Friday, 09 February 2018 10:40

Steve Carr

Steve Carr inspirational mental health campaigner at Great British Speakers

Steve Carr is one of the U.K’s most active Motivational Speakers & Mental Health campaigners.

With a powerful story that shows how he moved from the toughest challenges in life to becoming a successful coach, motivational speaker and philanthropist, he will totally inspire your audience: 

With less than one hundred quid in my pocket and a tent, I began my journey on Monday 1st Feb. The campaign was to raise awareness of Mental Health issues and Homelessness, after experiencing both issues first hand me. On Friday 13th September 1991, when I was just 15 years old, my life changed irreversibly when my brother was tragically killed, along with four other children, by a reckless drunk driver in the Akers Way horror crash in Swindon. Paula Barnes, 15, Belinda Brown, 19, Paul Carr, 16, Sheree Lear, eight, and seven-year-old Ian Lilley were playing on the grassed area off Akers Way when driver Shaun Gooch lost control of his car at high speed and crashed into the group of youngsters. The tragedy shook the community and provoked fury among campaigners who had long been calling for a lower speed limit and other safety measures on the road. I received no support or help following my loss, due to my father's decision that my sister and I would be o.k, instead choosing I chose to mask the trauma with alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.

My mother and father divorced shortly after it happened and I was forced out of my family home. I lost contact with my Mother, father & sister, I could not hold onto any form of relationship for long periods due to the fear of loss and rejection and as fast as I was gaining friends, jobs and relationships I was losing them. During my early 30’s, things started to look up for me when I managed to hold down a job for long enough to buy a house, but then I found cocaine. I thought I was doing well until I found cocaine, or cocaine found me. I became an addict in a very short space of time. After a little under a year of taking cocaine, I lost my house, my job, and my friends. I lost everything, and my habit was costing me £100 a day. I couldn’t stop what I was doing to myself until one day I pushed it too far. I became homeless with just enough money for one more high, the last high. With a concoction of drugs & alcohol including Cocaine, Methadone, & legal highs, I vowed to take my own life. Something happened that day and I was saved, the concoction almost killed me, but something pulled me back, something saved me. I can’t say what it was but I was given another chance.

I contemplated taking my own life a further three times before I was diagnosed with mental health problems. After seeking help and counselling, I have finally been able to turn my life around and am dedicated to raising awareness of both mental illness and homelessness. After suffering a breakdown recently due to a work-related stress and my employment being terminated whilst off sick, I have now finally been cleared by the doctor and I can start my journey of raising awareness to help others -after all who better than someone who has been there?.

Steve's talks share his journal of moving on from addiction and trauma and how he turned his life around to achieve the success he has today.  It's his mission to help other's empower their lives and realise their full potential 

 


Learn how he used these new-found life skills to achieve the following;

  • Walked from Lands End to John O‘Groats with just £100 and a tent in just 90
  • Days raising awareness for Mental Health & Homelessness.
  • Walked from Swindon to Downing Street to deliver a report on my findings from the walk.
  • Cycled 1500 miles across 7 countries in Europe in 11 days raising money for charity.
  • Cycled from Liverpool to Lands End raising awareness for PTSD in 4 days.

What the Clients say:

Steve Carr is a genuine, inspiring and engaging speaker and such a lovely person too! I loved his recent talk at Shape Your Destiny event in Bristol! It made me think so much is possible for us, we have an amazing potential within us and can always change the meaning of the past and be the winner in our lives, just as Steve has demonstrated with his amazing personal story. I love his energy on stage, his enthusiasm and personality. Great man. Thank you Steve.

Gosia Scarrott

Steve has an incredibly powerful personal story to tell of an intense journey from the depths of despair to soaring heights of transformation and is an admirable example of someone who changed his life and future through awareness, decision and action. His is a truly inspiring story of human possibility. That no situation is too bad to be overcome with the right mindset. As a speaker he delivers his powerful message of transformation with great style and humour.

Stuart Doughty

Thank you, Steve, for your inspiring energy! Your story and your passion is absolutely healing and encourages us all to make a change and be stronger! Looking forward to seeing you again!.

Andreea Vasile

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Steve Carr for inviting me to an amazing life changing weekend.

This man has overcome personal tragedy and carved a mindset which is so positive it is mind blowing...... He has taught me so much about the power of believing in yourself and how to overcome the past.

Until Steve tapped into my psyche I had no idea that I was holding on to certain aspects of my life. He challenges with his ability to connect with people and I consider him to be a master mind of his trade. Thank you Mr Carr.

Soraya Dawn

I’ve seen Steve speak twice. The first time he was lycra clad in the middle of one of his epic bike rides, raising awareness for mental health. The second time he had a normal shirt on! It was equally inspirational though. The guy has an incredibly powerful back story – a life of true transformation. He speaks with confidence and a high degree of comfort at being in his own skin.

Keep up the great work Steve.

Chris Joseph

Thank you, Steve, for giving me the courage and helping me to realise I really needed to do something that had been on my mind for a while. I’ve done it, I’ve released it and I even did it again! Thank you for shining your light and empowering others to shine theirs.

Terri Kearns

Published in Speakers
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:30

Simon Parker

Simon Parker traveler adventurer at Great British Speakers

Simon Parker is a foreign correspondent and travel writer who often reports from over 40 countries a year for the BBC, The Telegraph and The Independent. He has sailed and cycled from China to London, scaled the highest peaks in the Andes, stared down charging black rhinos in Namibia and documented the impact of climate change in Svalbard. His new TV project, Earth Cycle, is currently being broadcast in over a dozen countries around the world.

Motivational speaker, panel discussion chair and event host, Simon has reported from over half the countries on Earth – and all within the first ten years of his career as a journalist.

