Speaking & Workshops for Business Leaders & Entrepreneurs 

Alistair has a very relaxed style of presentation and engages people by using real stories to inspire and provide insight.  All his talks and workshops are adapted to the specific nature, needs and highest values of each audience.  Alistair prefers, when it is practical and appropriate to do so, to have interactive exercises with the audience as this promotes greater engagement and increased learning.
Alistair was personally trained by renowned ‘public speaking coach’ Joe Williams (who has worked extensively with Tony Robbins amongst others).

Below are descriptions of the some of the most popular talks Alistair has delivered in the USA and the UK over the last 11 years mostly with entrepreneurial business leadership groups of between 10 and 120 individuals:

1. Business Vision & Visionary Thought Leadership
How do you conceive and effectively communicate a Vivid, Inspiring & Purposeful Business Vision?
In this talk drawing on 11 years of practical application Alistair brings much greater clarity around the subject of ‘Business Visions’ starting with how inspiring business visions can only be so if they are aligned with the real highest values of the businesses stakeholders.  Alistair explains how to go beyond the facade of ‘values’ that most people advertise or assume to find out their genuine highest values.   Alistair reveals the paradox of how a small number of visionary business are having the most profound impact on the world, yet most business are NOT ‘Visionary businesses’ despite the fact that they have created some vision, mission and values statements.

Alistair explains why the majority of values, vision and mission statements are meaningless and do not harness the forces of inspiration and enthusiasm across their different groups of stakeholders.  Alistair simplifies what business leaders and entrepreneurs need to do to create a vision that engages and enthuses the stakeholders of their business AND even when some of them do, they do not effectively communicate their vision.  Alistair shares his own profound experience of delivering a £3Million Test Lab facility with funds of only £16,000 because his team were inspired by a compelling story and vision that was effectively communicated.

Alistair also draws on the stories behind 16 entrepreneurs and business leaders that he has worked with for 3 to 11 years, whose businesses have consistently achieved organic double-digit annual financial growth. They have consistently achieved this level of financial growth not because they have been focused on it, but as a bi-product of becoming a more effective and purposeful ‘Visionary Thought Leader’.

In this talk Alistair seeks to expand the audience understanding of the concepts and applications of ‘business vision’, ‘visionary thought leadership’, ‘visualisation’ and ‘the effective communication of purpose and vision’, using explanations from real stories gleaned over 11 years as well as audience exercises that include:

  • What is a ‘Visionary Business’ and why statistically they outperform the market average by 16 fold!
  • What is a ‘Visionary Thought Leader’ and why you must have them if you are to have a “Visionary Business’
  • Why it is essential if you wish to be an effective ‘Visionary Thought Leader’  to understand the basics of axiology (the study of values).
  • How to understand values in a way that has vast practical application to everyday life.
  • How and why visualization and the effective communication of your visions are essential components of ‘Visionary Thought Leadership’
  • How to effectively translate visions into actions.

2. ‘The 7 Step Blueprint To Make Any Congruent Goal Happen’ (Workshop) 
“Why so many goals fail and how to guarantee your chosen goals happen every time!
In 2017 and 2018 this has been Alistair’s most in demand workshop ‘by recommendation’ because of the personal and business results achieved by previous participants. During the first 10 years of his one-to-one coaching with entrepreneurs and business leaders across the USA and UK Alistair developed and tested a 7 step blueprint that now guarantees his clients results.  Alistair now shares his knowledge of what works and what does not work (and why) in this workshop which covers many critical elements typically overlooked by the vast majority of goal setting workshops, such as, ‘values & vision alignment’, ‘new task overwhelm’, ‘neurological associative conditioning’ and ‘accountability structures’ to name a few.

3. Creativity & Innovation in Business
The Science and Art of  Creative Thought Leadership

  • In IBM’s or 7 out of the last 10 years
  • How and why visualization can achieve extraordinary results for you and in your business.
  • How to visualize effectively and authentically in a way that increases your ‘Eureka moments’!
  • How to most effectively visualize the journeys of your business stakeholders.
  • How to translate your inspired visions into productive, measurable actions.
  • How the practice of visualization can accelerate the creation of the habits and behaviors that will shape your future.

4. The Psychology of Healthy Cash Flow in Business
 “Healthy Cash Flow in Business is 20% System & Process AND 80% Psychology”
Whilst effective systems and processes are very important in cash flow management they do not ensure healthy cash flow in a business.  Around 10 years ago Alistair witnessed the bankruptcy of business shortly after he had started coaching the senior leadership team, this business had great systems and processes and even had a healthy Profit & Loss account.  This experience led Alistair to delve deeply into understanding and discovering why cash flow issues in businesses are 80% down to psychology.  In this talk Alistair talks about how consistent poor cash flow is a symptom of other inefficiencies in a business. For example a business with a ‘feast-famine ‘cash balance, will have an underlying psychology that impacts many other areas of the business leading to other symptoms e.g. ‘feast-famine’ sales figures.

