Shed Simove is an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His areas of expertise are CREATIVITY, INNOVATION, IDEAS GENERATION, SALES & MARKETING. Harnessing a constant stream of ideas from his astonishingly active mind, Shed has learned to transform his unconventional concepts into lucrative and original business ventures, which form the basis of his completely unique books, products, performances and motivational speeches.
Following a degree in Experimental Psychology at Balliol College, Oxford, and two years working in Disney World, Florida (as a Sixteenth Century Gentleman), Shed worked in TV Production, heading up programmes including ‘The Big Breakfast’, ‘Space Cadets’, and ‘Big Brother’. Shed soon became known industry-wide for making innovative, ground-breaking television shows. In 2003, Shed was appointed Commissioning Editor of Channel 4’s ‘Big Brother’ and throughout his TV career was also involved in discovering and launching many stars including Kelly Brook, Tess Daly and Russell Brand.
A RELENTLESS AND PROVEN INNOVATOR
As well as a successful career in television production, Shed has forged a highly innovative merchandising empire – creating conceptual gifts, executive toys, best-selling adult sweets, books, greetings cards, and even his own currency.
To date, Shed has sold over one million novelty gifts worldwide and has won ‘Gift Of The Year’ twice, once for a range of birthday candles that spell “You’re Old”, and more recently for the “Sound Machine” – a neat contraption that provides sixteen sounds for any occasion.
His world-famous book, ‘What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex’ became an international bestseller despite consisting of two hundred completely blank pages.
It reached number 44 on the Amazon chart and has been translated in numerous languages, including Spanish, Dutch, Croatian and Mongolian!.
Shed is an expert in IDEAS and can help make anyone’s ideas happen. Shed believes that "when an idea pops into your head, it can send you on amazing adventures - if you follow the idea through...". He fervently believes in ‘failing upwards’ by trying to launch numerous ideas and learning from the amazing experiences they bring.
MOTIVATIONAL TALKS WITH A TWIST
Shed performs memorable and entertaining talks that showcase his conceptual products and the amazing adventures surrounding them.
Shed excels at giving business teams the tools to create new ideas that directly affect the company’s bottom line.
As well as his keynote speech, Shed’s innovation techniques can also be used in the same session to tackle specific needs that the company has, generating ideas for new products, services and solutions that will directly increase profitability. As his talk is both entertaining and informative, it is also suitable for lighter occasions.
PROVEN SPEAKING TRACK RECORD
Shed’s ability to create new ideas, coupled with his skill to make them happen, mean that his range and rate of success is vast - and thus his performances are wonderfully motivational as well as entertaining. He has the ability to both inspire significantly, ‘revenue generating’ changes and then equip the audience with the tools to make those changes happen.
Shed’s inspirational and hugely informative performances showcase his amazing career path, using props and visuals that add to the engaging and exciting stories he tells. Shed has performed his visual and inspirational corporate speech successfully to both entrepreneurs and non-business people alike.
All of Shed's performances can be tailored to suit the audience to deliver a truly compelling, uniquely memorable, fascinating, one-off performance.
BESTSELLING AUTHOR & COLUMNIST
Shed's first book, IDEAS MAN, is the true story of this visionary maverick’s amazing adventures. At breakneck speed, Shed describes how dozens of his ideas came to be, how they succeed or sometimes disastrously fail.
Some of Shed's ideas include a range of novelty remote controls, a groundbreaking documentary that involved him going undercover as a 16-year-old schoolboy (when he was 30) and the launch of his own currency – the ‘EGO’.
IDEAS MAN is a unique book written by a completely extraordinary character. A hilarious and inspirational real-life tale of eccentricity and enthusiasm, it’s perfect for anyone who’s ever had a dream and wondered how to make it come true.
Shed is living proof that you really can make it happen, take a look at his 2018 showreel...
What the Clients Say:
"I invited Shed to come and visit the Unilever UK & Ireland communications team to share with us some of the thought processes and "tricks of the trade" he uses to come up with great ideas. The session he delivered was dazzlingly good - full of energy, insights, inspiration and positivity. If you want to take an alternative, off-the-wall look at how you can inject some creativity into your team or business, then Shed's your man."
Paul Matthews, Press Officer, Unilever UK & Ireland
“Our commercial team spent a highly amusing and thought provoking evening listening to some of Shed’s real life journeys from mad idea to commercial product. This has caused a real buzz in the team and got our buyers thinking: ‘there’s another way of doing this’...”
Andy Wiggins, Group Innovation Director, B&Q
“‘Less talk and more action’ is the name of Shed’s game as he goes through countless number of practical tips on idea generation, and how to execute them as well. There are thousands of ideas practically staring you in the face, all you need is a bit of ‘Shed inspiration’ to be the catalyst and kick it all off!”
Desigan Chinniah, eBay UK
“Over and above my own expectations and desires from Shed’s presentation, the feedback from the business has been a huge amount of respect for Shed having the passion and tenacity to see an idea through to its natural completion rather than most who would have dropped it by the wayside. If you want to reinvent yourself or change the way you and your people think, he is an absolute must.”
Paul Alexander, CEO, Beyond Analysis
“Genius! Shed has captured his creative steps and delivers them with passionate, understandable and hilarious stories of his successes (and failures). Shed and his products are brilliant at challenging people to think differently and are great at kick starting any creative innovation session...”
Paul Scrase, Truth Consulting on behalf of SONY UK