"Kriss delivered an inspirational, energetic and engaging presentation to our audience of residential child care delegates in Scotland. Touching on personal highs and lows as well as Olympic success, he drew the audience in to his story and pushed them to think about their own relationships, both personal and professional.
As the first Keynote speaker on our conference programme, he really set the tone for the two-day event, motivating important conversations, encouraging networking and future planning.
In addition to presenting brilliantly, Kriss is warm and genuine and took extra time to speak with our delegates and young people after his presentation. An absolute star!."
Michelle McCue, Centre For Excellence For Looked After Children In Scotland (CELCIS) - June 2014
"Thank you so much for the brilliantly delivered presentation you did for us at the Platinum Property Partners Quarterly Workshop; you were truly Incredible!
In all our years of booking speakers, we have never dealt with someone who cared as much as you did, to give our people what they wanted and needed.
Your preparation was genuinely world-class and a real reflection on the passion, commitment and dedication that you applied to your sporting career.
A very deep , heartfelt thank you from myself and the team at the Platinum Property Partners."
Steve Bolton, Founder and Chairman, Platinum Property Partners - May 2014
"Kriss’s speech was well received and he had a huge amount of energy. He was very well researched and linked the talk extremely well to the king organisation and values."
Kingsley Macey, VP HR, King Business Partnerships, Leadership & Capabilities and Culture, Candy Crush - April 2014
"I just wanted to thank you and the CIPD team for last night’s 'New Year, New You' event, presented by Kriss Akabusi. He was, as I expected, energetic, enthused and ran a very good 2 hour interactive presentation. Please pass on my thanks to Kriss."
Kate, GSK - January 2014
"An amazing, energetic session with engagement from all participating like I've never experienced before from a motivational speaker. Genuinely uplifting, inspiring and emotional that has created a real positive buzz which has acted as a spring board for people to take stock of their working lives and positively address and seek to improve and adapt to how they approach their work scenarios in the future."
Matt Rodley, AMGEN LTD - January 2014
"Kriss was absolutely fantastic at our event. He hit exactly the right note and as we watched the video of the World Championships of 1991. All 450 of our delegates were cheering him on around the last bend and down the home straight as he secured Gold for GB. His enthusiasm and passion throughout his presentation and in fact the whole evening was totally infectious and above all he is just a thoroughly lovely guy!! I would recommend Kriss for any audience, anytime!."
Michael, BCSC - June 2013
"Without any doubt, Kriss is a fantastic key note speaker and I would not hesitate in recommending him. On the day of our conference, his messages were truly inspirational and uplifting and he carried the crowd along with him throughout his presentation. A great balance of humour, interesting stories, serious messages and wonderful variety of presentation style. A true show man who can lift everyone’s spirits. What impressed me most was his ability to adapt his story to his audience. The preparation that goes into getting it right at these events is what really matters and it was during the planning discussions that we had in advance of the conference when I knew we were on to a winner."
Anthony, Hillgate Travel - May 2013
"I would appreciate if you can pass our thanks onto Kris for such a wonderful, uplifting, moving, emotional and inspirational speech on Saturday. It really did hit the spot and it is so great to see staff so animated and excited today at work.
It’s now down to myself as part of the senior management team as well as line management to keep this feeling alive moving forward. Yes, this is challenging but Kris has built a wonderful platform for us to build on."
Liz, Hillgate Travel - May 2013
"Everyone was inspired, energised, and we were so pleased you felt able to spend so much extra time talking to people, posing for photos and giving out advice. Everyone has said what a privilege and pleasure it was to meet you and how you helped to make our event ‘the best ever.’ We really appreciated the care you took to learn about our organisation, our staff and the issues we face and weave that into your performance.
I really look forward to seeing you again and will be giving you the highest possible recommendation to other people looking for charismatic and energising speakers."
Sarah, Grand Union Housing - April 2013
"We wanted a speaker who could enthuse our audience about the future, at the end of a conference that had some difficult messages for our staff. Kris’s energy and delivery brought the room to life. He captured the challenges we face perfectly and left people feeling confident about our ability to take them on and win."
Faye, Merlin Housing Association - February 2013
"What a legendary and evangelical performance. Kriss’ personality filled the room right from the start.
His energy is matched by his professionalism. Kriss did his homework on our company, our history and our vision for the future. He brought together the threads of his personal life and career to make it relevant to our national management conference.
The theme of our event was ‘managing change’, and Kriss provided an inspirational, emotional and often funny presentation about the need to embrace change to win.