5. Thought Leadership and The ‘Thinking Systems’ in Your Business
How to understand people’s levels of conscious awareness to be a more effective Thought Leader
Many people are confused as to what the term ‘Thought Leader’ even means, that is because at it’s most fundamental level, all types of thought exist within human consciousness. Hence to understand how to lead thought is profoundly easier if you understand of the 8 levels of human thinking systems (consciousness).   The easy to understand practical applications of the science of ‘Spiral Dynamics’ were illustrated when used at the request of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela in the South African reconciliation process, who were advised by human behavioural scientist Chris Cowan who personally trained Alistair.  ‘Spiral Dynamics’ is the science that identifies 8 distinctive thinking systems or ‘levels of human consciousness’ which are the framework that underpin all human behaviour.  .  Business leaders who have an understanding of Spiral Dynamics will have a significant advantage in all aspects of communication and communication strategies from managing people to customer marketing.

6. The 3 Most Important Attributes For Leaders of The Future
 ‘Adaptability’, ‘Creativity’ and ‘Contribution’
For the last 3 years the annual business leadership report commissioned by IBM leadership has globally polled thousands of CEOs of successful businesses in all sectors and identified that the 2 most important attributes for the next generation of leaders are ‘Creativity’ and ‘Adaptability’.  Interstingly, paying people more money does not make them more creative or more adaptable, in fact there is evidence to the contrary.  Indeed, some of the most creative, innovative concepts in business have surfaced where there is a strong desire to contribute and ‘make a difference’. In this talk Alistair covers the key issues that will enable the current and next generation of leaders to be more adaptable and creative, and ultimately more successful and fulfilled.

7. Inspiration – The Journey beyond Motivation!
How was it possible to deliver a £3m project with only £16,000?
Alistair uses a personal real life business leadership story to help the audience understand the difference between motivation and inspiration and how to create an inspiring business environment.  Alistair explains how a team he led were able to deliver a project to successful completion with less than 1 per cent of the required funds.  Alistair shares the keys aspects of vision and values that can generate levels of inspiration that override anything from a lack of motivation to even an apparent lack of funding.

8. Personal Productivity
Why a Busy Leader Is Not Necessarily A Productive Leader?
Alistair shares some of the huge myths about personal productivity such as ‘it is about better time management’.  He also shares what he has learned during 50 case studies (ranging from 6 months to 10 years in length) of one-to-one coaching with business leaders who have sustainably increased their own and their team’s personal productivity and fulfillment levels

9. Highly Effective Mentoring in Business
Successful business leaders like Richard Branson have work regularly with many mentors throughout their careers yet many individuals in business who say they want to be successful do not!
Mentoring is one of the most resource effective ways to accelerate individual performance and results within an organisation; with the right approach it can also be a highly fulfilling process for both mentor and mentee.

10. Understanding People’s Real Values
The value of a business is determined by it’s values!
Alistair has been personally mentored and trained by Dr John Demartini, who is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority in the study of values (Axiology). In this talk Alistair gives great clarity about what values really are and how they drive people’s attitudes and behaviours and ultimately determine the value of a business.

11. Great Leaders Grow
To grow our business we must first grow ourselves
How the personal growth of a business leader is the greatest catalyst for the growth of their team and their business.

12. Kung Fu Mind-set for Business Leaders
Without the right mindset you will fall short of your potential

Alistair has been the ‘mind-set coach’ for John Robson the 5 times British Kung Fu champion, Kung Fu World Silver medalist and World Mixed Martial Arts Champion.  In this talk Alistair discusses how the core principles of developing the mind-set of a champion martial artist are very similar to those of developing the mind-set of a champion business leader.

13. Leadership  Conflict Resolution
How to effectively resolve and prevent conflicts
Relationship conflicts undermine the well being of a business and the individuals within that business team.  Alistair gets the audience involved in some simple but profound values and communications exercises that both resolves and prevents relationship conflicts.

14. Leadership  Effective Negotiation Mindset
How to consistently negotiate fair prosperous deals
Many people have learned a variety of negotiation techniques, some of these techniques are excellent and others not so much. Even with the better negotiation techniques most people still fail to consistently negotiate fair deals that are equally pleasing and prosperous to all parties.  In this talk Alistair shares how anyone can develop a mindset that gets the results that negotiating techniques alone cannot.

15. Family Prosperity Vision
Statistically 90% of Wealthy families lose their wealth within 3 generation and 70% lose their wealth in just 2 generations 
Family prosperity expert Nicholas Charles of The Charles Group has identified that there are 4 fundamental components that need to be aligned to ensure a family is prosperous for multiple generations,. A key element of these 4 components is a “Vivid, Inspiring and Purposeful Vision that is bigger than the family’s material needs.” In this talk Alistair shares his experiences of working with family businesses and their family members to get clarity of their vision and how it there is much more involved than just coming up with a vision statement.