Geoff Burch Biography
Geoff Burch is an exciting and energetic business and keynote speaker. He thrills, challenges and amuses. Some call him a motivator, others an alternative business guru, but when he is firing on all cylinders for a business audience, he's hard to beat. Funny, yet beneath his acerbic sense of humour and his lampooning and absurd characterisations, lies a strong business message.
Geoff Burch as Business Guru
Geoff Burch is one of the most original business 'gurus' in the UK. He is flexible, and in a business that seems to be dominated by acronyms and mnemonics, he provides an extraordinarily high level of excitement and delight.
Geoff delivers challenging presentations in a hilarious, thought-provoking, and memorable way where even the dullest business subject is turned into an exciting roller coaster ride that leaves the audience thrilled and convinced.
Geoff will fire any team from senior directors, a gathering of international business people, to mass gatherings of ground floor and front line staff with his enthusiasm for the subject, in a way only a true fanatical genius can.
Author & Broadcaster
Geoff’s day job as he calls it - writing, broadcasting, consultancy and occasional training to select groups - also includes writing books, including 'Resistance Is Useless: The Art of Business Persuasion' and 'The Writing on the Wall: The Campaign for Commonsense Business'.
In the grand finale Keynote Speech, Geoff has been known to blast on to the stage on a motorbike, and regale the audience with wild stories with strong business messages.
Geoff Burch is a consummate After Dinner Speaker, where he turns up his funny wick, but doesn't lose those powerful messages.
Geoff will do everything possible to make your event a great success. He requires briefing materials in advance, to prepare meticulously. He will study the profile of the audience, the market in which they work, the competition they face, and how to exploit the advantages they have.
His power to make any organisation believe in itself and to establish and maintain the motivation to succeed, is central to his presentation. He liaises with the production people regarding the sound and lighting - especially when using the bike!
Geoff's unconventional image does not hide the fact that he has a powerful business message, which can benefit absolutely any client-focused organisation. His credentials are impressive. He's worked with BT, Barclays, Lloyds, the CBI, Consumers' Association, Prudential, Phillips, ABTA and numerous other companies to present, motivate and train.
Geoff Burch is a favourite of major blue chip companies due to his outrageous, hilarious, thought provoking and most certainly unforgettable presentations.
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9th February 2011
The UK Speechwritersâ€™ Guild has announced that speaker and author Geoff Burch is their Business Communicator of the Year 2011!
15th July 2008
As of the the 31st July Geoff Burch will present weekly editions of All Over the Shop.
2nd November 2011
Director Magazine has awarded Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers queen, entrepreneur, and retail keynote speaker, the Director of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
20th May 2011
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30th April 2013
Self-help books are increasingly popular among the British public than ever before and an increased number of us are turning to self help books in the hope that they will solve lives problems.
11th April 2013
Business speaker and former CEO of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy stepped down from his position at Tesco in 2011 at the age of 55, he has since started working with several charities, invested in small businesses and written a book.
27th March 2013
Keynote speaker and former President of Virgin Galactic, Will Whitehorn, has been appointed as chairman of the new Transport System Catapult.
5th July 2012
Keynote speaker John Mattone has been named in the prestigious biennial Thinkers50 "Guru Radar" list as one of their 25 emerging stars in leadership development.
29th June 2012
Waterstones founder Tim Waterstone tells the Guardian that Amazon is â€śsmart, single-minded and ruthless â€“ and it is destroying Britain's book industry.â€ť
27th December 2011
As the year draws to a close, Speakers Corner looks forward to the promise of the intriguing and opportune months ahead. 2012 is set to be a year of economic optimism, business innovation and a host of rising stars on the corporate circuit â€“ all primed to motivate, educate, stimulate and entertain.
Geoff Burch Reviews
Geoff Burch has spoken and appeared at a number of recent corporate events. Please find some client speaker testimonials and reviews for Geoff Burch for a number of these events and conferences. If you would like some additional information as to how to book Geoff Burch for your corporate event, then please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideal for our audience Geoff made his subject relative to our issues. His 'no nonsense' view on business was refreshing and very humorous. We all took something away.
Superb scores from the audience. Very engaging in person and on stage
I am a sales director for David Wilson Homes and attended a seminar where Geoff was a guest speaker. I just wanted to say that I have attended many seminars and Geoff has been the most interesting, motivational, humourous and entertaining person I haveever seen. My sales team are repeating his stories to their colleagues. He adapted his presentation so well to relate to our business. An absolute pleasure to be graced with his company and knowledge. Gace us all 'food for thought'. People are quick to report when something is not good but often don't take the time to say thank you and wow!!! I just had to give my personal feedback. Geoff was brilliant.
