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Andrew Pain


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 Pain’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.

Now an accredited leadership coach and speaker, Andrew is serving business leaders, enabling people to get more done, but without getting busier or burnt out. Andrew helps clients to answer critical leadership questions like …

  • How do you deliver on your responsibilities and aspirations without sacrificing your most precious things, (like your health, family, and sanity)?
  • How do you confidently delegate, so the job gets done on time and to the standard you want?
  • How do you know when to pull the plug or persevere, and when to play it safe or do something audacious?

A member of the International Coaching Federation, Professional Speakers Association, and Institute of Directors, Andrew was a finalist last year in the Professional Speaker’s Association Speaker Factor and aside from his speaking and coaching work, he works closely with two charities, as a non-executive director for one and as the lead on several projects for another:

Walk the Walk – working with families in crisis where children are the perpetrators of domestic abuse and supporting male victims of domestic abuse.

NewStarts – supporting people in financial crisis, with 7-day emergency food parcels, money mentoring programmes, meaningful work placements, and free furniture.

Andrew Pain is now a happily married Dad with 5 children.


Andrew Pain inspires change with insightful strategies, delivering fresh, content-rich talks, in his own down-to-earth and light-hearted style. Andrew has recently been delivering to; Lloyds Bank, The Institute of Directors, Association of Project Management, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, schools and colleges (working with staff and sixth form level pupils), and charities/not-for-profits.

Andrew Pain delivers five, thought-provoking keynote sessions

Domestic abuse: how employers can protect their teams and promote gender unity 

The annual cost of domestic abuse for the economies of England and Wales combined, is an estimated £66 billion pounds, with £47 billion pounds attributed to the emotional harm experienced by victims as a result of domestic abuse, and £14 billion attributed to lost output due to time off work and reduced productivity, often over periods of several years or more.

Domestic abuse has a massive impact on UK society with an estimated 2.4 million adults experiencing domestic abuse in 2019 alone, but how do employers; a) spot the signs, b) have the difficult conversations and c) support people going through it?

As a long-term survivor of domestic abuse in a former marriage, Andrews knows only too well the impact of domestic abuse on performance at work: from the extraordinary levels of sick leave he took, the excessive, stressful and lengthy personal phone calls he received, to falling asleep on the phone to his clients mid-way through the phone call due to sheer exhaustion!

In this keynote:

– Andrew openly and positively shares his story, from the violence the emotional manipulation, and dilemmas he faced, to moving beyond and repairing as an individual.

– Andrew describes the wider issues faced by female and male survivors and why gender unity is critical in supporting all victims of domestic abuse (whether they are parents abused by their children, women abused by men or women, or men abused by men or women).

– Andrew Pain explores how employers can do more to support victims of abuse and build positive awareness of domestic abuse throughout their organisation.

How to make critical decisions when the stakes are high 

  • How do you make wise decisions when you’re under pressure and out of time?
  • What’s the best approach for big decisions? Your Gut? Your Heart? Your Brain? A mix of all of them? Or an Algorithm?
  • How do you know when to play it safe and when to do something audacious

Our ability to make smart decisions is the difference between falling behind, keeping up and getting ahead, and the difference between soaring with confidence or stuck in negativity. Drawing on a wealth of experience and research, in this session, Andrew will explore three, very common yet mind-bending dilemmas faced by organisational leaders, in order to reveal insights and strategies to help you make difficult decisions, but do so wisely, promptly and with less stress, so that you experience better outcomes in your life, and you’re decisive when it matters and when others might flounder.

You will learn:

  • Why your gut is powerful and flawed and when to best use it.
  • Why human biases undermine good decision-making and the 3 most dangerous biases to look out for.
  • Why boundaries form the foundation of effective decision making and self-mastery.
  • How to create and communicate your boundaries, so you no longer get pulled into things you’d rather avoid, you no longer accept things you know to be wrong, and you no longer get stuck when you most need to move.
  • How to navigate your most difficult decisions with minimal stress, using a powerful 5-step strategy.
  • Why we ignore important issues when we’re under pressure and how to spot problems early in order to prevent nasty (yet avoidable) shocks and to avoid having the rug pulled out from under our feet when we least expected it.

Other Talks include –

How to Stop burnout and make work/life balance a reality not a utopia. This talk is about equipping companies to spot the signs of burnout so it can be prevented and/or minimised, using transformational techniques including, T.E.S.T, happy anchors, and the worry scale.

How to delegate so the job gets done on time and to the standard you want. This talk is about equipping people to create better outcomes when they delegate, including original delegation strategies; 6XR, C.R.I.M.E.S, and the 3 critical pillars of top-class delegators

Get more done, without getting busier or burnt out. This talk is about equipping people to a) understand the complexities of procrastination and how to beat it once and for all, b) master their time efficiency, with transformational time planning strategies)

NEW TALK – Unpacking resilience: how to step up when life’s worn you down 

After 10 years of domestic abuse, the collapse of his business and loss of house and assets, Andrew moved back to the UK, to his parent’s spare bedroom in Birmingham, before hitting rock bottom. He had no job, no income and few contacts: he missed his young daughters (who he now saw very little of) he felt hopeless about the future and was angry and broken by the years of abuse: it simply didn’t feel fair that his life had turned out this way.

– How do you get moving when life feels pointless?

– How do you dig deeper when you’ve got nothing left?
– How do you inspire consistent levels of performance that can withstand adversity, so you can stay on your feet when you’re hit with set-backs?
In this inspirational keynote talk, Andrew shares his journey of regrowth in his own down-to-earth style: the false hopes, the steps forward and backward, the things which really worked, why personal progress is often a mess and a splat, not a curve or a line, and how he has come to where he is today, as a busy professional speaker and leadership coach working with some of the most successful organisations in the world: a father to 5, happily married husband, campaigner and advocate on key social issues (including domestic abuse).
You will learn:
– The missing ingredient to becoming gritty by nature.
– The 5 essential traits of resilient people and how to develop them.
– How to get going on your most precious goals (but without sacrificing your most precious things).
– The critical mindset shifts required to handle arduous and long-term stress.
– How elite performers respond to set-backs using T.E.S.T.
– How to manage your worries using The Worry Scale, so you remain proactive about tackling your worries without being consumed by them.
– How to create rhythms and routines which energise in the toughest of times.



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We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.