Chris Baréz-Brown

Business, Creativity, Employee Engagement, Innovation, Leadership

Travels from London, United Kingdom

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Chris Baréz-Brown Profile

  • Fortune 500 consultant and founder of the creative leadership consultancy Upping Your Elvis, Baréz-Brown helps companies drive innovation by getting leaders and business professionals to think less with their heads and more with their hearts.

  • The author of three bestselling books, Baréz-Brown's latest work is Wake-Up!, a book, app, and workshop that has energized thousands of people worldwide with its simple but efficient tools for tapping your inner genius.

  • A former brand management leader, Baréz-Brown brings a thorough understanding of the business world to his work with clients, some of whom include Nike, Unilever, Diageo and MediaCom.
  • Creativity and innovation guru, Chris Baréz-Brown helps leaders and other professionals make better decisions by feeling more. The best-selling author and founder of the creative leadership consultancy Upping Your Elvis is driving a worldwide campaign to get people to live more conscious, creative, and fulfilling lives. His most recent project Wake-Up! – a book, app, and workshop – has energized thousands of people, teaching them how to tap into their subconscious and reconnect with their inner genius through a series of easy-to-do exercises and experiments.

    For the first part of his life, Baréz-Brown made most of his decisions analytically and had a conventionally successful career. He got good grades, served in the military, and ran one of the hottest brands in Europe, Carling Black Label. Under his leadership, the famed beer company experienced growth, increased profits, and won “brand of the year.” Despite his accomplishments, Baréz-Brown didn’t feel happy; he felt like he was leading someone else’s life. After months of mental wrestling, he followed his gut, resigned, and boarded a plane to a journey of self-discovery.

    Flash forward several years later, and Baréz-Brown is one of the most in-demand speakers, workshop facilitators, and consultants on creativity and innovation, acclaimed for his interactive and effective methods for getting people to think differently. His repeat clients include Nike, Unilever, Diageo and MediaCom.

    Baréz-Brown has published four no-nonsense guides to making every day count:

  • How to Have Kick-Ass Ideas
  • Shine: How to survive and thrive at work
  • Free: Love your work, love your life

    and his newest book:

  • Wake Up! Escaping a life on autopilot

    He is a monthly columnist for GQ and British Airway’s Business Life magazine.

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      Chris has a rather unusual view of the world in that he knows that everybody is perfect.

      Things that Chris loves:

      1. People
      2. Creativity
      3. Life
      4. Cider
      5. Guitar

      The first four he excels at, the latter he is working on.

      Chris is a master of transformation. He is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. By teaching folk how to think differently, Chris makes their lives and businesses more technicolour in hue.

      Chris was recently described by The Guardian as a long haired twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard. It is this relaxed, entertaining, yet challenging style that instills in people the understanding of who they really are and what makes them jump out of bed every morning.

      When you learn how to reconnect with your inner genius, you have the skills to make good stuff happen. You will feel more confident, energised and alive. All in all, it delivers a shinier, happier version of you. More creative, productive and inspired.

      Chris’s work has featured in The Guardian, The BBC, Harvard Business Review and Fast Company, and he writes monthly columns for GQ and British Airways’ Business Life magazine. Chris spoke at TEDx Utrecht in January 2016 and the world’s largest leadership event Leadercast in May 2016 where he also interviewed Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak live on stage. He shared his life mission at the intimate inspirational ideas festival Do Lectures in June 2015.

      Chris has written the bestselling books: How to Have Kick-Ass ideas, Shine: How to survive and thrive at work and Free: Love your work, love your life. In 2016 he launched his latest mission: The Great Wake Up!

      Wake Up! the app launched in 2016 and his latest book Wake Up! Escaping a life on autopilot was published by Penguin Life in 2017.

