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Planning an innovative event or are you looking for someone to influence, educate, inspire and motivate your team?
Creating memorable, impactful world-class events that deeply influence the way people feel, think and behave is Colin James’ forte. With global experience across multiple industries, Colin delivers standing ovation keynotes, facilitates profoundly engaging workshops, inspires teams with his leadership speaker skills, as well as commanding the crowd and managing conferences as a masterful MC. With this experience he can also work with your conference speakers and panellists to ensure they deliver powerful, relevant and engaging presentations at your key corporate events.
“Never have I come across such an original approach and genuinely engaging facilitator as Colin. The day has lead me to re-think my own approach to training and development, leadership and my career overall.”
– Mike Wallace, MCW Aviation Consulting Pty Ltd
Having worked with Boards, Executive Committees and Leadership Teams over many years, Colin can facilitate sessions on leadership strategy creation, leadership development and implementation, managing leadership dynamics, building leadership teams and leadership off-sites. Colin will ensure that he understands your objectives as well as the cultural dynamics and economic, competitive and strategic contexts the outcomes need to be achieved within. He will deliver an engagement which will be provocative, informative, galvanising, encouraging and deeply bonding to the degree necessary to fulfill the objectives. Colin is known for:
Engaging even the most difficult participants
Driving toward full commitment in developing strategic plans
Supporting Boards, Exco’s and LT’s in engaging more effectively
Colin is a specialist in facilitation including team building facilitation, workshop facilitation, course facilitation, meeting facilitation and more.
“Colin James was simply outstanding and right-on-message for us. His humour, insight and personable approach made both his keynotes resonate with everyone in the room. He was definitely the highlight of the day. Thank you again for your work in ensuring our conference was a success.”
– Chelle Brown, Sales Comms & Events Manager, Fairfax Media
Colin is not the ‘motivational speaker’ type. Platitudes, sound bites and tired ‘Believe in yourself and anything is possible’ hyperbolic stuff is not what he does. His keynotes, whilst deeply engaging (and using much humour), also challenge and provoke whilst imparting practical depth and workable knowledge. Colin designs each keynote to client context and outcomes.
“Thank you again for your insights, wisdom and consummate professionalism over the past few days. There is nothing more powerful than ideas – and I deeply value the new ones I gained from you this week. I look forward to using the new tools you have given me in my personal and professional life.”
– Gideon Klein, Director, True North Partners
Millions of dollars are spent on running events, conferences and off-sites every year. Whilst the organisational side of things is uniformly excellent the actual experience of the event can be a hit and miss affair. Colin coaches Executives, GM’s and the like to ensure their contributions at these events are superb, profoundly relevant and leave a lasting impression. Colin ensures your event delivers maximum return on your investment.
Individual coaching on design and delivery by key contributors
Coaching in event agenda design to ensure high value and deep engagement
Designing compelling presentations without reliance on PowerPoint
Colin specialises in business coaching and executive coaching in all cities of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.
With years of experience Colin James is a well known member of Australian speaker communities and is well regarded amongst Australian Speaker Bureaus. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading Corporate Speakers, Educators and Facilitators. In addition he provides Presentation and Communication Coaching to C- suite executives.
Working with an extensive array of clients throughout Australasia, the Asia Pacific, Europe and the USA over the past 24 years has afforded Colin deep insight into what is required to design and deliver powerful and transformative communication in multiple contexts.
