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  • 6/15/2012: Mastering Self Image - overcoming adversity to achieve more with guest Darrell Knoch Listen Now
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Steve Abel

Born in suburban Britain, and brought up under the strict but loving care of his parents, Steve Abel seems to have been cut out for an entrepreneurial future from the start. He endured school while enjoying a succession of part time jobs, and really flourished when, with little need for encouragement, he set up his first business at the age of 17. With a clear vision of where he wanted his life to go, Steve embraced hard work as he drove down several business paths in the search for success. From second hand TVs and washing machines, to trying his hand as a property investor and horse racing tipster, it was not until he spotted an opportunity to link the internet with a problem getting deliveries arranged, that he created a truly successful, sustainable business. Steve’s drive for success brought material wealth, and the chance to enjoy the trappings of success and drive the supercars he long dreamed of owning. There has been some personal cost, with divorce from his first wife; but he remains a committed family man, on close terms with his daughters. With business success has come the opportunity to spend more time inspiring, helping and mentoring others, through sharing his story. View Guest page

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Marianne Abib-Pech

Marianne Abib-Pech. is the Founder of AWDS a boutique advising/fund raising firm focusing on alternative investments in Europe and Asia. As such, she serves on the board of several venture capital funds and start-ups in both regions.She started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Luxembourg, then moved to Motorola in London, followed by General Electric where she held several finance and strategy positions in various European countries. Her most recent corporate positions were as Global CFO for Shell Aviation and Head of Finance and Commercial for EMEA Operation of BHP Billiton Iron Ore division. Marianne currently writes a book for the Financial Times on corporate leadership and is a regular columnist for Global Corporate Venturing,The Independent and the Huffington Post. View Guest page

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Joe Adams

Joe Adams Born in the USA, Joe has lived and worked in the UK since 1970. His insight into the sales process, from lead generation to order, was gained as a top sales professional in the USA, Canada and UK. He became renowned for rescuing and establishing new operations. Joe had a long, sales career with Encyclopaedia Britannica becoming MD of UK and Eire operations for 20 years. A period of consistent growth and record profits. Joe then set up Adams & Associates, improving direct to consumer sales functions. In 1997, he also became MD of Success Dynamics International Ltd, a provider of recruiting tools and services, whose well known disc methodology assists HR Managers to make the right recruitment decisions. Joe was a Regional Chairman for the Academy for Chief Executives for 10 years. Is a widely recognized expert on sales management, training and has presented to corporations all over the world. He speaks, coaches, mentors,lectures on marketing,sales,motivation, and strategic management. View Guest page

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Derek Arden

Derek Arden is a negotiator, an author and President of the Professional Speaking Association of the United Kingdom. Formerly a senior executive in financial services where he negotiated the financing of many of the UK takeovers. He has spoken at 6 business schools, studied at the Harvard Business School and is a business practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He uses psychology, sensory acuity to benefit all the negotiation situations he gets involved in. Derek is author of Power Negotiating, presenting phenomenally and Negotiating Success. He has a bi-weekly executive briefing which is free and read globally. This month, he has given his expert advice to and featured in the Financial Times. View Guest page

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Karen Asemper

Karen Asemper is a much sought after Actress, Speaker and Personal Coach to the stars and has worked with Artists to Football Agents helping them to find the real person underneath the surface bringing real results and turning lives around. She is no stranger to change and early in her life she was forging a successful career as a dancer in New York taking the world by storm when a tragic accident finished her flourishing career. Faced with difficult choices she had to start again and after some soul searching, hard work and sheer determination, she gradually built up a successful career as an Actress appearing in many of the popular drama’s and soaps gracing our TV screens., Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Doctors and moving on to the big screen in films Blue Murder, 11th Hour, 42 Degrees North. View Guest page

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Shonette Bason Wood

Shonette Bason Wood is an entrepreneur,teacher,author and international speaker,running her own highly successful business alongside being mother to 4 lively teenagers. Her innovative pedagogy accelerates children’s development and learning, her first book was published in 2008. After appearing on ‘Teachers TV’ she now speaks internationally and designs and presents neuro scientific ways of teaching and engaging children in learning. She has written different child development tools including Squiggle whilst you wiggle and her handwriting exercise THE DOUGH DISCO is famous across the world, 19000 hits on youtube! Society cohesion relies on family and Shonette has created ways to build family unity. Shonette Shares TV show is based on this, and a series about cheap, exciting ways to have family fun over the summer is being filmed. Shonette has a unique talent for impacting change with a whole spectrum of different people. She has a natural effervescence and determination to achieve. View Guest page

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Jim Beach

Jim Beach’s first book, School for Startups, was published by McGraw-Hill in June 2011. Jim has started businesses and has taught entrepreneurship around the world. At the age of 25, Jim founded American Computer Experience. From 1993 to 2000, Jim grew the company with no capital infusion to $12 million in annual revenue and to over 60 permanent and 700 temporary employees, operating in 39 states and in three countries. Jim taught entrepreneurship at Georgia State University for nine years and in 2009, Jim founded the School for Startups, www.SchoolforStartups.com/, a web resource devoted to teaching his philosophy of low risk entrepreneurship. Jim has presented in Japan, Korea, India, Dubai, and Egypt and for or on behalf of Wells Fargo, Toshiba, UPS, SunTrust and others on topics as diverse as the “Future of Oil Scarcity,” “How to Export in a Down Economy,” and “Getting to Number One on Google.” View Guest page

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Tim Bean

Tim Bean is a leading Longevity Specialist, Transformational & After-Dinner Speaker who regularly presents to community groups, business organisations and at high-profile conferences and events. Native from New Zea-land, he now lives in the UK with his business partner, Anne Laing, a former National Physique Champion, wellness expert & author. Together they have recently published their latest book, "Turn Back Your Age Clock" - a definitive guide to de-aging and maintaining a perpetually youthful physique. They are formidable thought-leaders on weight-loss, anti-aging and optimal wellness.Tim is co founder of The Institute of Physique Management, a private practice that takes individuals, prominent businesspeople and celebrities through cus-tomised physique, weight-loss, lifestyle & wellness management programmes via The Hard Edge™ . View Guest page

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Steve Bernard

Steve is an Organisational Development Coach & founder of Connectwell – The Relationship Company. He’s passionate about people realising their potential through effective relationships. He works with ambitious managers, leaders & teams to support them in engaging more effectively, performing exceptionally & building capability. Prior to Connectwell he had spent 11 years in aviation & 8 in consulting, in his 27 years in business, Steve has helped numerous organisations realise their strategic ambitions through coaching, change & leadership programmes. His own ability to create valuable, trusting relationships has helped him to manage large scale change programmes and give other leaders the confidence to do so with authenticity. Clients include Royal Mail, the RCN, British Airways, Wates, Glatfelter, RSA & the Home Office. Steve has spoken on Leadership at Oxford University, built the collaboration programme for the BBC and has also guest lectured on the topic in a Master’s Programme View Guest page

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Matt Bird



Matt Bird helps individuals, teams and organisations build the relationships needed in order to achieve greater success. He is the author of the new book ‘Relationology: 101 Secrets to grow your business through the power of relationships’. Matt is an international keynote speaker and business relationship consultant whose pro-grammes are renowned for creating lasting change. He has worked with organisations such as the BBC, Home Office, Santander and The Royal British Legion.

Matt is a popular columnist and blogger whose business rela-tionship insights are read and listened to by thousands of people globally every week. His charitable work has received commendations from successive British Governments and Prime Ministers, most recently for Cinnamon Network. Matt lives in Wimbledon with his wife Esther and their three young children. View Guest page

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Mette Bloch

Mette Bloch an entrepreneur from Denmark became famous for winning two World Championship gold medals in single sculls rowing in one year, progressing from eighth in the world to first. The mental and physical toughness required to be a world champion led Mette into a study of psychotherapy and cognitive behaviour and into the field of business and individual motivation. Mette is also a well known television presenter, speaker, the author of four books – her latest is ‘The Winning Mentality’ – also a writer for magazines and newspapers. She loves a challenge and in November 2010 wrote, produced and performed a solo comedy show in front of an audience of 1600 to rave reviews. Mette’s greatest personal challenge came in 2005 when she was diagnosed with chronic arthritis, a devastating blow for a former elite athlete. Her mental and physical strength was tested to the limit but now in 2011 she is fully recovered without the use of conventional medicine. View Guest page

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Max Bolka

Max Bolka, is a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, who formed a very successful nationwide financial planning and investment consulting firm. Along the way, he learned many important lessons which apply to every aspect of life. In his personal life, Max became a 30-year practitioner, student and teacher of Ayurveda ,a 5,000-year old holistic “Science of Life” from India. Applying what he has learned from these two fields, Max Bolka has helped thousands of people with his down to Earth, practical approach to personal growth as a basis for professional success. His advice applies to everyday life, business and investing. Max appears in the book, “Success Is A State Of Mind” along with Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen and Deepak Chopra. Max is also one of the stars of the new film, “The Keeper of The Keys.” He joins Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff and Dr. John Gray, and a host of other experts in this entertaining and inspiring film. Visit his website: www.maxbolka.com. View Guest page

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Ashley Boroda

Ashley Boroda began his leadership and public speaking skills at fifteen and was selected to train in the United States, at sixteen, where he spent three years enhancing and passing on knowledge to the next generation of leaders including the now co-chair of a well known British political party. In recent times Ashley merged his desire to help people speak in public with flair and confidence with his expertise in stand-up comedy. Since 2006, running courses in businesses, schools, theatre companies, a youth project, charities, adult education conferences, and one to one sessions for management trainers, radio presenters and even a famous playwright. Ashley Boroda Entertainment was launched in 2005 a boutique style comedy management company representing comedy performers and writers. In addition to personal management, ABE produces live comedy events and promotes shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has worked with the likes of Jon Culshaw, Mel and Sue and Rob Brydon. View Guest page

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Dave Bradley

Dave Bradley is a Professional Management Speaker and Web Event Producer. Having pioneered involving actors in corporate training in the UK Dave often includes them to add a different dimension to his speaking. At one time Dave was the largest employer of actors outside the BBC. He also owned two restaurants. Dave claims that managing chefs is similar to managing actors except it involves sharp knives! Dave has led teams that have been awarded 6 UK National Training Awards, Customer Experience Awards including the Overall UK Award for Customer Experience. He also led a business rated in the Sunday Times top 100 small businesses to work for. As a trainer and professional speaker Dave has presented to BT, Manchester Airport, Nationwide, Virgin Money, Cranfield School of Management, Henley School of Management, Interserve, Volkswagon Audi, and American Express to name a few. Dave is a triathlon coach to junior and senior triathletes, a paraglider pilot and climber in his spare time. View Guest page

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Amy Brann

Amy Brann bridges the gap between cutting edge neuroscientific research and organisations who can use it. Leaving UCL medical school to pursue a Coaching career she became fascinated by what the brain can teach us to help transform thinking & performance. Participating in over 12,000 hours of Coaching with clients all over the world. Amy has consulted to companies in Europe, Asia and Australia and enjoys delivering interactive talks and workshops. Her company, Synaptic Potential, partners with the Wales Centre for Behaviour Change to deliver cutting edge trainings to organisations. She is the author of ‘Make Your Brain Work’ and ‘Neuroscience for Coaches’ both published by Kogan Page. She is currently working on her third book bringing the practical applications of neuroscience directly into organisations. Amy passionately delivers the message that you have a huge amount of potential that can be better accessed if you understand how to work with your brain. View Guest page

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Seán Brickell

Seán Brickell is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, trainer and author of the acclaimed Don’t Shoot – I’m Not Well! Confidence for when you really need it. He applies psychological techniques, used in war zones, undercover work and successful businesses, to improve your confidence, communication and personal impact skills to make a profitable difference to you and your business. He is in demand by an impressive international client list. Seán, is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, been a network TV newsreader and the UK’s youngest ever network TV news correspondent, aged 21. He’s been an undercover investigative journalist for national newspapers, exposed multi-million pound frauds and even infiltrated a swingers’orgy group! He’s been held at gunpoint, met and interviewed world leaders, film stars and some of the world’s more bizarre, beastly and beguiling people. He applies these skills to help you benefit in your personal and professional life. View Guest page

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Terry L. Brock

Terry L. Brock MBA, CSP, CPAE is a professional speaker and marketing coach. He has written about technology, marketing and the Internet as a journalist since 1995 and been in business since 1983 helping business leaders and professionals to achieve success in industries such as banking, distribution, sales, marketing, real estate and finance. His sessions are entertaining and packed with useful, “put-it-to-work-right-now” information. With an MBA in Marketing he has a background in radio and newspapers and brings excitement and zest to the platform as he speaks. Clients include AT&T where he is Editor in Chief for their blog, Microsoft and also a key communicator for Skype. He brings a fresh, real-world perspective and has spoken in 25 countries. His audiences laugh and learn as they experience this dynamo present powerful, usable ideas designed to solve real-world problems. View Guest page

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Rob Brown

Rob Brown helps people build powerful networks and profit from their most powerful connections for more business, better career opportunities and greater influence. He is the bestselling author of How to Build Your Reputation: The Secrets of Becoming the Go to Professional in a Crowded Marketplace and according to LinkedIn, is the most recommended networking expert in the world. His expertise covers compelling elevator pitches, trust, likeability, referral marketing, reputation building, corporate executive presence, word of mouth and profitable business networking. A regular media contributor, Rob hosts the Networking Giants Radio Show which features the world’s top networking experts. His clients include major banks, a range of professional firms and thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners. Based in Nottingham, UK (home of Robin Hood), Rob is married to Amanda, has two daughters, plays 4 musical instruments, is a committed Christian and has a black belt in kickboxing! View Guest page

