My BIG Why? To build a more creative world to enable people and business to thrive

Keynote Speaker

Creativity is essential for business as it helps us to adapt, thrive and grow.

It encompasses all the things that machines can’t do – our brilliant human stuff.

My geek out spot is at the intersection of creativity and design, business and people, with some passion and inspiration thrown in. I think these are essential building blocks for Innovation.

As a practicing artist with a foot in both the creative and corporate worlds, I ‘get‘ creativity. I am absolutely passionate about the role creativity and its wingmen, curiosity and imagination, can play in our lives. I believe the world can only be a better place when we embrace our creativity and a more whole way of thinking, working and doing.

If you are born, you are creative.
As the world around us continues to shift apace, it’s never been more important to be human.

We are on the edge of a revolution, if we choose to accept what we are designed to do.

And that’s what I love to bring into my talks – passion, creativity, energy and a tangible experience of what’s possible.

Take a look at my speaker topics below to see what can spark your business into thriving at the next level:

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Future Skills: It’s time to be human

Business as usual is not the new normal... The future (starting right now) requires a more innovative way of thinking, working and behaving.
As IQ can now easily be bought (data/Ai/metrics/google), and automation and machine learning take away the repeatable and mundane, there is a complete renaissance shift in the skills we need to thrive.

Bye Bye IQ, hello EQ and Creative Intelligence.

Welcome to the workplace of the future. Its’ a new way of thinking, being and working – built around human connections, imagination, empathy, multidisciplinary thinking and curiosity. The value of these skills is rapidly growing every day.

The great news is that human beings are hardwired to smash it in one of the most exciting business environments we have ever had. This innovation stuff is in our blood. Discover how to make it work – it’s time to be human.

Key outcomes:
  1. A team equipped with and confident in the essential human skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century
  2. The ability to see more possibilities than ever before, and how to implement these into both business and daily life
  3. The tools you need to embed these skills in your workplace for a thriving team
  4. A team that can discern and then fulfil their unlimited (yes, unlimited!) creative potential to drive business forward
  5. The satisfaction of a creatively fulfilled team whose unique talents are being fully harnessed, along with the great staff retention, high morale and goal smashing magic that happens when a team really ‘gets’ this stuff

Creative Leadership:

Get brave, get fresh new skills, lead for the future

What does the future of leadership look like? It’s creative.

Executive surveys continuously put creativity as the no.1 thing they need from their teams so that they can thrive, yet studies show over 2/3 of people feel they are not fulfilling their creative potential. PROBLEM!!

If you’re a leader wanting to thrive, innovate and lead a dynamic team, it’s essential to cultivate creativity, embrace diversity and lead like an innovator. Yet, what does that look like?

How do you create an environment where people can thrive and be the unique, dynamic self you need them to be? Importantly, how do you keep your own imagination fresh?

In this keynote, you’ll discover the keys to helping you do exactly that.

Key outcomes:
  1. Learn the key steps to leading creatively
  2. Understand how to create an innovation environment for everyone, every day, everywhere,
  3. Commit to nurturing an environment where diversity and originality thrives
  4. Understand the 3 essential hacks to inspiring others to use their innately creative human skills
  5. Learn the essentials of encouraging a growth mindset that drives innovation
  6. Become an expert in the key steps to developing empathy – the secret superpower that drives innovation
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Busting Assumptions:

How people and human connections (and not just technology) can drive innovation in your organisation

Truthfully, almost every person knows that ‘Disruption’ is here. Technology is empowering more business and growth possibilities than ever before.

However, technology by itself is not enough.

The intersection of humanity and technology is the most exciting part, and where we will see revolutionary strides ahead.

All the ingredients to kick start Innovation already exist and they’re right in front of you; the solution’s not just a technology platform either. It needs you; it needs your team; it needs people.

Digital transformation and human transformation go hand in hand.
Are you set up to embrace what’s possible?