Kriss is like a firework – colourful, loud, eye-catching and full of impact. I have seen many motivational speakers and would not hesitate in recommending Kriss as a corporate speaker at any event.
Tim Watts, Lifelong President, Pertemps Network Group – November 2012
"Kriss was headline speaker at our staff conference and gave us an inspirational session that linked his own life experience to the vision and values of our business. He was well received by our staff, and spent time at the end of the event meeting people and making them feel special – an experience many will not forget.
Ken Goodsell - B3 Living - October 2012
"Our Half Yearly Sales Meeting had an athletics theme and in choosing an external speaker we wanted to try and capture at least a part of the inspirational performances and atmosphere generated from London 2012 and we could not have asked for a more enthusiastic and perceptive speaker who hit the brief perfectly. Kriss not only delivered, inspired and motivated, but created a serious buzz amongst the sales and marketing team and ear to ear smiles were clearly evident following his involvement and the momentum created by Kriss's involvement made it a truly special event for all. An engaging and awe inspiring talk we could not have asked for more!"
Gareth Walsh, Olympus Medical - October 2012
"Kriss joined us for our annual charity golf match. In short, he did a fantastic job. He had taken the time to find out about our business; he was totally engaging, generous with his time, funny, inspirational and genuinely warm with the audience – who loved him. Suffice to say, we raised more for our two chosen charities than ever before – the credit for that lies very much with Kriss. An outstanding professional.
Martin, Cubic Transportation Services - July 2012
"I have seen many motivational and after dinner speakers and have to say you stood out from the pack. What was fantastic about you was:
1. Your empathy and the research you had done about our business.
2. The amount of time you gave us.
3. The presentation was humorous, motivational, funny and extremely articulate.
You managed to keep everybody in the room engaged and on the edge of their seats, you made everyone feel cherished and was very kind."
Tina Whitley, Capita SIMS - June 2012
"Kriss was just amazing on Friday. He had the audience in the palm of his hand with his humour, commitment and the pure passion and intensity of his performance. I have had a fantastic response to the day and a large part of that is down to Kriss. He was so good after his speech, he met our Help For Heroes guests, one of whom has less that 6 months to live and gave such strong words of encouragement to them both.
He stopped and had pictures taken with everyone that asked and signed autographs non stop. I found him to be one of the nicest and most accommodating of people that I have met during 16 years of organising this event. It was a pleasure to have him attend the day and I hope that you will passion my personal thanks for all he did on the day.
TedGroup - April 2012
"Fantastic motivator- with energy and passion. ‘ the past is for reference not for residence’. I remembered this. ‘ see the potential’ in people. Competition raises the bar. Asking for help is a strength not a weakness. Nothing in life worth doing comes easily. Have used this at home already! My arena- was very relevant and inspiring. Bring him back so that all of George can benefit from his motivation!
The only speaker we have had that has taken the time to learn about the George and Asda business, a great find and would love to hear from him again.
George at Asda - March 2012
"Kriss’s experiences are a perfect demonstration of how you can succeed if you apply yourself correctly, something that we can all learn from. The fact that Kriss had a room full of accountants up on their feet exercising, clapping and shouting at the end was testament to the quality of his delivery. Kriss’s knowledge of and reference to the social housing sector was a clear indication of the fact that he had done his homework and hadn’t just turned up on the day
Once again Kriss, thank you so much, you are an inspiration."
Alan, Weaver Vale Housing Trust - March 2012
"Kriss went down a storm, was very personable and down-to-earth whilst funny and inspiring in equal measures.
It was really fantastic to watch him in action and made the day extra special. In my direct dealings, I found him so personable and a pleasure to deal with. I will have no hestiation recommending him to colleagues and peers."
Danny Curtis, Airbus - September 2011
"We are really grateful to Kriss for stepping in so last minute and for the absolutely fantastic job he did on the night. He was truly inspirational – I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a speaker fire an audience up as much as Kriss did! We really cannot thank him enough."
Barbara Gill, BOA - June 2011
"I just wanted to say what an amazing conference we had last week. Ending the day with Kriss was the absolute highlight and made a major difference to a number of people. The night was full of people talking about Kriss and how they have now looked at themselves in a new light, people were buzzing!
My thanks again for an amazing session and the effort that had gone into making sure it was relevant and tailored to my messages.
Kriss certainly is in a class of his own!"
Paul Dawson, Capita IT - May 2011
"I wanted to write and say thank you for your fabulous input at our European Management Meeting. It showed great skill weaving and highlighting the themes of our business strategy into your performance, presentation seems such an understatement!