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Luan de Burgh

Luan de Burgh is the Managing Director of The de Burgh Group and heads a team who specialise in providing high end bespoke coaching and training in public speaking, presenting and pitching to businesses of all sizes from small startups to the biggest law firm in the world, DLA Piper. For over ten years, he has been training and coaching C-suite executives, partners, politicians, and well known figures in presenting and public speaking. Luan qualified as a coach with an M.A. in Voice and Speech from the University of London, specialising in using the voice to persuade, inspire and inform and combines that background with an understanding of the particular needs of business to deliver tangible results using practical and straightforward methods which are relevant and appropriate to the client. He is a speaker and presenter himself as well as being a regular commentator in the media on matters relating to public speaking, presentation and delivery. View Guest page

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Shannon Burnett-Gronich

Shannon Burnett-Gronich has come a long way since her days as a single mother of two, struggling to make ends meet. Through hard work & a focus on helping others find success, Shannon has developed into a success-ful, multi-faceted executive. Her expertise has enabled her to help hundreds of people with business develop-ment and personal growth by training & coaching them in marketing, event production, networking & much more. Shannon has spent ten years building an international conscious business community, focused on helping small businesses grow through education, marketing & cooperation. Known as the owner of an exclusive "Mil-lion Dollar Rolodex," Shannon has successfully attained over $3 Million in F-R-E-E press, and has taught hun-dreds of people how to do the same. Shannon has appeared on television, radio, and in the press, and has co-authored the Amazon #1 best seller "Law of Business Attraction - The Secret of Cooperative Success" with T Harv Eker of the Millionaire Mind. View Guest page

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Brad Burton

Meet Brad Burton. From a humble start in Manchester to MD of 4Networking, the fastest growing social business network in the UK, the UK’s No 1 motivational speaker and bestselling author of the highest rated business book on Amazon, Get Off Your Arse and its sequel, Get Off Your Arse Too. 6 years ago, Brad was delivering pizzas to keep his start-up business afloat. He used the incentive of £25k personal debt to build a multi-million pound business network and now he is delivering inspiring, hilarious and provocative speaking events on life, business and motivation. Don't let the jeans and t-shirt fool you.... View Guest page

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Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll is the author of Awake at Work, The Mindful Leader and Fearless at Work and over his 30 year business career held executive positions with Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. Michael is presently COO of Global Coaching Alliance and has worked with clients such as Procter & Gamble, Google, AstraZeneca, Starbucks, RED, National Geographic Expeditions, Merck, Gilbane, Inc. and others. Michael has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1976, graduated from Buddhist seminary in 1980 and is an authorized teacher in Kagyu-Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy from the University of Dayton and master’s degree in adult education from Hunter College. He has lectured and taught at many leading educational establishments including Wharton Business School, Columbia, Yale, Sydney and Toronto Universities, and many practice centers throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. View Guest page

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Shawn Casemore



During his corporate career Shawn has spent nearly two decades in leadership roles in Operations, Business Improvement & Supply Chain Management with organizations including Magna International, Arvin Meritor, Bellwyck Packaging, N.C.R. and Bruce Power.

In 2010 Shawn launched his own company, Casemore and Co Inc. and hasn't looked back since! Having his own business has allowed Shawn the opportunity to work with and help dozens of individuals and companies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their business, all while engaging and empowering their employees in the process.

Despite a hectic travel schedule around the globe, Shawn spends downtime with his wife Julie & their two boys in the small town of Owen Sound, Ontario, just two short hours north of Toronto, Ontario. View Guest page

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Michelle Clarke

Michelle is a former Head of Leadership Development at Marks & Spencer, responsible for their move into Germany and developing the national leadership team for future expansion. She then built her own business, combining speaking, writing and performance consulting: using Wealth Dynamics to facilitate team and individual success for her clients. Michelle became head of an international social entrepreneurs network building global teams and developing leaders in 22 countries and 55 cities. She launched a global transition project transforming and launching XL Nation, the world’s leading network of its kind. She launched the charity, StepUP Foundation, into the UK to give local teenager’s access to inspiring speakers and mentors. She won XL Nation Directors’ choice for Leadership in 2010 and runner-up, out of 3,000 people, in the Global XL Extraordinary Lives Awards 09. Michelle has been nominated for the Inspiring Women Award and is the UK’s leading expert on Talent Dynamics Pathway. View Guest page

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Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke is one of the UK's leading experts on grassroots sales & marketing strategies. He left school at 16 with no qualifications. At 18 became engrossed in personal development. At 19 found his niche in sales and quickly became a company director. Since then has owned and operated businesses in the UK and USA. He helped grow his last company from zero to £30m in 8 years, becoming one of the “Times Top 100″ fasted growing and profitable SME’s. In 2005 he sold up and was able to retire at 45. Using his first hand experience he now runs his own very successful business coaching and mentoring programs for entrepreneurs. He’s also a member of an elite team of business mentors chosen by The Entrepreneurs’ Business Academy led by James Caan formerly from BBC TV’s Dragon’s Den. Steve, is a business columnist, author of “How To Thrive Not Just Survive”, runs Sales Mentoring Programs and Master Classes, has lectured at University and is a much sought after business speaker internationally. View Guest page

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Phil Clothier

Phil Clothier: Phil is the CEO of Barrett Values Centre, an international organisation working through a consulting network in over 75 countries. He works with leaders to bring about ethical, sustainable transformation. Phil's core values are Trust, Humour/Fun & Love. He specialises in the study of love, values and consciousness within business and society. The core products of the organisation are the Cultural Transformation Tools. These tools have been used in over 5000 organisations to support leaders in understanding people and culture to create new conversations that have a positive impact on employee fulfilment, customer satisfaction and overall organisational success and sustainability. Phil has worked with corporations, governments and NGOs around the worldand been an advisor on National Values Assessments in over 20 countries. In Latvia and Iceland the results of the values assessments have been instrumental in reorienting public policies. Phil is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. View Guest page

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Dr. Graeme Codrington

Dr Graeme Codrington is an expert on the changing world of work. As a researcher, author, futurist and presenter, he speaks to more than 100,000 people in over 25 countries every year, with a client list including some of the world’s top companies. He is the co-founder of TomorrowToday, a global firm of futurists and business strategists. A guest lecturer at 4 top business schools and has 5 degrees, including a Doctorate in Business Admin. With 4 best-selling books published by Penguin, including the award winning, “Mind the Gap”, he also writes for the NewWorldofWork.co.uk blog and is a regular commentator on future trends in the media. Graeme’s breadth of knowledge and expertise make him highly relevant in today’s rapidly evolving business world. Along with his formal qualifications and research credentials, he has a wide range of business experience: Chartered Accountancy articles at KPMG, IT startup, professional musician, strategy consultant and now a full-time speaker and author. View Guest page

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Mark Colbourne

Mark Colbourne MBE is a World & Paralympic Champion and International Speaker. From Wales he became Great Britain’s newest Gold medal Paralympian cyclist in 2012 winning a gold and two silver medals. He was later awarded with an MBE from HRH Prince Charles in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list. Having broken his back in a near fatal paragliding accident in 2009 he was left with lower leg paralysis and drop foot in both feet. He fought for 12 months to walk again with walking aids and went through hell and back to reach his first Olympic games. His first Silver medal was in the 1km individual time trial. The next day he broke the 3km individual pursuit World Record twice by 7 seconds in the morning and then 4 hours later by 0.2 seconds to win gold. Entering the 10 mile individual road time trial 5 days later he won silver. Mark shares his incredible story and key life and business lessons with companies and individuals as a speaker and is also ambassador to the Olympic Park Velodrome. View Guest page

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Chris Cook

Chris represented Great Britain for almost 10 years, reaching Olympic, World Commonwealth and European finals. His defining moment came in 2006 at the Commonwealth Games, Melbourne Australia, as Chris defied the odds and became Double Commonwealth Champion. The dedication and hard work that went into his average week involved 4.30am starts, 60,000+ meters of swimming and training in excess of 30 hours. Now retired from International Swimming, Chris reflects over a career which started late, showing no signs of success as a teenager but with hard work, determination and focus, resulted in international medals, national records and personal pride. Chris working with young people in schools, swimming clubs and sports clubs, raising their aspirations and helping them to harness the skills needed to achieve their goals and dreams. Chris also works in with businesses, organisations and councils to assist with their goals and targets whilst creating an impact that develops a team ethos. View Guest page

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Paul Cook

Paul Cook, Managing Director of Planet Planit, is passionate about the events and production industries. He is keen to raise the importance and awareness of effective events planning. Paul also runs a successful business providing insurance for special events (Clarity Event Insurance) and is a leading events industry figure. Paul is International Strategic Advisor to Meeting Professionals International UK Chapter (MPI) the leading professional development and networking body for the events industry, and served as President during 2007/08. He also currently serves on the International Chapter Advisory Council of MPI's global body. In 2008 he was voted Number 15 in the Power 50 of people making their mark in the events industry by Haymarket's leading publication - Conference and Incentive Travel. Paul frequently guest lectures at Universities and Trade Shows and writes for a number of trade journals. His opinions are frequently published by magazines and online industry professionals. View Guest page

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Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper helps leaders to develop their talent and elevate their businesses. Having worked for major brands such as Rank Xerox, Mars, United Biscuits and Punch to board level, Chris went on to set up his own businesses. His first was highly profitable, selling his share to focus on a passion for people development and in his words 'to do something more worthy'. Today, he supports many businesses from start ups through to major corporate brands through mentoring/coaching, talent development, interviewing, speaking and bespoke consultancy projects. He is a President of the Professional Speaking Association and the founder of 'Be More. Achieve More - Inspiration for the Entrepreneurial Mind' on Voice America which is accessed in over 50 countries up to 100,000 times a month. The show adds to a tremendous depth of knowledge and help many people around the world. He lives in Leicestershire in England and is married with two young boys. View Guest page

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Terry Cooper

Terry Cooper is the Development Director of 4 Networking Ltd and has led the development of the business both in the UK and Australia. It has over 300 business networking groups running five days a week. He is Chairman of a Cloud Computing company based in Bristol and has his own Consultancy company. Terry describes himself as "Passionate about Sales". He started selling at 19 and worked in the printing industry for 34 years, spending his last 10 years in corporate on the main board of a multinational PLC. Terry was a director of several businesses in the UK and Europe during the 90's and has had business connections with the USA for many years. View Guest page

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Matt Crabtree

Matt Crabtree grew up on a farm, studied Agriculture and then turned his back on rural life and entered the world of business, moving very fast and becoming a main board director of a $500mn telecoms company by age 28 and then the youngest senior executive of Barclays Bank by 31. Since leaving corporate life under a cloud in 2003 he did what any lack of self respecting ex-executive does and became a consultant! Since establishing Positive Momentum he and his colleagues travel the world sharing their outspoken, no-nonsense business philosophy with businesses large and small, including major organisations like Microsoft, Red Bull, Citizens and Kraft. Matt says he has come to realise that success in business is in fact very like success in farming - those who are unafraid of getting their hands dirty, going out in all weathers and above all possess a strong pair of boots, seem to do the best View Guest page

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John Cremer

John Cremer has over twenty years of experience with Reading People, uses it daily in his training work and has added many of his own observations to the process. As a highly experienced improvisational performer he is able to engage and enthrall an audience using humour, stagecraft and role play. By “walking the talk” and interacting freely with delegates throughout the presentation John delivers a profound message in a fast paced and light hearted manner. He is the author of “Reading People” and “Improv” John is in demand as a keynote speaker and trainer, his clients include: HTC, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Lloyds TSB, Deloitte, PwC, Logica, EDF, Mouchel, EADS, GSK, HP, Business Design Centre, Vistage and T-Mobile. Speaker of the Decade: The Academy for Chief Executives View Guest page

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Chris Crowley

Chris Crowley is the New York Times bestselling co-author(with leading NY internist Henry S. Lodge M.D.) of the Younger Next Year books which have sold well over a million copies and been translated into 20 languages. They have been ‘The Boomers’ Bible’ and ‘The Best thing Ever Written’ about fitness and wellness. They have become “cult books” for that generation.In 2013, Chris was the co-author (with Tufts professor of nutrition and muscle physiology, Jen Sacheck, Ph.D.) of Thinner This Year. Thinner This Year is an in-depth look at the key issues raised in Younger Next Year, with emphasis on nutrition and exercise.These days, Chris spends most of his time keynote speaking on the Revolution in Behavior and Aging. Which, he says, is “one of the most important things in each of our lives and in the life of the Republic today. The combination of the slop we eat and our bone-idleness is wrecking lives and ruining the economy. We have to change,” he says, “and we will.” View Guest page

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Doug D'Aubrey

Doug D'Aubrey spent over 30 years in Management, with the last 12 years working as a consultant and trainer with a wide spectrum of companies. With a background in the security sector, he acquired a large variety of business management skills. He is Founder & Managing Director of Executive Training & Consultancy Ltd a Business Consultant and trainer. Developed the Momentum™ Programme, a highly successful management consulting and coaching tool which guarantees to improve a company’s profitability. He has helped over 100 SME businesses to increase their profits. Author of Getting down to business a practical no nonsense guide to growing your business. Provides management training to senior managers from all over Europe. Grew a region of an international company from £800,000 to £5 million in less than 4 years. Established and ran a successful telemarketing business. Worked and lived in seven different countries and is a fellow of the Institute for Independent Business International. View Guest page

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Peter Daly-Dickson

Peter Daly-Dickson lives in Coventry, England and is a husband, dad and step-dad. He runs several successful businesses including www.beingamillionaire.com, home of the original £1Million Note, and SBO International which, amongst others, publishes The Small Business Owner magazine on the iPad and iPhone - www.thesbomag.com. When he's not busy at home or work he loves to run, with a marathon PB of 3:41. Here are some words to give you a feel and a flavour of 'Pete'! love, kindness, family, Andrea, Tom, Gabby, Joe, Isaac, open, supportive, communication, running, marathons, feel good, connection, value, films, travel, fun, attraction, camping, community, potential, expansive, red wine, friends, trombone, Hong Kong, big picture, seaside, technology, passion, spontaneous, serendipity, confidence, optimist, collaboration, acting, tall, smile, integrity, make it work, solitude, energy, personal growth View Guest page