He has been to some of the most extreme corners of the planet; from the high Andes and the centre of the North Pacific, to the driest deserts of Southern Africa and the frozen glaciers of the Arctic Circle.

In 2016 Simon sailed and cycled from China to London in 133 days – racing with and against the Round the World Yacht Race, for a BBC Radio documentary and Daily Telegraph series.

Simon has been stationed in South America for the BBC, hiked every possible route to Machu Picchu and as a fully-qualified paragliding pilot, flown solo through the Colombian Andes.

He is a former TEDx speaker and has served as a panel chair at the prestigious Front Line Club, London.

Some of Simon’s most memorable stories:

Sailing and cycling 15,000 miles from China to London - BBC World Service/The Telegraph, 2016

Driving a seven horsepower rickshaw the length of India - The Independent, 2015

Diving for urchins in French Polynesia - From Our Own Correspondent, BBC Radio 4, 2017

Climbing Bali’s three highest volcanoes in less than 24 hours - The Independent, 2015

Tracking desert-adapted rhinos and elephants in the searing deserts of Namibia - The Telegraph/The Independent, 2015/2017

Glacier decline in the high Andes, Bolivia - The World at One, BBC Radio 4, 2016

The first journalist in the world to ride the world’s longest ever zip-line in Ras Al Khaimah - The Telegraph, 2017

Investigating the effects of climate change on Svalbard, high above the Arctic Circle - Newshour, BBC World Service, 2016

Simon Parker Travel journalist Adventurer motivational speaker at Great British Speakers

What the clients say:

It was a real pleasure having Simon come to chair an event at the Frontline Club. Not only is he an excellent public speaker in his own right with fascinating experiences; he is a great interviewer – bringing the best out of the other film makers on the panel.

Laura Gane, Editorial Director, The Frontline Club, London

What an extraordinary life! Simon had the guts to live the way he wants, no regrets – and this is what appealed to us when curating our event in 2017. Even though he’s living out of a suitcase and always on the move that didn’t stop Simon from communicating with us regularly, refining his talk over several weeks to produce the kick-ass TEDx Talk that wowed our audience on event day.

Kimberley Owen, Event Director TEDxLeamingtonSpa

Simon gave an insightful and interesting talk to our sixth formers on travel journalism. It proved to be an excellent way to broaden our students’ horizons around travel and life as a hard working journalist. Inspiring stuff.

Will Speke, Deputy Head, Fitzharrys School, Abingdon.

Simon came and gave an interesting and inspiring talk to our cultural capital club on his life in travel journalism. It gave the students an insight into the world of writing, but also on the opportunities that travel can bring them. Simon was engaging and the students were able to relate to what he told them – especially that you need to follow your dreams and work hard to get there!

Tom Peterson, Assistant Community Director, The Oxford Academy

Simon is a fantastic young man who has dozens, if not hundreds, of funny and highly interesting anecdotes from a life spent living nomadically as a journalist around the world. Our students relished the chance to ask him about getting into journalism and exploring the planet. A brilliant public speaker accompanied by photos and videos.

Lisa Curtiss, Journalism Studies Course Leader, Solent University

Simon’s talk was not only fascinating and engaging, but carried an inspiring message about acknowledging who you are. Instead of conforming to “normality”, Simon has chosen a life which suits who he truly is – something we could all learn from.

Phil Sanger, Director, Vault IP Law Firm

A real highlight of TEDx Leam 2017 was speaker Simon Parker. Sharing his experiences, adventures and a clear message to change your perspective. Authentic and engaging, inspiring a fresh challenge to go beyond perceived limitations. Enjoyable and thought provoking.

Claire Brewster, Director, Coaching and Communications, Bright Living

Here is just some of Simon's outstanding broadcast work...

Published in Speakers
Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:34

Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, now Chancellor of the University of Chester and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A veteran of QI and Have I Got News For You, a reporter on The One Show and a regular on Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness. 

Gyles Brandreth raconteur speaker host at Great British Speakers

A former Oxford Scholar, President of the Oxford Union and MP for the City of Chester, Gyles Brandreth’s career has ranged from being a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London’s West End.

A prolific broadcaster (in programmes ranging from Just a Minute and Wordaholics to QI and Have I Got News for You), an acclaimed interviewer (principally for the Sunday Telegraph), a novelist, children’s author and biographer, he has published two volumes of diaries: Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries (‘By far the best political diary of recent years, far more perceptive and revealing than Alan Clark’s’, The Times) and Something Sensational to Read in the Train: The Diary of a Lifetime (‘Witty, warm-hearted and deeply poignant’, Daily Mail).

His recent Sunday Times best-sellers include 'Word Play', a celebration of the English language, and The 7 Secrets of Happiness – No 1 on Amazon. His online course on Happiness is available from Gravy For The Brain together with a course co-authored with his son, rhetoric coach and barrister, Benet Brandreth, on Mastering Public Speaking. His one-man shows have won multiple five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and tour regularly throughout the UK.

Gyles Brandreth raconteur host speaker at Great British Speakers

As a performer, Gyles Brandreth has been seen in the West End in Zipp! One hundred musicals for less than the price of one at the Duchess Theatre and on tour throughout the UK, and as Malvolio and the Sea Captain in Twelfth Night: The Musical at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011/12 he played Lady Bracknell in a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest and in 2016 appeared in Hamlet at the Park Theatre in London.

gyles speaker strip


Gyles Brandreth is one of Britain’s busiest after-dinner speakers and award ceremony hosts. He has won awards himself, and been nominated for awards, as a public speaker, novelist, children’s writer, broadcaster (Sony and Royal Television Society), political diarist (Channel Four), journalist (British Press Awards), theatre producer (Olivier), and businessman (British Tourist Authority Come to Britain Trophy). He has featured on This Is Your Life and Desert Island Discs and is a former chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association. At the end of 2016, he succeeded the late Duke of Westminster as Chancellor of the University of Chester.

