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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • I can say without hyperbole that my week with Chris, Jim and the rest of the Elvis team down in Lyme Regis was one of the most enriching experiences I've had in my career. I immediately came away from the course with a new armoury of skills to help bring out my own creativity and that of others. Months on I am still feeling the effect of how the course has helped me to grow personally, in ways both tangible and tacit.

    Sarah Borland, Director MediaCom

  • Chris Barez-Brown is a modern day prophet. He has a gift ... an uncanny ability to inspire change agents in my organization. Everything he touches turns to gold and shines ever so brightly. He is our Elvis.

    Keith Wilmot - The Coca-Cola Company

  • 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

  • Upping your Elvis have brought creativity into the heart of everything we do at ITV. They do it in an incredibly engaging fun style which is infectious.

    Kelly Williams, Sales Director 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

  • 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

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The Creative Spark - No 7

The Creative Spark - No 7

July 6, 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.

Chris is very excited to announce his new wellbeing column in GQ. Every month he will be sharing his wisdom and expertise on how to lead a happy, creative and fulfilled life. Out at newsstands now! Sign up for more CBB inspiration at

At Cannes Lions it was analogue creativity that garnered the most awards, from print to product design to TV. Jim and Chris were at large in Cannes- their top award pick for creative thinking? A rectangular football field in an overpopulated area of Bangkok.

Grime artist Stormzy took Glastonbury by storm. His attraction is not only down to his intelligence, music and super cool presence but his huge cajones - speaking out about hisdepression, his political views with humility and empathy (he loves him Mum too). Bravo Stormzy.

A brilliant, inspiring Twitter feed by author, academic and adventurer Robert Macfarlane. So we and 35k followers believe. Simply, 'A word a day from nature'. Oh and his books are totally mesmerising too.

A funny and engaging BBC Capital video comparison between British and US work cultures. The main things that divide us - laughter, being late, swearing and tea breaks. 4 things we Brits are apparently very good at. Proud moment. 

Currently on Chris's radar. Big time. It has got his creative juices flowing. His top recommendation for a thought provoking read. A guidebook for anybody who wants to radically change their life.

His holiness Pope Francis shares his words of wisdom in this time of social, economic and political unrest. 'Everything is connected. Life flows through our relations with others.' Religious or not, it's powerful stuff.

With the holidays ahead its a great moment to contemplate bringing some of that relaxed vibe home. The psychological importance of wasting time. Forget doing what we 'should', sometimes, just do nothing and embrace these moments as 'time well spent'.

Fact: share the caregiving load at home, get more sex. It's proven. That's because women like a feminist man. Come on guys, it's not rocket science, follow these tips and make them happen. Reap the rewards.

Bulldog Drummond is a design and innovation firm (and our pals Stateside). They develop uncommon brands, products and experiences that create real value. Here are some uncommon quotes they have put together to fuel our creative thinking.

Chris shares with British Airways Club magazine his top tips for staying mindful on your travels. Forget about working, focus on making the most of the experience and enjoying some mile-high 'me' time.

We're now offering our best selling workshops as 'opens', enabling more people to experience us whilst mixing with diverse groups. We start with Creative Mastery w/c 4th September in sunny Lyme Regis, Dorset. There are just a couple of places left. Come along. Change your life.

My approach is just fearless. I’m not afraid to try anything.

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