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Jonathan Davey

Born in the UK Jonathan was educated in Lincolnshire, Hong Kong and Wales and had an early career as an Inspector in the police in Hong Kong. Returning to the UK in 1987 he began a management career spanning retail, marketing, IT and financial services before joining IT Company 'Policy Master' in 1994. He also launched MediQuote and helped develop and launch Eurosure another insurance schemes marketing business. In 2001 he founded Primary Broker Services (latterly Primary General) growing it from zero to 225 staff with a premium income of nearly £100 million. He left as CEO in 2008 to form, Keychoice Underwriting to support c800 Keychoice member companies with a compelling, service led underwriting proposition. An experienced and well known professional in the media, he is vociferous and passionate about the interests of insurance brokers and small business in general. Married with 4 children he lives in North Yorkshire. View Guest page

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Miguel Dean



Miguel Dean has had an extraordinary life journey. Homeless for 7 years and an addict he was inspired to change by the love for his son. 18 years later and he is now an expert at facilitating behavioural change having helped hundreds of homeless adults and business executives to also transform their lives. From many years working with disadvantaged youth he had a calling to 'step up' further and share his message to the wider world that business as usual is no longer an option! He believes we are living at a crucial time in the evolution of hu-manity and the choices we make now will determine the legacy we leave for our children. Miguel is a respected professional speaker, outrospective coach, workshop facilitator and author of the acclaimed book 'Stepping Stones in The Mist - life lessons for overcoming adversity.’'. He works with those who wish to be successful in their business while also considering their impact on humanity and the planet as a whole. View Guest page

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Celia Delaney

Celia Delaney is a speaker and speaker coach. She runs SpeakingSuccess, a company that teaches business owners, senior managers and their teams how to promote their business through speaking. Clients include Ashridge Business School, Institute of Directors, and Academy for Chief Executives, The Dorchester Collection of hotels, and Thomson Reuters. Her audiences describe her as ‘inspirational’ and ‘very funny’, and her engaging and interactive style keeps audiences hooked on every word. Celia says she thinks she is the love child of Dervla Kirwan and Sean Bean. If you are very good, she might even sing for you. Celia read Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, then joined Unilever’s graduate scheme and went on to be HR Director of one of their factory sites. She then trained as an actress and worked in stage & television for 5 years, before deciding to use all of her skills – Psychology, People and Performance – in setting up her own training and speaking business. View Guest page

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Tim Dingle BSc (Hons), PGCE, MIBiol, MBA

Tim Dingle BSc (Hons), PGCE, MIBiol, MBA has been involved in education, management and training for the last 30 years. A former Headmaster of a top school he gained an MBA with distinction and has a unique insight into teaching, leadership and management. He has written 24 books on a variety educational topics. His background in management includes being Chairman of England Schools Rugby and running a successful comedy venue. He is trained in NLP and other advanced brain strategies and lectures around the world. He is also on the Board of the Global Negotiation Insight Institute (formerly the Harvard Negotiation project). Tim was an officer in the Royal Navy Reserves for 20 years and is a Yachtmaster and sailor. He is a successful executive and business coach and appointed Chief Development Officer of The Academy of Vocational and Professional Training in May, a company set to change the face of education and training in learning in the UK. View Guest page

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Michael Dodd

Michael Dodd is a media and presentation coach, broadcast journalist and international speaker. He helps business leaders and other professionals to get their message across - through the media and face to face. Michael’s been awarded the "New Speaker of the Year" title from the Academy for Chief Executives. He has speaking and training engagements on six continents. Michael runs master classes boosting communications skills for diplomats from UK Trade and Investment in British embassies, consulates and high commissions around the world. He works with frontline United Nations officials to help them convey the right messages when being interviewed in the world’s trouble spots. He helps clients give great answers to nightmare questions - from customers, prospects, staff, shareholders and journalists. Michael draws upon his experience as a political reporter and foreign correspondent to ask "blowtorch-on-the-belly" questions - and to show clients what's needed to answer them with aplomb View Guest page

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Simon Drury

Simon is a business psychologist, corporate mentor, coach and trainer. He is also a speaker and very nearly an author! He has a wealth and diversity of experience in the field of business and personal development, designing and delivering mentoring, coaching and training interventions. He has worked in both the Private and Public Sectors. Over the last 23 years, Simon has worked with top level business leaders in the corporate sector and business owner-managers to help them become more effective, dynamic and confident. He has also advised on the art of successful collaborations. Simon also focuses on working with people who are approaching a major change in their work situation such as retirement, redundancy and career transition. The key support is to help clients design and create a meaningful, fulfilling and exciting ‘next chapter’. He is particularly interested in the psychology of motivation, leadership and influence, and the power of language. View Guest page

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Paul Dunn

Paul is a 3-time TEDx speaker. He is a Senior Fellow in one of the World’s Leading Think Tanks and holds a Lifetime Service Award to the Accounting Profession in the UK. He was honoured as a Social Innovation Fellow in his new home of Singapore; something he shares with film-star and philanthropist Jet Li and Walmart Chairman, Rob Walton. He was one of the first 10 people in Hewlett Packard in Australia and then went on to establish The Results Corporation serving 23,000 SMEs and the radical Accountants’ Boot Camp process enabling over 17,000 Accountants worldwide to work with their clients in new ways. Paul recently featured in Forbes Magazine alongside Sir Richard Branson in a global piece on ‘disrupters’ in business. His book, The Firm of the Future, is regarded as a breakthrough book for professional knowledge firms. He is Chairman of the revolutionary B1G1: Business for Good, a company that’s already enabled businesses to create almost 50 Million giving impacts around the world. View Guest page

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Angi Egan

Angi is the founder of an award winning retail merchandising consultancy, set up to deliver knowledge and excellence for new and established businesses around the world. Consultancy work has involved working with clients such as Kerastase Paris, BMW Motorad, Rockliffe Hall, L’Occitane, Elemis, Age UK and Wentworth Golf & Spa With over 20 years operational and management experience in both the UK, USA & Asia Angi has worked for some of the most successful retailers such as The Body Shop, IKEA, ESPA and Gap, and in partnership with Liberty in London and Harvey Nichols throughout the UK As an author and professional speaker Angi has developed the refreshingly different Romancing the Customer™ business books which continue to inspire, entertain and communicate how to achieve brand loyalty and lasting differential. This cheeky metaphor has also helped to address the challenge of getting the service message to ‘stick’ in transient, multi-generational sectors like retail and hospitality. View Guest page

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Lesley Everett

Lesley Everett is an internationally acclaimed professional speaker & expert on personal branding & perception management & has presented her Walking TALL Methodology in 20 countries across 4 continents. She is a regular contributor to worldwide media, a published author & Executive Coach. Her clients include several FTSE 100 companies. Lesley is often asked to comment on people in the public eye on their personal brand & image. She has been on UK TV on BBC News and Sky Business & in the US on CNBC, CNN, CBS & Fox Business News. Lesley has had over 150 articles published around the world. Lesley is the founder of Walking TALL Int. She has created a methodology for Personal Branding that has inspired audiences since 1999. Her materials are continually developed via interactive research she carries out and is quoted by other business professionals. She is a Board Member & Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association UK & President of the Global Speakers Federation for 2013–2014 View Guest page

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Derek Findlayson

Derek is a highly experienced business leader with over 25 years of creating and managing major change and transforming small, medium and large organizational performance. He has led many business teams including building a market leading marketing consultancy focused on helping professional services companies (including Insurance Brokers) profitably grow their businesses. His particular strengths include Strategy, Sales, Marketing and Distribution. Today Derek is Commercial, Strategy & Proposition Director for SSP Pure & Keychoice. A pivotal change role in a successful growing business that provides a range of services to the insurance industry. View Guest page

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Frank Furness



Frank Furness is a motivational and after dinner speaker working in 52 countries. A specialist in sales, technology, social media and goal setting. A Past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Europe and Chair of the International PEG for the National Speakers Association USA. Accolades include Toastmasters 'top five humorous' speaker in the UK. Listing in the USA "Meetings & Conventions" magazine as one of the ten most sought after speakers and in 2011 induction into the ‘Speaker Hall of Fame.’ A guest on many TV and radio shows, his YouTube channel is watched by millions. Frank coaches top sports people on public speaking and delegates have attended his ‘Speakers Bootcamp’ on five continents. Clients include the British Olympic Team. He has an Internet Marketing business with 72 websites marketing various products. ‘Walking with Tigers – Success Secrets of the World’s Top Business Leaders’ and ‘How to Find New Business and Clients’ are International best sellers. View Guest page

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Kevin Gaskell

Appointed MD of Porsche GB at the age of 32. His team rebuilt a business close to bankruptcy and created the UK’s most profitable car company. Moved to BMW as UK MD and led the company to 4 years of record growth and a 500% increase in profitability. He was recognised as one of the ‘top 40 leaders under 40’ in the UK.In 2000 founded a dotcom which quickly become the market leader for automotive e-commerce. Concurrently CEO of EurotaxGlass’s where his team integrated 30 businesses to create a world leader in electronic data before leading a €500 million sale of the company. Now Chairman to a number of companies, one of which won the ‘UK FastTrack Award’ as the best investment of 2011. Has played international cricket, celebrated his 40th birthday climbing on Mount Everest, has walked to both the North and South Poles and climbed some of the world’s highest mountains in aid of cancer research. View Guest page

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Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Mindy Gibbins-Klein is an International Speaker & Executive Coach specializing in turning experts into thought leaders and published authors. Mindy has authored and co-authored six books, and her latest book, 24 Carat BOLD has been called ‘practical and inspiring’ by leading business thinkers. A native New Yorker, Mindy resides in the UK where she operates two businesses. She is Founder & CEO of The Book Midwife® and Anoma Press, a cooperative publishing house for business authors. She has a list of more than 500 published clients who have become real thought leaders and successful authors. Mindy has an MBA in International Business and has taught the post-graduate diploma course for the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK. She has been an international speaker for more than 15 years and has presented to over 10,000 business executives and entrepreneurs. As a regular media contributor, Mindy has been featured in national and specialist press over the past 10 years. View Guest page

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Craig Goldblatt

Craig sees himself as a passionate adventurer, always looking for great experiences and exciting moments that life throws his way. He is known for his huge levels of energy and an insatiable appetite to be around great people and lead an amazing life! To Craig, people are the most amazing beings. 'I have now had the fortune to travel to every continent in the world, delivered over 500 key note addresses to business audiences from many different cultures and founded a charity called Giving Africa that supports awesome kids in West Africa. I am very lucky! If someone were to ask me what is my purpose in life, I would say love! There is nothing more important in my opinion than helping others to succeed and for that matter nothing more satisfying either'. Craig is known for delivering engaging and passionate keynote speeches, bespoke training, executive coaching and leading transformation journeys to remote communities in places like the Amazon as well as his charitable ventures. View Guest page

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David B Goldstein

An author, management consultant, speaker and the originator of the “creative-type” concept, David speaks about how everyone can be creative in their own way using their natural strengths. He is the author of: Creative You: Using Your Personality Type To Thrive. As an entrepreneur for nearly 25 years, David is a researcher with a science background and an M.B.A. in Management of Science, Technology and Innovation, who uncharacteristically is also an internationally recognized artist. View Guest page

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Stephen Gould

Everards Brewery Ltd was established in 1849 by its Founder, William Everard. In 2013, Everards is still a proud independent family company led by the 5th Generation of the family, Richard Everard OBE DL. Stephen joined the Board in 2003 becoming Managing Director in 2005. Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, placing great emphasis on people development so to bring the Company's derive of 'Tradition with Ambition' to life. Stephen has worked in the pub and leisure industry for over 20 years in Human Resources, Operational and Commercial roles, previously with Bass Plc and Punch Taverns Plc. He has, throughout his career, always been curious about how to connect people, organisations and initiatives into new creative forces which produce stronger and more sustainable results through interdependencies (probably the Sociology Degree is to blame!). View Guest page

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Jane Gunn

Jane Gunn is a former London solicitor, now a full time mediator with more than 15 years of mediating commercial cases. She is frequently chosen to mediate complex and emotive cases and business disputes. Accredited in 1996 (CEDR) she is a Mediator Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and member of IMI (The International Mediation Institute). She is a Founder Member of MATA (Mediation and Training Alternatives), specialising in advanced mediator training. Jane provides valuable insight and wisdom into how to identify and manage unhappiness and conflict at an early stage before it escalates and becomes both damaging and costly. She saves high profile organisations and busy executives both money and heartache. Her growing international reputation has led to her speaking in 14 countries including at both the White House and United Nations. She is also the author of a published book on conflict management “How to Beat Bedlam in the Boardroom and Boredom in the Bedroom”. View Guest page

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Peter Haddon

Peter Haddon is the Managing Director of Top Achievers Limited, a UK-based executive coaching/mentoring company. He is recognised internationally as one of to-day’s foremost executive coaches and a leading authority on personal development and business growth. Academically, he holds PhD, DBA, MBA and B.Comm degrees. He is also a qualified clinical hypnotherapist and a Master Practitioner in NLP. He is the author of the best selling book: “Mastering Personal and Interpersonal Skills”. On the sports front, he captained Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) at soccer on 11 occasions, including the 1970 World Cup tournament. Over the past 33 years he has developed a unique coaching and mentoring programme that has significantly improved the performances of top achievers in both the business and sports worlds. View Guest page

