Author, speaker, business coach, trouble maker
Assuming you don't have much time to read through this self-indulgent website, let me give you the Cliff Notes of what you need to know in 60 seconds.
Grew up in a small town in the Interior of BC. Crappy student, made a six-figure business for myself at the age of 15. Mother called the RCMP assuming I was a drug dealer. No charges laid. Got to University, applied to many, accepted by one (University College of the Cariboo - yes that's the name). Kicked out of the business program after second year (for being an assh*le). Finished bachelors after seven years of full time study (with intermittant semesters off for Academic Probation). Received my PhD.BA (Paid for the doctorate, only completed the Bachelors). Small stint with Utility Company, Started Think Tank Communications. Grew, exited. Launched Ghost CEO™, grew, and grew and grew, and grew and now we are in ten countries and counting. Wrote a book in 2007 (What Men Don't Tell Women About Business). Hit the bestsellers list because I convinced Puff Daddy (aka PDiddy, Sean Combs, etc) to come on Network Television with me. Have written two additional books on business development and closing deals. Travelled the world speaking to groups big and small. I talk to you like you are an old friend over a whisky in a room filled with cigar smoke.
And I will capture, engage, entertain and leave your audiences with a presentation they will discuss throughout their career. Nice to meet you.
For the nerds, more below...
Aside from starting my life as a GQ toddler, I'm also the founder of the Ghost CEO™, the world's largest business coaching practice for professionals. We service a global clientele from multinationals through to small businesses in rapid growth.
I also created the Foundry™ program, which has taught tens of thousands of professionals how to sell, in an effective and efficient way. I've toured the globe as a speaker and taken the main stage at global conferences talking about how to do business based on relationships and systems, giving a s$%t about your fellow professionals, and building sustainable and profitable business models. I've appeared on national networks, radio programs and in a shite load of printed media (remember magazines?)
Now with the boastful bull$hit out of the way, let's talk turkey. Business and business training is filled with shock and awe. Big music. Big lights. The speaker, jumping around clapping their hands to get the crowd excited. They look at each other in the audience, smiling and having a hell of a time. Then they go to bed, wake up the next morning, and go back to what they were doing before. They might have a little 'speaker hangover', but they go what they have always done..
That's not me. I'm not all teeth. I don't 'rah-rah' people. I teach audiences how to do business development BETTER. I give them the tools, techniques, strategies, and tricks of the trade that only Rainmakers possess. They go from zero to 60 that day and every day after. That's me. Rocket fuel for the professional that needs to sell.
Future Gladiator as a Toddler
I was rocking the bow tie even before I could tie one
(thanks Mom and Dad!)
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MARKETS I SPEAK TO
IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU CHOOSE TO SPEND YOUR TIME WITH...
PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S GROUPS
INVESTMENT ADVISORS AND FINANCIAL PLANNERS
PROFESSIONAL FIRMS (LEGAL, ACCOUNTING, ENGINEERING, AND ARCHITECTS
BUSINESS NON-PROFITS CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE and INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS
UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES AND TRADE SCHOOLS
In Person Keynote
Enjoy Chris in person at your event with time set aside for Q&A, audience interaction and even some board engagement.
A presentation delivered from Chris' custom designed studio with four different sets, state of the art acoustics and 4K video feeds
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.
Andy Grove, CEO,
"Chris has a way with words. You feel like you are talking with a friend, he explains the way to develop sales conversations, and has too many funny bits to keep track of. Always a pleasure putting him in front of one of our teams."
Harvard Business School
"Both our MBA and undergrads really enjoyed Chris' presentation around the topic of sales and the importance of learning this valuable skill, no matter the career choice. I was worried some of the students may abandon their studies and go find something to sell."
Michelle Pockey, Director,
Professional Women's Network
"Not only has Chris spoken to our group on a number of occasions and been a 'champion' for our mumbers, but I also brought him in to train our internal teams at both my present and past law firms. He is a dynamo and a spark for professional women."
Director,Greater Houston Technology Alliance
"We brought Chris in to work with our incubator participants. Not only did he cover the basics of business development, but shared some of his personal stories both in a tech startup and as a venture capitalist. The audience didn't want to let him go. 10/10."
Char Fortune, Global Director of Learning and Development, Avison Young
"I had Chris come in and deliver a seminar to our 'future leaders' group and he did not disappoint. I've never seen this group so excited to get out and get after it. We see him and Ghost CEO™ as a current and future asset to our firm and its growth."
HOW TO BOOK CHRIS FOR YOUR EVENT
We book some events months and even years out. Others (especially those delivered remotely) can be organized on a much quicker turnaround. We do try to keep our booking calendar updated. Even if you see a day that is scheduled, please feel free to inquire, especially if you see us in your town on a specific date or want a presentation done remotely.