John Cremer | Vistage UK
Speaker Bio

John Cremer

John has twenty years of experience with Human Archetypes, uses it daily in his training work and has added many of his own observations to the process. He has deep expertise in two unusual and complementary disciplines.

He is simply one of the best improvisation skills trainers in the UK and a master at giving business leaders the tools to think on their feet. He was trained in the US and upon returning to the UK he began teaching the techniques to small groups of people. In 2003 he formed the Maydays – an award winning improvisation performing and training company which is highly respected in the field. Adapting and refining the skills required for performance to a professional environment brought superb results. Post credit crunch the ability to find a courageous response to change is vital and companies have recognised the value of unlocking the talent in their teams. John has delivered improvisation masterclasses to a wide range of clients from charities and SMEs to blue chips such as Microsoft, GSK, Anchor Housing Trust, McDonalds, Deloittes, PwC, Rio Tinto, Logica, T-Mobile and Nokia. Each session is totally bespoke and can be delivered to audiences ranging in size from eight to several hundred.

Read more

John brings something a little different to Vistage. His presentations are lively and engaging with lasting impact. He is known for his wicked and incisive sense of humour. Members are involved throughout the session and as John is a veteran improviser there is never a dull moment! The content of all three sessions is quite distinct from any other speaker material, which makes it thought provoking and sparks reflection and actions long after the session ends. The delivery style is flexible, humorous and fast paced and can be instantly adapted according to the mood and interests of the group.

When John is not presenting or performing improvisation you will find him fly fishing in remote locations such as Russia, Wyoming, the Seychelles, the Bahamas, Christmas Island or the Cook Islands.

Read less

My programmes
Filter by:

Play Your Cards Right

Members take away a unique set of tools for self management and an awareness of inner resources they can call upon to be more influential as leaders. On a personal level members become acutely aware of subtle ways that they waste time and energy and how to change this.

Read more

Play Your Cards Right

Overview:

This is a look under the bonnet of the human vehicle. We explore four types of “intelligence” within people, not just emotional and intellectual intelligence. This is a unique approach to personal effectiveness and opens discussions about topics that groups normally don’t address - such as the roots of addiction and how to address it. The material is rich and profound and there is much experiential learning woven through the presentation so it is embodied as well as thought about. Members find deep personal learning in this workshop and novel ways to see themselves and other people. This is ideally delivered after the group has experienced one of the previous sessions as it builds upon it.

This half day session is interactive, experiential and highly thought-provoking.

Members take a novel view of themselves and the way they manage their most vital resource - their attention. There is a growing awareness of "the attention economy" and the idea that we have only so much attention and so we need to use it wisely. The session goes beyond intellect and emotional intelligence and examines four different "intelligences" that each of us have and how we can use them more mindfully and efficiently.

During the dialogues between members and within the group we cover topics that do not typically arise during Vistage sessions such as addiction, compulsion, inspiration, satisfaction, compassion and self awareness.

Content:

In the session we examine the four innate "intelligences" within a human being using a template that is easily memorable and profound in its applications. The template covers emotional intelligence, intellect, spatial intelligence and instinctive survival drives. When these four elements work together we are in a state of flow and when they are out of synch we suffer stress, frustration and exhaustion. Each part of us competes for our limited attention; for example, when we are off balance we try to "think our feelings"; we eat, drink or work compulsively, and when we drive a car or motorbike with our emotions at the wheel we are positively dangerous! By making more informed choices we are more energised and effective as leaders.

By framing the ideal role for each of these four intelligences we can essentially use the best tools for the job in hand and have access to more personal creative energy and deeper relationships. We also look at different levels and qualities of attention itself and how to make more informed choices about where to spend our limited amount of high quality attention while using our low quality attention for simple tasks.
We discover how each of us leans on one of these four ways of viewing the world, why we sometimes feel as if we speak a different language from our clients and loved ones and how we can take a more balanced approach.

Outcomes:

Members take away a unique set of tools for self management and an awareness of inner resources they can call upon to be more influential as leaders. On a personal level members become acutely aware of subtle ways that they waste time and energy and how to change this. Members can make sure that each internal part of them is on "the right seat on the bus" and doing it's ideal job. At an interpersonal level members become more adept at speaking another persons language and finding an ease of communication.

If you found value in looking at different models of human vehicles in John's "Reading People" session - then this a look under the bonnet of the vehicle to see what drives us and how we can be more efficient.
Expect some surprising insights and connections and quite a few laughs on the way!"

Added September 2018.

Relationships - Follow on from Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Attendees come away with practical knowledge with immediate applications in areas such as client relationships and conflict resolution.

Read more

Relationships - Follow on from Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Please note: this is a follow on workshop that can only be booked for those that have already participated in Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands.

Overview:

Have you ever wondered why we get on immediately with some people and yet there are others that “rub us up the wrong way” before they even speak? Many of these dynamic are visceral and can be understood from the perspective of different types of people. Some types are innately complimentary and some are almost automatically antagonistic. Recognising the chemistry between types enables us to avoid pointless conflict and make the very best of our interactions. Once a group has a grounding in this potent system of human types we can take the learning further and deeper. When we know our own type and can determine the type of the other person then we can form more fruitful relationships. These relationships can be with existing or potential clients, colleagues or direct reports or our families.

