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One of the most engaging trainers and public speakers you will hear.

Chris Savage is one of the most engaging facilitators, trainers and public speakers in the world, according to the feedback his sessions have received from many of the more than 20,000 professional services executives he has facilitated or trained during the past ten years. His core skill is inspiring people to push themselves beyond their comfort zones, and to have a real go at being the best they can be.


There are three background sections below:

1. Speaker Topics

2. Recent and Future Events

3. Feedback on Chris’s Facilitation/ Speeches/Training


1. Speaker & Facilitation Topics


Strategy Facilitation

Chris is one of the leading ‘leadership strategy session’ facilitators in the world. His unique methodologies to help leadership teams develop powerful, relevant, actionable and inspiring strategies, ambitions, and growth intent differentiates him from others. His deep commercial experience, and energising style, have help craft a facilitation package that delivers unique value.

Keynotes

Chris has a wide range of topics he speaks on, and can also tailor content to suit your agendas and priorities. His keynote content includes:

  • Keeping yourself at the edge of your career- relevant and wanted – at times of massive change
  • How to become the oldest person in the room- leading your career for as long as you want to
  • Deliberate Oxygen- how to be more efficient and effective- every day
  • What got you here won’t get you there- the secret to staying ahead of change
  • Turbo-charging your ‘change intelligence’
  • Powering profits during disrupted times
  • The Six’s Ps To Powering Revenue Pipelines
  • Stop Being So Bloody Busy- the secrets to inspiring careers
  • SPRINT- igniting future-fit professional services careers
  • Brand You- managing your personal brand for career success

Training and Workshops

  • His workshops focus on ‘selling’… how to build stronger, deeper, more profitable client relationships, how to deliver outstanding customer service, driving new business pipelines, how to structure pitches to win, becoming a Trusted Advisor, and many more specialist sessions on driving growth and professional services success
  • With his brother, Greg, he delivers the globally renowned ‘Savage Growth Accelerator” half day and full day master classes for professional service firm owners and managers, which focuses on powering profits during disrupted times

2. Recent & Future Events


Upcoming Events

  • Speech to leadership team of communications industry association Sydney, February 2017
  • Facilitate full day inspiration session for leadership team of retirement living industry leader Sydney, February 2017
  • Australia/NZ nine city ‘Savage Edge’ roadshow, March 2017
  • Two week nine event Masterclass for the UK Recruitment industry in London (multiple sessions), Manchester, Birmingham, Scotland, Ireland (TBC), October/November 2017
  • Strategy workshop for major consulting firm, Sydney, November 2017