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Dr. David Hall

Dr David Hall left corporate comfort in 2011 to pursue his passion for business transformation – founding The Ideas Centre Ltd. The organisation coaches businesses of all types in mechanisms for “new thinking”, introducing an “ideas culture” that then feeds the innovation process. Prior to that, Dave was CEO of HFL Sport Science Ltd, a drug surveillance and contract research organisation which entered The Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2005. More generally - since 1984 he has held leadership positions in a range of sectors (oil & gas, scientific instrumentation, contract electronics) driving engineering, marketing and manufacturing management. Creativity, innovation, and a pursuit of the perfect culture provide a common thread throughout his career to date. He has also won the E-on Award – “UK’s Most Energetic Boss, became visiting Professor in Business Creativity at the University of Bedfordshire and has his own on-line TV show called Connexions. View Guest page

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Roger Harrop

Roger Harrop has spent over 25 years leading international businesses, including a plc, which puts him in a unique position to deal with present-day business challenges. Based in Oxford in the UK, he’s an international business growth speaker who inspires & entertains audiences with his acclaimed Staying in the Helicopter® programmes. Over 20,000CEOs, business leaders and others in 40 countries have achieved transformational change through his thought-provoking, entertaining talks laced with real-life stories & humour. Roger is also an author, business advisor, mentor, consultant & independent director. He spent seven years as Group Chief Executive of a FTSE quoted, high-tech industrial group with 12 sites across 4 continents. Two business schools have used it as a benchmark case study on culture change & business re-engineering. Roger has tutored on a leading leadership and teambuilding programme for over 25 years. He’s a keen windsurfer, mountain biker & classic car enthusiast. View Guest page

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Simon Hartley

Simon Hartley is a sport psychologist and performance coach at Be World Class. He helps athletes and business people to get their mental game right. During the last 15 years, Simon has worked with gold medallists, world record holders, Olympians and championship winning teams. He has worked at the highest level of sport, from Premiership football and rugby union to Olympic sport, golf, tennis and even motor sport.Since 2005, Simon has also applied the principles of world class sport psychology to business, education, the charity sector and healthcare. His first book, Peak Performance Every Time (was published by Routledge in 2011) and his second, entitled How to Shine was published in 2012. View Guest page

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Simon Hazeldine

Simon Hazeldine works internationally as a professional speaker and performance consultant in the areas of sales, negotiation, performance leadership and applied neuroscience. He is the bestselling author of five books: Neuro-Sell: How Neuroscience Can Power Your Sales Success,Bare Knuckle Selling, Bare Knuckle Negotiating, Bare Knuckle Customer Service, The Inner Winner. Simon’s books have been endorsed by business leaders including legendary multi-millionaire entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne from BBC Television’s “Dragons’ Den” and multi-billionaire business legend Michael Dell.Simon has a Masters Degree in Psychology and is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management.His client list includes a host of Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, and as a highly experienced and in-demand international speaker he has spoken in over 30 countries across six continents. View Guest page

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Steve Head

Steve created the Steve Head Ltd speaking and coaching company following 16 years in business management, people leadership, product marketing and L & D. His knowledge and skill include 20 years as a top sports coach. He has delivered over 1500 sessions in the UK and Europe to help organisations, teams and individuals deliver sustained personal, team and business success, and is now one of the most sought after UK speakers. He has worked on many projects with Olympic Gold Medalist Kriss Akabusi over the last 12 years. Steve challenges audiences to maximise their potential and improve personal and business performance. He also coaches young sports stars including the England Wheelchair Rugby League World Champions helping them to stay strong under pressure and speaks to 1000s of students with this same aim. Steve also coaches executive team members to enhance personal impact, is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and Institute of Sales Management. View Guest page

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Mandy Hickson

Finding a love of flying early in life, Mandy fought hard to achieve her ambition to be a Royal Air Force pilot. She was only the second woman to fly a Tornado GR4, completing three tours of duty and 45 missions over Iraq. She became the Squadron’s Combat Survival and Rescue Officer, working closely with the US, instructing Squadron members on Escape and Evasion tactics. Throughout her time, Mandy was the only female aircrew and later learned the lessons of juggling life as a working mother of two young children. Now a civilian, Mandy draws on her experiences to train and inspire others. She is a consultant for Global Air Training, running their “Train the Trainers” courses, covering the core areas of human factors; decision making, communication, leadership, behaviour, workload, conflict, fatigue and stress management. She is also a highly demanded keynote speaker in the business and education sectors. View Guest page

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Jack Higginbotham

Jack Higginbotham is President of Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Limited Partnership, a manufacturer of high-end musical instruments and equipment in Stevensville, Maryland. Jack has worked in a variety of positions since its inception in 1985 including Guitar Builder, Project Manager, Purchasing Manager, Sales, Production Manager, and VP of Manufacturing. In his current position as President, held since 2002, Jack has managed significant growth. PRS Guitars employs about 230 people who skillfully produce around 1,000 electric guitars each month. In early 2009, PRS officially added both acoustic guitar and amplifier production lines, both have received industry accolades at major trade shows. Jack serves as a Commissioner for the Maryland Advisory Commission on Manufacturing Competitiveness, a commission charged with advising the Secretary of Business and Economic Development with regards to manufacturing. He resides in Centreville, Maryland with his wife and six children. View Guest page

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Ant Hodges

John Hotowka

John Hotowka – Speaker, Humorist, Magician , aka the ‘Laughter Dinner Speaker®’ is one of the rare breed of speakers who can either deliver a powerful message or just entertain. He’s an after dinner, business and event speaker who has an engaging, energising and unique delivery of his ‘The Strength Of One. The Power For All’ message. His presentations are hilariously funny, insightful and experiential which all add to the learning experience. Having suffered a crisis in confidence in 2002 he realised somehow he had to dig himself out of the hole he created himself. A bigger problem than you might think, as he always worked alone. His breakthrough came when he realised mindset is the key to success in everything, leadership, working as a team, dealing with change… everything. His success as a speaker is due to three things; his ability to simplify a complex message, his approach appeals to all learning styles and his hilarious sense of humour is so clean… he makes detergent look dirty. View Guest page

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Steve Houghton-Burnett

Steve Houghton-Burnett is a motivational speaker whose main topic is Emotional Intelligence. He also runs a successful Change Management consultancy, is a business angel and Non-Executive Director of several small fast-growth businesses. So why is he speaking about Crowd Funding? Put simply... he is a disruptor and believes the Internet is best used for disruption. No stranger to change he seeks to actively provoke those around him to be constantly aware of the potential for change. He was responsible for helping to establish the Internet as a major force for UK business. He started one of the first combined design and technical agencies delivering award winning web sites. He also started one of the first five Internet Service Provision (ISP) businesses in the UK (the first to make a profit). It grew rapidly over a 5 year period and after 2 mergers and 2 additional rounds of funding was sold for £300 million 6 weeks before the .COM bubble burst, creating 14 'overnight' millionaires. View Guest page

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Lesley Hunter

Lesley Hunter is 'The Pack Leader' - a specialist in turning managers into authentic leadership in the workplace. Lesley is an international speaker, author and acclaimed leadership coach who uses a simple metaphor to provoke behavioural change in her audiences and encourage people to become 'pack leaders' in their own organisations. She is the owner of a boisterous strong-willed German Shepherd who has been the inspiration for her work based around what human leaders can learn from working with dogs. Lesley has an eclectic mix of experience having worked with schools, government agencies, police forces, small family business and global manufacturing companies, which gives her an unique edge and insight into the challenges their leaders are facing in today’s high pressure society. Using her passion for dogs in her unique development programmes, Lesley challenges business leaders to reflect and explore how they engage with, and gain the trust of, their followers in the workplace. View Guest page

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David Hyner

David Hyner is a researcher of top achievers for some 14+ yrs now, and in that time as he has shared his findings, become a speaker, author, broadcaster, adventurer, father and husband. “We have to get out of our own way” says David and stop living a life driven by others agendas and their assumptions of what we are capable of achieving, and WHY we should achieve those things. Most famed for his inspiring keynotes and The MASSIVE Goal Principle audio CD which gives people the confidence to set and achieve massive goals. BBC radio show host, mastermind facilitator and more. David Hyner is passionate about living how you wished to be remembered long after you have gone. His work in Africa and for charity has raised much needed funds and proves that anyone can make a difference if they “really” want to. View Guest page

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Ayd Instone

Ayd is a speaker, author, creative director, graphic artist and publisher (as well as a songwriter, writing nearly 500 songs) with 18 years experience of design and marketing in print and multimedia, including working on the design of Microsoft’s intranet. He has designed global campaigns for major publishers including Oxford University Press and Macmillan as well as setting up his own publishing company, Sunmakers, for experts and entrepreneurs in 2009 which has published over 30 books. He has run his own branding and design business since 2001 and has designed around 300 logos and identities. He has also worked as university lecturer on business and entrepreneurship and as an international speaker on creativity and innovation. Ayd has a degree in Physics and Physical Science from Oxford Brookes University and is the author of four published books including 'Don't tell the Dinosaurs (the Secrets of the Future)' and 'Ding! How to Have a Great Idea'. View Guest page

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Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson is an international speaker, Powerpoint Surgeon, presentation coach and author of seven books. Having worked in the voluntary, public and private sectors over the years he now works in businesses and education helping people to enjoy and succeed in challenging times. He is also a fellow of, and President of the Professional Speaking Association in Yorkshire. He lives with his wife and twins in West Yorkshire. He loves a good laugh, boxercise and basketball. He doesn’t like gardening. View Guest page

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson has over 25 years of strategic business, marketing and communications experience. Born in Britain, he trained in business strategy development and communication and has worked personally with Richard Branson, as well as directors of many leading global businesses such as Microsoft, Nike and HP. Michael moved to South Africa to work in international advertising, developing strategies for companies establishing a presence or expanding into Africa. Today he is a full time global professional speaker, Master of Ceremonies, writer and specialist in business change, speaking at around 150 conferences and seminars a year; to audiences ranging from factory workers to Heads of State. Consistently rated as ‘simply outstanding’ he weaves personal company and industry messages into his powerful materials. He also, accurately predicts detailed changing market performances, trends and consumer behaviour - while motivating his business audiences to higher personal standards. View Guest page

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Nick James

Nick James is one of the UK’s leading experts on copywriting, webinars and online product launches. Not only has Nick built a multiple six figure business of his own, but also helped many well-known experts to successfully launch their products, seminars and coaching programmes, including: Bob Proctor, Rick Otton, Topher Morrison, Jairek Robbins, Dan Bradbury, Mindy Gibbins-Klein, Andy Harrington, and many others. Nick has also trained thousands of business owners worldwide to use more effective sales and marketing techniques to grow their lists, reach more people, and ultimately get more paying clients. View Guest page

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Graham Jones

As a web psychologist Graham Jones focuses on how people behave online and in particular how your customers use the internet. As a result, he can help you understand their behaviour so that you can engage with them better and make more money as a result. Graham achieves this with consultancy, seminars, workshops, webinars, mastermind groups, masterclasses and through the various books he has written. He is an award winning writer having written 29 books since he started his own business 27 years ago. He also writes his daily blog at www.grahamjones.co.uk.Graham is a qualified psychologist and a member of the British Psychological Society. He is a part-time academic lecturing for the University of Buckingham and the Open University. Graham is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association for which he was President in 2011. Oh, by the way, he has also sung on a Top 30 record and literally bumped into Kate Winslett. View Guest page

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David Kean

David is one of the world’s most authoritative business development practitioners. He specializes in helping clients win new and more business from new and existing customers, is in demand as an inspiring speaker and as a “pitch doctor”. In the last 3 years helping clients win over $1/2 a billion in fees. He also coaches top executives and entrepreneurs. At Caffeine Partnership, David often teams up with his partners to facilitate workshops and speak. Described as “Mr. Energy” he is used to help organisations fire up creativity, motivate their teams, build support for company initiatives, chair panel discussions and act as an ‘agent provocateur’ at large conferences worldwide. David has worked with some of the world’s best organisations on their marketing communications, sales and growth strategies and is author of international best seller Pitching to win – the art of winning business pitches and co-author of How to win friends and influence profit – how to cross sell. View Guest page

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Will Kintish

Will Kintish qualified as a chartered accountant in 1971, and practiced for the next 30 years. He ended his accountancy career as a senior partner to show people in the professional and financial sectors how to attract more business. Since then he has presented to over 70,000 people helping them become more confident and effective networkers. He is an advisor, trainer and consultant to many major financial and professional organisations. He trained and graduated with the Dale Carnegie Organisation and is a Former senior National Board member of the Professional Speaking Association. Since 2009 he has become widely recognized as a leading exponent and advisor on the professional social networking site LinkedIn. Will never changes his message “There is nothing to beat face-to face networking”. But when you use Linkedin in conjunction with traditional networking it is a powerful cocktail for developing your career and building your business. View Guest page

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Darrell Knoch

Darrell Knoch—Entrepreneur, investor, real estate authority, coach, financier, author. At age 24 he founded Miracle Heat Inc., designed/manufactured reclaimer for wood stoves/earned two patents. His products sold nationally in major retailers - Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart. Developed/marketed internationally-successful software for the orthodontic/oral surgery industry (distribution in 30 countries). Major Account Executive for telecom industry giant WorldCom/Sales Person of the Year Mid-Atlantic Region, 1997. Licensed contractor, involved in new subdivision development; owned several real estate businesses, including a ReMax franchise, 2 insurance agencies, 2 title companies, and largest mortgage company in Chattanooga TN (USA). Author of Mastering a Healthy Self-Image: The Guidebook to Real Happiness and Enormous Success—an inspirational yet practical blueprint for overcoming adversity, achieving unstoppable self-confidence, and attaining goals for personal and professional success. View Guest page

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Dr. Meryl Koslow

Dr. Meryl Koslow challenges and changes how people think about growing their businesses. With perspectives often contradicting conventional wisdom, Meryl is known for straight talk, honesty and results. At 12, she knew she wanted to become a self-made woman, a millionaire through her own initiative. From a modest and loving background, she seized on a core success essential — education. A bookworm, Meryl poured through library stacks as much as assigned textbooks, initiating a passion for inspired life-long writing and communication. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill was her bible, and active reading a cornerstone of her approach to a Self-Made life. She has over twenty years experience as a trusted advisor. She is a real estate investor & motivational speaker. Her mantra: Everyone deserves to be a millionaire! Meryl has her doctorate from New York Chiropractic College & is CEO of Timeline Consulting LLC. She is the co-author of 'Self Made Millionaire'. View Guest page

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Darren LaCroix



In 2001, Darren LaCroix, The World Champion of Public Speaking, out-spoke 25,000 contestants from 14 countries to win that title. That was just a benchmark. Since that victory, Darren has traveled the world demystifying the process of creating a powerful speech. He has roused audiences in faraway places like Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia & Taiwan with his inspirational journey from chump to champ, proving anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.