 

What the clients say:

‘A standing ovation on a wet Wednesday in January – amazing. It was the best speech I have ever heard.’

Citywire New Model Adviser Awards, 2017

‘A standing ovation at the end of the best presentation I have ever heard . . . Pure genius and amazing research.’

Close Brothers Asset Finance Conference, 2017

‘This is the third year he has done it and it was better than ever – beyond brilliant, completely perfect.’

The COCOAS Awards at the Eden Project, 2017

‘As for Gyles – he was a triumph!’

Belvoir Awards, 2017

‘The best speaker I have heard at any Federation meeting ever.’

SW Federation of WIs, 2017

‘Everyone LOVED him! He really made it very special.’

Private Equity Awards, 2017.

‘Fabulous hosting of our awards ceremony . . . it was such a treat to work with such a true professional . . . our guests had a ball.’

CSSA 50th Anniversary Luncheon, 2017.

‘In 23 years the best speech and the best hosting - by a country mile.’

Oxfordshire Business Awards, 2017.

‘Over twenty years we’ve had everybody – Jimmy Carr, Jack Whitehall – but we’ve only had one person back twice and that’s Gyles Brandreth. Without a doubt, he’s the best.’

MDA UK Annual Dinner, 2017

‘A complete success, the feedback has been fantastic and the sum raised exceeded our most optimistic expectations. All of this was, above all, down to Gyles.’

Casual Dining Dinner in aid of The Prince’s Trust, 2017

‘Gyles was absolutely fantastic and would recommend him in a heartbeat! He managed to be humorous without smut or impropriety to a room full of international guests of all ages and cultures and the entire room were in stiches! Wonderful MC and will definitely use him for future events.’

SBID International Design Awards, 2017

‘He did a really professional job for us and we loved working with him and will look forward to working with him again in the future.’

The Promotional Edge, 2017

Published in Speakers

Gavin Ingham at Great British Speakers

As Europe’s NO 1 motivational speaker on mental toughness, Gavin helps his clients to use the “I am 10” approach to be more, do more & have more. With a straight-talking approach to mindset change, he will help leaders, salespeople and business owners to get better results in business and in life.

He has given over 1,200 paid talks to over 150,000 delegates, he has spoken in nearly every county in England, all over Europe and in the US and Africa. He has appeared on US TV networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox on the “Brian Tracy TV Show”.

He is a judge for the British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Awards (BESMA) and has spoken three times at the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management’s (ISMM) conference. Gavin's expertise has been sought out by multi-nationals that include UBS, The Royal Bank of Canada, Microsoft and Renault Trucks...he really knows what it takes to give you a good event and get the results you are looking for.

 

Gavin Ingham Mental Toughness speaker at Great British Speakers

KeyNotes:

“I am 10” – be more, do more and achieve more in your business and in your life.

“This dynamic and engaging talk will get your people motivated and inspired and leave them buzzing long after your event is over. The “I am 10” philosophy will leave a lasting impact helping your people to build confidence, increase mental toughness and grow your business.

Life has changed. Business is more challenging. What once worked, does not work anymore. Many people are working harder than ever – spinning plates, frazzled, putting in the hours – but are unable to make the progress that they once made. Here’s the thing...

Good enough is not good enough anymore. If you want success, you need to be the best that you can be. You need to be a “10”. This is the philosophy I have taught over 150,000 people over the last 15 years, helping them to get phenomenal results – in business and in life.

I will show your people how to make the quantum leap to world-class performance and achieve more, at work and at home. Packed full of proven techniques they can apply to build high-performance teams, sell more and create the lives they want, this is laugh out loud talk that will guarantee that you have a great event.” - Gavin.

“I am 10” Sales – be more, do more, sell more

The sales keynote at your next event needs to inspire your salespeople to be the best, to build unshakeable belief in your products and services, and to motivate them to take massive action. It needs to get them talking about how they can be outstanding and sharing what they can do to make more sales. And it needs to be delivered by a proven speaker who can engage, challenge and connect; guaranteeing you a great event.

From total newbies to experienced and seasoned, sales superstars your sales teams will recognise his ‘in the trenches’ experience from sales rookie to European top seller and he shares with them his “I am 10” mental toughness principles, so that they can start applying straight away to reach more clients, build long-term relationships, create more value and close more deals.

Packed full of proven techniques and real-world strategies this high energy, laugh out loud talk will set your next conference alight and give your sales teams the tools and skills they need to shrug off difficult markets, bounce back in the face of rejection, be more proactive and targeted, win more profitable clients, negotiate value based deals, and make more sales in any economy.

“I am 10” Leadership – be more, do more, lead more

Achieve your goals by believing in and valuing yourself. From the biggest lies we tell ourselves to multi-media addiction, from delusions about ability to claims about our motivation, we all find it difficult to realise our ambitions. He shares real-world strategies and concepts that will help motivate and inspire your people to be more successful by dreaming bigger and knowing how to make those dreams a reality.

This programme will show you and your people how to control their emotions, avoid common pitfalls, be more motivated, improve efficiency, lead more effectively and achieve business and personal goals. It will demonstrate how critical thinking can empower you to achieve success by asking more powerful, challenging questions of themselves and others and adopting a winning mindset to build winning beliefs that deliver results.

In his usual storytelling style, he shares fascinating insights into how the thinking patterns of top performers are different and how you can leverage these to achieve personal and cultural change. If you want your people to embrace the impossible and make it possible then this is the keynote for you.

