Speaking

Above: my recent talk at TEDx Liverpool! Another one you might enjoy: my recent talk at Google.
For more information on hiring me as a speaker for your next event, please check out my page on Speakers Spotlight—they represent me for speaking engagements!

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, the BBC, Business Insider, and New York Magazine. I’m also the author of The Productivity Project, an international bestselling book published by Penguin Random House that has been translated into eight languages. 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:

The return on investment from Chris’ workshop just two short months ago is unquestionably massive, and continues to grow. After the event, I received appreciative feedback from everyone in attendance, from new engineers, to industry-renowned experts with 40+ years of experience. One executive vice-president at my company even went so far as to say that the workshop “changed his life.” Chris’ ideas on how to work with deliberateness and intention have grown to become a part of our everyday conversations. Simply put, we’re accomplishing more and are happier doing it.

VP Services, 3esi and Enersight

With the always increasing demands placed on us at work, being productive is hugely important in order to succeed in the workplace and have enough time for our personal interests. Chris presents an elegant framework on managing time, attention and energy in order to increase output and create more personal time. Presenting his research and personal experiments with humour, Chris brings life to a sometimes stuffy topic. Friends and family have noticed my increase in productivity, labelling me, “Mr. Efficiency”. Mr E. thanks you, Chris!

Manager, Google

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. 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.

RBC Wealth Management

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. 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.

Walla Walla University

Chris Bailey’s keynote on productivity was perfect for our annual customer conference. Chris is an easy going, funny and relatable speaker that can engage any crowd. He kindly did book signings and attended our receptions to give our attendees more time to connect with him on questions and his ideas. I’d recommend Chris to any organization that is looking for effective connect delivered by a young and engaging speaker.

Iptor

Chris’ enthusiasm and dedication to understanding and dissecting productivity principles provided incredibly valuable insights for our teams here at Zipcar. Chris was not only a joy to watch, but he was a pleasure to work with!

Senior Manager, Zipcar

Chris’ passion and humor combined with his practical advice and know-how resonated strongly with our audience — especially in how relevant and timely his talk was. Chris’ personal experience living a productive life gave great learnings that are easy to remember and put to use — both professionally and personally.

Senior Manager, Microsoft

Chris was a great fit for our project management team.  Personal productivity is a challenge for most these days, and Chris has done the heavy lifting to sift through the various methods and hacks out there to distill productivity into simple concepts.   Chris is entertaining, informative and engaging and was a great choice to help motivate our team to improve their performance through their personal productivity!

CPO, Parallon

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!

King's University

 

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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