Darren may have been “born without a funny bone in my body” but he possessed the desire to learn & the will-ingness to fail necessary to achieve his dream. The self-proclaimed “student of comedy” is living proof that humor is a skill that can be learned.

He’s co-author of Laugh & Get Rich & created Darren University, the ultimate online learning programs for presenters.

His trademarked program Get Paid to Speak by Next Week® has helped many speakers launch their very first checks. View Guest page

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Neil Laughton

Neil served in the Royal Marines and Special Air Service Regiment (21 SAS) before founding a group of companies in the construction industry. He grew the organisation to £40m turnover and then sold the business to Balfour Beatty Plc. Neil holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies, a Certificate in Direction from the Institute of Directors and is a recipient of the Ness Award for “Inspirational leadership” from the Royal Geographical Society. In his spare time Neil leads adventurous expeditions all over the world. He has completed the Explorers Grand Slam – climbing the highest mountain on each continent including Mt. Everest and skiing to both the Geographic North and South Poles. He has also made twelve first ascents in Greenland, circumnavigated the UK on a jet-ski and piloted the world’s first road legal bio-fuelled flying car across the Sahara Desert. View Guest page

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Jeremy Lazarus

Jeremy Lazarus is an Executive Coach and a Certified Master Trainer of NLP, and originally trained as an accountant and corporate treasurer. His clients include blue chips, SMEs, NHS and elite athletes, including the Great Britain pistol shooting team. He is a guest lecturer at two UK universities, and has authored four best-selling books. In 1999 he formed The Lazarus Consultancy Ltd, which specialises in the applications of NLP in business, coaching and sport. His previous jobs include roles in The City, management consultant for Ernst & Young, senior finance roles for Unigate plc and finance director for YO! Sushi. View Guest page

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Dr Robert LeFever

Dr Robert Lefever graduated from Cambridge University. As a family doctor he created the first rehab in the world to treat all addictive behaviour and - non medicinally - the underlying anxiety and depression. He had 120 staff and treated over 5,000 inpatients. Having learned how to deal with his own addiction, he now helps others to deal with theirs. Choosing to work on his own as a counsellor, Dr Lefever encourages individuals and companies to look at the consequences of their behaviour and gain insight into the causes within themselves. He identifies specific addictive characteristics and aims to restore physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social health. He has lectured and run seminars all over the world, especially in the USA. He has written 23 books on various aspects of addictive and compulsive behaviour. He is a regular speaker and broadcaster on radio and television. He and his wife, Pat, share a passion for opera. View Guest page

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Jim Leighton

Jim Leighton is the President of Perdue Foods, the third largest poultry company in the United States. With over thirty-five years of experience in the consumer packaged goods food and beverage industry, Jim held senior management and executive positions with ConAgra Foods, The Hain-Celestial Group, Celestial Seasonings and Nabisco. Jim was founder and CEO of National Health Management Inc. and a graduate of University of Iowa. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and has taught Leadership and Organizational Behavior as a Senior Faculty Member at Keller Graduate School of Business. Jim serves on the Board of Directors at Smart Balance Inc., multiple trade association boards and Atlantic General Hospital Corporation and Foundation Boards. He lives with his wife, Fritzi, in Berlin, Maryland. View Guest page

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Steve Levinson

Dr. Steve Levinson, is a clinical psychologist, inventor and entrepreneur who has devoted much of his career to understanding why people often fail to follow through on their own good intentions. He is the inventor of an ingeniously simple electronic device called the MotivAider that has helped thousands of people in over 40 countries follow through on making desired changes in their behavior and habits. He is president of Behavioral Dynamics, Inc., a company he co-founded in 1987 to develop, manufacture and market the MotivAider. Steve is also author of the critically-acclaimed book,'Following Through' (co-written by Pete Greider). A popular speaker and consultant who combines expertise in psychology with a passion for helping organizations and individuals follow through, he has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs including ABC's 20/20. Steve is currently working with Chris Cooper on a book to help entrepreneurs transform their good business intentions into great results. View Guest page

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Deri Llewellyn-Davies

When it comes to Deri Llewellyn-Davies, the phrase ‘suited and booted’ takes on a new meaning.  As the UK’s leading authority on bringing strategy alive, Deri spends his days in a pinstriped three-piece and his spare time climbing the highest summits in the world. Deri loves business and adventure in equal measure and the same motivation underpins both: a fascination with life and a curiosity that always leads him to ask, “Why?” or more importantly, “Why not,” as he believes anything is possible. That questioning is key in his role as CEO of Business Growth International, as he helps leaders in both FTSE 500 and entrepreneurial companies take their businesses (and themselves) to the next level.  With over 15 years’ experience of the commercial markets, Deri knows that whatever issues businesses are facing – from funding shortages to management fall-outs, redundancy to bankruptcy – he’s personally been there and got the T-shirt. View Guest page

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Andy Lopata

Andy Lopata is, in the words of The Financial Times, "One of Europe's Leading Business Networking Strategists". Andy works with companies on how to use networking strategies to develop their businesses. "Networking is not just about sales. Whether for lead generation, breaking down silos internally, recruitment and retention of top staff or developing future leaders, networks and collaboration have a key role to play". Andy works with clients to recognise that role and put the strategy and skills in place to leverage it. Andy has a regular blog in The Huffington Post and been quoted in quality business press around the world. He has co-authored two books on networking, with his third published by Financial Times Prentice Hall in August 2011.For eight years, Andy was Managing Director of Business Referral Exchange, one of the UK's leading referral-focused networking groups with over 2,000 member companies. He supports Charlton Athletic football club. View Guest page

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Asara Lovejoy

Asara Lovejoy is a businesswoman, entrepreneur and educator in human consciousness and the best selling author of The One Command. She is considered to be one of the most compelling voices to emerge from the self-help and human potential arenas in decades. Shortly you will find out why. Her life commitment has been to understand the human mind and its untapped potential. In just a few short years, The One Command® process has developed into a comprehensive program with more than 300,000 people participating in One Command® seminars, The One Command Circles®, tele-courses, and other programs worldwide. View Guest page

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Carroll Macey

Carroll Macey is a people development consultant, coach and facilitator. Initially working in sales to board level, she retrained as a psychotherapist before moving into corporate learning and development and then establishing CM2 Consulting UK Ltd. Her purpose is to inspire change, success and growth in individuals to enable them to play their best game. View Guest page

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Christine Marsh

Christine's dream to be a corporate success in the late 70's appeared unachievable.However, her belief that potential is linked to acquiring new skills overcame any objections. Using her results focused, analytical & creative strengths she got in the door and had a successful senior management career. Her key learning's were that cross functional awareness within any business rather than a narrow silo mentality & the balance between efficient processes & effective people makes the difference. Surviving a horrendous car crash, she refocused on how to best use her practical tools & techniques. Forming Prime Objectives in 1990, she has helped small & medium companies to major brands, such as Rolls Royce, Nissan & Ove Arup, address & resolve issues impacting on performance. Christine combines a passion for travel & cross-cultural awareness with a busy global speaking schedule sharing her stories around the world. She has also lectured at the highly prestigious University of Cambridge. View Guest page

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Lesley Matile

Lesley Matile’s passion enables others to find and sustain high levels of motivation so that they do their best - always. Her career began unusually with 15 years as a probation officer, working with those at high risk of reoffending, many of whom had committed serious sexual and violent offences. Here, Lesley faced huge challenges helping them find the determination and commitment needed to change their harmful entrenched behaviour. In 2000, she found this combination of coaching and motivation in very tough situations was in high demand as she transferred into the corporate world. Under her wisdom, over 10,000 coaches and mentors were professionally trained while she was Managing Director of a major coaching brand. Today, as founder of Peak Performance Coaching Ltd she acts as an executive coach and coach supervisor, trainer, speaker and coaching thought leader. Lesley promises her long overdue book, sharing her unique perspectives on motivational coaching will be completed in 2012. View Guest page

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Brian Mayne

Brian Mayne is an inspirational speaker, author and teacher, and creator of the world-leading achievement system ‘Goal Mapping’. Born into a nomadic fun-fair family he left school with no qualifications and a poor education. At 29 years old his family business failed and he was a million pounds in debt. At this low point he discovered you can change your life by changing how you think about it. Now an international speaker, he empowers hundreds of thousands of people globally with his unique success systems. Author of four books, he is getting close to achieving his core goal of helping to lift seven million lives with his work. View Guest page

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Debbie McAndrew

Yorkshire born playwright and actor Deborah McAndrew studied Drama at Manchester University. In her acting career she has worked extensively in television, radio and theatre. She is best known for her role as Angie Freeman in the iconic British television series, Coronation Street, in the 1990s. Deborah’s published plays include: An August Bank Holiday Lark (2014) The Grand Gesture (2013) A Government Inspector (2012) published by Methuen: Flamingoland (2008) published by Nick Hern Books. Other plays include: Ugly Duck (2013-14) Till The Cows Come Home (2014) Beyond The Veil (2013) Losing The Plot (2012) King Macbeth and David Copperfield (2010) Oliver Twist (2009) Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (2008) Vacuum (2006) The Bells (2004). Deborah has recently founded Claybody Theatre Company, and is currently a guest lecturer in Playwriting, Docu-mentary Theatre and Acting at Staffordshire University, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts. View Guest page

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Richard McCann

Richard McCann is a Sunday Times No1 Bestselling author. His first book, ‘Just a Boy’, sold almost half a million copies and has been translated around the world. The BBC made a film about his extraordinary life story. Brought up on the ‘At Risk’ register until his mother was murdered by the notorious Yorkshire Ripper, Richard went on a downward spiral. Foster homes, childrens home and then a violent upbringing by his estranged father. He left school with no qualifications, was kicked out of the army before turning to drugs. After a prison sentence for a drugs offence, and his home about to be possessed, Richard hit rock bottom and considered taking his life. At this point, he found the determination to turn his life around and fight for a better future. Now married with a family of his own, author of three books, and a much sought after inspirational speaker, Richard puts his now significant life success down to his ‘iCan’ attitude. View Guest page

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Andy McMenemy

Andy McMenemy would tell you he is as ordinary as the next guy, but he does admit to having done some extraordinary things. From climbing the heights of the corporate career ladder holding senior management roles in £500 million and £1.3 billion organisations and jumping off it, Andy constantly pushes outside of his comfort zone. Having completed some of the toughest foot races on earth, including the infamous Marathon des Sables, he is best known when, in 2011, he completed a World Record bid to run 66 Ultra Marathons in 66 consecutive days in the 66 official cities of the UK. Despite crippling injuries, including a damaged Achilles tendon on day 2 and strong medical advice to abandon his attempt, he carried on – and succeeded against the odds. He also proudly carried the Olympic torch in 2012. He is an inspirational speaker and performance development coach inspiring audiences to strive for their potential, and to compete in our ever demanding world, how to develop mental toughness. View Guest page

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Andy Milligan

Andy is a leading international brand and business consultant. He advises CEOs, boards and senior managers, on strategies for developing brands and growing business. Andy’s experience includes hotels and hospitality, airlines, financial services, packaged goods, telecommunications, sports and pharmaceuticals. He has directed major programmes in Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the USA and Europe. Clients worked with include Unilever, Thai Airways, Orange, IHG, Nissan, Barclays, FIFA, Sage, Arcadia and Roche. Andy is often on CNN, BBC, and CNBC and is a regular international conference speaker. He has published five best selling books: See, Feel, Think, Do exploring use of instinct in business; Brand It Like Beckham analysing David Beckham as a celebrity brand; Uncommon Practice examining the link between great brands and their corporate cultures and Don’t Mess With The Logo a guide to brand building. BOLD - how to be brave in business and win was awarded CMI’s Management ‘e-book of the year’ award for 2012 View Guest page

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Derek Mills

The son of Jamaican immigrants, Derek was born and grew up happily until when he was 13, his mother unexpectedly died. This plunged him into the world of a stutterer. After school and various menial jobs, Derek went into financial services. Throughout his young life Derek had great financial challenges and debt. His situation became dire, when his family home was moments away from being repossessed by the bank. Over the next four years he turned his life and business around and people began to ask him how he did it. As he began to refine his 10 Second Philosophy®, using the power of TrueSelf and the utilization of Standards instead of goals, he began to speak publicly and to coach and advise others. Derek is now an international speaker on his philosophy for success and a featured expert in the personal development movie “Keeper of the Keys” starring Jack Canfield, John Gray and Marci Shimoff. His first book, ‘The 10 Second Philosophy®’ is due to be published in September by Hay House. View Guest page