Your passion and energy is contagious and helped to create a real sense of excitement. The following day, other speakers from within the company referred back to the key messages you delivered, a sure sign of the positive impact you made.
The theme of the conference was Raising the Game and you certainly did, thank you!"
Wendy, Norgren - February 2011
"Just wanted to write to say a HUGE thank you to Kriss for closing our conference on Wednesday on such a high. The delegates were bowled over with his performance and haven't stopped talking about it yet! "
Maggie, Premier Foods - January 2011
"As for Kriss Akabusi.............words fail me. What an explosion of a performance, it can hardly be described as a speech or even a presentation. The showing of that memorable race, with his views on his team mates as commentary, was the icing on the cake"
Ann, The Leadership Trust - September 2010
"Can you pass on our sincere thanks to Kriss for his amazing up-beat Business communication at our conference. Our managers are still all hyper and still talking about it. It was also great that he could join us for drinks in he evening and I can honestly say everyone is still on a high form it all.
A great end to a fantastic conference. There really must be an opportunity to drive Brand Akabusi..."
Kimberley, ScotMid - September 2010
"Kriss provided an uplifting, motivational speech which was filled with excellent anecdotes and humour and was much appreciated by all. Everyone, from trainee to director left the ceremonies with a 'feel good' factor."
National Construction College, Kings Lynn & Paisley - July 2010
"Thank you very much for your attendance at the Flintshire Festival of Youth Sport; The energy and enthusiasm that you brought to the event seemed to prove infectious as you travelled around the different venues meeting the children, young people and volunteers who took part; The event was a great success and it was fabulous to have you there as a role model to inspire the children and young people taking part in different sports and activities."
Angela, Airbus in the UK - May 2010
"The presentation that you gave at Lorica was awesome, inspiring and the best I have seen; Thank you."
John, Client Director, Lorica - February 2010
"Kriss, thank you for your outstanding contribution to Ford's recent conference. It was doubly satisfying thaty ou were able to take on board so much of their content and make it truly personal. In many years of offering up good people to speak at events, you stand head and shoulders above many other names. "
Simon Green Associates - May 2010
"I just wanted to write to thank you for your truly inspirational keynote speech on Friday here at the hertfordshire Development centre in Stevenage. You took the delegates on an emotional journey as you shared the experiences, challenges, achievements and inspirations in your life so that they were proud to share in your successes (especially the historic gold in the 4 x 400) and inspired to do the very best for their pupils' linguistic and cultural development. Your speech was a really skillful blend of humour, warmth, personal history and the bigger picture. Your patient and good natured signing of autographs and posing for photos was also very well received and your iimpromptu German conversation with the pupils was just lovely. You really made this a truly special and unforgettable event, Kriss, and only you (with your cultural and linguistic heritage and experience, not to mention your charisma!) could have done this so successfully. Recht vielen Dank, Kriss. Sie sind einfach einmalig! "
Nick Nesbitt-Larking, Modern Foreign Languages Adviser - June 2010
"Kriss's energy, enthusiasm and natural ability as an entertainer deliver a winning combination that both inspires and motivates his audience, keeping them enthralled from the starting gun to the finish line."
Les Dawson, Southern Water - March 2010
"An excellent talk - fully met the brief of relevance, energy and entertainment"
Graham, Southern Water - March 2010
"I was delighted with the way in which Kriss brilliantly captured the true message and essence of all that we are trying to do; Not an easy task, but you managed your speeches perfectly and all partners appreciated that skill of delivery; Combined with your passion and energy for people, you made the perfect celebrity; Wood View is still buzzing with the excitement and success of our grand opening"
Wood View Learning Community - December 2009
"I have run many events with celebrity speakers over the years and never yet have I met someone who was so well prepared, engaging and totally at ease with the people he came into contact with on the day; I would totally recommend Kriss for motivational speaker engagements; He is a real star"
Jane, Spicers - December 2009
"Thank you so much for inspiring our team at the recent conference. I have had experience of many speakers at conference but you are in a league of your own. Your passionate delivery coupled with interweaving Vision Express examples was pure class. Your energy and enthusiasm are infectious and the whole performance left the team truly inspired."
Mark, Vision Express - January 2010
"Within minutes of you leaving the stage, delegates were falling over themselves to feedback on how motivated they felt and how much value you added to the event; I was truly blown away by not merely your approach and energy, but how relevant the content was to what we as a business are trying to achieve right now."
