Everybody can learn from everybody – a bold, sweeping statement but true nonetheless. Another one would be that people never stop learning, which is certainly true in business.
If you want your company to thrive, you need to make sure that your staff – and especially your management team – continuously expand their knowledge and develop their skills. And what better way to do that than be able to hear from the very best in business management, people who have been there and not just bought the T-shirt but designed it from scratch and turned it into a multi-million selling brand?
Here at Champions Speakers, we believe in matching business management specialists with companies and organisations that we know will benefit from their expertise. Gifted with natural entrepreneurial talent and laden with experience, these individuals have a proven track record in the world of business and will be more than eager to pass on their advice from the podium.
Karan Bilimoria, who co-founded Cobra, the popular beer from India that literally goes down perfectly with curries and other Indian food. Bilimoria started his business management career bringing Indian polo sticks into the UK and selling them through such prestigious retail outlets as Harrods. Never one to stand still and buoyed by this soaraway success, he then joined forces with Arjun Reddy Karan to create Cobra Beer.
How Bilimoria turned a brand new beer into a national and international bestseller – and how he managed the business to go from strength to strength over nearly three decades – is a story that conference delegates cannot help but lap up. More than that, because Baron Karan is able to put his story across with such panache, they can identify with what he saw in those early years and what he did throughout the life of the business to make it a world beater.
As one of the UK’s most inspirational marketing and sales speakers, Geoff Ramm combines his energy and passion to ensure that each event is tailored to exceed the needs of you and your audience.
President of the Professional Speaking Association UK, Geoff is known as the ‘Billy Connolly of Marketing’, seeking to inspire and entertain audiences full of entrepreneurs and corporate clients with enthusiastic and engaging interactive sessions. His unique style will take you on a journey full of amazing real-life marketing stories that will help you gain more customers and stand out from the competition.
The creator of Observational Marketing and Well that’s Fantastic, Geoff takes an audience on a real-life marketing adventure to enthuse listeners to improve their efforts to capture new business. Stand out from the competition with buzzing new ideas taken from a client tailored marketing presentation taken from hundreds of observations, images and videos to ensure a lasting impact.
Author of the book Think In 3D – Seven Characteristics of 3D Businesses, Andy Hanselman promotes the need for businesses to be “Dramatically and Demonstrably Different” to stay ahead of the competition. The idea of businesses “thinking in 3D” is that they need to develop a range of skills, services, products or ways of working that their competitors simply cannot match.
Andy has more than 25 years’ experience of helping businesses to think differently and as a motivational speaker he is able to give delegates a genuinely unique insight into how to develop sound business practices that enable them to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition.
Customising his speech to suit every audience, Andy believes in involving people in his presentations rather than just talking to them – he wants to motivate delegates and challenge them to analyse – and change – their current ways of thinking.
At the same time, he always aims to deliver practical solutions to business problems that delegates can take away and use, quoting real case studies and examples to illustrate how his “3D” theories actually work.
Leadership is a key quality that can be displayed at all inspirational speaking events. It is also something that American businesswoman Barbara Cassani has in abundance. Making her name in the airline business, she is perhaps best known for being the first leader of London’s successful bid for the 2012 Olympics.
Involved in all aspects of the bid, Barbara was responsible for many of the features that saw London awarded the prestigious event. To be a success in business, it is important that you are a strong leader who is able to make key decisions. This is something Barbara is able to do and discuss with audiences at all her speaking events.
But business management speakers don’t have to be long in the tooth to be effective in getting powerful messages across to an audience. It doesn’t have to take two or three decades or more for someone to amass a sufficient amount of knowledge that is worth passing on. Colin Wilkinson, for example, became famous after taking part in the BBC TV shows Dragon’s Den and You’re Fired, a spin-off from the highly popular programme The Apprentice, headed by major business management guru Alan Sugar.
