I have plenty of speakers to choose from, what makes Ralph Brown different?

Put it this way. If you just want a traditional motivational speaker to give your conference a bit of a lift and you don't care if nothing happens afterwards, Ralph is not for you. If you want inspiration with substance, read on.

Substance? Yes. In two ways.

  1. Ralph's presentations are about solving problems and achieving more - with simple, practical ideas to take away. Many of those ideas are life-changing.
  2. When he speaks about motivation, achieving goals, resilience and leadership, all the ideas come from thorough, objective research. Much of the usual advice is just pop psychology and doesn't check out. Some of that advice can do more harm than good. Ralph will give your audience a new focus based on science.

He will keep them entertained too - with memorable examples, surprises and laughter.

What problems could he help us solve?

You'd need to talk through your issues with him, but do these issues seem familiar?

For teams:

  • Staff are not engaged in their work. It's just a job, not a mission.
  • Staff are stressed by outside events and uncertainty

For leaders:

  • It's a struggle to motivate the staff or retain them
  • You're micromanaging staff and can't think of better ways of getting the work done
  • You're finding the millennial generation a challenge

Discover what top achievers around the world really do to thrive at work and contribute more.

Can we have training to go with that?

Certainly. And it makes sense.

A conference presentation is for new ideas and inspiration. A workshop consolidates and extends the learning. In workshops we can help your teams focus on the new ideas, think about what they really mean for them and begin to turn good intentions into action.

Talk to us about a package - maybe a conference presentation followed by training, followed by coaching.

Ralph's profile

Ralph is the founder and managing director of Skillset New Zealand. He has extensive experience in business and a background in psychology and journalism with Television New Zealand and the BBC.

Ralph's CSP is the top international accreditation from Professional Speakers Australia. (He is a Kiwi, but also speaks in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.)

Ralph has written more than 100 articles and blogs and six books - three of them on psychology. His reviews of the research in psychology have been published in international research journals. His most recent academic article was workshopped at the London School of Economics.

Is he any good?

Here's what the National Speakers' Association (New Zealand) said about Ralph's address to its members:

'He captivated and informed us for an hour. It was a superb performance. His engaging, relaxed manner was the mark of a true professional, using anecdotes, research, absorbing content and humour. It was a presentation not to be missed.'

Ralph on 'How to have your best year ever'

Ralph's selection of the most useful ideas from what science reveals about successful people.

Some suggestions:

1. The vital choice that liberates top achievers
2. Goal-setting strategies that work (and the ones to avoid)
3. Real optimism - not just unrelenting positiveness, but the ways top achievers really think
4. A growth mindset - the extraordinary effect of a new way of thinking
5. How a healthy dose of pessimism can keep you on track

'How to keep the team motivated through challenging times'

Let's discuss what's likely to be most useful for your audience

Maybe...

  • The three universal motivators (They work for virtually everyone and cost nothing)
  • Praise that motivates and praise that destroys motivation and resilience
  • Leadership that helps others shine
  • What to do when a big wave hits
  • Fundamental attitudes you can encourage to build a motivated team (And why unrelenting positiveness isn't one of them)
  • Why focusing on self-esteem isn't helpful and may do harm.
  • Is the millennial generation really any different? (The answer is yes)

Can I see him in action?

Sure.

Here he is telling the story of one of Sir Ernest Shackleton's crew surviving in the Antarctic in 1915. The theme is resilience and commitment - to the team and their plan. (Extract 52 sec)

Here he is talking to a business audience in Christchurch a year after the earthquake in Christchurch that killed 185 people. He's talking about celebrating progress. (Extract 1min 55sec)

What do I do now?

Call us on 0800 86 87 24 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Let's explore what would be most useful for your conference or meeting.

 

About Ralph Brown CSP

Ralph Brown CSP

Ralph is our founder and managing director. He has a background in business, psychology and television journalism with TVNZ and on secondment with the BBC.

Ralph takes workshops and speaks to conferences on the psychology of success - and writing skills. (His CSP is a top international speaking accreditation from Professional Speakers Australia.)

He has written six books and more than a hundred articles on writing and psychology. International research journals have published his reviews of the research on positive psychology. 

Ralph lives in rural Canterbury.

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