      Chris began his career in the army (yep), took a u-turn into brand management and subsequently innovation and leadership development. He established the Creative Leadership Consultancy Upping Your Elvis in 2010, and works with his partner Jim Lusty on their mission of unlocking individuals’ innate creative genius. Clients include Nike, Unilever, Britvic, Diageo, The Guardian, Mediacom and ITV. Upping Your Elvis is inspired by U2 singer Bono’s signature question “who’s Elvis around here?”, meaning “who’s the maverick that breaks the rules and gets stuff done”

      Chris has worked with The Nike Foundation to help teenage girls escape the poverty cycle in Africa. His other philanthropic venture is as co-founder of Street Wisdom, a social enterprise which explores the idea that urban environments are full of wisdom and answers which people can learn to tune into. Having lectured at Kaospilot in Denmark for their Masters in Social Innovation; mentoring and teaching is still very much one of Chris’s passions. He also acts as an executive partner to the women’s empowerment programme his wife Anna runs, Shine4Women. Chris lives in Dorset with his other life partners; his two children Harvey and Louli, a 35 year old Land Rover, two Cocker Spaniels and a selection of paddleboards and guitars.

      He is quite simply, Loving Living.

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    Chris Baréz-Brown's Speech Descriptions

    Most people will tell you that the most important decisions they’ve made in life were made 80% with their heart and 20% with their head. However, when it comes to business decisions, those numbers get reversed right away. Creativity and innovation speaker Chris Baréz-Brown helps companies drive innovation by getting people out of their heads and into their hearts. Merging science and human experience, the best-selling author and “business beatnik” offers simple tools to jolt audiences off the drudgery of autopilot, drive their creativity, and reconnect with what matters most to them.

    A talk delivered by Chris is, well, quite simply, like no other you will have experienced before. Chris’s life mission is people (with a side line in cider and guitars). This ethos, combined with a wealth of experience in innovation and leadership across 6 continents, means Chris’s talks are memorable, interactive and human.

    He is a master of transformation with the unique capability to bring out the potential in everybody. (CEOs included)

    The Guardian recently summed up Chris’s style as ‘a long haired twinkly eyed cross between Richard Branson and a wizard’, which paints the most accurate picture: A dynamic business change-maker with a magical hippie vibe.

    Chris founded his consultancy Upping Your Elvis to further the cause and has worked with brands such as Nike, Unilever, Diageo and MediaCom who come back time and again, having seen the return on investment on their teams’ wellbeing and productivity.

    Chris spoke at TEDx in January 2016, inspirational ideas festival The Do Lectures in June 2015 and the world’s largest leadership event Leadercast in May 2016, where he also had the honour of interviewing Apples’ co-founder Steve Wozniak live on stage.

    Oh, and he is also totally up for any fireside guitar strumming chats on the meaning of life.

    Topics for short talks (45-90mins) or combined for longer sessions up to a full day:

    Up Your Elvis! How to be a creative leader
    How to enhance your own personal creativity
    Create the conditions for your organisation to be more innovative every day
    How to make work more human, energetic and yet drive bottom-line results

    Wake Up! Escape a life on autopilot
    How to become a more conscious leader with simple strategies to avoid autopilot
    Connect more deeply with the people that you work with and those that you love
    An energetic reboot to make work fun again

    Chris Baréz-Brown on Speaking

    I want people to take away tangible skills that they can put into action straight away to make their lives that bit better.

    SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn/take away from your presentations?

    BAREZ-BROWN: I want people to take away tangible skills that they can put into action straight away to make their lives that bit better. I aim to make my talks interactive and human to keep people energised so that the experience will be memorable. Usually there are some laughs, sparks of inspiration, and maybe people make a few new friends to keep playing with. If it’s not entertaining, I have failed them!

    SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?

    BAREZ-BROWN: I keep it very simple: sleep, water and space to connect to the moment.

    SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?

    BAREZ-BROWN: I do love situations that are a bit crazy! Interviewing Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak live in front of 10 thousand folk and 120 thousand on telecast, was brilliant fun. I love all my speaking engagements, though…just give me some people to play with and the magic always comes.

