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Biography: Mike Southon

Mike Southon

 

Others say

"Mike's presentation did exactly what it claims – it helped us double our sales in three months"
The National Computing Centre

"Wisdom without jargon: practical, practicable advice for the would-be entrepreneur"
Cobra Beer

"97% of delegates said they were inspired by Mike’ Southon’s presentation."
Business Link for South Yorkshire

Mike Southon is an inspirational keynote speaker at conferences around the world, as well as a hugely successful serial entrepreneur and best-selling author.

In the ‘80s, Mike co-founded The Instruction Set and turned it into Europe’s leading open systems consultancy and training business, prior to selling the company to Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in 1989. In the ‘90s, he worked with 17 start-ups, two of which, RiverSoft and Micromuse, later went public.

In 2002 he co-authored numerous best-selling books on entrepreneurship and growing businesses -‘The Beermat Entrepreneur’, ‘The Boardroom Entrepreneur’ (about entrepreneurship), ‘Sales on a Beermat’, and ‘Finance on a Beermat’.

"Mik epitched his presentation very well for the audience. Feedback from attendees was very positive."
South Oxfordshire District Council

A Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, Mike speaks at over 100 events every year all over the world, to a wide variety of multi-national audiences, everyone from students to board-level executives.

Mike is also a very experienced conference moderator and facilitator, having interviewed over 100 people on stage -including Sir Richard Branson for his new book Screw Business As Usual.
He is also an experienced entrepreneur mentor, having provided face-to-face mentoring for over 1,000 people in the last ten years.

Mike is proud to be Ambassador for the Federation of Small Businesses and Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Liverpool.

He is also a Freeman of the City of London.

Speaking Topics

Mike Southon is a top entrepreneurial business speaker and conference facilitator.

  • Helping people to be more creative and entrepreneurial in both small and large organisations
  • Helping people to be more effective at sales, especially non-salespeople

For further information or to book Mike Southon for a corporate event, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Interview with Mike Southon

Question:

How did the corporate speaking start?

Answer:

The Beermat Entrepreneur was published in 2002, became an instant best seller and I then became a full-time professional speaker

Question:

Can you remember your first speaking engagement?

Answer:

Yes, it was at the launch of The Beermat Entrepreneur, a charity event for The Prince’s Trust (who also get a royalty from our book) at the Palace Theatre in London for around 1,750 people.

Question:

And your last event?

Answer:

An after-dinner talk on ‘intrapreneurship’ (entrepreneurship in large organisations) for the Chief Executives of Local Authorities

Question:

Which event has been your favourite and why?

Answer:

The Entrepreneur Business School in Bali – amazing location, great audience and the first time I delivered what became Something About The Beatles.

Question:

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

The main TED event (www.ted.com) or The world Economic forum in Davos (www.weforum.org)

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair

Question:

On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?

Answer:

Over 100 - I did 129 in 2009

Question:

Do you use PowerPoint?

Answer:

Yes, because Something About The Beatles contains videos and music

Question:

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Answer:

Absolutely!

Question:

How do you like to be introduced?

Answer:

“Financial Times columnist and best-selling business author Mike Southon”

Question:

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Answer:

Yes, this is essential

Question:

What are the most asked for topics?

Answer:

Entrepreneurship, enterprise creativity and innovation, in small and large organisations

Question:

Is your speech at all interactive with audience participation?

Answer:

Yes

Question:

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

Answer:

Best stage stories are as my alter-ego Mike Fab-Gere - broke my leg on stage, but finished the show before going to hospital

Question:

Your favourite film?

Answer:

The Usual Suspects

Question:

Favourite book?

Answer:

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Question:

Favourite holiday destination?

Answer:

Bali

Question:

What’s your tipple – wine, beer, champagne?

Answer:

Wine

Question:

Country or townie?

Answer:

Definitely as city boy - London

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