"A huge thank you for joining us at this year’s Trade and Apprentice Awards. The impact that you made was felt at every level from Apprentice to Director and the word “inspired” is one that I have heard many times from those who attended. You really did make this a great event and we are extremely grateful. Thanks too to Jane for the brilliant organisation, we always felt everything was going to run smoothly."
Kate Jansen, Director of Human Resources, Willmott Dixon Trade and Apprentice Awards - November 2015
"We have enjoyed working with Kriss since 2007. He has helped us to celebrate with colleagues who have successfully achieved a company sponsored qualification, inspiring everyone with his life story and the lessons he has learned. Kriss’s involvement with Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) started after we’d signed the Government Skills Pledge to ensure 90% of our employees achieved a qualification at NQF Level 2 or above. Many of our people have never achieved a qualification before and the prospect of a formal celebration event is a bit daunting. Kriss always mingles with everyone before the event starts, finding out about them, putting them at ease and then really celebrates their achievement. Everyone walks tall with a smile on their face at the end of the evening, they then carry that sense of pride back into their workplace. I have heard Kriss’s presentation many times now, although his story has a consistent message he keeps it fresh and each time I hear it I find a new angle to draw inspiration from."
Heidi Mottram, CEO Northumbrian Water, February 2015
"We have had a few great speakers at our NMI Annual Awards Dinner but Kriss was funny, energetic and by far the best speaker we have had. He fully engaged with the sponsors and winners on the presentation of the awards, his personality bouncing on others gave us many great photos for keep sakes. Kriss mingled with our audience before and after the event and took time to chat and have selfies with our attendees. He is still spoken about weeks after. Kriss you were sensational and thank you for making it a great night. I would certainly recommend Kriss for any event in the future."
Joanne Thomson, NMI Annual Awards Dinner, November 2014
"Once again Kriss did us proud - and SO lovely to see him again - we feel like we have a true supporter in him!
His keynote was brilliant and he engages so well with the young people and carers.
He really got into the spirit of the evening and really helped the atmosphere to sparkle.
I know that the young man who received his sports
personality award was quite overwhelmed!
I will be in touch soon.
Thanks for all your organisation!"
Sally Kelly, Head Teacher, Virtual School for Looked After Children, Royal Borough of Greenwich - October 2014
"I have never worked with a speaker who prepared so well for a speaking engagement. The effort Kriss put into making his talk relevant to our people really paid off. He used terminology that meant something to them, referred to our values and organisational issues throughout and really engaged with the audience.
I was very impressed with how generous Kriss was with his time on the day too – queues of people wanting selfies and photos with him were accommodated and he retained his good humour throughout!! It was lovely to meet someone in person who matches the very positive perception I had of them before.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Kriss to others and have been singing his praises since the event.
Christine Amyes, Executive Director People, New Charter Housing Trust Group, September 2014
"The Royal Logistic Corps held its annual Sports Awards on 5 July 2014 to recognise the incredible talent of some of its sportsmen and women. Kriss Akabusi was our sporting personality who presented the awards. He did an amazing job, fully engaging with all the awards recipients, their colleagues, families and friends. He closed the event with a short, entertaining and motivational address, linking his own military background and sporting achievements to soldiers serving and sporting today. What a great star Kriss proved to be."
Colonel Drew Fielden, RLC Sports Awards - July 2014
"Kriss was brilliant; he was a pleasure to work with and he hosted with such enthusiasm, energy and flexibility. Many of our guests commented on his infectious energy! It was clear that Kriss wanted to 'get it right on the night' as it were and was fully prepared having researched us as an organisation and worked to the brief as discussed beforehand. He had all of us gripped, and linked it nicely to our work as a charity of helping young people to cross their finishing line"
Lucy Pryce, Making The Leap - June 2014
"In a word Kriss was sensational!
He delivered an inspiring, entertaining and off the wall talk which had the audience hanging on every word.
We were most impressed by the diligent research Kriss carried out ahead of the booking and the genuine interest he showed in our organisation.
Despite facing a long drive home, he was good enough to wait around afterwards to sign autographs and have his picture taken with the young sports men and women in the room.
