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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Let Chris Barez-Brown be your idea guru!

    Ken Blanchard, Co-author of the one minute manager

  • Working with Elvis is like Rehab. I am energised and excited by that. I know who I am and what’s great about that.

    Dean Watson, Director, Roche

  • 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

  • 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

  • Shine: How to Survive and Thrive at Work is a bright source of energy and ideas that will help you make the most of yourself.

    Ken Robinson, author of The Element: How finding your passion changes everything

  • 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

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The Creative Spark - No 8

The Creative Spark - No 8

October 5, 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.

Back to school. What do we need to help us through the Winter and beyond? Inspiration, energy and motivation. Luckily you can find all that and more at our one day workshop 'Creativity The Elvis Way' on October 23rd. Train your brain to make the most of your life and work.

We all want to be more creative. It makes life more interesting and fun. Here at Elvis our mission is to make this planet a shiny, buzzing, creative hub. Author and Professor Adam Grant shares his tips in an insightful 2 min film on how to raise creative kids. Start early.

It might seem that empathy is struggling to stay alive on our planet recently, but never forget that the majority of people are inherently kind. This human chain formed organically in Florida and saved lives. Compassion abounds.

So you thought your commute was long and tiresome. Curt von Badinski (great name) has a six hour commute, but he loves it. A tad indulgent but he figures it means he gets the best of both worlds and helps him jump out of bed with excitement every day.

Finisterre are a cold water surf brand who make brilliant clothing. Their love of life, the great outdoors and the West Country is shared by Elvis. Chris is heading to their London store to talk all things Wake Up!, creativity and wellbeing. Join him on September 14th, free tickets here.

Concise tips on how to build quick rapport with anyone from the lead instructor at the FBI's training centre from his new book It's Not All About Me: Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport With Anyone. Do it like a spy.

Productivity is a topic that creates endless discussion. 168 hours a week is a lot. Use it well, stop managing your time and own it instead. Tips on making the most of it. Remember the two words Facebooks' CEO Sheryl Sandberg stands by 'Ruthless Prioritisation'

Balance is something we all strive for. Or at least we think think we should as we are endlessly led to believe so. Yet temporarily throwing yourself out of balance reaps endless rewards and a whole lot of fun.

Actor Jim Carey just found his creative mojo in the form of art. He has thrown balance out of the window, immersing himself into his own art fest, filling his house with canvases galore. This short film shares his thinking and why he just can't stop.

The 'best of' lists are always subjective but this list of the 'Best Podcasts of 2017' from critic and podcast expert Nicholas Quah shares the best of the best. Browse and download as stories, craft and inspiration abound.

Wild swimming has been proven to boost our creativity as well as our health and wellbeing. Our very own Jim Lusty is a huge fan and has swum many an adventure. Get that buzz at The Outdoor Swimming Society's inspiring site.

Chris needs your help. We need some research volunteers to master the art of drinking tea, chatting and sharing. Sound like something you can do? Sign up here and feedback by Sept 17th. 20 signed copies of Wake Up! up for grabs to the first 20 on board. Tea for two please.

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it - Michelangelo

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