Chris Barez-Brown
Speaker Profile

Best-selling Author, Speaker and Business Beatnik

Watch Chris's Ted Talk about find your creative self here

Chris Baréz-Brown is on a mission: to bring creativity, energy and engagement to the business world. After helping turn Carling Black Label into the first British billion pound brand, he joined the innovation agency ?What If!, helping some of the world's most successful businesses to galvanise innovation and deliver impact. Determined to inject more humanity back into business, Chris founded Upping Your Elvis in 2009 where he continues to help businesses change by training people to unleash their inner creativity and shine more brightly. In 2014 he co-founded Street Wisdom – a modern, urban, accessible route to mindfulness. He is the author of three best-selling books; How to Have Kick Ass Ideas (HarperCollins, 2012), Shine (Penguin, 2011), and his latest, Wake Up! Escaping a Life on Autopilot (Penguin Life, 2016) published in 2017 alongside Wake Up! the app. Chris also writes monthly columns for GQ and British Airways Business Life Magazine and runs legendary workshops from his home in Dorset helping businesses such as MediaCom, ITV and Unilever become more creative, productive and inspired. Chris's philanthropic endeavours include co-founding Street Wisdom, a global social enterprise on a mission to bring inspiration to our urban streets, as well as working with The Nike Foundation to help teenage girls escape the poverty cycle in Africa. 

What the audience can expect
Chris’ uncanny ability to inspire infuses his talks and he has received wildly positive responses from a range of audiences, including The Do Lectures, TedX and the world’s largest leadership event, Leadercast, where he also interviewed Apple’s Steve Wozniak live on stage. He specialises in helping people reconnect with their inner genius. According to Chris, a happier team is more engaged at work and able to focus on practices that will make a difference. 

He combines an eclectic professional background including time in the army, brand management, innovation and leadership development, with his fascination for people and the more esoteric practices of Reiki, meditation and hypnotherapy. All of which make his take on work refreshing, simple and inspiring.

Chris is flexible in meeting the exact needs of his audience and draws on his best-selling books to help people break their tired work habits and become more engaged with life at work and at home. He aims to fire up fresh thinking in leaders and their teams; by sharing simple, everyday practices and instilling in his audience the confidence to take risks and do things differently. Clients frequently call upon his unique and energetic approach to revitalise their employees' passion for Monday mornings.

Creativity, standing out and breaking the rules, transformation, success 

Chris presents in English 


Let Chris Barez-Brown be your idea guru!

Ken Blanchard, Co-Author of The One Minute Manager 

So much big talk about transformation…Chris actually delivers it. Time and again. Part art, part gift, part crazy man. He works his magic every time!

Marie Eital, Chairman of Girl Effect & Co-Chair of the NIKE Foundation 

Further information
To find out what Chris Barez-Brown could bring to your event or to make a booking, please contact Alice Saunders.