Wilkinson loves nothing more than taking an idea and making it into a successful business and he is at his most comfortable when explaining to audiences how he manages – within a relatively short timeframe – to turn brand new companies into organisations with more than £10m worth of turnover. What Wilkinson also shares with his audience is unbridled enthusiasm, optimism, energy and self-belief backed by genuine humility and the ability to laugh at yourself when required.
Officially one of the most successful active CEOs in the world, Gareth Davis spent 38 years at Imperial Tobacco in several roles, including Director of Finance and Executive Director, and helped transform the company into one of the most efficient in the world.
He initially retired in 2010, but after a three-month break he went on to become chairman of bookmaker William Hill and, by 2012, added two more chairmanships to his name; FTSE 100 plumbing supplier Wolseley, and packaging firm DS Smith.
An internationally renowned business speaker, Gareth delivers comprehensive talks on issues that include corporate transformation, as well as management and leadership of large companies with an emphasis on business and finance expertise.
One of his recent speaking engagements was for the Merchant Risk Council at the world’s largest e-commerce and payment conference in Paris, where 95 per cent of the audience rated him “excellent”. Gareth’s years of expertise in the industry and confident presenting style allow him to tailor his speeches to suit different audiences all over the world, making him an ideal speaker for any corporate event.
An expert business management speaker and entrepreneur, Kevin Byrne is the founder of Checkatrade.com, a website which specialises in monitoring trade service providers. Following its launch in 1998, the website – then the first of its kind – quickly prospered and has become one of the most trusted companies in its field, responsible for generating over £2.7 billion a year for more than 20,000 companies.
With nearly 1m visits a month, Checkatrade.com is a UK household name and is estimated to save the consumer over £200m a year by avoiding rogue trades. It has also generated £1.5bn worth of work for their trade members.
A man who understands that a great business lies firmly on the foundation of brand reputation, Kevin is the archetypal entrepreneur who located a niche in the market and filled it to the benefit of the industry and society as a whole.As a business management speaker, Kevin discusses a variety of subjects, such as creating value, expectations and magnets and growing your company.
Having more women in high-profile business roles is extremely important, and one woman who can discuss what it is like to be at the top of her industry is Karren Brady. Now well known for her role as an advisor on popular business reality show The Apprentice, Karren made her name in business when she became the Managing Director at Birmingham City Football club in 1993 aged just 23.
Labelled ‘the first woman in football’ she encountered a great deal of sexism in the role and at all her events can give inspirational anecdotes about she overcame this. Now working as Vice-Chairman at West Ham United, she continues to be successful in the role and is now regarded as one of Britain’s greatest business people.
Pete Cohen is one of the UK’s leading corporate performance and motivational business speakers, a published author and an established media personality with more than 20 years’ experience in addressing and inspiring business leaders, executives and employees.
Highly regarded by some of the foremost companies in the world including IBM, Pfizer, BAA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Boehringer Ingelhelm and Thomas Cook, Pete’s interactive, humorous and engaging style has always gone down a treat with his audiences. The author of 14 best-selling books with titles such as Shut the Duck Up!, Life DIY and Sort Your Life Out, Pete has worked with a host of sports giants like Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ellen Macarthur and Arsenal Football Club, instilling them with a sense of confidence, discipline and leadership.
Gifted with an impressive ability to inspire, motivate and galvanise people, Pete truly understands the way the human mind works. Using this exceptional skill, he is able to maximise potential and unlock talent in any individual.
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While – it must be said – these qualities are not possessed by every business management specialist in the world, here at Champions we have found that the most popular, most requested and most in-demand speakers are the ones who relate directly to their audience, rather than merely talking at them, and are able to inject an authentic measure of fun into the proceedings.
So if you want to have a thriving business, it is clear that one of the best ways of picking up tips and learning best practice – and enabling your staff to share what they learn and then implement it in the workplace – is to look into putting a top quality business management speaker in front of them at a well-organised event. Not only will your staff benefit immeasurably but your company will also benefit and your bottom line will benefit – what more could you ask for in business?
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