Geoff was careful to ensure that what he was saying fitted in well with the companies values and dovetailed nicely with the other messages put across that day. We have had extremely positive feedback from the delegates.
Following your fabulous presentation on Tuesday evening, I would like to thank you for closing the Conference in such an inspired way.
Absolutely wonderful job you did at our corporate conference with your entertaining and inspiring talk. I have never heard such good feedback about a guest speaker in my entire life. You managed to combine sound business sense with humour in order to make the point about effective sales and quality service.
you were wonderful, hilarious, thought provoking and cringe making and we all loved it!
Your presentation was truly outstanding. It combined excellent humour with good common sense business and sales messages.
Q & A with Geoff Burch
Geoff Burch answered some probing questions for Speakers Corner. For speaking secrets revealed - read on! To book Geoff Burch for your event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email@example.com
Speakers Corner: How did the corporate speaking start?
Geoff Burch: About 25 years ago, a large corporate client for whom we were doing consultancy work, asked if I could do a ‘pep talk’ to the people booking exhibition stands from them.
Speakers Corner: Can you remember your first speaking engagement?
Geoff Burch: My first paid speaking engagement – I don’t think I will every forget it. It came from my first ever speaking agent, the famous Barbara Kelly (wife of Bernard Braden), and it was described as an employers’ conference, so I boned up on all my best high level management stories to arrive at the south coast to discover that the audience was 500 binmen and road sweepers and so some hasty re-writing went on in the half hour before my presentation. Talk about a baptism of fire!
Speakers Corner: And your last event?
Geoff Burch: My most recent event was yesterday, and that was for a huge international pharmaceuticals company
Speakers Corner: Which event has been your favourite and why?
Geoff Burch: There have been so many that we have thoroughly enjoyed – in fact we enjoy 99% of our speaking engagements, but I must say that we love it when we travel to the USA as you get such a buzz from a big American audience. (One time, 20,000 people in Las Vegas)
Speakers Corner: If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
Geoff Burch: I am very happy to speak at any event!
Speakers Corner: Who would you most like to share a platform with?
Geoff Burch: Tom Peters, I think, which we have done before and are going to again very soon.
Speakers Corner: On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?
Geoff Burch: We are asked to do roughly about 100 corporate events per year – but Geoff’s television and writing commitments do tend to restrict this a bit sometimes.
Speakers Corner: Do you use powerpoint?
Geoff Burch: Never!
Speakers Corner: Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?
Geoff Burch: Yes we are – but the bigger the audience the more fun we can have.
Speakers Corner: How do you like to be introduced?
Geoff Burch: We can supply the client with an Introduction just to guide them but are quite happy if they prefer to create their own – particularly if their event has a theme.
Speakers Corner: Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?
Geoff Burch: A briefing call is essential because we always custom-build the presentations to the client’s requirements. None of our presentations are stock ones, and we always like to fit in as closely as possible with the client and their themes.
Speakers Corner: What are the most asked for topics?
Geoff Burch: Sales, Customers, Leadership, and Change, but in this current climate, there is a very heavy demand from people to increase their sales in these straitened times.
Speakers Corner: Is your speech interactive with audience participation?
Geoff Burch: It is as much as possible depending on the size of the audience.
Speakers Corner: Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?
Geoff Burch: I always like to arrive at a job in very good time and I arrived at a huge conference venue to be met by a very red-faced and agitated man who asked me if I was the motivational speaker, to which I said yes, and he said “You’re on in a moment”, clipped a mic on me and I strode off into the lights to let the audience have it. As I tried to guage their reaction, I saw their eyes fixed on me and their mouths agape. I had clearly got them, body and soul, and was provoking them to think. What I was provoking them to think was, “Who the hell is that?” as I was actually speaking in completely the wrong conference and was supposed to be in the seminar hall two doors down, an hour and a half later. I got great feedback, but no fee! I then went on to do my proper presentation at the correct time in the correct room.
Speakers Corner: Your favourite film?
Geoff Burch: Harold and Maude
Speakers Corner: Favourite book?
Geoff Burch: Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy
Speakers Corner: Favourite holiday destination
Geoff Burch: So many – Mexico, Far East, Majorca – anywhere hot and sunny where I can also sail
Speakers Corner: What’s your tipple?
Geoff Burch: Coca Cola!
Speakers Corner: Country or townie?
Geoff Burch: Townie, I think. I live in Cheltenham though which is in the heart of the Cotswolds so beautiful countryside – but I get agrophobia if the sky’s too big!
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