Exclusive Interview with Dr. David Nathanial Glover
Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. David Nathanial Glover.
It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
“Dr. David Glover is a motivational speaker, consultant, and certified executive coach who values dedication, service, and excellence. Dr. David Glover is the founding visionary of Ennoblement, LLC, a consulting company for executive coaching and organizational development. He also is the creator of the initiative “I Like Me”, and Spiritual Fine Arts. Using his own life, Dr. Glover sheds light on how invaluable it is that each person brings self-acceptance to an organization.
David was constantly plagued by traumatic occurrences in childhood, memories from his past he suppressed. The memories he couldn’t deal with began to seep from the dark hidden places into the light of his consciousness and his tormenting thoughts moved into his dreams.
Dr. Glover’s 20-year career background spans non-profit, religious, and corporate organizations, and has also been a feature international presenter and speaker. He is the author of an award-winning book “Building and Maintaining Organizations” and his latest release, “Born Out of Pain”.
He aims to raise the concerns found at the intersection of mental health awareness and religion. Whether he is functioning as a public speaker, consultant, or elocutionist, David is vested in the belief, that you can change individual lives, cultures, and the world!
Dr. Glover completed his bachelor’s degree from Beulah Heights University in leadership studies with a dual concentration in biblical studies and psychology, his master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology, and he earned his doctorate in human and organizational psychology.
I’m sure your success has not come easily. What challenges have you had to overcome along the way?
There were many challenges that I had to overcome to get where I am now. I had layers of issues from colorism because of being dark-hued. I was also rejected as a child because I could not hide my femininity. I suffered abuse in the form of name-calling such as, “faggot,” “sissy,” “punk,” “mama’s boy,” “girly boy,” “little bitch,” among other anti-queer epithets. I was verbally taunted, harassed, and called names to intimidate and bully me. These messages of intimidation came from classmates, friends, as well as family members, and the church.
The negative messages from the church in the form of clergy preaching biblical scripture was the most profound. I also received homophobic messages from biblical scripture. I remember times when my parents and the church would quote bible verses indicating that homosexuality was an abomination. In addition, I recall hearing my pastors discuss gay men and lesbian women in deplorable terms. The self-loathing and denial of self also resulted in the denial to others. My own lived experience identifying as both queer and African American is still challenging because of the Black church.
This led me to 3 suicide attempts and deep depression. It manifested also in my self-sabotage and obesity. I learned to mask my fear and trauma in religion with unbalanced and unhealthy religious practices and activities.
Let’s talk about the work you do. What do you specialize in and why should someone work with you over the competition?
There are several reasons why someone should work with me over the competition. I exude confidence. This is one of the most important characteristics of an activist, consultant, and public speaker. It will be hard to connect with your audience if you come across as timid or overly nervous during your presentation.
Authenticity is what allows my audience to connect with me. Since I bring myself into the room and to every conversation and table, it becomes easy for the audience to trust me and take my message seriously. I focus on being myself and telling stories that are honest and vulnerable.
Also, I have relatability. Our lived experiences give us insight into what life brings. That includes both good and bad. I have been able to capture the art of putting myself in others’ shoes and looking from their point of view. This has yielded tremendously expedited rapport building and trust.
I also have 20 years of my experience to draw from. Whether in the classroom, in life, or in research, I have garnered expertise and precision in what I am passionate about.
What’s your best piece of advice for readers who desire to find success in their life?
My best advice to find success is.
• Build a Growth Mindset. Challenge yourself. Pursuing a goal that is achievable but not necessarily easy, is a great way to increase motivation to succeed. …
• Stay curious. Look for things that grab your attention and that you want to learn more about.
• Take control. …
• Don’t fear competition.
• Believe that your efforts matter. Rather than thinking their abilities are fixed or stuck, people who have a growth mindset believe that effort and hard work can lead to meaningful growth.
• Learn new skills. When faced with a challenge, they look for ways to develop the knowledge and skills that they need to overcome and triumph.
• View failures as learning experiences. People with growth mindsets don’t believe that failure is a reflection of their abilities. Instead, they view it as a valuable source of experience from which they can learn and improve. “That didn’t work,” they might think, “so this time I’ll try something a little different.”
Speaking of success, what does the word mean to you?
As a starting point, it’s helpful to know that success is typically defined as reaching a goal or accomplishing something you’ve set out to achieve. It provides a source of motivation for people to change their lives and values. For me, Success is a moving target. I don’t think we ever achieve ‘it, at least in our own minds. To me, success means working toward my dreams. As long as I keep moving in the right direction, I feel successful.
What’s next for you?
Next for me is to continue activities that surround both my work as a consultant with Ennoblement as well as establishing my nonprofit in North America as well as in South Africa. With a message of self-acceptance, self-awareness, and anti-bullying, I aim to raise the intersection of mental health awareness and religion. Whether functioning as a public speaker, consultant, or elocutionist, I have a vested belief, that I can change individual lives, cultures, and the world!
Finally, how can people connect with you if they want to learn more?
I can be contacted via email at Ennoblementcenter@gmail.com or follow me;