We would certainly use Kriss again. His energy was infectious and people were talking about his 'performance' weeks later."
Exeter Foundation, Devon Sports Awards - May 2014
"Kriss attended our company awards ceremony, his presence commanded the room and captivated an extremely mixed audience from the moment he took to the stage until he left but Kriss did not stop there! We had nearly 200 people at the function and I am pretty sure Kriss spoke to everyone at length. Regardless of status, Kriss treated everyone the same and he has a wonderful gift of making everyone feel special. Motivation like that is so difficult to achieve and at 3.30 in the morning Kriss was still working the room. We had to force him to leave as we were aware of his commitments the following day.
We are extremely grateful to have an association with the Akabusi company and we look forward to working with Kriss and his team for many years to come."
Mike Johnson, Marketing Manager, Rowlands Pharmacy - April 2013
"We booked Kriss for our annual conference and award ceremony after I saw him at a breakfast meeting a couple of years ago. I was expecting good things, but WOW, what a fantastic afternoon. Kriss tied in all our messages throughout his presentation and made the awards his own with his vibrant personality and energy.
I have never before had so many messages of thanks from the staff this morning for “The best Conference ever”
We thank Kriss for making this an afternoon and night to remember."
Christian Draper, Saffron Building Society - December 2012
"Many thanks for what can only be described as an inspired piece of hosting for our awards on Friday night. The atmosphere was fantastic and our teams had a fabulous evening, here is a quote from our People & Culture Director Liz Newman that I think captures the essence of how great a job you did:'It was indeed an amazing evening, you could feel the love!'The awards touched every point, and the genius of the incredible Mr Akabusi ensures they will never be forgotten - if you could bottle that!."
Nina Wright - UBM - November 2012
"We thought that your presentation was informative, entertaining and motivational as you delivered numerous key messages in a humorous and unforgettable manner. I personally really appreciated the way you kindly did a ‘meet and greet’ to our teams on their arrival and thought that you came across incredibly charismatic, knowledgeable, fun-loving, determined and passionate.
In addition, I also thought that you were very human and therefore extremely approachable and would like to thank you for not only presenting the awards, but for also doing the personalised book signings for the winners and spending extra time signing autographs and having your picture taken with many other attendees on the night."
Vince, Romans - July 2012
"Inspiring, entertaining, thought provoking and filled with laughs! Just a few words to describe your phenomenal performance hosting our West of England Celebration of Sport Evening awards, Kriss. You have set an unbelievably high standard for our first ever awards evening, creating a real problem for next year – who can we get that could follow you!? Your performance really captured the spirit of the event, where our focus was on the often unsung heroes who make community sport happen, and making them feel very special and appreciated. The feedback and profile this event has given Wesport has been very positive and at a high level. Thank you for bringing your energy and joy to our event – a 'perfect evening'!."
Steve Nelson, CEO Wesport (West of England Sport Trust) - May 2012
"Passion, enthusiasm, energy, fun, relevant, humorous and above inspiring. Kriss helped cap off our annual meeting and set the audience up for making a difference in the coming year. His story is powerful and a reminder to everyone that you can make a difference if you have the desire to change, have strong leadership and great teams. The time taken beforehand to understand our business helped add relevance to his talk and his passion and energy helped deliver a really powerful message to our team. The hour flew by, I would recommend it to everyone, you will have so much fun!."
SJ Events - February 2012
"Thank You to Kriss for his work at our event last week. His speech was a perfect fit to the theme of the day and brought a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement to all the guests, which is exactly what we hoped for.
We've had so many positive comments from guests who enjoyed the evening entertainment and the pub quiz went down amazingly well - Kriss did a fantastic job of hosting as Landlord and made the evening fun and lively (and full of laughter!) for all our guests so thank you!
I hope we get the chance to work with you again."
Beccy Whythe, TRO - September 2011
"We really enjoyed Kriss’s presentation at the 2011 CIPS annual dinner. It was one of the rare occasions where a presenter took the time and energy to tailor messages and anecdotes closely to our procurement and supply profession. He had us laughing about his stories, and reflecting on how business works today, in equal measure!"