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Eilidh Milnes

Eilidh Milnes (pronounced Ay-lee) is a teacher turned motivational speaker, columnist and award winning author. Drawing on three decades of working as a programme presenter and facilitator, Eilidh is now an internationally acclaimed inspirational speaker and coach; well deserving her reputation as “The Confidence Coach”. Eilidh’s areas of specialist expertise include professional development, wellbeing and productivity. With a family of her own, Eilidh recognises the often conflicting priorities faced by those working in pressured and frequently stressful environments. Using her natural, empathic intuition combined with extensive proven expertise. Eilidh has achieved amazing results with people of all ages and levels of responsibility. She helps businesses, organisations and individuals develop ‘no-nonsense communication’. Her corporate clients include PWC, BAE Systems, Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Hochtief. She is married with two children. Her head office is in the UK. View Guest page

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Dr. Ivan Misner

Dr. Ivan Misner is the Founder & Chairman of BNI, the world's largest business networking organization. BNI has over 6,000 chapters worldwide. In 2012 BNI generated 7.1 million referrals resulting in $3.3 billion dollars worth of business for its members. Dr. Misner's Ph.D. is from the University of Southern California. He is a NY Times Bestselling author who has written 17 books - his latest bestseller is Business Networking and Sex. He is a columnist for Entrepreneur.com & Fox Small Business Center and the Senior Partner for the Referral Institute - a referral training company. Called the "Father of Modern Networking" by CNN & the "Networking Guru" by Entrepreneur magazine, Dr. Misner is one of the world's leading experts on business networking & has been a keynote speaker for major corporations & associations worldwide. He has been featured in the L.A. Times, Wall Street Journal, & NY Times, as well as numerous TV & radio shows including NBC’s Today Show, CNN, CNBC, & BBC in London View Guest page

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Richard Newton

Richard is a co-founder of OP3Nvoice, a tech company that is making extraordinary things possible with video and audio. In 2013 the company moved its HQ from London to Austin, Texas. Many, many years before this, Richard was a business journalist for various Sunday newspapers in London. Having criticised from the sidelines he decided to experience life at the sharp end of the business pages; The actually-doing-business end. He launched his first start up around the turn of the millennium. And it was tough, and it was also exhilarating. And since then he has been heavily involved in establishing and working with technology start up companies either as co-founder, mentor, or as provider of moralising grisly war stories from his past. His first book, Stop Talking Start Doing - A kick in the pants in six parts (Capstone, 2011) was the #1 business book in WHSmith for over 56 weeks and has been published in 12 languages. View Guest page

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Bob Nicols, Jr.

Bob Nicols, Jr. has 34 years of experience in sales, sales management, executive management and sales force development. Founder of AXIOM Sales Force Development, Bob has managed and mentored thousands of sales people, sales managers and senior managers, and been responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. For 21+ years he has developed and delivered sales programs that have become the standard for many Fortune 100 companies, including AT&T, BellSouth, Alltel, Verizon Wireless and ESPN, with AXIOM programs now implemented in over 30 countries. Bob’s highly energetic and insightful lectures and workshops have resulted in feature presentations at dozens of national and international sales meetings and conferences. The original developer of AXIOM’s Selling Sciences ProgramTM, Bob’s new book, The Journey to Sales Transformation: 25 AXIOMS to Achieve Trusted Partner Status with your Customers, is available via all major online book retailers. View Guest page

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Cathy O'Dowd

Cathy O'Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Everest from both sides. The South African climber, speaker and author has been on the mountain as the last minute ‘token woman’ team-member, and as an expedition leader. She has worked in partnership with a wide range of international teams, and has climbed on a team attempting a new route, the only expedition on the entire east face. She has survived the ‘worst storm in the history of Everest’ and she has faced warring team members as ego ran rampant. She has experienced both the thrill of the summit and the reality of failure, and has paid the ultimate price with the loss of fellow climbers. Cathy draws on this wide-ranging experience of teams under acute pressure attempting overwhelming challenges in her work with corporations. Her stories touch on themes of importance to anyone trying to get the best out of people. Cathy remains an active adventurer with two major expeditions coming up in 2012. http://cathyodowd.com View Guest page

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Joseph O’Hara

Joseph O’Hara,Managing Director Ristretto/Alchemy Coffee/Alchemy Cafes After completing his Bachelor of Engineering degree, Joe spent a number of years working as an engineer in the oil and gas sector, in both training and design/construction roles around the world – including Australia, the UK, Norway and the US. Joe left engineering to enter IT as an Oracle DBA in an attempted career cage. But really always wanted to run his own business – but what business? Joe set up Daily Grind Trading Company in 2003, which became Ristretto in 2008. This company provides high end coffee services to the corporate sector for events and exhibitions. Purchasing roasted coffee from others lead to buying our own roasting equipment in 2008, a direct trade purchasing model and opening our first coffee shop in central London where – “we do things a little differently”.We now have 3 aligned and vertically integrated businesses all striving to provide the customer with an exceptional coffee experience. View Guest page

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Mike Ogilvie

Mike Ogilvie is an experienced Chartered Accountant by training. However, although the major shareholder and managing director of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers OBC The Accountants, most of his time is focused on his work as one of the UK's leading Profit Coaches, with his company The Profit Team. Mike is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic programming, and was a founding Director of The Association of Profit Advisers.When he is not using his skills and experience to help his clients focus on increasing their profitability, he is an international motivational speaker talking at Conferences and Seminars in the UK and abroad where, among other things, he inspires his audience to adopt a Profit Culture in their businesses. View Guest page

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Nikki Owen

Nikki Owen, International and award winning speaker on charisma, devoted 5 years testing her charisma blueprint at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London with hundreds of Leaders and entrepreneurs from both large and small organisations. Nikki is Positivity Advisor to The Expotel Group and an Executive Faculty for Henley Business School. As an official Political Commentator for an international television network she has an ability to ‘see the person behind the mask’. Her inspirational and thought-provoking message earned her the Rising Star Award 2012 from Academy for Chief Executives and Best New Speaker 2013,Vistage International. Nikki is the creator of The Big Apple Experiment that powerful demonstrates that ‘thoughts become things’ and she is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association. View Guest page

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Mike Pagan

Mike is a professional inspirational and motivational MC and conference speaker. He is also a facilitator and Managing Director of 'Breaking Frontiers Ltd'. Mike talks on key business issues such as productivity,, Measuring Marketing Effectiveness and Clients are for Life not just for Profit. As one of Europe’s leading motivational speakers Mike delivers keynote speeches that are dynamic and inspiring - his keynote ‘Stop Faffing About’ inspired his first book 'FAFF' 'The False Art of Feeling Fulfilled'. Mike lives in Warwickshire, England after several years living in Australia and is married with three children. View Guest page

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Martin Palethorpe

Martin Palethorpe is a highly experienced Executive Coach and Culture Development Consultant, and founder of The Pragma Group. He's been working in the fields of human potential, leadership, team and culture for the last 16 years, from entrepreneurial start-ups to FTSE100 organisations. He has a deep-rooted passion for advising, challenging and inspiring leaders to develop themselves and their organisations to maximise long-term performance. He is co-founding leader of the UK Values Alliance, a movement committed to developing a values-driven UK society. Martin writes regularly for various business magazines. Martin is also a part-time adventurer. He's cycled the length of Britain twice, raced to the North Pole, and run across the Gobi and Sahara deserts. View Guest page

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Vinay Parmar

In the year 2000 Vinay Parmar's life was going to plan. He was enjoying a successful corporate career with Europe's largest online bank, he just purchased his first home and he was looking forward to marrying his soul mate on what was supposed to be the biggest day of his life…only he didn’t realise just how ‘big’ that day would be. In a cruel twist of fate, Vinay tragically lost his Mom on his wedding day to a lethal strain of meningitis. It was the first in a series of curveballs that life was to throw him. Today, inspired by his challenges, Vinay is a sought after inspirational speaker who draws on his experiences and life lessons to help people to deal with sudden change in life and business more effectively so that they can quickly move forward and turnaround their performance - what he calls “BounceBackAbility”. Vinay recently published his inspiring and moving story in his book “A Passage To India” of which 50% of the profits are being given to charity. View Guest page

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Louis Parsons

For over 16 years, Louis has devoted himself to an understanding of the human spirit. This is reflected, not just in his art, but also in his writings, his talks and the “Art Of SoulScaping” workshops he has run for organisations such as Hilton Hotels, Mars, Ebay and Microsoft.Louis has become exceptionally skilled at showing high level business executives how to unleash the creative energy that lives within them and their company.His natural gifts as a communicator are enhanced by his qualification as a professional Insights Coach: a skill that allows him to put his clients at ease so that he can capture the essence of what is most precious to them.His art is collected worldwide. Recently made Artist in Residence for The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, and Four Seasons London, Louis is on a quest to enable art to express the power and freedom that lives in all of us.Recently, one of Louis' SoulScapes was auctioned and raised £120,000 for charity. View Guest page

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Jonathan Pfahl

Jonathan Pfahl is the founder and Managing Director of the Rockstar Mentoring Group, part of the Rockstar Group of Companies. Jonathan set up The Rockstar Mentoring Group in 2007 wanting to create a model for ALL types of businesses to benefit from what he calls REAL MENTORING. His first experience was at Goldman Sachs where his mentor set him a financial goal to achieve within 6 months. The goal was achieved by month 4 and by month 6 it was 44% better than expected! Secondly was in London Property where his mentor helped him buy 26 properties in London in his first year! Rockstar now has companies in mentoring and property in 3 different parts of the world as well as vested interests in 9 different private companies that he has invested in. Whilst still only in his 30's, Jonathan is a driven and successful entrepreneur who is passionate about working with entrepreneurs who are determined to see their business grow. View Guest page

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Judy Piatkus

Judy Piatkus founded her independent publishing company Piatkus Books from her bedroom in the early 1980s. She was married and had three children. Her eldest daughter has cerebral palsy. Over the next 25 years she grew it into one of the leading independent book publishing companies in the English-speaking world. Piatkus Books was a pioneer of new ideas in personal development, and alternative health. Piatkus supported new novelists and licenced the rights to some of America’s greatest commercial novelists into the UK and abroad. Authors published by Piatkus include many famous storytellers, Nora Roberts, J D Robb, Linda Howard, Danielle Steel, Robert Crais. Judy sold her company to Little Brown before the credit crunch in 2007 and now works as a management consultant, investor and mentor. She is also a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, future trends and building a great business. In 2009 the Times of London described Judy as ‘one of the world’s leading thinkers’. View Guest page

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Stuart Pickles

Ex-CFO and coach, Stuart spent 25 years in senior leadership positions in Finance, Sales and transformation, including Unilever, Kraft and Foster’s, where he was CFO for European operations. A qualified accountant he developed a passion for leadership and motivating people. A life changing experience led to becoming coaching champion whilst CFO at Foster’s, leading the creation of a coaching performance culture and doubling bottom line profit. His story has been the subject of various articles on “Coaching at Work”. Outside the UK he has lived and worked in Japan, Australia and Asia and is fluent in Japanese. Stuart now runs Aim Higher Leadership Ltd coaching leaders and teams, across a wide variety of clients, sectors and continents. He speaks about leadership, innovation, change and engagement. He is a youth rehabilitation charity trustee, coaches youth rugby, has a Cambridge Law Degree, qualified coach and member of the Association for Coaching. View Guest page

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Adrian Pike

Adrian Pike is co-founder and CEO of leading energy efficiency solutions company, Anesco. Anesco works with local authorities, businesses and homeowners looking to reduce their carbon emissions. The company manages many of the country’s largest and most complex energy efficiency projects. It has been recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing private companies in the Sunday Times Fast Track and is one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in Europe. Adrian is the driving force behind Anesco’s commitment to its people and their ongoing professional development. All employees are trained against company values and objectives and the company strives to ensure all employees reach their full potential. Anesco recently joined only 3.2% of organisations in the UK to ever achieve Investors in People gold accreditation, also becoming one of only a handful of organisations to achieve gold, without first having worked through the bronze and silver standards. View Guest page

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Stuart Powell

Stuart Powell is Managing Director of Inspiring Influence Ltd, an Ambassador for Young Enterprise UK, a business speaker and one of the UK's leading professional development trainers and coaches both of and for his generation. Having once been one of the UK's youngest professionally qualified coaches, Stuart's career has in many ways been back to front, unconventional and not without its' challenges. In 2009 however he was highlighted by the Yorkshire Post as being one of the top 100 people aged under 30 most likely to influence the region in the coming years. He has spoken to, trained and coached people at all stages of their career and at all levels of influence in a variety of industries both public and private sector, including professional services, FMCG, construction, healthcare and education to name but a few. View Guest page

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Amer Qureshi

Amer Qureshi, FCA is a highly experienced, finance and management professional with a track record across multiple industries and countries. As a consultant, Amer specializes in Strategic and Financial Planning, Strategic Management, and Leadership undertaking projects in Australia, Dubai, Kenya and Pakistan. He is also a sought after speaker and presenter at events and on the TV as well as a successful published author in the areas of Leadership and Small Business Management. His book, The A to Z of Healthy Small Business is a highly regarded resource for small business owners and has been published in many countries. His most recent book, Leadership Insights – Success Strategies from Pakistani CEOs reflects his significant experience with CEOs, Boards and Management Teams. Amer has also worked with international firms including KPMG and Deloitte and is founder of My Biz Pakistan Foundation an enterprise platform helping young people start a business. View Guest page

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Geoff Ramm

Geoff Ramm is a multi-award winning professional marketing speaker based in the United Kingdom who has recently keynoted to rave business reviews throughout Europe, Southern Africa and the Middle East. Renowned as the ‘Billy Connolly of marketing’ Geoff inspires entrepreneurs and corporate audiences alike with his quick paced, highly interactive creativity. As the creator of ‘Observational Marketing’ he takes every audience on a journey of memorable real life marketing stories and ideas that not only enthral, enthuse and inspire but will help ignite your business creativity, gain and retain more customers and completely stand out from the competition. He is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association in the UK and is a member of the Global Speakers Federation as well as being a UK Enterprise Ambassador. View Guest page

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John E Regan

John E Regan is a professional Actor, Director, Keynote speaker, Musician, Film maker and Screen acting coach. He is the author of 3 books.‘Yes you can’, a motivational book on life’s choices. ‘Presentation Tips’, a book on public speaking and a fast selling Internet e-book entitled ‘How to become an actor’. John is a graduate of the Stanislavski studio in London in the early sixties. Early film appearances included ‘The Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines’ and ‘Heroes of Telemark’; however, he has lived for most of his life in Australia where he worked professionally in films, theatre and television. He ran his own acting studio in Brisbane, and trained actors in the Stanislavski/Strasberg methods of naturalistic screen acting. John’s motivational keynote programs relate to breaking away from limiting beliefs and values and of taking responsibility for our life’s journey. John now lives in Galway in Ireland. View Guest page

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Tanya Mann Rennick

Tanya Mann Rennick, an entrepreneur and inspirational speaker, has spoken at the House of Lords, the European Parliament, and visited 10 Downing Street. Yet just 3 years ago, Tanya was an unknown single mother of 3, who had achieved none of this. Deserted by her father at birth and believing she was the cause of the marriage break-down, Tanya became another troublesome kid on the block. As a rebel teen, she messed with drugs and alcohol, and by the age of 21, was under the spell of a violent man, who abandoned her just before she gave birth to their baby. Determined to turn her life around and create success, Tanya founded The Oyster Club in 2010, London’s most exciting and stylish business networking club. Last year, in just 6 weeks from conception to implementation, she founded The Love Brigade, helping London’s homeless. In demand as an international speaker, Tanya will reveal her story, and how the “STARR” Principle turned her life around and now enables others to do the same. View Guest page

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Nigel Risner



Nigel is the only motivational speaker in Europe to have been awarded Speaker of the Year from The Academy for Chief Executives, The Executive Committee & Footdown. Nigel is a respected author, television presenter & a prolific speaker. He speaks with authority: his own life having veered perilously away from comfortable norms at times. Nigel has learned that positive results can come from negative experiences & that we often learn best from situations which are unfamiliar & even uncomfortable.

