Paul McGee is one of the UK’s leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith’s business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio.
Building on his background in psychology, Paul’s aim is to deliver a practical, relevant message that can make an immediate impact on people’s professional and personal lives. His approach is considered both inspirational and humorous as he seeks to deliver a memorable experience that equips people with insights and ideas to increase their personal effectiveness and impact.
He’s spoken for over 1,000 organisations in 41 countries to date, and from Todmorden to Tehran and from Bradford to Brisbane, Paul’s messages have resonated with a global audience.
He has had the privilege of working with one of the world’s top management gurus, the late Dr Stephen Covey, and his work has been endorsed by the Elite Performance Director of the British Olympic Association, Sir Clive Woodward. His clients include prominent blue chip organisations, public sector bodies and a leading Premiership football club.
Let's get this out there now - Paul isn't a mountain climber!
Paul’s approach is to engage both hearts and minds. He provides inspiration and entertainment but most importantly offers practical tools you can use immediately to help you both in your professional and personal lives. Paul’s messages may be rooted in psychology and over 25 years of running a business and having sold nearly a quarter of a million books, but the real benefit of Paul’s approach is that he communicates real world examples that are relevant to people.
If overcoming frost bite whilst climbing Everest and sailing around the world single headedly are key issues for you, then Paul is not your man. However, if you want to laugh, learn and walk away inspired to take action and make a difference, to yourself and others, then Paul will fit that bill.
Let Paul explain SUMO to you in 2 minutes:
Here's how Paul works:
All Paul’s presentations are bespoke and his material can be adapted to help each client achieve their objectives.
He generally focuses on 5 main topic areas that do interconnect in many ways. They are in no particular order
- Inspiring Leadership and Employee Engagement
- How to Survive and Thrive in Changing Times
- Building Resilience and Improving Wellbeing
- Making a Difference about Customer Service
- Communicating with Influence and Impact
Why work with Paul:
...without being cheesy or O.T.T. His approach is more Mancunian than Californian. He leaves his audiences believing more in themselves and their ability to face the future with increased confidence and optimism.
He has a story.
No, he’s not an Olympian or an explorer. But he has overcome a debilitating illness. He swapped invalidity benefit for starting his own business from scratch and now has clients around the world, having spoken in 41 countries. In 2008 he set up SUMO4Schools, a life skills programme for young people. It’s now been adapted and used in the largest young offenders institute in Europe. Two of his books became international bestsellers.
He combines insights from business, sport and day to day life.
He works extensively in the private and public sector and with a leading Premiership football team. He’s also worked with the Elite Performance Director of the British Olympic Association, Sir Clive Woodward.
He’s practical, memorable and entertaining.
He gives his audiences ideas and insights that can help them immediately and also last a lifetime. His style means that people laugh as well as learn.
Paul can tailor his message to your objectives and provide breakout sessions and masterclasses, as well as keynote presentations.
He provides value.
You’re investing in what Paul can help you do to increase your success rather than simply pay for having a celebrity name.
What the clients say:
Having worked with some of the worlds top sports people I'm aware how incredibly important confidence and self belief is to individual and team success. That's why Paul's book, SUMO is so important in helping people to achieve success in life. Read it, digest it and do what it says!
Sir Clive Woodward OBE - Ex Rugby Union Player & former Director of Sport - British Olympic Association
I've absolutely no doubt that your SUMO approach can help build resilience and enhance the quality of people's lives, in both medical and educational settings. The clarity and simplicity of your explanations are accessible to everyone and I know many patients who would benefit from this approach.
Dr. Phil Hammond - GP, Journalist & Broadcaster
Paul McGee's SUMO message made a huge impact on our staff, so much so we bought them all a copy of the book! Inspiring and engaging with a thought provoking message that continues to help staff in both their personal and professional lives.
Sophie Davison - Senior HR Advisor, Retail - HARRODS
'I was totally transfixed, inspired and motivated to make a difference, both in my work life and my personal life, from hearing you speak. Your talk (and book which I bought) has made such a difference to me and via me to the team.
The end result is that we are moving forward, at pace, using the SUMO principles. I started my new role riddled with self-doubt and the inner critic was giving me a headache.
Yesterday, I was pulled aside by my new line manager and commended for the work I am doing and the team I am creating.
Much of this has been built on your foundations. So thank you.
Richard James - Deputy Head of Region - Lloyds Pharmacy
Paul's full day SUMO workshop was superb. We are a small to medium sized company, embarking on a period of dramatic transformation, with an unsettled workforce riddled with anxiety. Paul's Mancunian humour/ no bull style really struck a chord. This was the third time I've seen Paul present, and I have always been very impressed - the messages are relevant, visual, insightful and exceptionally well delivered.
Nick Welch LLB(Hons) MCIPS - Head of Site - Capenhurst - Sellafield Limited
Paul, I just attended our staff conference in Blackpool and heard you speak. My predetermined judgement was that this will be a waste of time, but how wrong could I be! I am inspired... what can I say? For a Manc you are not half bad and talk a lot of sense, and that is high praise from a Scouser! Thank you!
Lynn Robinson - Blackpool Council
I saw Paul present at an international conference. He uniquely addresses one of the biggest barriers to personal and business development... our own minds. The SUMO philosophy was a unanimous hit. Very, very powerful stuff!
Simon Newton-Smith - General Manager - Virgin Atlantic - South Africa
In a world where life is getting more sophisticated and complicated, SUMO is such a simple and concise concept. No matter whether it is in your professional or personal life, the concepts resonate because they work. Thanks Paul for making it real!
Steven Abood FSA MAAA - Senior Vice President - US Group Reinsurance, Healthcare
I just wanted to record my personal thanks and appreciation of Paul's magnificent contribution to the conference this week. Additionally, a thank you as a team for being so accommodating to our (White Productions) - and client - requests and simply being plain pleasant to work with.
As I remarked at the time, it's rare that I get so drawn in to a presentation that I almost forget I am supposed to be calling it! I think it really resonated with the crowd and I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul in this capacity for future events with similar requirements.
Alex Clayton-Black - White Productions