“I am 10” Influence – be more, do more, share more

Do you find it difficult to achieve real connection with your customers, clients, employees or stakeholders? Do your presentations lack the impact you would like them to have? Do you believe that your communications to clients, teams and stakeholders could be more influential?

Most communication techniques taught to leaders, salespeople and communicators are all about using the left brain, which controls reason and logic; they teach structures, how to say the right stuff and how to communicate the right points. Great communicators naturally use right brain emotion to connect, communicate, influence and persuade – and this is the bit that really matters.

Getting people to open up to you emotionally, whether that is your family, your clients or your colleagues is the key to encouraging them to take action. The old adage that ‘facts tell and stories sell’ is more relevant now than ever. Communication and influence is not about keeping your cards close to your chest; the more you share, the more you will receive. Gavin uses his ‘Story Selling’ principles to practically illustrate how you can have an emotional resonance with the people you want to influence so that they not only remember your stories but take action and pass them on.

If you are a leader, salesperson or just someone who wants to communicate more effectively, this keynote is a must.

Clients include: Bosh, Microsoft, 02, RBC, & Jaguar.

What the clients say:

“Gavin is one of the top motivational coaches in the United Kingdom. He has got a fantastic message about how you can get more out of yourself in every part of your life. He is extremely dynamic, he has high energy, and he asks thought-provoking questions that help people to re-order their thinking about themselves and their possibilities.”

Brian Tracy, Top Selling Author Of Over 70+ Books Including “Maximum Achievement”, “Eat That Frog”, & “The Psychology Of Selling”.

“What do you look for when you look for a conference speaker? If it’s someone inspirational, engaging and thought-provoking then Gavin is your man. His style of delivery was loved by our delegates and the content was tailored to give them strategies that they will be able to use back in the work place to win more sales. People were buzzing with ideas after his talk. Working with Gavin was easy too as he took the time to understand our brief, our audience and our industry thus ensuring that his talk was right on the money. Book him for your next event.”

Gordon Glenister, Director General, BPMA

“Taking a risk by hiring your keynote/guest speaker from searching the web and viewing LinkedIn recommendations could be seen as extremely foolhardy. However I am delighted to say it was one of the best risks I have taken. Gavin’s presentation was absolutely on the mark... motivational, inspirational and full of take-away-tools for our teams. I am also convinced our ROI will be many fold as our Sales teams put his 5.5 steps into action and look forward to working with him again.”

Liz Carnell, Director, The Venue Experience Team.

“We hired Gavin to speak at our sales meeting in Amsterdam. Gavin has proven to be a great speaker and motivator, our sales force went away feeling inspired and reenergized.”

Suzanne Van Ardenne, Marketing Manager, Crocs

See Gavin in action:

“Gavin is high energy, tremendously entertaining, and relates to all audiences. He opens a meeting with positive energy and great humor.”

Elaine Macy, Exec VP, Global Group Sales, Preferred Hotels.

“Gavin’s keynote injected massive energy into our event and got everyone enthused from the get-go. His messages are simple, powerful and universal, so everyone was able to identify with them, despite our having a huge range of job roles attending the conference. There was lots of audience participation, which meant everyone was engaged and the talk was delivered with a great sense of humour, winning over even the most sceptical delegates. The feedback from our staff was that it was the best event delivered to date, and Gavin’s talk was definitely a critical success factor in that.”

Maha Hamer, CLS Group Marketing Manager.

“We booked Gavin to join us for our bi-ennial conference as our keynote speaker. This is a prestigious event with a high-calibre of client so it is important to start the event off on the right foot. Gavin did exactly that by delivering a blend of thought provoking ideas as well as inspiration and motivation based on his wide experience in selling and negotiation. His enthusiasm and charisma was well-received and our audience will no doubt be talking about some of the principles discussed for some time to come. Thanks Gavin!”

Stephen Moore, Fix-A-Form

“We recently used Gavin’s skills to present at our recent Installer Conference and he very much exceeded all our expectations. Before his speech he researched our industry and listened to our needs and what we wanted to achieve as a company from Gavin speaking. Gavin gave us our ‘5 goals to sales success’ and that was fun, educational and inspiring and all our attendees went away learning new skills and fully motivated to put them into practise. We would recommend Gavin’s services to any company.”

Phil Hurley, Managing Director, Nibe

“My greatest challenge in organising our annual sales conference is, “Will the motivational speaker deliver?” With 200+ sales people to satisfy it’s a challenging task. Gavin did and MORE! He understood his audience, pitched the message perfectly and left them with a warm glow. Couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Declan Bermingham – Head of Operational Marketing, Neopost

“The theme at our recent European Sales Conference was “Delivering the Difference” and Gavin´s key note presentation was 100% spot on! With minimal background information, his ability to understand our corporation and its culture was both insightful and impressive to say the least. As a natural born salesman, Gavin instantly bonded with our senior sales delegates and his energy levels simply just blew everyone away.”

Bob Hitner – Communications Manager, European Marketing Centre, SMC Corporation Japan

“Thanks for your session on successful strategies for selling in tough markets presented at our recent trading conference at the Heythrop Park Hotel. Your energetic, entertaining style and thought-provoking ideas were just what was needed to kickstart the afternoon and the feedback from delegates suggests you hit just the right balance of enthusiasm and realism. Thanks for helping us deliver a great event.”

Peter Elliott, Head of Marketing, Bluefin

“Many thanks for such an inspiring session at the MOLLY MAID Setting Sale Conference. With all our Franchise Owners so engrossed in their business day in day out, they seldom have the luxury to take time out and review their whole presentation and approach to their customers. We’ve had an overwhelming response of congratulations for the Conference, and your key reminder to them to remain positive and upbeat to gain and keep customers will be one of the lasting messages.”