As one of the youngest CEO s of a financial services company in the City of London, Nigel knows business as well as he knows life & more importantly he knows what it takes to lead a successful business! He has the ability to translate with electrifying effect that hands on experience into a coherent, compelling & exciting philosophy. His books The IMPACT Code & Its A Zoo Around Here have sold in their thousands & are literally transforming lives around the world. View Guest page

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Peter Roper

Peter Roper the ‘Family Business Man’ is a highly successful business development consultant specialising in Family Businesses. A best selling author and multi award winning speaker, Peter has been sharing his messages for eighteen years and has spoken to over 500,000 people across several countries. Peter knows the highs and lows of winning business and also losing everything and specialises in practical business development: not glib theories... specifically for family businesses. Peter became National President of the Professional Speaking Association (2009-2010) and remains on the PSA board and has been accredited with ‘Fellow’ status - the pinnacle of the profession. Peter is the author of several books including the best seller ‘… And Death Came Third!’ the definitive guide to networking and speaking in public, and his latest book ‘Running On Empty’ –How to gain success from failure in business. View Guest page

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PETER ROPER

PETER ROPER FPSA International Speaker, Best Selling Author and Broadcaster For two decades Peter had a very successful corporate career with organisations such as Lombard North Central and Arval PHH. From 1996, Peter went on to establish four new businesses of his own; two of which he says have been fantastic failures - and fortunately two others which have been stunning successes! During his career he has spoken to over 400,000 people and in several countries. Known as the ‘Natural Presenter’, Peter became National President of the Professional Speaking Association (2009-2010) and remains on the PSA board and has been accredited with ‘Fellow’ status - the pinnacle of the profession. Peter is the author of several books including the best seller ‘… And Death Came Third!’ the definitive guide to networking and speaking in public, and his latest book ‘Running On Empty’ –How to gain success from failure in business. View Guest page

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Nicci Roscoe

Nicci Roscoe totally lives her Fabulous Impact brand. Whether speaking to audiences, running aerobics classes for hundreds or appearing on television. Her career has included fashion and beauty journalist, health and fitness presenter on radio and TV, head of aerobics for David Lloyd Clubs, interior designer and lifestyle and executive coach for business leaders and celebrities. She’s worked with Jerry Hall, Marie Helvin, and David Bailey, learned meditation skills with Deepak Chopra and master practitioner NLP with Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna. It hasn’t been all plain sailing. Nicci was afflicted by a brain tumour and deploying positive thinking, focus and “get up, get out, get going” philosophy, Nicci underwent a life-saving operation and bounced back. As today an impact, confidence skills and communication coach and speaker she has a life-coaching diploma, is a member of the Professional Speaking Association, International Association of Coaches and Association of Coaching. View Guest page

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Billy Schwer

Billy Schwer spent 20 years in arguably the most grueling and demanding sport there is – Boxing. During his career he won British, Commonwealth, European and IBO World Titles. Billy’s skills, courage, determination and grace in the ring attracted a huge fan base and his personality made him a favourite amongst other boxers, promoters and the media. Using lessons learned in pursuing the world championship, life experiences after retirement, and guided by his passion for living, Billy has built a successful business as an Inspirational & Motivational Speaker and Performance Coach. Billy believes to produce world-class results requires a balance of mental, physical and nutritional fitness. Actively involved in many Charities, Billy set up The Billy Schwer Foundation and delivers speaking sessions and “The Mental Boxing” workshop in Schools, Youth Offending Institutes and organisations including Turning Point, The Princes Trust, Compass and others that support people to reach their potential. View Guest page

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Dave Sharpe

Dave Sharpe is Co-Founder of SBO International, a successful boutique publishing house producing a range of digital magazines and resources for you, the owner of a small business, wherever you are in the world. As Editor-In-Chief of The Small Business Owner Magazine, www.thesbomag.com Dave’s task is to sniff out the very best content for subscribers from across the globe - could you contribute? He’d love to hear from you. But that's not all, as a gifted 'audience advocate' Dave www.davesharpe.co.uk is the go-to-guy for people wanting to engage their target audience with laser precision. He is an in-demand event specialist, compere, MC, conference facilitator and awards host who combines this with a part-time career in broadcasting - Dave can regularly be heard passionately commentating on football matches for BBC Radio in the UK. View Guest page

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David Shephard

David Shephard is one of the world’s leading personalities in personal development and a specialist in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Time Line Therapy® and Hypnosis. He has taught thousands of people to achieve their goals and realise their dreams through his London-based company, The Performance Partnership. In 1993, his career was flying high in the City but his personal life, was in turmoil. So he decided to achieve something more fulfilling and achieved the status of "Master Trainer" of NLP, involving over 2,000 hours of study and practice. Since then, he has taught NLP for over 30,000 hours. He is President of one of the biggest boards of NLP in the world and on the advisory committee of the UK's biggest association. He also works with the charity "The Warrior Programme" and is a much sought after therapist. Originally from Mansfield he lives in Richmond, London. He plays the guitar, is an avid watch and car collector, and his dream is to play a gig like Elvis! View Guest page

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Steve Siebold

Steve Siebold is a former professional athlete and national coach. Today he helps Fortune 500 companies increase sales through mental toughness training. His clients include Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, and Procter & Gamble. He’s written six books on mental toughness with over 200,000 copies in print. Steve has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News and hundreds of other TV shows around the world. He’s quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes and numerous other business publications. As a professional speaker, Steve ranks among the top 1% of income earners worldwide. In 2011, Steve was named Chairman of the National Speakers Association’s Million Dollar Speakers Group, which is a group of 39 speakers from around the world that earn at least one million dollars per year delivering speeches. View Guest page

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Jo Simpson

Jo Simpson is a leading authority in the arena of Values Based Leadership. Jo has lead countless corporate teams to greater success through the application of her innovative approach to leadership and executive management practices. It was Jo's journey to Dubai in 2005, that inspired her to establish her groundbreaking company and to pioneer coaching and mentoring in the Middle East, where she helped to transform the business and management culture of numerous international and locally based organizations. Companies that have entrusted Jo to work with their senior leaders include Credit Suisse, Barclays Bank, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Microsoft, Nokia, L’Oreal and Smith and Nephew. In 2009, Jo made an intuitive decision to return to the UK where she continues to be a leader in the world of executive coaching and values based leadership. Jo’s latest book ‘The Restless Executive’ - A values-driven journey of discovery and transformation will be published later this year. View Guest page

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Shaun Smith

Shaun is a leader in expanding management attention from the narrow focus on customer service to the wider, more strategic drive towards customer experience. He has developed some of the latest thinking around this subject helping many organisations within multiple industries, world-wide create compelling customer experiences that achieve brand differentiation and customer loyalty. He is co-author of four acclaimed business books. Shaun’s latest book “Bold - how to be brave in business and win” examines those brands that are transforming their markets through the use of innovative business practices and the use of digital marketing. The book was awarded CMI’s Management ‘e-book of the year’ award for 2012. Shaun has spoken to audiences across the world and in many sectors. He is a Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association and Member of the Global Speakers Federation. Shaun was recently presented with the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence. View Guest page

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Milos Stankovic

Born to Yugoslav and Scottish parents in Rhodesia, Milos Stankovic was raised in Britain speaking Serbo-Croatian and English. Educated in Latin and Greek, he went on to study Russian at Manchester University and in the USSR. From the outset he had a deep understanding of linguistics and of cultural differences between the West and East. During the Cold War he joined Britain’s elite Paras - 20 years active service in Northern Ireland, Central America, Southern Africa, the Gulf and the Balkans. A specialist in psychological operations, he spent 3 years in the Bosnian war in various covert roles - partly described in his acclaimed book, Trusted Mole. For this work he was both decorated by the Queen and arrested on suspicion of being a spy. He left the Army to clear his name. Working in the TV industry in the US and UK he retrained in depth psychology and coaching. He now applies his extensive expertise to branding individuals and businesses - a process he calls Full Spectrum Branding. View Guest page

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Simon Steenholm

Simon was dyslexic, behind in school, and saw no future for myself. However at 22 he made his first million due to bravery, quirkiness and being unconventional. He went from shipping to kitchen decor, bathrooms, solariums, swimming pools, shares and currencies, houses and buildings. Everything he touched turned to gold but his health hit rock bottom. At 32 he ran away to travel the world for 3 years. Landing in Borneo he stayed in the jungle with the Iban people for eight years, leaving with a son as a completely different person. He became a keynote speaker, started 'laughter clubs' and quit smoking courses. Set up the "Mind fitness center " losing everything he owned. Went back to Malaysia and set up a travel company to bring Scandinavian tourists to Borneo. Another success. However his love was "personal development " – and by that time the idea of a "Mind Fitness Center" popped up again - this time via the Internet - iviggo.com and iviggomarketing.com View Guest page

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Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens is Past President of the Global Speakers Federation and director of MediaCoach Ltd. He is an author, journalist, been a TV presenter and expert interviewee. Involved in over 2,000 radio and TV interviews, he is uniquely placed to give insights about the media, and how to build and protect reputation. In 2012 he was named amongst the “Top social media experts to follow on Twitter”. His company, MediaCoach, provides coaching in broadcasting and social media skills and consultancy in reputation management to CEOs, politicians, celebrities and communication professionals. Clients include MPs, TV presenters, sports stars, Virgin, BP, The Dorchester, Sony Ericsson, BMW and Mumm Champagne. The Independent newspaper listed him as “one of the top 10 UK media experts”. He's the only person in Europe with the highest accreditation in public speaking (FPSA, PSAE) and public relations (MCIPR). His new book “The Exceptional Speaker”, co- authored with Paul du Toit, is due late 2012. View Guest page

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Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton has been battling cancer since the age of 15. On January 13th 2013, shortly after finding out his disease was incurable, Stephen made a Facebook page called “Stephen’s Story”. On the page he outlined a bucketlist of 46 things he wanted to achieve in the near future. Since creating the page Stephen’s following has grown exponentially and he has inspired thousands of others with his positivity and passion for life. He has achieved more than most would in a lifetime; resulting in him winning countless awards in recognition of his inspirational work, most notably he has raised over £560,000 for charity in just one year. Now 19, Stephen’s aim is to spread his motivation and outlook on life with as many people as possible. His journey will help you put your own life and business in perspective, encouraging you to use the time you have as positively and productively as possible, and ultimately empower you to change your life for better. This is not a sob story, this is Stephen’s Story View Guest page

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Deborah Swallow

Deborah Swallow is an International Keynote Speaker, seminar leader, consultant and author. She is a Leading Authority on cultural diversity, intercultural communication, and international business practices working with senior executives, diplomats and entrepreneurs globally. Clients include: Barclay Business Banking, Nokia, Motorola, Diplomatic Academy of London and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway. Deborah is co-creator of the 4C International Business Communication Model™ helping individuals communicate clearly in a way which transcends cultures. She is MD of 4C International Ltd, a firm dedicated to improving international business skills and Director of Intercultural Studies at the Diplomatic Academy in London. She has 5 published books and appeared in press, radio and TV. She is a Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association and winner of the highly coveted UK National Training Award. View Guest page

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Rachael Taplin

Rachael Taplin is a well-known businesswoman and entrepreneur and dedicates her time with www.blueboo.co.uk as The Media Match Maker, training and helping entrepreneurs and business owners to use PR and secure publicity for themselves. Rachael has launched an online PR Academy and offers a Publicity Boot Camp for those looking for immediate PR success. Rachael has achieved her own personal media exposure within local, regional and national press, on radio and TV, has appeared within most of the national glossy magazines in the UK and worked with lots of well known celebrities. She helps her clients understand how to become a media expert and secure high value publicity for next to nothing. From one press release she appeared on over 70 radio stations in one day and was featured in one of the UK’s largest daily newspapers. Principles she can teach you to apply for yourself. View Guest page