Key outcomes:
  1. Understand how the intersection of technology and people drive human potential
  2. Understand how the traits of creativity, curiosity and imagination will define success in the future as technology brings about rapid change
  3. Learn the importance of culture: how a technology company that redefined an industry by creating a culture that allowed people and their creative talents to thrive
  4. Explore how the human network is at the heart of a culture of Innovation, and how you can make it work in your organisation
  5. Master the three key steps to thriving in a world of digital transformation

Crafting stories:

Shift your communication, develop and deliver cut through messages that connect with your people

Humans have been telling stories since day one. They are an essential part of our communication. A good story makes us think and feel, and speaks to us in ways that numbers, data, and presentation slides simply can’t. Most importantly, it puts information in a way that our 21st Century minds crave – simple, meaningful and engaging. Whilst technology can spice up storytelling, it’s the most basic human traits of human connection that drive a story and its ability to cut through.

If you’re after a session that busts through your company’s addiction to corporate speak and teaches you how to do it too, this one’s for you.

Key outcomes:
  1. Understand the neuroscience of storytelling and why we need to put storytelling into factual presentations to engage the brain
  2. Be able to craft and create simple and compelling visuals to explain complex problems
  3. Develop a framework to tell a purpose-led story about yourself and your company in a way that is engaging and captivating
  4. Present with energy and positivity and always leave a positive emotional legacy
  5. How to put storytelling at the heart of your culture and the way you connect with your clients
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Get the 'Yes' you are looking for

Simon’s unique perspective, unbridled energy and creativity are perfect for your next keynote speaking requirement.

Getting to Yes:

How to get your team to a place where great conversations, stories and great ideas exist every day.

Ideas can get stuck or shut down all too easily.

It’s hard to keep it simple and have conversations that lead to more action and thriving business in a world of meetings and email after email.

It can seem like having fruitful connections with people in your organisation is an impossible dream.

Not anymore! Shift your normal way of operating, and get your team into gear.

This is a highly interactive keynote session that uses the principles of improv theatre, storytelling and Simon’s unique delivery style to enable delegates to move to a place where rewarding conversations, captivating stories and great ideas exist every day. If you like to snooze at the back, bad luck as you’ll certainly be out of your seat for this one!

Who said learning had to be boring?

Key outcomes:
  1. How to find your creative flow to help your team move forward every day
  2. How to spiral ideas upwards and keep ideas alive, even in a world of 500 emails a day/meetings you don’t want to be in
  3. Get rid of your go-to responses that kill great ideas in their tracks, and watch your team bloom
  4. Understand the importance of active listening and get skilled up in how to do it
  5. How to manage your energy and state, how that affects your team, and what to do when it’s low so you can all benefit
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A Thousand Little Lightbulbs:

How to Kickstart and build a culture of Innovation in your organisation – in any industry

Kickstarting a culture of innovation can feel pretty hard.

Let me tell you, it’s not that hard.

You don’t have to ride a unicycle or start eating kale salads, I promise (though I won’t stop you if you want to). Small steps can make a huge difference. If you’re looking to kickstart a culture of Innovation, fulfil your potential and have a constant stream of little lightbulb moments this keynote is for you.

Key outcomes:
  1. Reframe the Innovation Challenge: Move innovation from pretty hard to completely normal
  2. Shift your culture: Create a culture where people and innovation thrive, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results
  3. Inspire your team: Understand how to enable your team to thrive and fulfil their innovation potential so they see more possibilities than ever before
  4. Recognise three common Innovation handbrakes and how to fix them (without spending a cent)
  5. How to have a constant stream of ideas, from all over your organisation

Find your creative super powers:

Then unleash them to boost your business.

Did you know that global studies show that only 25% of people feel they are fulfilling their creative potential?

Creativity = unleashed human potential. If you’re only getting a meagre 25% of creativity from yourself and the people in your organisation, you’re leaving a LOT of potential untapped.

Business is screaming out for creativity! What a waste to ignore that potential. In this rapidly changing business environment, every study shows that creativity is needed more than ever.

In this keynote you will discover how to stop killing your creativity, stay curious and turbocharge your imagination so you can bring your most brilliant self to work.

Key outcomes:
  1. Understand that we have been creating since the beginning of time, and learn how to use that potential in your organisation
  2. Discover the no.1 thing that’s killing your creativity, and use it to shift the “I am not creative” story so you can bring all your potential/good stuff to work
  3. Develop and keep your creative confidence that will drive your career forward – and have some fun in the process
  4. Learn how to build more inspiration into your life so you don’t burn out and stay smiling
  5. Master three easy steps to become an ideas machine and make work flow better, be easier and more enjoyable
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Are you ready to take your event to a whole new level?