Jonathan Holden, Director Franchise Support, Molly Maid

“Choosing a ‘motivational’ speaker is always a perilous task for any Conference, but we made life doubly hard for Gavin by giving him the final slot of the day when the bar was calling! However, he delivered exactly what we asked for – a humorous, engaging presentation that kept the 200+ audience interested throughout and sent them away feeling positive about the opportunities in front of them. Gavin also took the time to understand our business and tailor his speech to provide real-life examples that the audience could immediately relate to. We were extremely impressed.”

Ben Howell, Communications Manager, Mint Financial Services

“Your positive and uplifting session made a very positive contribution to the whole day and helped to motivate the franchisees for the challenges ahead. All too often speakers tend to patronise and talk of how good they are – this was certainly not the case. Thank you. We have received excellent feedback from our guests on how much they enjoyed the day and the fact that this was their best conference ever.”

Berkeley Harris, Head of National Franchise Team, WPA

“Gavin delivered a tailored & highly motivating presentation training programme for our senior UK executives, over 3 days, with an intensive & illuminating workload. If you want to learn how to make interesting Powerpoint slides, don’t go to Gavin. If you want to learn how to change your mindset to become a powerful & confident presenter, one that can engage their audience & clearly convey their key messages & wanted outcomes, then Gavin is most definitely the man for you!
Our senior executives each presented to an audience of over 250 people shortly after spending time with Gavin. The marked improvements were massive, as evidenced by formal feedback from the delegates, most of whom had heard these presenters before, so were able to make direct comparisons. The skills & techniques learnt have stayed with them & are being implemented regularly in all presentations, big or small.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Gavin. His ability to understand your business & get straight to the heart of matter is second to none & the results speak for themselves.”

Penny Randall, Operational Marketing Director, Renault Trucks UK Ltd

“The feedback from your keynote presentation at the ISMM’s conference Successful Selling was nothing short of fantastic. The delegates were entertained throughout and you provided great mix of tools and techniques to handle stubborn objections with passion and enthusiasm.”

Jennie Harnaman, Membership & Events Manager, ISMM

“Gavin, thanks for your inspirational keynote which challenged and inspired our audience to step out of their comfort zones and take action. Your delivery was excellent and the feedback said only one thing – first class. I would recommend you to any business looking for a top class keynote and I will most certainly be booking you again.”

Mike Walmsley, Chairman, RecruitmentTraining.co.uk

“A “How-To” with attitude that’s inspirational and easy to use. The perfect blend of mind-set, skills and techniques to maximise sales performance and create a winning sales team.”

Sally-Anne Greenfield, National President, Junior Chamber International United Kingdom

“I don’t know what all the fuss is about but I wish he’d have tidied his room as enthusiastically!”

Mrs. MC Ingham, Gavin’s Mum

 

Published in News
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:46

Coach Chris Browne

Coach Chris Browne at great British Speakers

 Coach Chris Browne is a man who lives with a passion to help others overcome their personal blocks in life especially in their careers and general work life.


His passion comes from his own experience of challenges that he had to overcome, and a realisation that this is transferable to many other challenges that we all have to deal with in life and work, therefore through his study of Personal Development combined with his experience he has helped many overcome their challenges to date.


‘Your competition is not with others, your competition is with you to become better today than you were yesterday, and just fantastic tomorrow’.


He delivers impactful talks and workshops on Effective Interview techniques, Potential and Direction, Career Goals, Employee Engagement, Confidence building, Effective Communication skills, and The Power of Teamwork, amongst other areas of development to organisations, and individuals of whom have given raving testimonies of having life-changing results in their work, careers, and personal lives after attending his workshops.

When it comes to interviewing skills he has perfected a style to help you overcome your fears and sell the better you.

Coach Chris Browne is also a resident Coach who appears weekly on Sky TV Chrissy B Show, UKs first number one mental health show, he shares information to assist viewers on subjects of Personal development and coping with challenges in the workplace.

Coach Chris has a history of a string of clients he has coached at his workshops who have broken through in major areas of their lives and careers.

He has hosted at the world famous Wembley Arena to a crowd of 11,500 to workshop groups of 15 for Business and Educational departments, and has also given talks internationally and spends time working as a Voiceover artist and also a volunteer helping with his local charity.

What to expect:

Coach Chris has a way of inspiring people to think and not judge, to gain confidence, to reach and achieve, to challenge oneself and break those limiting barriers.

His style of delivery has been commented on as fun but with a serious focus and has an impactful way of transmitting information that enhances and gives results to you and your team.

“It’s about, Inspiring Change for a Better You”.

Coach Chris Browne

Why Choose Chris?

Coach Chris has been much sought after for his unique style of delivery that gets results. He has facilitated workshops that have had amazing results. For example whilst facilitating an Employability workshop, 40 job seekers attended 3 days with Chris, 38 got jobs within a week and a half after.

Delivered Goal setting talks, which has set many to have a life change.

Coach Chris Browne with Chrissy B from Great British Speakers

Weekly resident Coach on Sky’s My Channel, The Chrissy B show touching the lives of many with good down to earth, life-changing, valuable, information to empower viewers in different areas of their life.

Also delivered inspirational sessions to high profile companies to individuals who need that extra to make things happen.

What’s in it for you!

Goal Setting – Breaking down your steps to reach your goal.

Motivation – Inspiration to keep you going.

Communication – Enhance who you are through effective Communication.

Confidence building – Assisting you to find your inner Confidence.

Team Building – Be a better team player.

Interview Techniques – Gain insightful interview techniques.

Clients:  Sky, Wembley Arena, Barclays, NIHERST, KPMG, CQC, NHS, Catalyst Training & Development, Metropolitan Police, Kingston University, Tower Hamlets College, CITI, Connexions, Job Centre Plus.