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Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson is now regarded as one of the UK's leading strategists on business and personal growth. Starting in business in 1972 he built 3 successful companies – selling the last to a public company, after only 5 years trading, for £4.2M enabling him to retire at age 42. Since that time Peter has concentrated on sharing his proven methods for business and personal success via audio and video programmes, books, seminars and conference speeches. With over 100 audio and 100 video programmes written and recorded he is Nightingale Conant's leading UK author. Coaches, consultants, speakers, trainers and small-business owners now form the majority of Peters' clients who ask for help and guidance to write and create and market their very own information products – so they can share more of their authentic messages with more people than they ever reach on a one-to-one basis. View Guest page

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Andrew Thorp

Andrew Thorp is a graduate of Manchester University, a professional speaker, and communication skills trainer. He is a co-founder of MojoLife and plays a key role in its leadership. Andrew spent many years in the golf & leisure industry – as a professional referee, tournament organiser, operations & marketing manager and a journalist. A life-changing experience led him to adopt a different path, and he successfully ‘re-branded’ himself. He founded Speakeasy Groups™ which now form part of MojoLife’s innovative approach to developing presenting & public speaking skills. Andrew has spoken at the prestigious TEDx conference, authored ‘The 7 Pillars of Sporting Success and how to apply them in business’ and is co-author of several books on communication-themed topics. View Guest page

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Marshall Thurber

Marshall Thurber is a successful attorney, real estate developer, editor, businessman, educator,inventor, negotiator, author, visionary and public speaker. His students include Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), founder and creator of Paul Mitchell hair products, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Spencer Johnson (Who Moved My Cheese), Tony Robbins, T Harv Eker, and Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad Poor Dad). Thousands worldwide have attended his programs and he has a very high profile client list. He co-founded Burklyn Business School, teaching global principles of cooperation learned from Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller and the human potential movement. Utilizing experiential Superlearning Technologies™, simulations, music, and graphics, his teaching is known for being leading edge. Marshall Thurber’s current focus is consulting small to medium businesses on a conscious business model and delivering Burklyn’s flagship experience, ‘Business & You’ globally. View Guest page

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Paul du Toit

In 2008 in New York, Paul du Toit became Africa's first Certified Speaking Professional in 24 years. He is an acclaimed business speaker, coach and authority on great customer service and business presentations, and author of "You Can Present with Confidence". With a financial services background Paul earned the International Quality Award over 6 consecutive years. His experience in sales led to him founding the Congruence Group in Johannesburg during 1995. He's been changing mindsets all over Southern Africa ever since and during 2005 and 2006 was elected President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa, a sought after honour among the speaking fraternity. Paul has been invited to speak at numerous international speaker conventions. His humorous, entertaining and engaging presentation style and story telling ability have kept audiences riveted during his Winning Attitude, sell-out Mind Blowing Customer Service and Mindset Shift seminars. View Guest page

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Kathy Tracey

Kathy is a team player and a team leader. She is a world record holder who, along with 3 other teammates, are the first womens 4's crew to ever complete an entirely self sufficient ocean crossing in a rowing boat. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 67 days, 7 hours and 20 minutes. The crew were in the midst of gale force winds and treacherous seas, when they discovered their communication with the world beyond their horizon was gone. The team had to work together through storms and injury and illness to reach their goal. Kathy is an organisational team coach and trainer who runs her own highly successful business, providing organisations with management and leadership development. She is also an acclaimed speaker, who motivates and inspires others to push themselves past their self imposed limits and really reach for their goals. She has published a workbook that leads people through goal setting, planning and achievement. 'The ABC to Victory' has changed lives. View Guest page

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Will Travers

Will Travers is an internationally renowned wildlife expert who has dedicated his life to wildlife issues, since he lived in Kenya while his parents, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, made the film Born Free (1966). In 1984, he co-founded the wildlife charity now known as The Born Free Foundation, which works to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species worldwide. Will is President of Born Free and President of the Species Survival Network (SSN), an international coalition of over 100 organizations committed to the promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. He has been involved in rescuing elephants, tigers and lions and is always willing to share his knowledge to further Born Free’s vision for a more compassionate future. Will was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2012 for Services to Conservation and Animal Welfare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. View Guest page

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August Turak

August Turak is a successful entrepreneur, corporate executive, and award winning writer and author of Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO's Quest for Meaning and Authenticity (Columbia Business School Publishing; July 2013). He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Selling Magazine, the New York Times, and Business Week, and is a popular leadership contributor at Forbes.com. His website is www.augustturak.com View Guest page

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Helen Urwin

Helen Urwin is the creator of Full Potential Branding and the founder of XanobiaTM – a business that takes an unconventional approach to delivering exceptional transformation and results. Helen began her corporate career at Mars Inc 25 years ago before starting her business in 1996 and has been traveling the globe ever since, working with some of the world’s most iconic brands, alongside some of the world’s most renowned agencies, on projects that have reshaped, reinvigorated and redirected categories and markets. Full Potential Branding is now practiced by many leading brands around the world. It’s a journey that continues. View Guest page

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Nigel Vardy

Mountaineer, motivational speaker and author, Nigel Vardy is a record breaking climber, who describes himself as ‘6”2, blue eyed and scarred. Nigel has taken part in many climbs and adventures around the world. In 1999, he suffered severe frostbite climbing on Mt McKinley in Alaska, leading to the amputation of his toes and fingers. Nigel is still healing and says watching parts of his body die was difficult. “Those tiny things suddenly became so important, especially at the prospect of losing them,” he said. After three years recovering from his injuries, Nigel returned to high altitude and climbed Island Peak in Nepal. Since then, he has written extensively about his experiences, writing has helped his recovery and proved a source of inspiration for many people. Nigel has since completed a British first. He climbed the highest peaks on the world’s seven largest islands. Nigel lives in Belper in Derbyshire, England. View Guest page

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Sheena Walker

Sheena Walker is a globally renowned International speech coach, public speaker and business development professional. Sheena has a rare and unique background as an athlete and a performance coach in sport. Sheena is the founder of “The Secret of a Corporate Athlete“ Performance Solution. This unique model addresses the seven key areas of performance improvement. This is delivered internationally through workshops, training and development days incorporating presentation, public speaking, leadership and mentoring skills following the model. Sheena’s passion, focus and enthusiasm for Super Performance Solutions address client business challenges and champion individual and team performance. View Guest page

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Seán Weafer

Seán Weafer is an international speaker, coach and author. He has spoken to audiences around the world on how we can use our EQ (emotional intelligence) so that we can deploy our IQ (technical intelligence) more profitably. In his coaching programmes Seán has distilled what highly skilled relationship experts do naturally into a proven system. With many well-known businesses as clients, Sean is a pioneer in the field of executive and business development coaching. A qualified psychotherapist, hypnotherapist and Master of NLP – and an author of many articles on executive coaching, sales and networking. Sean is a past Founder Member and Honorary Vice President of the Association for Coaching in the UK and a Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association. View Guest page

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Chris White

Chris White's first real break in the music industry came in 1981 when he was asked to play on Nick Heyward's album " North Of A Miracle ". Following this success, his reputation continued to build, being asked to play and record with artists such as Paul McCartney, Aztec Camera, The The and Mark Knopfler, the latter leading to what he is best known for - the saxophone sound of Dire Straits. His work with the band included the "Brothers in Arms " and " Every Street " World Tours, the " On Every Street " and " On The Night " albums, and the legendary " Live Aid " and " Mandela " concerts. More recently, Chris has also guested on two of Mark Knopfler's solo albums. Outside of this association, he has recorded and toured with many artists, including Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and Robbie Williams. He is now also assembling material for his second album of original work as well as performing live around the world with "The Straits" View Guest page

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Lucy Whittington

After many years of being ‘good’ at marketing - working for start-ups and international Plcs, getting overqualified with an MBA, and running her own website & marketing business since 2005 - Lucy realised her ‘Thing’ was seeing other people’s ‘Thing’ and transforming that into super charged businesses. She sees clearly how business owners and entrepreneurs can move forward doing what they are brilliant at, even when they can’t see it themselves! This is now known as ‘Getting Lucyd’ and is all part of the Being a Business Celebrity experience. It’s all about profiting from your personality. When she’s not Thinging, speaking, running events, working closely with business celebrities, spending too much time on Facebook and eating cake the other things Lucy loves are her two ‘small people’. She also loves living by the seaside—and loves reminding everyone of that too! View Guest page

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Derek Williams

Derek Williams Engaging employees and engaging customers is often easier said than done. What seems like common sense can seem more like rocket science in today’s business climate – where the urgent dominates the important and the customer is most definitely king.Almost by accident, Derek Williams has created an incredibly powerful process that is helping organisations achieve both those goals. It’s simple, very simple. Around the world - In schools and hospitals, in manufacturing, financial services, utilities, property management and more – The WOW! Awards is inspiring people to give great service by catching them doing things right.Williams experience makes him one of the leading experts on employee engagement and customer service. But what makes him such a popular speaker, and an ideal guest for Voice America, is his straight forward practical advice plus a passion for people to achieve their aspirations.Derek Williams is the author of “WOW! That’s what call service!” a collection of great customer service stories to inspire and motivate. View Guest page

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Hilary Wilson

Hilary is an international keynote speaker, trainer and mentor. She is also the principal consultant of Wilson Associates Limited, the UK based development consultancy she founded in 1989. During this time Hilary has worked with over 65 FTSE 100 companies, designed and delivered some 3750 bespoke career development programmes and facilitated over 5850 hours of coaching. Over the last 22 years, through observation, interaction and research of 55,000 executives across a vast range of organizations both in the UK and internationally, Hilary has identified the top critical success factors. She uses this to create workforces who really know how to manage their careers. This creates individual career sustainability and huge wins organizationally. View Guest page

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Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is Founder and Global CEO of the Lifestyle Architecture people development group, operating in 27 cities in 12 regions around the world. The group’s focus is Practical Leadership, the art and science of becoming a product of your own conclusions. On any given day Tony may be engaging on an Executive Mentoring programme with the CEO of a FTSE 250 or Fortune 500 company. The next, helping a young pro golfer get onto a major European or world tour. Or with an entrepreneur or training company who have invested in one of the many Lifestyle Architecture Leadership or Partnership Licences. Then he may be off to London, New York, Dubai or Australia to speak. Or researching the life of an inspirational leader, adding to the 50+ audios and eBooks he has authored for his i-inspire.me series. Tony will make you focus on what you GIVE, not just what you get. His concepts, ideas and methodologies are fresh, his ideas inspire. Most of all, he is REAL. View Guest page

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Simon Zutshi

Simon Zutshi, experienced real estate investor, successful entrepreneur, best-selling author, is widely recognised as one of the top wealth creation strategists in the UK. Having started to invest in 1995, he became financially independent by the age of 32. Passionate about sharing his experience, Simon founded the property investor’s network in 2003 which has grown to become the largest property networking organisation in the UK, with monthly meetings in 36 cities, designed to provide a supportive and educational environment for investors. Since 2003 Simon has taught thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners how to successfully invest in a tax efficient way to create additional streams of income, give them more time to do the things they want to do and build their long-term wealth. Simon’s book “Property Magic” which is now in its fourth edition, became a an instant hit when first released in 2008 and remains an Amazon.co.uk No 1 best selling Real Estate book. View Guest page

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PRESENTING CONFIDENTLY with guests Alan Stevens and Paul Du Toit

June 1, 2012
Hosted by Chris Cooper

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Do you ever present or speak to an audience? Or maybe you avoid the opportunity altogether! Or do you wish when you do, you could deliver with greater confidence? If yes, don't worry, you’re not alone as most people experience anxiety before a public speech. If you do speak regularly, then you will probably agree there is always more to learn. On this show we are going to discuss presenting confidently with two of the world's most qualified professional speakers. Alan Stevens was listed by the independent newspaper as one of the top 10 UK media experts and is also the most qualified professional speaker in Europe. Paul Du Toit became South Africa's first certified speaking professional in 24 years. If you listen to the show on Customer Service you will see where his thought leadership lies. On this show we will be talking about how to confidently approach and deliver a great presentation or speech. Do join us for a very insightful show with two world class guests.

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Be More. Achieve More.

Friday at 8 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Be More. Achieve More. provides inspiration for people who would like to grow businesses that authentically add value to others. People who are prepared to put the effort in to learn and do things well succeed where less successful people fail.

Our show highlights the key principles in personal and business success that will help you increase your chances. It’s an energizing, warm and inspiring show that supports the roller coaster ride to entrepreneurial and personal achievement. Equally, if you wish to rise up the corporate ladder or become a better more authentic leader this show will help you to stand out from the crowd.

Our show will include very successful high achievers, entrepreneurs, speakers and subject experts from around the world - from a variety of interesting professions and backgrounds who now leverage their talents to inspire others to achieve more. Be More. Achieve More. airs live Fridays at 8 AM Pacific/4 PM GMT on VoiceAmerica Business.

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Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper has a reputation for helping corporate and entrepreneurial leaders and teams transform their performance. He began his career working for large global branded companies such as Rank Xerox and Mars. Working in sales, marketing, HR, training, procurement and logistics progressing to board level.

Wanting greater personal freedom, Chris began setting up businesses. His first was a procurement consultancy that he set up with partners. By its second year it turned over two million pounds. However, the business was not in full alignment with his purpose, which is to inspire individuals and organizations to realize their true potential. Today, he achieves this through business mentoring, coaching, bespoke training, consultancy, writing, speaking and broadcasting

Through Be More.Achieve More, Chris helps those who have changed careers or are contemplating doing so to create and build their own businesses and also employees who wish to take responsibility for their own personal development. Chris provides the inspiration for these successful transitions.

Chris also has a corporate development consultancy, CC1 Consulting that helps leaders develop themselves and their people for greater results. He lives in Leicestershire, England with his wife Ruth and two young boys.

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