“Colin James was simply outstanding and right-on-message for us. His humour, insight and personable approach made both his keynotes resonate with everyone in the room. He was definitely the highlight of the day. Thank you again for your work in ensuring our conference was a success.” – Chelle Brown, Sales Comms & Events Manager, Fairfax Media
“Never have I come across such an original approach and genuinely engaging facilitator as Colin. The day has lead me to re-think my own approach to training and development, leadership and my career overall. Truly a ‘helium moment’ I will endeavour to keep hold of…” – Mike Wallace, Direction and Avitation Training Manager and Consultant, MCW Aviation Consulting Pty Ltd
“Thank you again for your insights, wisdom and consummate professionalism over the past few days. There is nothing more powerful than ideas – and I deeply value the new ones I gained from you this week. I look forward to using the new tools you have given me in my personal and professional life.” – Gideon Klein, Director, True North Partners
“Colin models leadership engagement from the front of the room. He skilfully takes seemingly complex matters and puts them into simple terms. Colin’s elegance of design and the art of delivery is second to none.” – Dr Yvonne Su, CSP Specialist Leadership Development Group
“Please pass our sincere thanks to Colin James for his exceptional contribution to our National Sales Conference last week. Every time I work with Colin I’m surprised and delighted – he never disappoints and he was so on brief – we were thrilled with the outcome. His session really resonated with our team.” – Charle Howard, Sales Implementation Manager, Asteron Life
What Colin James Delivers…
Briefing call to unpack your business needs
Tailored content to meet your event outcomes
A memorable delivery of your message
Debrief post event to ensure your expectations were met
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“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman.
We are our stories. Stories define us individually and collectively. The stories of the world’s great brands (think Apple and Steve Jobs) become legends.
This ‘behind the scenes’ keynote consistently gets rave reviews. Business stories communicate and connect with employees, customers, colleagues, partners, suppliers, and the media. Using stories can shape and influence how people feel, think and behave more than almost any other form of communication. Effective stories can change opinions, they can inspire individuals and teams to achieve goals that many might think is ‘pie in the sky’ and they profoundly link key messages to memorable stories.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
How to design and deliver one-minute power stories
The 6 story structures and when to use them
How to incorporate humour artfully
“Who has been to a BORING presentation? Who has given one?!?” – Colin James.
This keynote is perfect when a huge dose of laughter is needed in a conference agenda. Colin ‘stumbles’ through all the elements that make for boring, dull, ‘dive-for-the-phone’ type presentations. He demonstrates typical ‘PowerPoint paralysis’ style presentations, empty jargon-filled rhetoric, overly nervous and petrified delivery, rambling to the point of incoherence before unpacking the 6 elements that can make any presentation rock the house without using PowerPoint at all.
This keynote is learning in disguise. Once the painful laughter of recognition is done Colin shares the 6 elements that will make any presentation work brilliantly.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
How to move your body
How to use your voice as an instrument
How to use visual aids
Energy – the magic key
Relationship – connecting with your audience every time
The power of storytelling
The Professional Employee
The employee who survives and thrives in the future will have to adopt the skills, qualities and attitudes of a true Professional.
An “engaged employee” is supposedly someone who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about his or her work and so takes positive action to further the organisation’s outcomes, reputation and interests. Who is responsible for employee engagement? The employer? Of course. The employee? Definitely. It’s called a work ethic. This keynote challenges everyone to think about their level of professionalism in their approach to their jobs, their work and their careers. The Professional Employee operates at the highest standards in the toughest conditions.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
Why being a Professional Employee is the future
Defining what a Professional Employee demonstrates in regards to skills, qualities and attitudes
How to develop Professional Employee capability in yourself, your team, your business unit and the enterprise
10 Rules a Professional Employee lives by and how to immediately apply and incorporate them into your everyday approach to work
Start Now! Planning and commitment
State Manager Broker NSW/ACT, ANZ Bank
“I think the program has really taken ANZ to another level.
We recognize that we are a people based business and success is really about how we communicate. So, the other stuff, detail, policy, price – that type of thing does not concern us too much. It is about the relationships that we form and an effective relationship is determined by how we communicate.
The Colin James Method program was different to any other training that the team or I had been on. We are exposed to quite a lot of internal training within the bank, we become somewhat desensitised to the training and we can find them a little bit boring. A little bit like we have seen it all before. This is another hour of time where we could be doing something more valuable in the office.
That was certainly not the experience with Mastering Communication; it was challenging and extremely rewarding at the same time.
It stood out as something completely different to other training programs I have attended. The other staff and I, really recognise that because it was tailored to our needs it was more useful and it did have a benefit to our individual roles.
