Return to the Office
Whilst the easing of lockdown has been pushed back a month from the 21st of June 2021, we have seen a noticeable rise in enquiries about the return to the office and what might be different and how employers can find ways to support their team through this transition.
These are just a few of the speakers we work with that might be able to help and provide advice and support for you and your teams as we move forward to a new way of working. We have also included a few speakers who offer different insights into the return to the office – including how to maintain a culture of innovation and even how fashion may have changed in post-lockdown.
If you are looking to address how to bring your team with you and include them on your journey with empathy and compassion too – these might be some speakers to consider
Paul Hargreaves is the Founder and Chief Executive of Cotswold Fayre Ltd and a keynote speaker on leadership and compassion in business. Cotswold Fayre is a specialty & fine food wholesaler supplying nearly 2,000 retail outlets throughout the UK. One of his keynotes speeches is –
Being a Compassionate Leader – Love, kindness, and compassion were not words that used to be used in a business context. In the 21st century, it’s the leaders showing and feeling love for people and the planet that are growing the most successful businesses and organisations.
Shola Kaye is a communication specialist, award-winning international speaker, and author of two books. She speaks on Empathy in the workplace, Inclusive Leadership, and D&I. Two of her speaking topics include –
LEADERSHIP, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: inclusive leadership for the post-pandemic workplace. Equip your leaders with the skills and knowledge to combat bias and foster belonging
LEADERSHIP: Harness the power of Empathy – To improve inclusion, innovation, and engagement
Debra Searle is a solo Atlantic rower and entrepreneur and speaker on motivation, achieving against the odds, and dealing with change. Debra has founded 5 companies including MIX Diversity Developers, a diversity consultancy and training company that specialises in innovative corporate programmes such as the LeasePlan Women’s Arctic Challenge. Her spirit of adventure gained her an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen and she was delighted to be appointed a trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 2003, the youngest and only female trustee working alongside His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
Her online talks include – Solo But Not Alone OR It’s Not Magic, It’s Mindset
There aren’t many people in the world who have spent more than 100 days totally alone, and there are probably even fewer who could say that they thrived during those 100 days. Debra Searle MBE spent 3.5 months rowing the Atlantic solo after her rowing partner developed a crippling phobia of open ocean and had to be rescued from their tiny plywood boat. Those 3.5 months came to be life-defining as Debra had to quickly develop strategies to help her to overcome both the physical challenges and the unimaginable loneliness that she faced. In these unprecedented times of change and remote working, Debra has created virtual training for your team which will:
- Help them to stay sane, positive, and moving towards the goal
- Give them some personal tools to help them stay resilient
- Help them to craft a new way of being and working
- Encourage them to commit to some personal actions that will help them manage the situation positively
HIGH PERFORMANCE & MENTAL TOUGHNESS
How do you maintain high performance within your team and have the mental toughness to cope with a new way of working. These are all very good speakers that could provide that help.
Phil Olley is a sought-after inspirational speaker and author of The Nexus Code, who works with companies and individuals throughout the world to help them dramatically enhance performance, improve results, and achieve their goals. Over twenty-plus years, Phil has distilled the ingredients of success into The NEXUS Code, a suite of practical concepts and tools he uses with individuals, teams, and businesses, to create breakthroughs in results whilst at the same time increasing personal and professional fulfillment.
Phil Olley is on a mission to help individuals, teams, and businesses raise the bar on performance, increase productivity, and achieve their goals. He delivers a high-value message that hits home to audiences around the world, and his keynote presentations, masterclasses, and seminars should come with a warning! The impact of seeing and hearing Phil speak can be life-changing.
His speeches cover subjects such as –
- Mental Toughness,
- Building High-Performance Teams
- Creating Transformational Breakthroughs
Penny Mallory is a former WRC and National Rally Champion, TV Presenter, Mental Toughness Expert, and Team Performance Coach & Keynote speaker.
Motorsport and TV fans know her as the first and only woman to drive a World Rally Car. Penny knows how to compete and beat the odds, but she also knows top performance requires even more than sacrifice and maximum commitment.Penny’s speaking topics include –
- World Class Thinking – Word Class Behaviour
- The Psychology of Success & Performance
- Building & Leading a World-Class Team
- Behavioural and Culture Change
- High Performing Teams
- Creating High-Performance Teams
- Mental Toughness
Penny has put together some online presentations that help to support the wellbeing and mental health of organisations, critical to navigating through these uncertain times.
Anna Hemmings is Britain’s most successful female marathon kayaker with a staggering eleven World and European Championship medals, 9 of them gold, she is now a leading inspirational speaker on resilience and high performance.