What the clients say:

"Thank you so much for being tonight's keynote. I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to hear you speak - you are so inspirational - but more than that, you really do speak the truth".

Dr A P L Tang, MBPsS, Training Consultant

"‘I believe I gained so much and there is not enough words to explain it. I am very thankful for Coach Chris’s coaching sessions, as I was able to deal with my fears and move forward".

Client Christina

“I was so impressed with Coach Chris Browne when he first came on my show for the first time that I asked him to come on every week as our resident self-development coach. He has a way of making you believe that you can achieve anything and gives you the tools you need to get there. He is a fantastic person and genuinely cares”.

Chrissy B

"I was doubtful whether a Personal Development course would have any effect on me, and I must confess I was very wrong. You presented extremely well and engaged us from the start. Your anecdotes made me laugh, and your messages from beginning to end was inspirational.
You have been found guilty of changing my life for the better, I am now looking forward to a brighter more colourful future - look out world!! Thank you!"

Arshad Ali

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I now work with a reputed company Thomas Reuters in my home country with a clear picture about what I want from life. And I have been able to program my mind to achieve my goals all thanks to Chris and his guidance. He helped me get through a difficult time in my life, and for that I am forever grateful".

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"I would recommend Coach Chris Browne because his sessions are fun, inspirational and you are left feeling invincible!"

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"Coach Chris Browne has walked into a room of 40 individuals of whom had just been laid off of work and after a 3 day inspirational workshop, 37 members of the group secured employment in the space of one and half weeks. He curtails his talks & workshops according to your need".

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 09:26

Caspar Berry

Caspar Berry motivational change innovation risk expert at Great British Speakers

Caspar Berry, a professional motivational and keynote speaker started his career early on as the lead in the first series of Byker Grove on BBC1 alongside Ant and Dec. He went on to read Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge and, after aiming to become a professional film writer – he was able to have his first screenplay produced by Film Four in his final year.

At the young age of twenty-three, Caspar was writing for Columbia Tri Star and Miramax. Merely two years later however he decided he needed a change in his life, which led him to Las Vegas where he became a professional poker player.

Caspar spent three years playing professionally and made a good living by using his wits against some of the best-known poker players. After his years in Vegas, he returned to the UK in 2002. Here he co-founded Twenty-First Century Media and built it into the fastest growing audiovisual media company in the North East of England.

While at twenty-first-century media he began his career as a speaker and catalyst for new thinking within business about risk-taking and decision-making. In 2008 he decided to sell Twenty-First Century Media to Bob Geldof’s media giant, Ten Alps.

He became a trainer for a company called The Mind Gym in 2005 who schooled him in the essential skills of delivery and facilitation. He then went at it on his own to become one of the best-known business speakers in the UK. He has delivered over 600 speeches over the last six years, for over 200 companies around the world.

His presentations focus on the need to embrace uncertainty and taking calculated risks in order to get ahead and achieve success. They are not sector specific and are therefore perfect for any training day or conference where new ideas need to be discussed or debated. He is very inspirational and stimulates change with his upbeat and energetic style.

Keynotes:

RISK TAKING AND DECISION MAKING IN POKER, BUSINESS AND LIFE

The “original and genuine since 2005” in 45/60/90 minute forms.

It looks at the definition of a decision and the definition of a risk and asks how we make all our decisions and whether we could make them differently or better.

It identifies and defines the origins of fear of failure and concludes by advocating a technique to embrace this fear in order to motivate us to make more courageous decisions as a result.

LUCKY IN BUSINESS, LUCKY IN LIFE

This new speech communicates a powerful and effective message about with a how we approach life and how lucky we all really are.

It references Steven Covey’s circles of influence and control and a whole host of other subject areas – from the lottery to the holocaust – to motivate people to change the focus of their thinking away from that which is disempowering towards that which is proactive and galvanizing.

INNOVATION, CREATIVITY AND THE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

The processes of both innovation and creativity require hundreds of failures in order to create each success. AND more importantly, companies that innovate in this way are better equipped to survive long term change than those that do not.

Caspar uses the metaphor of Darwinian evolution to show that most brilliant system of adaptation to change – evolution – fails millions of times in order to create, unwittingly, the one mutation that facilitates the survival of the species.

In a world of continual change, thriving is not enough, we must now constantly adapt to survive.

DECISIVE LEADERSHIP: COURAGE, BRAVERY AND PERSPECTIVE

What do great leaders do when they make decisions?

Caspar does not claim to be a great leader in fact he makes the point that it is very difficult to make truly great decisions because they must inevitably run the risk of personal sacrifice which is – by definition – terrifying for us all.

Ultimately, this speech looks at what courage and bravery are and uses material like the 7/7 testimonies (that is the extraordinary selflessness of a few random, normal people caught up in a disaster) to ask whether we all have courage within us and that in fact leaders are not born or made but the product of circumstance and humanity.

EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY: HOW TO STEP INTO THE UNKNOWN

In many ways, one of Caspars most fascinating and emotional of all his new creations and – like all of them – highly relevant to business today.

It starts by examining the scientific source of uncertainty before looking at its effect on us all economically, psychologically and culturally.

It incorporates, Black Swans and principles of feedback and fractal mathematics before coming to a stunning conclusion: that a certain world would be a boring one! In fact, we realise when we conceive of this, that the decision-making process itself is about the constant engagement with uncertainty and it is this which gives us our very meaning as human beings.

We understand that – self-actualisation itself, that is the fulfilment of our potential on this planet – can only come from exposure to the greatest uncertainty. It is the way in which we rise to the challenge of the unknown that defines who we are!

JUDGEMENT AND INTUITION: HOW MUCH WE REALLY KNOW WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING

Caspar uses this speech to see just how powerful our intuition is before applying that concept to all sorts of other areas of life most notably, obviously, poker and business.

