David Finch: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

David Finch

Author and Expert on Living and Succeeding with Autism

David Finch is a humorist and author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling book, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. The diagnosis explains his ever-growing list of quirks and compulsions, his lifelong propensity to quack and otherwise melt down in social exchanges, and his clinical-strength inflexibility. But it doesn’t make him any easier to live with.

Determined to change, Finch sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband—no easy task for a guy who thinks his responsibility for laundry extends no further than throwing things in (or at) the hamper.

Nevertheless, Finch devotes himself to improving his marriage with an endearing yet hilarious zeal that involves excessive note-taking, performance reviews, and most of all, the Journal of Best Practices: a collection of hundreds of maxims and hard-won epiphanies that result from self-reflection both comic and painful. They include “Don’t change the radio station when she’s singing along,” “Apologies do not count when you shout them,” and “Be her friend, first and always.” Guided by the Journal of Best Practices, he transforms himself over the course of two years from the world’s most trying husband to the husband who tries the hardest, the husband he’d always meant to be.

Filled with humor and surprising wisdom, The Journal of Best Practices is a candid story of ruthless self-improvement, a unique window into living with an autism-spectrum condition, and proof that a true heart can conquer all.

At the podium, Finch brings his story to life through narrative that both inspires and entertains. With a comedian’s wit, impeccable delivery, and a long list of endearing quirks, he shares his journey from the world’s most trying husband to the husband who tries the most—a journey that taught him how to live a successful, fulfilling life, and how to fold laundry without being asked. His messages range from the transformative power of love, understanding, guidance, and adaptability in any relationship, to living successfully with an autism spectrum condition, to thriving in what he describes as a “neurologically-mixed marriage.” While sharing hilarious and moving anecdotes from his life, he provides his audiences with invaluable, fresh insights into their own. Rich with wisdom and life-changing lessons for anyone motivated to succeed—be it in their career, their marriage, or life in general—his talks lend a message of hope and inspiration from which anyone can benefit.

Married in 2003 and diagnosed five years later with a mild form of autism, Finch has committed himself to relentless self-improvement, sometimes to a comical extent. He has written for the New York Times, Huffington Post, Slate, and Psychology Today. But his greatest accomplishment by far has been learning how to thrive as a family man.

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