The business author, Sunday Times cartoonist and brand consultant believes fresh thinking is the only way to sustain competitive advantage. He is also a champion of simplicity as the perfect antidote to an increasingly complex world. With a wonderfully dry wit Guy shows how to find solutions to virtually any problem, throw off conventional thinking and avoid meaningless clichés by breaking every challenge into small parts and seeing through others’ eyes. After dinner the bestselling business writer lives up to his billing as the David Attenborough of the corporate jungle.
Guy Browning has two key characteristics necessary for great business communication: a thorough understanding of commercial issues and a highly developed sense of humour. Known as the ‘David Attenborough of the business jungle’, he is the creator of The Guardian’s Office column, presenter of Small Talk on Radio 4, and author of a slew of bestsellers. His latest book is The Pocket Guru, a brilliantly accessible guide to enterprise.
Originally an advertising copywriter, Guy’s expertise lies in the use of creativity in business. He now runs the Smokehouse consultancy, helping companies conceive more innovative products, services and processes, and new ways of communicating. He’s also a compelling conference speaker, showing how people in every part of the organisation can use intelligence, initiative and imagination to tackle any core issue.
Guy is also widely acknowledged as one of the funniest after dinner speakers on the circuit. He slices straight through management clichés, reveals the true purpose of conferencing and offers some invaluable tips on how to scale the greasy pole: “Get yourself noticed by volunteering (but remember, work itself makes you almost invisible); steer well clear of meetings (just tell them you’re in a meeting), and ignore all emails (most of which are bio-degradable).”
Guy’s books include Weak at the Top (the uncensored diary of the last cavemanager), Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade (how to survive life’s smaller challenges) and Maps of my Life, which he describes as an autobiography without the bad bits. Guy has also brought a new approach to cinema, writing and directing his first film Tortoise In Love, a low-budget romantic comedy financed by and starring locals from his own Oxfordshire village.
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In the words of one client, listening to Guy is “like being at The Comedy Store, but with a business message!” I’ve seen him have a group of stockbrokers on their feet impersonating athletes, pondering moral queries and roaring with laughter at his advice on how to manage your boss. They were putty in a master’s hands! JLA Agent Emily Collier
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