    Life is too short for work to be hard and dull. We all want it to be extraordinary and that’s the message regardless of sector, function or seniority.

    SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?

    BAREZ-BROWN: Those who want to explore pushing out from the norms, to grow themselves and their business, whilst having some fun! Life is too short for work to be hard and dull. We all want it to be extraordinary and that’s the message regardless of sector, function or seniority. Context will change, delivery will flex but key messages resonate with all.

    SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites and why?

    BAREZ-BROWN: “Creativity the Elvis Way” and “How to Wake Up! and Escape Autopilot” – they are both core to my beliefs and have been my personal mission for the last 20 years. They are what I use to change business for the better.

    SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?

    BAREZ-BROWN: It wasn’t a burning desire that came from within. Rather, I was asked to speak, I was flattered, and luckily, I loved every minute of it!

    SPEAKING.COM: How do you keep your audience engaged and actively listening during your keynotes? Do you use case studies, personal stories and/or in your speeches?

    BAREZ-BROWN: Personal stories, however small, always seem to be the best way to keep the audience engaged. I mix this up with interactive exercises, challenges, anecdotes and giggles. I don’t let up!

    For me, often the smallest successes are the best, when people get a breakthrough moment in transforming their lives.

    SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you’ve helped clients achieve?

    BAREZ-BROWN: For me, often the smallest successes are the best, when people get a breakthrough moment in transforming their lives.

    Big numbers are good too! My work has turned a company around from decline to the fastest growing FTSE500 in 2 years. I also added $1bn extra value to the sale price of a company through our work.

    A few years ago I coached a leader who had 150 staff. As a result, 2 days later he had 16000. He hates me! Exclusive Interview with Chris Baréz-Brown
    Making Life Extraordinary with Creativity Speaker Chris Baréz-Brown
    In this interview, innovation speaker, Chris Baréz-Brown discusses:
    • How to get off auto-pilot and live more fully.
    • The role your emotions play in decision-making.
    • How he found his true calling.
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    "We don’t need to change to be brilliant and successful - we just need to reconnect with who we really are."
    - Chris Baréz-Brown

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    Books by Chris Baréz-Brown:

    Wake Up! is a series of human, playful experiments designed to help us escape autopilot and live a more conscious, connected and extraordinary life.

    Learn why we are all on autopilot, what it does to your conscious mind and how to find balance, energy and positivity in all that you do. The journey unfolds into a series of playful yet impactful experiments all developed to help you break free from autopilot and discover your own personal plan to lead a more connected and engaged life.

    Life and work are intrinsically linked. If we want to live an extraordinary life, we have to make our work equally extraordinary.

    When your work resonates with purpose, you jump out of bed every morning, excited by the possibilities the day holds for you. Everything else in your life seems to have a glow about it, and you exude much more personal shine. This book is designed to help you feel like that every day. To help you make your work, work for you. To feel truly free.


    Chris Baréz-Brown’s exhilarating guide to loving your work, and living your working life to the full.

    We all have good days and bad days at work. Some days you feel bullet proof. People listen to you, your meetings run like clockwork, and you keep having new ideas. Other days are like wading through quick sand. You can’t get anything done, and when the printer runs out of toner (again) you want to quit. Wouldn’t it be great if you were always on top of your game? If every day began knowing that you can only win? SHINE will show you how.

    Practical and inspirational ways to help you kick-start your creativity, identify what you want and then make it happen.

    A playful and mind-expanding book by the training guru who spent ten years at ?What If!, the world’s largest innovation consultancy, who will help you to unlock your creative juices and grow in new directions. Stuck in a rut, bored, dissatisfied, uninspired? Feel like it’s Groundhog Day? Got a problem you don’t know how to solve? But what if you knew exactly what you wanted and could make it happen, right now? To get there, you need creativity – YOU NEED SOME KICK-ASS IDEAS!

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