November 28th 2013 – Laurence Shorter and Simon Jones

Laurence Shorter

Lazy Guru Constellations
A humorous talk about flow, creativity and effortless living.

Laurence is an author, consultant and coach with many years experience of working with people inside and outside organisations. After studying History at Cambridge he worked at management consultancy McKinsey & Co. and then joined Europe’s first Internet service, AOL in the mid 90s. He then worked at a venture capital firm investing in publishing and technology businesses and after an MBA at INSEAD he founded his own internet company – a construction industry website called, before embarking on a career as a writer and public speaker. As well as creating his own one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival, in 2009 he authored a bestselling book about Optimism, which has been translated into 7 languages and sold in over 15 countries. Today he helps organisations and individuals to find their purpose, vision and values – helping to unlock the energy that lies at the heart of their day to day life and work.

Taken from Wikipedia…

He is the author of The Optimist: One Man’s Search For The Brighter Side Of Life, which was published in January 2009 by Canongate Books, and author and photographer of A Hedonist’s Guide to Tallinn, published by Hg2.

Born in New York, he studied History at Cambridge University. Following an early career in business which included management consultancy, new media business development and venture capital, Shorter gained an MBA at the business school INSEAD. He went on to co-found a Business-to-business web startup in Paris. He has been writing and performing since 2001, when he was selected for the Old Vic Theatre’s noted “New Voices” programme. He and his work have appeared on the BBC, in The Observer and The Independent, and at the Edinburgh Festival and assorted London theatres.

Simon Jones 

Simon will be speaking about, How to deliver exceptional business results through people

The talk will cover areas such as:

– Vision and purpose
– Evolving with scale
– Operationalising strategy
– Results through people
– Skills and capabilities

This talk is especially applicable to SME and micro business owners and Directors, team leaders and anyone responsible for delivering business results.

•Over 20 years in the management consulting industry with Andersen Consulting and Gemini Consulting  and this provides a great platform for my coaching and advisory work.
•Worked for 13 years as CEO of Analysys Mason, the global telecoms strategy and research specialists.  During this time the Company grew it’s turnover from £5m to £30m.
•As CEO of Analysys Mason increased international revenues to 70%+ of total through opening operations in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia; expanding into Media, and Telecoms Software. Completed 5 mergers and acquisitions prior to sale to Datatec.
•Exposure to all aspects of sales, commercial and leadership development having taken accountability for bottom line results; living with the implementation implications of commercial and people strategy decisions.
•A graduate of the Meyler Campbell Business Coach programme and authorised Client Practitioner of Motivational Maps.
•An Economist by academic training, topped up with an MBA mid-career, currently hold several non executive Directorships of fast-growth companies where focus includes business development, fund-raising and performance management.

October 31st 2013 – Andrew Brammer & Tosin Ogunnusi

Andrew Brammer

The Power Of Storytelling

In this presentation, we will look at the phenomenal power that storytelling has to inspire, uplift, move,  motivate, educate and entertain – not only within presentations, but also in everyday business and life.

We will see how storytelling is part of our DNA, how and why stories work, when and where they can be used, the different types of stories we can tell, and how the very best leaders use storytelling and storytelling techniques to inspire their people and those around them.

We will then look at a few top yet simple tips on how we can make our own stories even more powerful and come even more alive, particularly if we are using them within presentations. This will be by looking at the four main areas of storytelling – Action (narrative), Characters, Eloquence (language) and Delivery.

This will be a fun and vibrant session and will benefit anyone who wants to use theirs and others’ stories to help make the world a better place, break down barriers and increase our understanding of each other.

Andrew is a Speaking, Presenting and Storytelling Coach dedicated to helping bring the very best out of people and enabling them to become powerful communicators. He is also a Performance Storyteller, writing and telling his own stories, which he then performs around the UK and Ireland. His one-man storytelling shows are highly successful, often selling out well in advance.

Over the past 15 years Andrew has delivered many hundreds of speeches, presentations, seminars, workshops and stories, very often to large audiences. He has further honed his skills by listening to and learning from well over 3,000 live speeches and presentations by other speakers. During this time, he has coached many people from all walks of life and types of business in the art of public speaking, presenting and storytelling.

Andrew is a member of Toastmasters International, the world’s largest organisation dedicated to teaching people speaking, communication and leadership skills (not to be confused with the red-coated toastmasters!), and he holds the highest Toastmasters International qualification of Distinguished Toastmaster. In 2000 he won the UK and Ireland Humorous Speech Championship. In 2004 he again reached the UK and Ireland final for Humorous Speech, finishing third, and in both 2005 and 2007 reached the final for International Speech. He is also a nine times East Anglian public speaking champion, four times for Humorous Speech and five times for International Speech.

Andrew has featured on numerous occasions on BBC Radio, talking about presentation skills and performing his stories live, and has written many business articles on presentation skills and storytelling for business. He has also released a range of educational storytelling CDs and is the author of three books on public speaking and storytelling.

Register to attend this event now.

Tosin Ogunnusi 

Tosin will be speaking about, “How to speak and present with IMPACT!”

They say the number fear in the world is public speaking! If you have this fear, Tosin will show you how to overcome it in just a few minutes.

During Tosin’s presentation you’ll learn:

1. The core skills of professional speakers and be able to apply it immediately with great effect into your next presentation.

2. The three main challenges that most speaker and presenters have in common and what you need to do about it.

3. The real key difference that will differentiate you from a wannabe speaker into a professional speaker.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Oluwatosin Ogunnusi, is a Professional Fire-walker, Board Breaking, Bar Bending, Arrow Breaking and Glass-walking Instructor, Hypnotherapist, Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Certified and registered with, The American Board of NLP (ABNLP), since 2006. “Tosin,” as he is known by his friends, family and colleagues, has trained thousands of people worldwide, and is a very dynamic and charismatic presenter.
Tosin now heads up Think! Training & Consultancy’s Motivational Training for corporate clients along with running is flagship events, ” 5 Days Empowerment Coaching Certification Training” (ECCT), “4 Days Empowerment Activities Instructor Training” (EAIT) and “2 Days Speaking & Presenting with IMPACT Intensive Training” (SPWIIT).

Tosin’s experience and passion lies in helping individuals and organizations improve their performance, with over 12+ years experience in Personal Development, Sales and Leadership within a range of organizations. His company has worked with the likes of the FA (Football Association in the UK), Aviva (One of the largest insurance companies in the UK) and o2 (The Telephone company)…Just to mention a few…!