Recent Events

  • Closing keynote to AIRA annual conference, Sydney, November 2016
  • Strategy workshop for major property company, Sydney, November 2016
  • Strategy session for digital agency, Sydney, November 2016
  • Speech on selling skills to major commercial property team, Sydney, November 2016
  • Keynote speech at Mumbrella SAGE Conference, October 2016
  • MC of the two-day Agency Leaders Symposium in the Hunter Valley, September 2016
  • Facilitated leadership strategy days for major listed company, Sydney August 2016
  • Six separate speeches/facilitation sessions for major communications group on ‘Powering Growth’ August 2016
  • Facilitated leadership strategy days for major listed company, Brisbane August 2016
  • PRIA major conference keynote speech, Sydney, August 2016
  • Speech on driving growth to offsite for major communications business, Sydney July 2016
  • Facilitated leadership strategy days for major listed company, Sydney July 2016
  • Facilitated leadership strategy days for major listed company, Melbourne July 2016
  • Leadership workshops for major communications firm, Sydney 30 June 2016
  • Growth seminar for communications industry, London June 2016
  • ‘Powering Profits’ masterclass, London June 2016
  • Major company keynote speech, London June 2016
  • CEO Forum Conference, Melbourne 2 June 2016
  • CMO Conference, Sydney 26 May 2016
  • Facilitate two day global leadership meeting for media agency group, Bangkok, May 2016
  • Major company leadership strategy day facilitation, Sydney, May 2016
  • PRIA NZ Conference, Auckland May 2016
  • Driving Growth, major agency leadership offsite speech, Bowral, April 2016
  • Customer service excellence half day workshop for emerging corporate, Sydney, April 2016
  • New business pipeline masterclass, financial services leader, Sydney, March 2016
  • Pitching skills for PR agency, March 2016
  • Selling skills to major branding agency, Melbourne, March 2016
  • CommsCon Conference, Sydney, 23 March 2016
  • ‘Powering Profits’ masterclass, Melbourne, 3 March 2016
  • ‘Powering Profits’ masterclass, Auckland, 1 March 2016
  • Aquent major conference, Melbourne, 2 March 2016
  • Australia/NZ six city ‘Powering Profits’ roadshow 29 February-11 March 2016
  • Growth strategy workshop for listed corporate, February 2016
  • Growth strategy offsite for tier one consulting firm, Hunter Valley, February 2016
  • “Investable brand” strategy workshop for mid cap, Sydney, February 2016
  • ‘Pitching skills’ to leading branding company, February 2016
  • ‘Selling skills; for media agency, February 2016
  • Keynote to company conference offsite, February 2016
  • Pitch training session for leading digital business, Sydney, November 2015
  • Aquent major conference, Sydney 25 November 2015
  • ‘Sage’ Conference, Sydney 19 November 2015
  • Yahoo Conference, The Entrance November 2015
  • Company conference, Sydney, November 2015
  • Facebook Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore October 2015
  • PRIA Annual Conference, Hobart October 2015
  • Agency Symposium, Hunter Valley September 2015 (MC role)
  • IPA Client Service Conference, Melbourne 18 September 2015
  • Communications Council session, Melbourne 10 September 2015
  • Communications Council session, Sydney 9 September 2015
  • AMSRS ‘Power and Passion’ (research industry) conference, Sydney 4 September 2015
  • Marketo ‘Marketing Nation’ conference, Sydney 28 August 2015
  • Consulting firm client conference, Melbourne August 2015
  • Recruitment industry forum, Brisbane, 11 June 2015
  • Recruitment industry forum, Melbourne, 10 June 2015
  • Recruitment industry forum, Sydney, 4 June 2015
  • Recruitment industry forum, Adelaide, 19 May 2015
  • Recruitment industry forum, Perth, 18 May 2015
  • Company conference, Lake Macquarie, 29 April 2015
  • Customer 360 Symposium, Hunter Valley, 31 March 2015
  • International CEO Forum, Heads of Australian Country Operations, Gold Coast, March 2015
  • Nestle, Sydney, 10 December 2014
  • Communications Council Graduation, Sydney, 4 December 2014
  • Data Strategy Symposium, Hunter Valley, 18 November 2014
  • AMP Public Affairs Conference 2014, Sydney, 31 October 2014
  • Strata Community Australia (NSW) Convention, Sydney, 24 October 2014
  • CEO Forum Group, HR Teams Briefing, Melbourne, 10 September 2014
  • Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW, Hunter Valley, 12 August 2014
  • CEO Forum Group, International HRD Forum, Sydney, 20 May 2014
  • NPA Worldwide Conference, Sunshine Coast, 15 May 2014
  • AQUENT Team Development, Sydney, 2 May 2014
  • CommsCon 2014, Sydney, 20 March 2014
  • Medical Software Industry Association Annual Forum, Sydney, 13 November 2013
  • International HR Director Forum Leadership Retreat, Bowral, 17-18 October 2013
  • Telstra, Sydney, 15 October 2013
  • Cox Purtell, Sydney, 19 July 2013
  • Property Council of Australia, Sydney, 25 June 2013
  • Mumbrella360 APAC Session, Sydney, 6 June 2013
  • RCSA International Conference, Fiji, 31 August 2012
  • Firebrand Talent, Sydney, 2 August 2012
  • Firebrand Talent, Melbourne, 26 July 2012
  • Smollan Annual Leadership Conference, Johannesburg South Africa, 3 July 2012

3. Feedback


Here’s some recent feedback.

B2B CMO Conference, Sydney, May 2016

“One of the most engaging speeches I’ve ever listened to.” Sam Akbari via a tweet

“What a storyteller! Room is enthralled. Bring on the next 30 minutes.” Darren Natale via a tweet

“Chris has been talking for two minutes and already absolutely captivating.” Guiseppe Mansion via a tweet

PRINZ Conference, Auckland, May 2016

“Inspiring conference highlight was listening to Chris Savage” (tweet)

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. That was totally wicked.” (tweet)

“Chris Savage’s talk was an epic conference close.” (tweet)

“Chris captured the mood perfectly in the final session.”

Bangkok Global Leadership Session, May 2016

“You scored as by far the most engaging, relevant, interesting speaker and trainer. Don’t let it go to your head!” Company regional SE Asia director

Major Company Leadership Strategy Day facilitation, Sydney, May 2016

“Thank you so much for your energising and engaging leadership of the day. The feedback from the team has been very positive- they really liked the different approach and all agreed it was an inspiring and highly productive day.” Company CEO

‘Powering Growth’ Recruitment Industry ANZ Tour, March 2016

80% of respondents found the content ‘exceptional’ and 95% said they would send their staff to a similar event next year.

