Phil Hesketh

Phil Hesketh

Phil Hesketh is a professional speaker on ‘The Psychology of Persuasion and Influence’. He combines a powerful mix of well-researched and persuasive techniques with his unique sense of humour. He inspires, entertains and informs audiences on how buying, selling and persuading can influence work. He is an inspiration, motivational and thought-provoking and all his techniques can be implemented instantly.

Phil Hesketh read psychology at Newcastle University before becoming a sales graduate from Procter & Gamble. In 1986, he started his own advertising agency – Advertising Principles – where he was also the business director and managing partner. Over 17 years of continuous growth, Philip had grown it from a business with zero clients to one bringing in £48 million with 150 employees, working alongside clients such as the BBC, General Accident, HSBC, Nestle and Walt Disney. He then sold the company with the aim of becoming a full-time professional speaker.

There was no denying Philip’s intentions; he set out to become the best speaker on the planet, and after speaking for more than 1,000 events in over 20 countries from the UK to Australia, it’s clear he has achieved his aim.

Wanting to reach people that couldn’t attend his events, Philip put pen to paper and has written a number of critically successful books including ‘How to Persuade and Influence People’, ‘Persuade’, ‘The Seven Golden Rules for a Happy and Successful Life’ and ‘Life’s a Game so Fix the Odds’.

His impressive credentials have earned him a number of awards such as the Vistage UK’s Outstanding Performer, Most Requested Speaker, Most Inspirational Speaker, Consistently Outstanding Performer, and TEC Australia’s Overseas Speaker of the Year. He is also a visiting fellow of Newcastle University.

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“The Peter Kay of the business world”

– Jim Jones – Principal Leisure Development Officer, Conwy County Borough Council

“Thank you very much indeed for your talk at the conference. It went down really well, exceeded all expectations, (which is no mean feat having been introduced as the world’s greatest speaker!) and was one of the talking points of the evening.”

– Steve Duke – Knauf Insultation

“I was learning and laughing out loud at the same time. The man’s a star.”

– Kevin Skym – HSBC

“Probably the most useful day I have ever spent.”

– Vernon Kinrade – PR & New Media Manager, Akzo Nobel

“WOW! That’s probably the best way of summing up the feedback I’ve had after your speech. It went down a storm! Given the queue of people waiting to talk to you afterwards, it might have been Ralph McTell on stage. Thank you so much for your contribution to a very successful day. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we all did.”

– Sara Zimmerman – Product Director, Hoseasons Holidays

“Philip you are, without doubt, the most dynamic, entertaining and yet insightful presenter I have ever seen. You did your research thoroughly and completely understood the message we were trying to communicate to our sales force, hence the reason we’re inviting you back again for a return visit to this year’s conference.”

– Sarah Herbert – Marketing Director, Multiyork Furniture

“It must be one of the few courses I’ve been to that has kept my rapt attention for two whole days.”

– Fiona Campbell, Lawyer – Royal Mail

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