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  • Apart from the very insightful content and great techniques I thought the delivery was the best I’ve ever seen – very human and hilarious (and I have high comedy standards ;-))

    Olivia Diamond, Commercial Progamme Manager, Diageo

  • Chris leads the most amazing, inspiring, and self-changing events. They’ve had a profound impact in my life and on my work. He has the uncanny ability to help individuals and companies change – change for the better, more profitable, more joyful. Chris helped me discover my real talents and desires. Working with him has changed my life.

    Jeff Semenchuk, Chief Innovation Officer at Hyatt Hotels Corporation

  • Chris Baréz-Brown’s presentation style sparkled and inspired our team to think differently. His unique and powerful insights have the ability to transform any organization.

    Derek Kent, Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee

  • Our Upping Your Elvis experience was quite exceptional. They engaged, enlightened and entertained us with a 4 hour workshop that was a highlight of our conference. This was all the more impressive as the audience were 250-plus scientists-leaders who normally have a healthy (!) sense of skepticism about interactive workshops. We had fun. We learned. They exceeded our expectations.

    Ron Fuchs, Head of Comms Roche

  • It’s not the instrument that makes the music, it’s the player. So much emphasis in the world of innovation and creativity is placed on process, tools and techniques. Chris fully understands it’s the people who make the magic not the structure. Chris is a master at bringing out the creative spark in people to turn dust into something that matters, so that in the words of John Lennon, “We all shine on."

    John Van Vleck, Global Director, Insights, Ideas and Creativity The Coca-Cola Company

  • A lot of the motivation ideas and support to transform the commercial team has come from Upping Your Elvis.

    Fru Hazlitt, Managing Director, Commercial and Online, ITV

  • The session was very well received. Your suggestions were referenced many times over the rest of the meeting. Your approach is a breath of fresh air in helping my team consider different approaches to work with each other and with a very diverse stakeholder group.

    Peter Yribar, Global Head Product Development Quality at Genentech

  • So much big talk about transformation... Chris actually delivers it. Time and again. Part art, part gift, part crazy man. He works his magic every time!

    Maria Eitel - Founder and President of the Nike Foundation

  • In a rapidly changing world what differentiates successful companies from average ones is IDEAS. ELVIS unleashes the creative power of people in my team who are enabled to provide creative leadership to help others translate insights into big ideas.

    Stan Sthanunathan, Consumer & Market Insights, Unilever

  • Our success [as Media Week Sales Team of the Year] is in no small measure down to the work we have done with Upping Your Elvis

    Simon Daglish, Commercial Director ITV

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The Creative Spark - No 5

The Creative Spark - No 5

May 30, 2017

Elvis's mission is to help people and businesses realise their creative potential. Once you discover this potential, good stuff happens. The Creative Spark was born to share some of the things that inspire us along our way. We hope you like them too.

On the 10th May get ready for #ElvisWalkTalks - a free one hour event led by Jim in London and Chris in Dorset all in support of Mental Health Awareness Week May 8th -14th. Join us, it's fun, free, inspiring and guaranteed to put a spring in your step.

Andy Leek's mental health issues ended his advertising career, but began his art career. Uplifting and thought provoking messages left round town or in copies of Metro left on the London Underground, all shared on his brilliant Instagram @notestostrangers 

Yay! It's finally here. Dreams do come true. Beer yoga. Yes you heard it right, that's doing yoga whilst drinking and loving (its yoga of course) the bottle too. Strange, possibly unhealthy but looks kinda fun.

Top exec for baseball team The Chicago Cubs is widely known as one of the greatest leaders in the world of sports. His tip - figure out what the 20% of your bosses work is they don't like, then help them with it. 

“Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they’re finished,” Harvard professorDaniel Gilbert's TED talk explains: The one constant in our lives. Change. A super insightful 6 minute watch.

Calling all midlife men out there, especially Dads - don't forget about your friendships, you need them to stave off the epidemic of loneliness and isolation that is causing more ill health than smoking or obesity. Over at Fast Co, they may have the answer - dormitory living.

Spot on and punchy piece - 13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful. We can all relate to at least one of them. (Apart from Elon Musk, that is.)

The burning question, how does sex in space work? NASA says sex with co workers does not happen (no stationery cupboard on board apparently ;) ) and space lowers your libido, cupboard or not. But if we are going to live in space, we are going to need it, right? It's serious business.

This months podcast comes from our friends @DoLectures, a selection of their talks all in handy bite-size audio format. Oh and our very own Chris Baréz-Brown's talk is nestling in there nicely. Find out How to Have the Most Amazing Life Right Now.

Beautiful 2 min film about what walking means to photographer Jim Marsden. He walks and talks with his Dad: sharing, pausing, contemplating and laughing. Yum.

Once upon a time Chris ran a beer brand. Very successfully. But it wasn’t the path his true self was telling him to take. Read his own internal journey and how we all need to listen to the voices, because Life is not Linear.


"The unexamined life is not worth living"


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