It references Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink but takes the principles further by placing “judgement” – into the context of the decision-making process as a whole.

It shows people how to when intuition is good – like when Fangio uses it to avoid death – and when it is bad – like when we make very bad assessments of how safe it is to sunbathe. Crucially, like all the speeches, it shows us how we can make better decisions in the future, through anecdote, finding and fact.

RATIONALITY AND EXPERT EXPERTISE: HOW WHAT WE THINK WE KNOW CAN KILL US

This speech looks in more detail at all the other emotional distortions to which we fall a victim, all the time.

We’re scared of flying when the most dangerous part of any flight is the car journey to the airport and we’re all terrified of a terrorist attack when we’re 1000 times more likely to die of stroke.

This speech not only exposes many of the decisions we rationalise in business to be bunkum but it touches on the decisions that we make in life all time which don’t serve any of us very well at all.

Based on the science of behavioural economics, there is a health component to this (about how reckless apparently “risk averse” people are when it comes to diet) which ties in very neatly with other wellness concepts.

MOTIVATING, NUDGING, INFLUENCING AND PERSUADING

This speech is about why we do what we do?

Specifically, this speech is aimed at people who have to motivate and influence others (ssalespeopleand managers) in order to communicate the kinds of things which stimulate our subconscious mind to do things differently.

Why does the addition of mint chocolates with a bill increase the size of the tip?

Why are we more inclined to believe a man in a white coat?

What on earth is it that motivates people even more than money?

What does a bluffer do to make themselves more convincing? And how can we guard against them?

Drawing on a popular body of work at the moment which is known by many (but read by few) this speech makes the subject funny and engaging.

Clients:

Google, SONY, Diageo, HP, Ogilvy, Accenture, Network Rail, Zurich, Audi, Shell, Sainsbury’s, Siemens, Western Union, British Airways, AIA, GASSCO, CISCO, Rothschilds, ESSO, Visa, Pepsico, Barclays, Orange, NEC, BSkyB, Sage, HSBC, Castrol, BP, Citigroup, RBS, Deutsche, Deloittes, BT, IBM, Tesco, O2, Roche, Morgan Stanley, BSkyB, & AXA, AON, BAA, Ebay, KPMG, G4S, Bank of Canada, Premier Foods, E.ON, Paypal, Procter & Gamble, ASDA, E & Y,

What the Clients say:

Published in Speakers
Friday, 28 July 2017 10:20

Mark 'Billy' Billingham

Mark Billy Billingham ex military expert at Great British Speakers

A brilliant motivational speaker, Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham has served in the military and corporate sector with distinction.

During his 27 years service with the SAS, Billy achieved the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1(WO1), the highest rank possible. During his time with the UK Special Forces group (UKSF), Billy completed a multitude of different operations ranging from war fighting, peacekeeping, successful hostage rescues and counter-terrorist operations.

For his services, Billy received the Queens Commendation for Bravery. He was honoured as a Member of the British Empire for his outstanding service as the SAS Ground Commander for the London 2005 bombings and for leading several successful and internationally renowned high profile hostage rescues in Iraq.

Away from the military, he has worked as private security for several A-list Hollywood celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Kate Moss, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Clint Eastwood.

Published in Speakers
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 19:37

Ade Adepitan MBE

Ade Adepitan disabled Polio Survivor at Great British Speakers

Television presenter Ade Adepitan contracted Polio as a child. Luckily, Ade survived but was left wheelchair-bound. Despite what could be considered a setback, Ade has gone from strength to strength in his career, from participating in wheelchair basketball at the Paralympics to presenting many well-known shows on television. 

On children’s television, Ade was a familiar face on the CBBC series X-Change.  He has also traveled the world presenting on the Travel Show for the BBC and Unreported World on Channel 4.  He has also hosted episodes of Channel 4’s award winning documentary series, Dispatches where he has confronted the UK’s benefit systems disability allowance.  Other works include Ade Adepitan: Journey of My Lifetime and The One Show. In 2016, Ade co-hosted The Superhuman’s Showalongside Alex Brooker and Children in Need for the first time alongside Graham Norton.

As a sports presenter, Ade has co-hosted BAFTA award winning coverage of the 2012 Paralympicsalongside Clare Balding, The 2014 Sochi Winter Games for Channel 4, The IPC Athletics, The Channel 4 Anniversary Games and The 2016 Invictus Games which were formed by Prince Harry. He has also hosted at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.  His personal sporting achievements include a Bronze medal in the Paralympics in AthensSilver at the European Championshipsand Gold at The World Championships.

Furthermore, Ade received an MBE in 2005,  was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Loughborough University in 2006 and the University of East London in 2010. 

His charity work includes Amnesty InternationalUnicefand NSPCC. In 2012, Ade opened the Ade Adepitan Short Break Centre in Brent; a place for young people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities. He has recently become a Patron of Rotary International UK and Ireland, supporting the ‘Purple4Polio’ campaign- fighting to eradicate Polio all over the world.

He has done a number of high-profile public speaking engagements including the launch of the 2012 Olympic bid. He works extensively in the UK giving motivational speeches to schools, charities and businesses.

Published in Speakers
Saturday, 08 July 2017 17:34

Dwayne Fields

Dwayne Fields Polar Adventurer at Great British Speakers

Dwayne has spent time in Egypt living with the Bedouins in the Sinai Desert. While in the desert, he learned survival techniques and develop navigation skills using the stars.

In 2011, he was invited to join HRH Queen Elizabeth and other Polar explorers, adventurers, and achievers at a royal reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the centenary of Scott's 100th year anniversary of his expedition to the South Pole.

