Grey. Most business speakers are just that. Grey suit, grey haired, grey males.
Thankfully, there's only one thing I share with them...
I've been fortunate to speak on some of the worlds biggest stages. From Silicon Valley to Dubai, I've been booked by organisations of all shapes and sizes to influence their audience, and most importantly, to make them raving fans of the event. Having attended countless events over the years, there have been a handful of speakers who have transformed my life, and I hope to be able to do the same for my audiences.
I help people #BossIt, by speaking about the future of business, embracing personal entrepreneurial spirit, and 'building brand you'. I do this through a story led approach, speaking about my own experiences and tailoring it for audiences which range from the self employed through to corporate attendees. I've keynoted at major corporate events, trade association conferences, business exhibitions and national franchisor conferences. Whether your audience are corporate employees and managers, small business owners, or people considering their career options, I can deliver a healthy dose of inspiration and motivation - with some practical tips along the way.
As you might have gathered, my style is fairly relaxed. I don't do death by Powerpoint - instead I inspire audiences through the use of personal stories, actionable advice, and a dash of Essex charm.
What's more - I'm really easy to work with. Tell me what you need, and how you need it, and I'll smash it. Want to talk about your next event? You know what to do...
Here are just some of the events I've spoken at and organisations I've spoken for
National Freelancers Day, Labour Party Conference, Great British Business Show, Business Startup Show, Northern Business Expo, Scottish Business Expo, Elite Business Live, Startup 2020, HSBC, Quickbooks Connect San Jose, Quickbooks Connect London, Cass Business School, University of Warwick, Kings College London, Networld Media, British Franchise Association, Global Franchise Market Dubai, Taylor Wessing France, Accountex, Caffe Culture, The International Franchise Show, LinkedIn Luxembourg, British Gas, Arsenal Football Club, Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Sterling Business Exhibitions, Accounting Excellence, 2020 Innovations, Restuarant and Franchising Summit, IPSE, Best Franchise Conference, Sandler Training, NEST, PuddleDucks, Brazilian Soccer Schools, Little Kickers, Socatots, Guinot, Raring2Go, Envirovent, HR Dept and many more...
As you can see, there are companies and conferences of all shapes, sizes and locations in this list!
(If you're not convinced yet - here are some testimonials)
"Carl has spoken twice at a flagship event that I organsied in my previous role at IPSE- National Freelancers Day. The first time he spoke he was in such demand that the following year we put him in the largest speaker room (200 theatre) and he packed it out! He is a really inspiring, energetic and engaging speaker and we have always had really positive feedback from the audience." - Claire Barrance, IPSE (the trade body for the self employed and independent freelancers)
"I had the pleasure of working with Carl during the first edition of TGFM Dubai. I was particularly impressed by Carl’s ability to handle the panel discussion—during the 1st edition of TGFM’s conference. In fact, Carl is one of the most enthusiastic and engaging presenters I have seen, Carl earns my highest recommendation for public speaking" - Anna Celine Escudero, TGFM Dubai (the franchise conference for UAE)
"I was delighted to have Carl speak at QuickBooks Connect San Jose this year. He is a very easy speaker to deal with (he made the logistics end of things just a breeze, and I never had to ask him for anything twice) so that was part of why it was delightful to have him as a speaker. However the thing that really wowed us was his incredibly generosity in sharing his expertise with the audience! He had a packed room and gave them so many tips about how to become an influencer/thought leader, and then use that to do good in the world, that the audience couldn't write fast enough! Luckily Carl also took the time to create a supplemental guide and we were able to give that to attendees to download after the presentation. I highly recommend Carl as a speaker, and can't wait to use him again!" - Alison Ball, Intuit (the international conference for Intuit, a global corporate, with 5,000 attendees)
"Carl keynoted our Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit in London, delivering a thought-provoking presentation on innovation. Our attendees (leaders in the restaurant industry) were engaged, and we were happy to have him at the event." - Cherryh Cansler, Networld Media Group (creators of the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit, an event attracting a global audience of C level resturant chain executives)
"Carl is a fantastic professional speaker! Working within the events industry, I have seen and worked alongside many different speakers over the last 5 years and Carl is one of the best. Not only does he know his subject inside out but he is able to captivate his audience using a mixture of useful business knowledge and humor whilst all the time conveying his personality and keeping his audience not only interested, but involved in his presentations. On top of all that, you couldn't wish to meet a nicer person and he is a pleasure to work with. Thanks Carl!" - Sophie Freeman, Sterling Business Exhibitions (a regional business exhibition company)
"I have shared a stage with Carl on several occasions and invited him to speak at events many times. The reason is simple. Carl is a true professional, with an 'edge', who engages audiences with his natural conversational style and in depth knowledge of his subject. A speaker who had been there and done it, audiences always take away actions that will have an immediate impact on their business and on them personally . I have no hesitation in recommending Carl as a speaker for your next event." - David Tovey, author of Principled Selling
"I have known Carl for many years and can say there are few people I have come across who share his knowledge and passion for business. When the HR Dept were looking for a keynote speaker at its National Conference, I had no hesitation in recommending Carl. He delivered a talk which engaged and motivated a group of HR professionals and opened our eyes to a world outside of HR and employment law." - Peter Jones, HR Dept (a national franchised chain of HR offices)
"I was fortunate enough to attend Carl’s presentation on Personal Branding at the Quickbook’s Connect conference in San Jose, CA in November. Prior to this, I had no idea that personal branding was a way accountants could attract new clients and grow their business. Carl’s presentation was both entertaining and succinct, giving practical and useful advice on personal branding that one could start implementing immediately. To say I drank the Carl Kool-Aid is an understatement. I am both excited and energized to put his suggestions into practice. Carl, you’re the man." - Lorilyn Wilson, attendee
"I had the pleasure of attending Carl Readers brilliant presentation at Cheltenham Racecourse for Sterling Businesses. Carl's insight and knowledge of how he believed innovation is going to impact businesses was quite brilliant. I would recommend any business owner who is interested in his speaking or future innovations in business to speak to Carl." - Steven Taylor, attendee
"Having previously met Carl, I attended an event in Luxembourg where he presented a talk about the future of business, on how things are changing and whats on the horizon for us all as managers, leaders, business owners and consumers. Carl is one of the most enthusiastic presenters I have seen - backed up with incredible knowledge on the subject matter. Very enlightening and entertaining with plenty of first hand experience to validate the content. If you are an Business Owner, it pays to tap into his knowledge base and listen to Carl." - Neil Brown, attendee
As I said earlier... Want to talk about your next event? You know what to do... :-)