International Business

David helps creative and digital businesses become even more successful through his expertise as an international business speaker, consultant, adviser, trainer and writer.

He has direct experience of international business in companies he has managed and grown, as well as through his consultancy work in the creative industries and a variety of other business sectors.

As a keynote speaker, David often gives speeches and presentations on the subject of International Business. He speaks about international marketing, business etiquette, cultural issues, and global business. His stories and case studies draw on his own extensive international experience and research. David speaks about international business using examples and stories from his own work in more than 60 countries around the world.

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David helps business to increase their international trade through export initiatives, strategic marketing and transnational joint ventures. He provides business briefings for export missions. These include business etiquette and cultural norms in various countries. His expertise in strategic marketing draws on his own experience of international business development and the successes of his many clients in growing their enterprises internationally. David is an international business speaker at conferences worldwide.

Keynote speaker on International Business

Clients benefit from David’s experience of working in more than 60 countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Curaçao, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (South), Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

David Parrish speaking at International Business conference in Saudi Arabia

David is author of the highly-acclaimed book and eBook
‘T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’. It is available as an eBook, paperback and audiobook. This book has also been translated and published in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Colombia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Spain, Lithuania, Moldova, Thailand, Chile and Ukraine.

His latest book on strategic marketing (including international marketing) is ‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success. 63 Tips, Techniques and Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs’. This book is available in English, Spanish and French in both eBook and paperback formats.

Business Wisdom Summit Ukraine
Business Wisdom Summit Ukraine


David has academic and professional qualifications. 
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing 
and a ‘Chartered Marketer’, a member of the Institute of Consulting, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

David’s international business experience includes:

Increasing international trade as managing director of a book distribution company.

International business development work in sectors including hotels and hospitality, utilities and charities/NGOs as well as the creative, cultural and digital industries.

Licensing copyright materials internationally.

Advising corporations on international business etiquette and issues involved in managing people from different countries and cultures and doing business globally.

International keynote speaker at Festival Naranja, Bogotá, Colombia (YouTube Video).

Keynote speaker at the Business Wisdom Summit, Ukraine: “How to Profit from Creativity in Business”.

Speaking at TEDxENCGJ, El Jadida, Morocco on the subject of Authentic Marketing and Strategic Marketing.

Working in Shanghai, China and learning about Chinese culture, customs, language and business etiquette.

TEDx Tromso speaker on ‘Empowerment through Creative Entrepreneurship’.

Delivering workshops and presentations in Vietnam, Taiwan, Chile, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Lithuania, the Philippines, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine and China in association with the 
British Council.

Guest speaker at the Creative Business Cup International Finals in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Advising on the development of PRANA in Bogotá, Colombia’s leading incubator for creative enterprises.

Speaker at the World Summit of Creative Industries in Moscow, at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014.

Advising Brazilian creative enterprises at events in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Nova Friburgo and Cuiabá.

Guest speaker in Moscow at Summer School for Russian creative entrepreneurs on the subject of: ‘Creativity and Business: How to Succeed as a Creative Entrepreneur’.

Keynote Speaker in Finland at the Media & Message conference for TV producers.

Speaking at TEDxNapoli on Crisis and Creativity.

David Parrish speaking at creative industry conference in Shanghai, China
David Parrish speaking at creative industry conference in Shanghai, China

David was appointed as the Creative and Digital Industries Theme Lead for the International Festival for Business 2014 (IFB2014) because of his international contacts, understanding of international business etiquette and knowledge of the creative and digital sector world-wide.

Using his research, knowledge and entertaining stories from his own experience of international business communication, he advises clients through his international marketing consultancy work. He is also a keynote speaker on international business. David’s management training workshops include international marketing.

David has worked with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to deliver workshops and seminars on international business growth, exporting and marketing in an international context, including doing business with people from a range of different cultures. His presentations are regarded as informative, inspiring and entertaining.

International Business expert David Parrish