“Brilliant.” “Hugely valuable.” “Entertaining, informative, gold for my business.” “Best I have ever bee to.” Various attendees.

CommsCon, Sydney February 2016

“A fabulous, high energy, inspiring end to the day. The crowd loved it.” Conference organiser

“Without doubt the highlight of the conference. Totally inspiring and energising. WOW!” Agency owner

Pitch training session for leading digital business, Sydney, November 2015

“On behalf of the team we wanted to thank you for a fantastic session. Very rarely do I see so many of our front end account directors and more senior staff so pumped after a session of being able to do something with the material we’ve just been through. Brilliant!” Agency partner

Firebrand/Aquent major conference keynote, November 2015

“We have received feedback from 32 of the 140 people who were there. 27 rated it Excellent. Five rated it Very Good. This is an outstanding result. Well done!!” Conference organisor

“Very engaging.” “Charismatic, and very funny.” “Loved the energy, style and stories.” “Inspirational!!!”

Yahoo Conference, November 2015

“The team LOVED the keynote, great content, strong takeaways and it was delivered with great authenticity, style and panache!” Yahoo senior leader.

Facebook Conference, Singapore, October 2015

“Absolutely superb. Totally energised the room and they left the conference buzzing.” Facebook senior leader.

PRIA Annual Conference, Hobart, October 2015

“The highlight of the conference for me. The attendees were so energised after your speech. What a way to finish a long two days! You were amazing.”  Journalist attending the conference.

Agency Symposium, Hunter Valley, September 2015

“You scored 8/10 on the feedback- the highest score an MC has ever achieved. THANK YOU!!!”  Conference organisor CEO.

“Power And The Passion” AMRSRS (research industry) conference, Sydney, September 2015

“Chris, thank you so much for your presentation this morning – it was outstanding and a huge highlight of the conference. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and people were very engaged as was myself.” (Chairman of the conference).

“Your presentation lit the conference alight. There was a buzz in the room and people have not stopped talking about it. We were all looking forward to Todd Sampson’s speech after yours. You were a VERY hard act to follow. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you!” (direct email- referee available on request).

Marketo ‘Marketing Nation’ Conference, August 2015

“You were an inspiration. Simple but relevant messages. You should do the TED circuit.” @morgiemorgan

“Awesome, funny, full of memorable life experiences- thanks for sharing.” @rvannithorne

“This man is on fire!!” @coucoumarketing

“@chrisjohnsavage doing an amazing job during final presentation of the day .” @mcCorkells

“Highlight of the day- very excited to have Wrestling Possums author presenting his career advice.” @davidleahy

“So much energy!” @McCorkells

“Absolutely fantastic!!” @cook_bj

“Great session!!!” @nmdru

“What an amazing way to end a great day!” @sara_eldridge

“Great presentation! Really inspiring and engaging.” @jacstar

“Really enjoying @chrisjohnsavage’s presentation. This guy is awesome.” @leneleen

“Absolutely loved hearing you speak at Marketo Roadshow.” Caitlin O’D (direct email)

“Loved your presentaton this afternoon. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Lots of great insights to help grow your personal brand.” Katherine B (direct email)

“Just a very quick note to say I was in the audience yesterday and was blown away by your presentation.
After having so much software and product thrown in your face, your performance made the whole day worth me having a day out of the office. Inspirational.” Steven G (direct email)

“You’ve probably heard this before many a time, but your life stories and messages truly resonated with me. Totally inspiring.” Kingston L (direct email)

“You were amazing!!!” John C (direct email)

“That was an amazing presentation yesterday…thank you!!” Ian H (direct email)

“A quick email to tell you i was extremely impressed and inspired by your presentation at the Marketo conference. Your words certainly rang true with me.” (direct)

Recruitment Company Conference (August 2015)

“Chris- we have been overwhelmed with the feedback from our 40 clients who attended the lunch time session. They absolutely loved it. It’s the best feedback we’ve ever received. Thank you so much for your energy and passion.” Head of Recruitment Company (available as a referee on request)

AMP Leaders Meeting, Sydney, October 2014

“Wow, for his enthusiasm and wisdom. His wealth of knowledge and willingness to share his own vulnerabilities with us was so inspirational and he’s given us a toolkit to draw from for greater success in work and in life”

“Very entertaining and inspiring presentation with a lot of practical tips which I feel like I will use (and in fact already have this afternoon). On a personal level, I probably took the most out of Chris’s session.”

