Speaking

Above: my recent talk at TEDx Liverpool. Below, information on hiring me as a speaker for your next event. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for someone to help make your team or organization more productive, I’m your guy. Over the last decade (and since starting my productivity project), I have experimented with how to become as productive as possible. I’d love to share what I have learned with your audience to help them do the same!

To date, I’ve written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity, and my work has garnered coverage in media as diverse as the New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, TED, Business Insider, and New York Magazine. I’m also the author of The Productivity Project, a bestselling book published by Penguin Random House about my yearlong productivity project. Recently, the prestigious TED Talks blog said that I “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet.”

But I know you didn’t come here to hear me brag about that stuff. That’s totally cool; I just wanted to establish a bit of credibility before talking about how you can hire me to help you out.

Keynote Topics

I’ve designed four keynote topics to help you out, depending on who your audience is:

For Everyone: A Fresh New Approach to Productivity

Drawing from over a decade’s worth of research, as well as Chris Bailey’s yearlong deep dive experiment into the world of productivity, this counterintuitive and wildly entertaining talk will transform how you think about productivity. Productivity doesn’t have to be boring—and it’s possible to get more done every day without hating the process. In addition to showing how productivity is about managing your time as well as your attention and energy, this talk will give you several practical, tactical ways to get more done every day at work and at home—like Singletasking and the Rule of 3—so you’ll walk away with some solid productivity techniques in your back pocket.

For Leaders: Taking Care of Business

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Ironically, the more your time is in demand, the less time you have to think about your productivity—but the more you need to. This is especially true for the leaders in any organization—who have teams to manage, deadlines to juggle, and an insane amount of work to get done by the end of the day. In addition to showing you how productivity is about managing your time as well as your attention and energy, this counterintuitive, entertaining talk will provide you with several practical, tactical ways to get more done every day, and lead your teams to do the same. This talk is designed especially for busy leaders who have almost no time to think about their productivity —and covers productivity tactics like eliminating unimportant tasks from your work, as well as guiding your team to work on what’s actually important.

For Salespeople: Productivity for Sales Professionals

When you have more to do than time to do it in, properly managing your time, attention, and energy becomes critical. Ironically, though, the more you have on your plate, the less time you have to think about your productivity. This entertaining, counterintuitive talk will guide you through productivity tactics like eliminating attention hijackers and unimportant tasks from your work, as well as stepping back from your work to consider what’s actually important, so you can spend more time developing relationships with customers, selling, and doubling down on bigger accounts that grow, rather than on administrative tasks and with customers that suck up your time.

For Students: Becoming a More Productive Student

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When you’re in college or university, “being productive” seems like more of a necessary evil than something integral to your success as a student. While keeping things exciting, this talk guides you through becoming a more productive, organized, and successful student. You’ll see exactly how you can work smarter, instead of just harder, while learning about the fascinating, counterintuitive science behind topics like procrastination (which, the research shows, everybody does), self-talk, and how you should best invest your time. The takeaway from this talk is a simple one with profound implications: that the most productive people don’t work faster or more frantically—they work deliberately and with intention throughout the day. Productivity is all about how much you accomplish at the end of the day—and busyness is no different from laziness when it doesn’t lead you to accomplish anything.

Testimonials

Regardless of the size of your team or where you’re based, I’d love to help you out. I have been invited to speak to groups as large as 2,000 and as intimate as 20 in many corners of the world, from the United States, to the United Kingdom, to South Africa. Here are a few testimonials from folks who have invited me to come speak in the past:

We invited Chris to give a 40-minute presentation on productivity for our university’s general assembly with 1,500-2,000 students, faculty, and staff.

Chris immediately engaged our audience and held their attention throughout his impeccably-crafted and memorable presentation. His visuals aids illustrated his points clearly, guiding the audience through thorough research and relatable content. Chris speaks confidently about his experience and expertise, while remaining friendly and approachable. Any organization would be hard-pressed to invite a more practical, relevant speaker. I would welcome Chris back any time.

Emily Muthersbaugh
Student Life Coordinator / Walla Walla University

We recently heard about Chris via a TED talk and invited Chris to run a productivity webinar for our employees in the Channel Islands, UK.

We chose Chris as he operates in that unique space between productivity and wellness which was very important to us as we wanted to engage those that may be traditionally put off by pure wellness initiatives. We were very impressed by his presentation; over the course of one hour, Chris presented us with 20 practical ways we could get more done every day, and provided us with a user-friendly PDF handout that our employees could download after the webinar to make the course even more tactical.

Chris’ presentation was engaging, professionally delivered and most importantly, incredibly practical. If you are looking for a speaker who will have a real impact on the way you work, I highly recommend Chris for your company as well.

Amanda Miles
Senior Manager, HR Services / RBC Wealth Management

With his easy going humour and practical wisdom, Chris had our audience hanging on his every word. His message is applicable to all stages of life and career, and I had positive comments from students, alumni and faculty for weeks following his talk. His take home notes hang in my office, reminding me every day that I have the tools for a productive, manageable workflow at my disposal. I would welcome the opportunity to hear Chris speak again!

Katrina Clarke
Lead Organizer, Development Day / King's University College

I can personally attest to the professionalism, excellence and outstanding presentation style of Chris Bailey.

I organize the Ottawa chapter of Pecha Kucha Night, a worldwide series of fast-paced presentations for curious minds to meet and share ideas. At the most recent edition, Chris presented on his Year of Productivity project. We were impressed with Chris’ sharp intelligence, his quick wit and his ability to translate the abstract into the practical. Chris instantly connected with the crowd and delivered a smartly crafted talk. His engaging demeanour and audience-focused approach contributed greatly to the success of this event, solidifying his reputation as a highly competent and motivated communicator.

I would recommend Chris Bailey’s services without reservations.

Remco Volmer
Head Organizer / Pecha Kucha Ottawa

We recently invited Chris to run a private meditation workshop at Camp Quality New Heights, a four-day leadership development camp for teenagers who were affected by cancer as kids.

Chris is willing to put himself on the line, treating himself like a genuine human being, and then speak honestly about his results.  His experiment of meditating for 35 hours in one week during his year of productivity was a springboard for this workshop.  Being an advocate of meditation, he was able to show these students the value of the practice by leading them through a guided meditation. Everyone in attendance was surprised at how helpful the workshop was, and many took the time to thank Chris personally. Chris is truly a master of productivity, and I have not met anyone more dedicated to their craft than him.

Daniel Trevisanutto
Event Coordinator / Camp Quality New Heights

 

Let’s Work Together


For speaking engagements, I am represented by Speakers’ Spotlight.
If you’re interested in booking me for an engagement, they’re your best point of contact! You can email them at [email protected]. They’ll get back to quick quicker than you’d expect.

Of course, if you have any questions for me, please shoot me an email at [email protected], and I’ll do my best to answer them!

I’m looking forward to helping you out.

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