There was a really strong link to what we are doing in the program today and what we are actually going to do in the office tomorrow.”
The Skill Of Confidence
The number one cause of workplace disruption, conflict, disengagement and low productivity is stress and anxiety. The ability to manage stress and handle anxiety is a skill. Workplaces do not cause stress and anxiety. Why? Because, in any workplace, not everyone is stressed or anxious. Different people in the same context respond differently and, to keep it simple, respond either productively or negatively. Why is that?
Productive people who manage challenging environments well, who have what looks like natural confidence, who flourish in perceived adversity have well developed Lizard Management Strategies.
This is a deeply powerful idea that Colin James has been developing for 20 years. It leaves everyone who hears this keynote or completes this workshop able to handle stress and anxiety immediately in their lives – professionally and personally. This can be a catalyst for both a cultural shift and for personal effectiveness to skyrocket.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
The disturbing facts that cause anxiety and stress
How to manage negative self-talk and develop a competent and confident ability to deal with work and life
How to manage the thinking that gives rise to worry and stress
Understand what confidence is and how to develop the skill of confidence in all life contexts
Good leaders create good followers and good followers create good leaders. Sounds kind of obvious right? Leadership is evidently theoretically easy, hence, there are tens of thousands of books on the subject. Of course, it’s more complex than reading a book or article. What constitutes excellent leadership? Does the answer lie in focusing on ‘Followership’? Followership challenges both Leaders in organisations (how to be a better leader) and employees (how to be a better ‘follower’).
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
Understand the definition of Followership
The 3 key reasons Followers follow and the 3 reasons they will stop
How to build authentic leaders that compel Followership
How to install a culture of Followership through the principle of Professional Employee
Making The 'Impossible' Possible
This session is a deeply powerful demonstration of the truth that what holds people back in their lives are limiting beliefs. Participants learn how to draw a fully rendered, artist quality portrait in ONE HOUR. A life-long belief such as “I can’t draw to save my life” is turned on its head in ONE HOUR. This session gives participants a tangible and real-life experience for challenging and redefining their belief system. The whole session is 90-minutes of extraordinary learning.
The ultimate lesson from this session is this “If a life-long limiting belief can be changed in one hour what else do I (and we) need to question that could bring the changes I (and we) want in our lives (and organisations)?”
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
How to draw a fully rendered, artist quality portrait.
How to release the grip on limiting beliefs
How to access your natural inner talents – even the ones you thought you never had
What possibilities exist in your life, you may have never considered before
How badly we have been programmed and how to change it
Knowing change is possible
Managing The Change Game Brilliantly
Change for many invokes fear, anxiety and the like. Why? How can we make change an easier and less complicated palaver? A session by Colin James in high demand is Managing the Change Game Brilliantly.
You would think that with ALL the change everyone has been experiencing in their lives of late we would simply get better at managing change. So why aren’t we? Structural and organisational change often fails to understand and appreciate the psychology of change. Most adults hate change. Period. In this session, Colin James unpacks the psychological change cycle and, once understood, lets people and teams manage the whole process far more effectively. This session has helped 1000’s understand the secret to making change easier.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN –
A deep understanding of the psychology of change
How to map change and develop a common language as they work through the change cycle
Skills and techniques for managing the difficult and dark days and moments
How to support each other productively through the change game and execute on plan
Millions of words have been written and uttered about employee engagement. What’s the secret sauce? What’s the best environment? Is it really the head honcho (leadership) that determines levels of engagement? Does the fish rot from the head?
Colin James has been researching and analysing the ‘engagement thing’ his whole career. As a communicator he has to ‘engage’ his audiences and has extrapolated ways of building engagement regardless of how negative, hostile or shut down people might be. The session is a little confronting, deeply insightful, humorous and eminently practical.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
How to facilitate engagement from people who are not where you want them to be
How to identify and manage the engagement black holes and swampland
How to communicate in a way that enlivens, engages and motivates (and not the ‘rah dee rah’ hype)
Instantly applicable techniques that shift the energy towards the positive