“Passionate, engaging presenter with some lovely plain truths and nice tips on goal setting etc.”

“I wish I had half his energy! Not only was he a great speaker but I loved that he gave us practical tips to be better people/workers. I’ve already started implementing some of his ideas.”

“Wonderful presentation filled with great tips that I will be sure to use.”

“My absolute number one was Chris Savage. He was an enthusiastic presenter who clearly loved what he did and I think he injected a fantastic energy into the room. There were so many practical tips to take away from his presentation that it was an easy first choice.”

“Very engaging speaker and great content. Simple things but we all get so busy we forget the simple things so it’s good to be reminded.”

“Really useful tips on how to drive personal productivity and efficiency. I found this session incredibly motivating.”

“Absolutely brilliant! I had visions of tattooing his words on my arms to serve as constant reminders as they were just so practical.”

Data and Digital Symposium, Hunter Valley, November 2014

“Chris- the feedback on your speech scored you at 9.5 out of 10…. the highest score achieved by any speaker at the conference. Thank you!”

“Without doubt one of the best presentations I have seen- ever. He was incredibly inspiring, and the room was absolutely buzzing when he walked off stage.”

“I did not stop scribbling notes throughout the presentation- so much knowledge, insight, practical tips. I was inspired. And still am.”

“His energy is amazing. I loved the presentation. It was a total surprise, and has changed my opinion of STW.”

“Chris was the highlight of the conference for me. I literally bounced out of the room afterwards and felt to pumped to take myself more seriously and to work harder on what I want to achieve.”

“What I appreciated the most was his willingness to share his own vulnerabilities and fears- and then to explain how he manages this. It showed us that even successful, powerful leaders felt frightened, and have demons to fight, every day. I really learnt a lot from this presentation.”

“I wish I’d seen Chris speak 15 years ago. It would have changed my career.”

“I was at the Data Symposium in the Hunter last week and I wanted to say thank you for the incredibly inspiring speech you gave, it was probably the highlight of the conference. I’ve recently been struggling with my career motivation (the joys of yet another restructure!) so it was very timely for me to be in that audience. I haven’t yet worked out how to turn that inspiration into action but at least I am inspired again. So thank you.”

Group Training

“Chris was a great speaker and made his material relevant to so many different audiences.”

Advertising Executive

“Chris Savage has changed my life. I’m doing lists, I’m more motivated and I know what I need to do to succeed. I signed up to his blog
immediately.”

Advertising Executive

“Chris is incredibly engaging, and mixes his sense of humour and anecdotes from his years of experience into great content.”

Digital Executive

Sydney Session

“Chris was extremely passionate and inspiring.”

“Extremely engaging session. I feel I can apply what I learnt to both my professional and personal life.”

“Chris is very engaging! I wish it went longer.”

“Actually exceeded my expectations, Chris is an inspiring speaker.”

“Excellent session. Great tips.”

“Chris captivates the room like no other facilitator I know! It is a true pleasure to hear his stories.”

“I found the session truly inspirational and enjoyable.”

Melbourne Session

“Engaging is not the word – he was hysterical! I have the attention span of an ant and usually have trouble concentrating after half an hour, but Chris was great. He had a very unique style- managed to deliver information and learning’s without it sounding like a lecture.”

“There was never a dull moment and I always either felt like I was learning something new, or was having my existing behaviour and habits validated.”

“I loved it. I’d not met Chris before, and he was totally engaging and inspiring (and loud!) – everything I had expected him to be.”

“Chris was a great presenter – very engaging.”

“It was brilliant. Interesting, Insightful and well presented.”

“Found it extremely useful & look forward to putting it into action.”

“Chris was fantastic and kept me interested the whole way through the session. I learnt a lot yesterday!”

“Just a quick note to say Thank You for today’s training session – i absolutely loved it!”

“It’s truly inspirational to be able to hear such words of wisdom, learn such valuable lessons and see the motivation that comes with it. Thank you for taking the time out – it’s a first for me to experience a COO being so present & passionately involved with the people/employees that make the company.”

STW High Performers

“Chris has a very engaging way of speaking. He was genuinely trying to impart his personal knowledge to help us.”

“Strangely, I thought it was great that Chris had only prepared the night before, making it a little more raw and a little less rehearsed. You could feel the energy in the room that everyone was really engaged and just wanted to hear his experience.”

“Great to see that a guy at the top – has had a normal balanced life – travel, kids, and appreciate the laconic humour. He makes it seem possible, and not to be daunted by challenges/big clients etc . Same problems more money. Keep on turning up is a good line also…..Research confirms intuition – so back yourself.”

