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  • 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’s book is a champagne-in-the-veins tonic for jaundiced people who desire to revive the technicolour from a monochrome life. I heartily recommend it.

    Tim Smit, co-founder and CEO of The Eden Project

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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Inspirational Speakers

If you are looking for an injection of creative energy for your business event we can do anything from a kick-off keynote speech to a whole-day event, and make it one to remember.

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Chris Baréz-Brown

Chris has a rather unusual view of the world in that he knows that everybody is perfect. As we grow and develop and socialise we can lose touch with that brilliance and often become somebody we’re not.

He combines an eclectic professional background including time in the army, brand management, innovation and leadership development, with his fascination for people and the more esoteric practices of Reiki, meditation, shamanism, hypnotherapy and cider drinking. All of which make his take on work refreshing, simple and inspiring www.barez-brown.com

Chris has written four bestselling books: 'How to Have Kick Ass Ideas', 'Shine: How to survive and thrive at work' and 'Free: Love your work love your life.' His latest book 'Wake Up!' Escaping a life on autopilot was published in 2017 by Penguin Life alongside Wake Up! the app.

Chris has a monthly column in GQ and British Airways Business Life magazine & contributes to Fast Company and The Guardian. He has spoken at TEDx, the ideas festival Do Lectures and the worlds largest leadership event, Leadercast, in 2016. Chris is also co creator of Street Wisdom a not-for-profit urban mindfulness educational project.

The Guardian recently described Chris as a long haired, twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard, which helps explain his unique, effervescent style. @barezbrown

 

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Jim Lusty

Jim Lusty’s larger than life impact comes from his energy, positivity and contagious smile. Behind his playful approach is a man with a track record for challenging and growing multi million pound businesses and consulting to board level; helping them to accomplish and embed innovative cultures.

Jim’s career began building and executing creative marketing campaigns for global giants. A beginning he found inspiring and educational. Developing on his love of creativity and people, he founded ?WhatIf!’s new capability offering; delivering ambitious and effective systemic change programmes for renowned international brands.

2011 saw Jim bring his wealth of knowledge and expertise to Upping Your Elvis.

Jim has the unique and sought after ability to connect with people on an emotional as well as a strategic level whether in workshops or speaking at conferences and events worldwide. People leave feeling energised, inspired and ready to make change.
Jim ‘gone for a swim’ Lusty is always on the move; exercise and the great outdoors fuels the big smile, along with his other loves, his wife Lil and son Frederick. Beer and rugby feature quite highly too.

“I have worked with Jim on and off for the last decade on a number of high profile projects. He has an acute eye for detail, a strong awareness for the needs of others and a fast mind. He balances both the strategic and emotional demands of people incredibly well and he does all this with a big smile on his face…which is always contagious”

"Jim was amazing, really inspirational, fun and entertaining. I learnt lots and look forward to more." @JimLusty

 

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