Dwayne has made appearances on ITV1, London Tonight, BBC Breakfast, Choice FM and featured in the Metro, the Independent and The Telegraph. He was also interviewed on the Daily Politics Show.

Dwayne has held motivational talks at Westminster College and a Keynote speaker at the students' graduation. He has also presented his top keynote for the law firm, Slaughter & May, presented the Rudolph Walker Foundation’s ‘Role Model Award’ and presented as Keynote Speaker for the Southwark Academy’s student award ceremony 10th anniversary.  

Dwayne is the youngest black person in history to be awarded the Freedom of the city of London for his endeavours and work with young people.


Dwayne’s latest ambition is to journey to the South Pole. His solo adventure will take him from Hercules Inlet to the Geographic South Pole, a distance of over 1150 kilometres (730 miles) where he will be negotiating multiple crevasses, crossing snow bridges and making an ascent from Sea Level to approximately 3,330 meters near the South Pole.

With winds up to 80mph, temperatures as low as -50C and the threat of blinding snowstorms, this is the ultimate extreme endurance test, set in the stunning landscape of one of the coldest and highest 'deserts 'on the planet.


He is also working on his biography Far From Myself.

Published in Speakers
Saturday, 01 July 2017 14:05

Paul Sloane

Paul Sloane at Great British Speakers

Paul Sloane is an entertaining, thoughtprovoking, motivational speaker and a recognized expert on innovation, lateral thinking and leadership. He is the author of 17 books on lateral puzzles, creative problem-solving and lateral leadership.

Over 2 million copies of his books have been sold. He was described in the Independent as the ‘King of Lateral Thinking Puzzles.’ He is the founder of Destination-Innovation, (www.destinationinnovation.com) a consultancy that helps organisations improve innovation.

He facilitates meetings, leads workshops and gives after-dinner talks and keynote addresses. His talks offer a unique blend of puzzling challenges, humour and hardhitting business messages.

His workshops provide practical techniques to improve leadership and innovation.

Background:

Paul took a first in Engineering at Cambridge. He joined IBM where he came top of Sales School. He was part of the team that launched the IBM PC in the UK. He went on to be MD of the database leaders, Ashton-Tate. He became VP International for MathSoft Inc. and CEO of Monactive Ltd.
In his book, The Leader’s guide to Lateral Thinking Skills, published by Kogan Page, he explains how you can use the principles of lateral leadership to inspire your people to achieve breakthrough solutions and radical innovations. His articles on innovation and leadership have appeared in leading business publications. His inspirational talks on innovation, creative thinking and leadership, described as ‘rocket fuel for the business brain’, have proved popular with conference audiences in Europe, USA, South Africa and Asia.

Paul Sloane Innovation and lateral thinker expert speaker at Great British Speakers

Keynotes:

One of Paul's most popular talk is 'Start more Fires!' - How great leaders manage risk and empower innovation.

How Great Leaders inspire teams, manage risk and empower innovation Is your conference crying out for a lively keynote talk to engage, challenge and motivate your audience?

Would you like to know how to generate more great ideas and turn them into groundbreaking innovations? In this stimulating talk Paul Sloane explains how to unlock the inventiveness in your team and turn it into profitable innovation.

He uses stories, examples, practical advice and golden rules. Your audience will learn:
- Three things that are impeding innovation in your business today
- How your assumptions limit your ability to conceive better solutions.
- Six ways that innovative leaders think and act differently
- How to think what nobody else thinks
- Why Roger Federer serves double faults!
- How to really empower your people.
- How to be an arsonist and a fire fighter!
This talk is ideal for anyone who is involved in leading teams or managing change

Other talks include:

The Six Obstacles to Innovation in Your Business – and what you can do about them.

Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

Transforming your Culture – Replacing Comfort with Agility

The Golden Rules of Lateral Thinking in Business

Creative Selling – How lateral thinking can boost your sales and marketing success

How to keep your Marketing Fresh and Innovative

Organising for Innovation

Are You Open Minded? At recent TEDx talk by Paul

Recent clients for talks and workshops include Bayer, Edinburgh City Council, Glaxo Smith Kline, Microsoft, Nike, Novartis, Pirelli, Reckitt Benckiser, Swarovski, Unilever, AA, American Express, ARM, BT, Cendant, DWP, EADS, Lloyds of London, Motorola, Reckitt Benckiser, Shell and 3M.


What the clients say:

‘Paul made a great contribution to the leapfrog day at our conference, helping to create the right mindset and environment to generate many innovative ideas.’

Reckitt Benckiser

‘Paul delivered an inspirational half day. His session got the highest ratings of any on our meeting and gave us great ideas we’re implementing to drive positive change.’

Motorola

Paul provided an entertaining and provocative session that both challenged people’s working assumptions and developed their knowledge of how to nurture novel ideas.

ARM

A great speaker at the end of the day to lift and motivate. Very informative, refreshing and fun.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Group

Your session was first rate; amusing, informative and thought provoking.

Qinetiq

Everyone enjoyed and was impressed with your ideas and especially the way they were delivered.

AA

I thought you managed to blend the factual information with the original jokes to incredible effect. What impressed me most was the way you interpreted my brief to the letter.

BT

Your speech was very interesting and thought provoking. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and really got the audience thinking!

Lloyds TSB

Many thanks for a super talk at our seminar. The feedback has been extremely positive and you helped contribute to a very successful event.

Vodafone

The content was very well received and we enjoyed a thought-provoking sequence of ideas delivered with a light and humorous approach which was much appreciated.

L’Oréal

Thank you for a very entertaining and informative presentation. Our clients thoroughly enjoyed your examples of lateral thinking and I am sure they found it very thought provoking. Prudential Corp.

Paul on innovation and lateral thinking:

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