“Very inspiring, always love hearing from Chris Savage he is a very good speaker. He speaks the truth.”

“Chris was really good. Chris is really engaging & the lessons were interesting.”

“Both Chris & Mike’s talks were really “real” and I liked that. I love it that they’re just so normal and approachable despite their professional success. You can see that they are very humble and amazing leaders themselves. I really liked Chris’s plato quote “Always be kind. Everyone is fighting a hard battle” I have that running through my head constantly.”

“Chris is a fantastic speaker and has an amazing ability to communicate the content of his talks which I would like to emulate. He has such a wealth of knowledge of business but also around the right way to behave in life that I think he should feature more in the rest of the program.”

“One of the most passionate men I have met in Advertising, love the real life examples and could sit there for hours and listen to him.”

Revenue Racer, Vietnam

Natalie Lockwood, Edge, Vietnam

“Chris’ Revenue Racer program was outstanding! His energy levels were amazing and both the Thailand & Vietnam teams got a great deal out of it. We have immediately put into action a lot of the recommendations in the training, and have developed a 100 day revenue racer plan.”

John Skinner, Managing Director, Catalyst

“Chris is without doubt one of the most effective trainers I have ever had the good fortune to be involved with. And that includes experiences with Rogen, Red Sky and heaps of the best US trainers over the 10 years I was with Young & Rubicam. He really is a ‘national treasure’ of the STW Group. He is a wonderful story teller, and his energy is quite simply compelling.”

Neil Stewart, Chief Executive Asia Pacific, Maxus

“The feedback from the session you did for our Asia Pacific regional leadership has been awesome. Not only the material, but your personal delivery, energy, passion and presentation. It has had a massive impact on the team.”

Margie Duigan, Designworks New Zealand

“Seriously good session- presented with such passion, energy and great examples. Held the audience and left a very positive image of STW Group. A real leader and inspirational talent.”

Penny Sarfati, General Manager, JWT Sydney (at the time)

“I am so impressed. I have never been to a workshop that’s been led by someone so genuinely invested in developing the people in the room. His energy and enthusiasm were inspiring. His real life stories added the extra spice.”

Merran Morton, Ogilvy Sydney

“ It was excellent. Chris is a great speaker and motivator. His anecdotes are so relevant, and he is so totally driven.”

HR Director, global recruitment company

“Thank you for running our Shanghai leadership training session. The feedback has been amazing. You made a huge impact and our team was knocked out by your inspiring training.”

Staff at Tongue – www.tongue.com.au

“Great speaker.”

“Exceptionally attention demanding!”

“Very very engaging.”

“The session was fantastic.  Inspiring, informative, very entertaining.”

“The way Chris captures the attention of the room is brilliant and it seemed to me the whole agency came out of the room energised.”

“With Chris’ enthusiasm and passion, you can’t help but get excited and motivated about servicing clients 110%.”

“Quite simply, I learnt a lot!”

“It was amazing.”

“The session altered my way of thinking about client service.”

“Awesome and very entertaining – didn’t once want to switch off for a day dream.”

“Chris was fantastic. Loved the delivery, the passion, the enthusiasm, the relevance, and topped with a little dry humour.”

“Wow” Seriously awesome.  Thank you Tongue for organising this.”

Staff at The Conscience Organisation – www.theconscience.org

“Winning Ways was as inspirational as it was practically applicable. Exactly what I want out of a training day – feeling psyched up with some real beneficial insights and with a useful tool I can use to make my work better. I loved Chris’ honest no bullshit approach and the harsh truths we all need to be aware of when we are presenting to clients, even if we may not like to admit them.”

“Through your inspirational and motivational anecdotes, and the concise structure of the Winning Ways presentation template, I feel I have been given a renewed sense of confidence in my presentation/pitch capabilities. I cannot thank you enough!”Manager

“I thought the course was really inspiring and motivating. It gave us a clear structure on how to bring in the audience, how to capture them, how to get them excited and how to close with a bang. All in all it just demonstrated a good framework to get across our key points without all the waffle which lots of agencies tend to put in.”

“The Winning Way was one of the most inspiring sessions I’ve attended. Chris did an amazing job presenting what is at its heart a simple, easy and brilliant system for breaking down presentations. I am more than excited to roll out this system and use it in some new business presentations.”

“I have done a plethora of sales courses in my time, some of them good, some of them hopeless. None of them, however, have been anywhere near as inspiring and more importantly, as usable as The Winning Way. When I left the course I felt like I had taken something away with me that I could genuinely use and really benefit from. Thanks Chris.”

 

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