BRAD WALDRON – CORPORATE ATHLETE
Brad is a real business all-rounder.
His is known for his room filling energy, infectious humour and battle proven insights with immediate real world applications. Equally effective leading a business to drive performance or developing specialist teams and individuals to achieve greater performance and results, Brad has a proven record of helping others to succeed. He provides a unique perspective in that he reigns from a dual exposure to winning – winning in business and winning in the sporting arena. He harnesses a rare combination of insight, humour and practical strategies to increase performance whilst enabling people to gain more fulfilment from their work role.
Brad's high-energy, interactive sessions go far beyond traditional one-way keynotes where the audience sits and listens. One of his best clients called him the "provocative comedian" because he sets a fire under the seat of every audience member to ignite change for a remarkable transformative experience and uses humour to create immediate engagement.
CEO & EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
As a Leader he is a high achiever with a proven track record of delivering outstanding financial results, leading and driving change, transforming customer relationships and creating a high performance culture in teams. His unique blend of strategic commercial thinking and creative practical flair is highly valued by all with whom he works.
As a Strategist he provides winning formulas that take individuals and organizations to the next level. He has positively impacted and accelerated the performance of leading global brands such as Microsoft, L’Oreal, Sony, Warner Bros and Diageo.
As a Trainer and Coach he works with C-Suite leaders to front line salespeople across a range of emerging and mature industries to help them identify their most important needs and opportunities and equip them with the skills, strategies and resilience to lead a performing business.
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As an Athlete he has competed Nationally and Internationally in three differing sports winning three National Titles and one International Championship.
He is the author of Present Naked – How to deliver presentations with Substance and Sizzle.
Five times winner of the Out Performer of the year from Vistage International - the global advisory board for Chief Executive Officers.
His work assignments have led him to living and working in Australia, the USA and the United Kingdom. He has worked with international peak performance coach Anthony Robbins in the UK and USA, was the UK MD of the Covey Leadership Centre.
He speaks frequently to CEOs, business leaders and organisations on business development, the new corporate paradigm, leadership and entrepreneurship.
A native Australian who has spent more time living abroad than in Australia – Aussies consider him a tourist!
BEN DRAKES – RAIN MAKER
Ben is an experienced coach, mentor and sales practitioner. Passionate about helping people be the best they can be, he delivers thought leadership and strategic development solutions to his clients. Ben increases sales performance through coaching both senior management and sales teams in consultative selling, presentation and communication skills and personal effectiveness. Ben also mentors bidding teams to enhance the win probability on major deals. He has worked with a diverse range of clients across varied sectors such as, Technology, Retail, Advertising, Automotive, FMCG, Financial Services, Government, Travel and Hospitality and Utilities.
With an average deal size in excess of £100m, Ben cut his teeth in the big-ticket technology and outsourcing world where incredibly tight margins meant negotiating on price simply wasn’t an option. Creatively driving value into the deal was the key to success. Ben is a passionate advocate of the insight-led sales approach; helping the client achieve their goals and delivering increased sales value. Ben has held leadership roles with FTSE 100 players Capita and Serco where he was responsible for securing over £1.5 billion of transformational partnerships with new clients in a number of global markets. These included Latin America, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
After leaving the corporate world Ben began coaching and mentoring a range of clients from Fortune 500® companies, through to SMEs to become more effective at selling into their chosen markets. Ben subsequently joined forces with Intelligent Inspiration, led by Brad Waldron. Ben first met Brad nearly 20 years ago and they share the same outlook on life — do good, love what you do, and do what you love.