back to my writing.”Laura Jelinek, Writer and Relationship Coach
philn“Although I’ve attended some bigger conferences in the past, it was refreshing to participate in this experiential writer’s retreat where we actually cultivated our skills and learned ways to hone our craft. I personally loved the serene and rustic environment, the intimacy and positive vibes of the group, and the accessibility to your wealth of wisdom. Thank you for sharing your best practices in writing, and for the courage to organize this event.”Master Phil Nguyen, Author and 7th Degree Blackbelt
dianep“Weekend in the Woods refueled the fire inside of me and helped confirm that I am walking a path of impact. Dave created an environment filled with creative souls and the nourishing space that a writer needs. I went into this experience coming off a whirlwind emotional aftermath of some life decisions I had to make. And, the weekend was exactly what I needed because I left feeling rejuvenated and at peace with the decisions I had made. Dave’s weekend retreat was the perfect space for creatively ‘coming home.`”Diane Pauley, Writer and Certified Life Coach
stus“Weekend in the Woods was tranquil, nurturing, and deviously inspiring! The combination of workshops and yoga seamlessly created a wonderful ebb and flow without ever leaving the creative space. I’m really excited with what I created at the retreat.Stu Snyder, Web Designer and Yoga Instructor
jessg“I texted Dave when I got to the airport at the end of the weekend. It read, ‘Nooooo!! I want to go back to the woods!’ From the moment I stepped out into the crisp, cold Rhode Island air until I departed the retreat center, my soul was nurtured, my heart was opened, my writing practice was deepened, and I was filled not only with inspiration but with active guidance on how to turn that inspiration into practice. Surrounded by others who share the writerly path, soaking in the energy and power of asana, and under the brilliant guidance of Dave and Alexandra, the weekend guided the continuation of a transformation–from aspiration to putting the wheels in motion on a new project–and from hesitation (am I ready?) to a sense that there is no better time to begin than now.”Jessica Glendinning, Writer
maggie-b“I left the retreat not only with a lot of ideas and inspiration, but with an entirely better grasp on the big picture of what I’m trying to accomplish this year. I really needed that. I was also feeling some not-so-fun anxiety during the day on Friday, imagining coming into an unknown situation where I don’t know everyone. But the moment I arrived and began chatting with the other retreaters, all of my anxiety disappeared. I knew I was in the right place. Thank you for giving me a chance to step outside my comfort zone and learn from it.”Maggie Brewer, Librarian and Yogi

Story Shine Clients

anian“Dave is a genius when it comes to words and helping others to express themselves authentically. He tied the big themes of my story together brilliantly, and made my message more powerful and resonant with my audience. Dave constantly surprises and impresses me with his ideas and how he pulls a written story together. I can’t thank him enough!”Ania Nowicki, The Gateway Coach (Netherlands)
benaz“I was so impressed by the story that Dave created for me that I almost didn’t work today… I spent the whole day reading it! The story is wonderful. Dave is very, very good and his Story Shine work can change how people see, appreciate and understand your work. Thank you, Dave!”Ben Azevedo, Founder of Blackninja Communications (Brazil)
olwen“My About Me page was just sad. I knew I needed to revamp it. Dave made my story shine, and helped me pinpoint how to speak the ideal clients who I didn’t even know I was looking for before he discovered them. He was right on target, and able to articulate my thoughts about my work. Three words: He. Gets. It!”Olwen Wilson, Founder of Echo Roots Wellness (Canada)
muitsun“Wow! I just want to send you a quick email to tell you how much I love my new About Me page! You’ve done a great job. Thank you, Dave!”Mui Tsun, WordPress Ninja and Business Mentor (United Kingdom)
lawrence-m“I love my new About Me page– it’s really good! Thank you Dave for all of the work you’ve done.”Lawrence Mitchell, Health Coach at RAW Energy (United Kingdom)
serenam“Dave. Wow. Reading through this, I am speechless. You’ve conveyed everything that I’m feeling and more! I love what you’ve done with my story. From beginning to end, my story has such an authentic flow and I could not have possibly asked for anything better! Thank you soooo much!”Serena Misquez, Authenticity Coach (Arizona, USA)
robl“I’m blown away how you’ve managed to bring together so many seemingly unrelated, disparate pieces of my story to fit a common theme. I felt so absorbed as I read my story that I forgot it was mine! Thank you so much for your investment into the Story Shine process and the care you have taken.”Rob Lawrence, Audio Producer and Coach (United Kingdom)