David Noble, Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply - June 2011
"Many Thanks for your contribution to our Excellence Awards, the feedback after the event was everything I could have asked for ,as far as my team are concerned you are very much part of the Ford Retail Family.
I personally would like to thank you once again for integrating your presentation into the issues we have as a business and presenting potential solutions in a motivating and very personal manner."
Chris Hayden, Ford Retail - May 2011
"Kriss was an inspiration to us all here at Hounslow Homes – he went down an absolute storm!
I’ve had lots of feedback and it’s all been extremely positive, in particular, staff really appreciated that he stayed and chatted afterwards."
Caroline, Hounslow Homes - December 2010
"Our Opening Ceremony on Wednesday was fantastic. Kriss Akabusi was such an inspiration to both the pupils and staff. I could have listened to him for hours. Please thank him for such a great afternoon"
Alison, Kings Lynn Academy - October 2010
"ScotSoft is always a great evening for the ICT industry in Scotland, but you lifted it into a different league last week, and we have had a huge amount of positive feedback. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the way you "glitzed up" the Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards, and you have undoubtedly left a lasting impression on the youngsters involved.
Your after dinner speech went down a treat and led to comments on twitter from our member like "@krissakabusi delivered an inspirational speech". "
Polly, Scotland IS - October 2010
"Thank you so very much indeed for all you did at out Scotmid conference; The feedback has been absolutely brilliant and the whole business is buzzing; the work you put in was fantastic and the award winners were delighted that you kindly did the presentationsp; Thanks again Kriss, you did more than we could have hoped for to stimulate the business into a strong summer trading period!"
Richard, Scottish Midland Co-operative Society - April 2010
"Funny, energetic - an awe inspiring speaker, great motivation for our young apprentices."
National Construction College, Kings Norton - July 2010
"Kriss, you were a real inspiration to all on the day. Both staff and students were captivated by your energetic and and individual style."
National Construction College, Erith - July 2010
"I am writing on behalf of the NLE/NSS team here at the National College to formally thank you very much for your contribution to the above mentioned NLE Induction Event in London. Feedback from delegates indicates that they found the whole experience both enjoyable and informative and once again your speech was one of the highlights of the event. Delegates left the event feeling up-beat and motivated which is exactly what we wanted! Thank you so much.
Once again, thank you for the role you played in making this event a success and we look forward to seeing you in February next year!
Katie Wheeler, NLE/NSS Team - May 2010
"The positive energy and enthusiasm which surrounds Kriss is an inspiration to all; He is a true professional to work with and has an innate ability to communicate at all levels; Kriss presentation at our launch event took the evening to a higher platform - leaving the audience completely captivated and buzzing with excitement"
Louise, FCA - September 2009
"Thank you to Kriss for making the Awards evening so memorable. He made everyone feel special from his own unique way of presenting the certificates, taking the time to speak to people and having photographs at the end. We couldn''t have had a better speaker for the evening!"
Bev, Torbay Care Trust - March 2009
"It took just under an hour for the olympic athlete to completely wow over the audience, inspiring everyone with his limitless energy, boundless passion and incredibly contagious giggle; When he appeared two years ago on the NIA stage the crowd was bowled over by his zeal and he quickly became Kleeneze favourite guest speaker; However, this time the Olympian did what no one thought was possible and surpassed our already high expectations of him and make his name synonymous with the Kleeneze Summer Showcase 2009"
Kleeneze Bulletin - June 2009
"Kriss was outstanding as I would have expected. He particularly excels at genuinely engaging with anyone who speaks to him and has the ability to make them feel valued and interesting. His infectious enthusiasm and passion shone through and just lifted the audience. Many thanks Kriss, you are a star!!"
Margaret, The Leadership Trust - September 2008
"Kriss was just what we needed, the talk exactly matched our issues, I couldn''t have scripted it better myself! We will be talking about this for months and years to come, thanks Kriss!"
Sally, Southern Focus Trust - September 2008
"What an awe inspiring performance!!! Kriss had veteran staff known for their cynicism standing on chairs whooping and hollering!!!! It was worth every penny just to see that!!! I have been working for 3 years to get them enthused about anything!!"
Rachael, WC Housing - May 2008