Anna’s unique combination of experience in elite sport combined with 12 years leading a successful business and working alongside senior leaders, gives her a broad understanding of the challenges that leaders and teams face and how to overcome them to deliver outstanding results. Whether it’s building confidence, engaging teams, or developing resilient leaders, she is passionate about helping others succeed at the highest level. Her most popular speeches are: ‘The Resilient Leader’s toolkit’, ‘Success in the Face of Adversity’ and ‘The Winning Mindset’. Key themes include:
- Resilient mindset
- Performing under pressure
- Sustaining high performance
- High performing teams
Sophie Bennett is a best-selling author, professional keynote speaker, and a motivation and leadership expert. She is a visiting faculty member at The Cranfield School of Management, where she speaks on leadership, motivation, and effective communication.
Sophie speaks on the 5 Flames of Motivation
Connecting with what drives you is the secret of high performance. But here’s the challenge – high performers don’t all look, think and act the same! Recognising the 5 different motivation types helps you to unlock personal peak performanceand gives you the superpower of being able to inspire others. 5 Flames participants interact with an online quiz to discover their own Flame Profile™ and so they can apply insights immediately to build a success mindset and skillset. Delivered virtually, The 5 Flames online session is lively and inspiring suitable for teams and audiences from 6 to 600 people. Whether you are organising a conference, planning a motivational talk, or a masterclass to bring your team together – each session will result in people thinking differently, gaining new perspectives, and building essential leadership skills.
Danny Crates is a highly experienced and sought-after keynote speaker who guarantees excellent returns for his clients’ way beyond presentation day. Danny is a Paralympian Gold Medalist, and through his 1404 Performance company, Danny helps to create high performing individuals and teams through their range of bespoke programmes, leaving them empowered to move towards their businesses, vision and goals.
Danny gets to the heart of what is high-performance, how do you create a high-performance culture and mindset and most importantly how do you sustain it. This is not about simply working harder; it’s about working smarter and more efficiently as a team.
BURNOUT & STRESS
We have all been through a difficult time in the past year but how do you try and prevent burnout and manage stress as you return to the office. Andrew Pain and Katie Maycock are just two speakers that could help
Andrew Pain is a TEDx / Keynote speaker, inspiring meaningful change and delivering practical strategies on critical aspects of leadership development, including; decision-making under pressure, burnout, effective delegation, time management, and personal performance.
Andrew’s journey to speaker and coaching began 15 years ago, when stuck in a violent and abusive marriage, with no ambitions of his own and a chronic worrier, he set about taking control of his life and transforming his future. His speaking topics include –
- What domestic violence teaches us about critical decision-making.
- Why burnout affects grafters and slackers and how to stop it.
- How to delegate so the job gets done on time and to the standard you want.
- Get more done, without getting busier or burnt out.
Katie Maycock is a Burnout Specialist and Speaker. She specialises in talking about the impact that stress has on the body and mind and how it can reduce productivity, mental clarity, and how it’s limiting people. Katie works with Type A corporate professionals, such as CEOs, Directors, Sales Professionals, and Entrepreneurs to help them regain control of their health as well as overcoming and preventing burnout.
Katies speaking topics include –
- What Is Burnout and How Can It Be Prevented?
- How Stress Impacts Productivity
- Good Vs Bad Stress
- Now Nutrition Can Impact Stress and Burnout
- How Mindset Is Important to Prevent Burnout
Speaker on the Future of Work, James Poulter has developed a new speech entitled “CTRL-ALT-DEL” addressing the return to the office and what companies will need to do to keep building a culture of innovation.
“CTRL – ALT- DEL”
The Digital Revolution has already changed the way we work and communicate with our clients, but the future of the workplace has faced further challenges with the impact of COVID-19. In this presentation, James Poulter looks at how you can continue to build a culture of innovation and what will need to change for companies to evolve to the new ways of working. Using some real-life examples from his time at Lego, Edelman, and Ogilvy, James looks at what new controls (CTRL) will need to be in place to allow a return to work. What will need to be altered (ALT) to allow your team to innovate, work together and still maybe work from home with a new work/life balance – and what will need to deleted (DEL) from previous ways of working. There is no choice now to innovate – innovation is essential to survive.
Rob Forkan is the co-Founder of the Gandy Brothers with his brother Paul and is an inspirational business speaker and speaker on overcoming adversity. On Boxing Day 2004, Rob and Paul Forkan lives were forever changed when they tragically lost their parents in the devastating Tsunami that hit Sri Lanka. Raised to believe they should do more in life than just exist, they were instilled with the notion to enjoy life and to take more adventures. They wanted to honour their parents and Gandy’s was born.
Whilst Rob is an inspirational story to tell, he can also give you his own insight into how Gandys has adapted during the pandemic, moving more online, and how they planned for their return to the office.
Lastly, if you are looking for something a little different, when addressing the return to the office, Gemma Sheppard – one of the UK’s leading fashion and lifestyle stylists and speakers – has developed two talks about building self-esteem and your post lockdown wardrobe
Unleash your inner confidence – How to build self-esteem and become the best version of yourself through the clothes you wear. The must-have items that every wardrobe needs to make the best of your own look every time.
Understand your workplace wardrobe – A guide to maintain a post-lockdown professional look while sustaining comfort and style plus an array of styling tips to ensure you professionally send the right message through the clothes you wear.
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