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Keynote Speaker

You’re looking for a speaker who’s passionate, creative, magnetic and easy to work with. (That’s me…)

My Big Why is to use my artist’s curiosity combined with my 20-year corporate career to help build a more creative world to enable people and business to thrive in the Modern Age. I’m here to help you bring fresh, cutting edge thinking to your workplace to ignite your results while keeping the innovation ball rolling.

Creativity (connecting the dots in different ways) is essential for business as it helps us to adapt, thrive and grow.

It encompasses all the things that machines and technology can’t do – it’s our brilliant human capabilities.

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 (change which adds value).

As a practicing artist with a foot firmly planted in both the creative and corporate worlds, I ‘get‘ creativity and the alchemy that becomes possible when we use it. I’m 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.

Here's the deal: If you were born, you’re creative.
As the world around us continues to shift apace, it’s never been more important to be the creative human you’re designed to be.

We’re on the edge of a revolution, if we choose to accept what we’re 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 when we embrace what we were born to do.

Keynote topics

As the world around us rapidly evolves and technology drives change at pace, I’m always crafting and developing new keynotes that encompass current trends. The topics below are some of my favourites and are on point, no matter what’s happening in the world. And importantly, they can spark your business into thriving at the next level.

Take a look at my speaker topics below

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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’s 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. It’s a new way of thinking, being and working – built around human connections, creative leadership, 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:
  • A team equipped with and confident in the essential human skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century
  • The ability to see more possibilities than ever before, and how to implement these into both business and daily life
  • The tools you need to embed these skills in your workplace for a thriving team
  • A team that can discern and then fulfil their unlimited (yes, unlimited!) creative potential to drive business forward
  • 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

Watch some recent footage of Simon Speaking on stage

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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’ll 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:
  • Understand how the intersection of technology and people drives human potential
  • Understand how the traits of creativity, curiosity and imagination will define success in the future as technology brings about rapid change
  • Learn the importance of culture: how a technology company redefined an industry by creating a culture that allowed people and their creative talents to thrive
  • Explore how the humans are at the heart of a culture of Innovation, and how you can make it work in your organisation
  • Master the three key steps to thriving in a world of disruption
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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 that lead to massive forward motion, this keynote is for you.

Key outcomes:
  • Reframe the Innovation Challenge: Move innovation from pretty hard to completely normal
  • Shift your culture: Create a culture where people and innovation thrive, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results
  • Inspire your team: Understand how to enable your team to thrive and fulfil their innovation potential so they see more possibilities than ever before
  • Recognise three common Innovation handbrakes and how to release them (without spending a cent)
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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, 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:
  • Understand the neuroscience of storytelling and why we need to put storytelling into factual presentations to engage the brain
  • Be able to craft and create simple and compelling visuals to explain complex problems
  • Develop a framework to tell a purpose-led story about yourself and your company in a way that is engaging and captivating
  • Present with energy and positivity and always leave a positive emotional legacy
  • 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.

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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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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:
  • Find your creative flow to help your team move forward every day
  • Get the skills 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
  • Get rid of the go-to responses that kill great ideas in their tracks, and watch your team bloom
  • Understand the importance of active listening and get skilled up in how to do it
  • Discover how to manage your energy and state, how that affects your team, and how to keep it high so that your whole team benefit

NOTE: This keynote is in person only!

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Are you ready to take your event to a whole new level?