Gary, Vision Express - January 2010
"What can I say, Kriss was simply fantastic, staff cried (for all the right reasons), laughed, were inspired; Kriss was more than we could have asked for and a perfect start to our new year; Thank you soooo much"
The Harefield Academy - September 2009
"The power and impact of this evetn continues to grow in my mind; You were indeed inspirational in your speech and great fun, energetic and positive in your presence; It wa a privilege to share the stage with you; You gave us a great lift; I was very taken with how much you were able to tailor your words to our organisation's work and our fundamental purpose; This is a belated, but reflected "Thank You", for having come to Torbay to do this."
Anthony, Torbay Care Trust - March 2009
"Inspirational, exciting, motivating, real and great fun. The time he took to prepare so his message linked with that of our organization was noted by the audience and very impressive"
Sarah, SAS UK, January 2010
"I just wanted to say a monumental thank your for your slot on Friday. You were rare! That has to have been the most thrilling hour we have ever had at a social work conference. It was all style and substance - a great way to end the week and enthuse the folk who have to then walk the talk. You have such warmth and joy about you; I appreciated the way in which you had so obviously thought deeply about whom the audience would be, what their role and contribution is and how to untie the bricks round their ankles. It meant that you talked to and reached every single one of us. It was great hearing your story and understanding the way you see how we could all do things more meaningfully and fulsomely. "
Shona, ADSW - May 2008
"Kriss Akabusi was a revelation. I didn’t realise he was such a brilliant public speaker – inspirational, entertaining and funny."
Ian, Bishops Court - April 2008
"WOW. That is probably the best presentation I have seen from anybody ever! The ability to deliver a captivating and motivating presentation to an assorted group of business people and ensure that the key messages of the day were constantly woven into the presentation was one of the most professional examples of the art of delivering a presentation I have seen. A very enjoyable experience, I just wanted to let you know how well it came across."
Owen, Herts Chamber of Commerce - February 2009
"Thank you so much for your motivational talk yesterday; You are so full of life and positive energy that it is understandable how you reached your goals; During the recognition, you had the energy for each person you greeted and didn’t lower your excitement for anyone, it was so nice to see. You looked like you enjoyed it, which makes the difference.;I just enjoyed your motivational talk so much and even better than the last one you did, which was also very hard to top;I would have been happy to have seen a carbon copy of the last one too, as it was so good; Here’s looking forward to your next talk in the future"
Nicola, Kleeneze - May 2009
"I always knew from his many television appearances that Kriss Akabusi became intoxicated by the exuberance of his own verbosity and he certainly entertained his audience with his inspirational, infectious and lively address. "
Rhett, Britannia Hotels - March 2008
"Kriss was a resounding success at our annual conference. We all had a really wonderful time. He was a total inspiration to many of the delegates that attended and certainly made everyone feel really positive about the challenges ahead."
Emma, Inhealth Group - March 2008
"Excellent balance between fun, motivation and relevant to the event!"
Colin, Luton Borough Council - September 2008
"Kriss did us proud! He put in a great performance and was courteous and considerate to each and every BHP Billiton staff member he met after his presentation (which was 99.9% of all attendees, if not 100%!)."
BHP Billiton, February 2008
"Indeed, a couple of the crew commented on how it was one of the best talks they had ever seen and, considering they see a huge amount of varied presentations, I think that is praise indeed."
Daisy, Aspect - April 2008
"Kriss was motivational, entertaining and tailored his talk to the language, history and pedigree of our business – which was very impressive. And a great guy as well!"
Dave, In Retirement Services - January 2009
"I was most impressed by Kriss Akabusi as your choice of speaker and found him incredibly motivational, which I'm sure was the case for every single one of us in the room - difficult not to be with his amount of enthusiasm and entertaining anecdotes!"
Kim, Holiday Extras - April 2008
"Kriss was outstanding, he was very unassuming, easy going and a pleasure to deal with. I really didn’t expect him to arrive or stay as long as he did but he has such a passion for wanting to get things right and understand what’s happening in the business that he arrived before I did and stayed until 1pm. Our employees are all raving about him. I’d have no qualms about recommending him to everyone and anyone I meet."
Tracy, Infores - March 2008
"Kriss really listened to the needs of the group and applied his knowledge and experience specifically in helping us develop our ideas and ways of moving forward."
Oldham, Headteachers Conference - 2013
"Kriss brought a real buzz to the conference and inspired us all to move on collaboratively - part of one team. His enthusiasm is infectious and he underpinned this with thoughtful activities and examples which challenged me to think deeply about my professional and personal future."
Oldhams, Headteachers Conference 2013
"Kriss was motivational and enjoyable - definitely worth hearing. He made me reassess my values and try to act without fear when I know things need doing."
Oldhams, Headteachers Conference 2013