Content:

This is a follow on session to “Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands” so there is a brief recap of the six basic types and a reminder of the types of people in the room. This is also an opportunity for attendees who missed the first session to catch up and get on board. We then delve into the hidden attractions and repulsions between types and explore these using historical, current and personal examples. Participants frequently report deep insight into solving tricky situations and finding more effective ways to communicate. We can learn how to treat someone how they wish to be treated – and not how we wish to be treated. There is a strong thread of humour running through the session; nothing is funnier than human nature!

Outcomes:

Attendees come away with practical knowledge with immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. The number of "Ahas" can be extraordinary; this information is fascinating, for some it is life changing. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for. On a personal level, participants come to greater acceptance of themselves and other people. Once we see the influence one's type has it becomes easy to let go of expecting others to be different. Professionally the amount of money and energy saved when we find the right type for the job is enormous.

Added October 2017.

The Fine Art of Improvisation

Participants take away highly effective tools which enable instant access to higher levels of confidence and creative thinking. They practice collaborating and problem solving in ways which compel mutual support.

Read more

The Fine Art of Improvisation

Overview:

Business leaders need to respond to constant changes and they are essentially “on stage” in front of their team and clients. This lively experiential workshop gives members tools to think on their feet and respond with confidence and creativity when the unexpected happens. There is much laughter throughout and this is an excellent workshop for newer groups that need to bond quickly and also established groups that have fallen into habitual patterns of communication. John “walks the talk” and regularly performs with the Maydays – one of Europe’s top improvisation companies.

The positive validation that comes from creating laughter using these new behaviours sets up a feedback loop evoking more collaboration to come forth. Many participants find a huge boost in self-confidence and a deeper appreciation of the previously hidden creativity of their fellow participants.

Taking the methods of improvisation back to the workplace will:

  • Lay a foundation for increased collaboration
  • Quickly and deeply bond and inspire a group
  • Create a positive and supportive environment

Outline:

An experiential process in which simple techniques are applied in a series of increasingly challenging exercises. There is laughter galore as participants are taken progressively outside of their comfort zone in a supportive, exciting atmosphere.

The skills acquired along the way are embodied and not just theorised. The personal and group benefits and challenges are explored as they arise. One side benefit is that the group becomes more bonded, open and supportive.

Outcomes:

Participants take away highly effective tools which enable instant access to higher levels of confidence and creative thinking. They practice collaborating and problem solving in ways which compel mutual support. The group quickly shifts out of habitual dynamics, becoming flexible and more able to address uncomfortable subjects. Often the quiet ones speak up more and the noisy ones listen better! Previous participants report improved communications with others and a positive impact on morale and engagement.

This workshop is also suitable for a half day retreat.

Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Attendees come away with practical knowledge of the system and immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for.

Read more

Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Overview:

Imagine if you knew what makes someone tick before they even speak to you.

Imagine if you knew the words and images that would inspire them to action.

Imagine having a sense of their strengths and weaknesses within seconds.

We do business with people and the more we understand our colleagues and clients the greater our chances of success. Companies have used systems such as Myers-Briggs, Belbin, DiSC and Colour Preferences for a long time. This system is rather different in that it focusses purely on the “hardware” of a person – the human body. Each type in this system has innate strengths and weaknesses and under stress hardware will run the show. By examining physical clues we can quickly determine the type of person we are communicating with and build rapport and trust more easily. Members have used the insights from this work to great effect in client relationships and improving team dynamics. John has 30 years’ experience with this discipline and presents in a lively, humorous and thought provoking manner.

Outline:

The system is revealed in a clear and precise manner, each type is explored in detail using examples from history, participant’s own lives and contemporary culture. We look at the ideal occupations for each type – their “right seat on the bus”. Attendees can create an ideal company using the system, we also examine specific key words and concepts which positively engage each type. The relationships and misunderstandings which arise naturally between types are addressed and solutions are explored. Each participant has the option to discover their own type and look at the implications this has in their personal and professional life.

There is a strong thread of humour running through the session; nothing is funnier than human nature!

Outcomes:

Attendees come away with practical knowledge of the system and immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. The number of "Ahas" can be extraordinary; this information is fascinating, for some it is life changing. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for. On a personal level, participants come to greater acceptance of themselves and other people. Once we see the influence one's type has it becomes easy to let go of expecting others to be different. We can stop banging our head against a wall trying to get someone to make an unsustainable change. Professionally the amount of money and energy saved when we find the right type for the job is enormous.

This workshop is also suitable for a retreat session with additional focus on relationships.

Play Your Cards Right

Members take away a unique set of tools for self management and an awareness of inner resources they can call upon to be more influential as leaders. On a personal level members become acutely aware of subtle ways that they waste time and energy and how to change this.

Read more

Play Your Cards Right

Overview:

This is a look under the bonnet of the human vehicle. We explore four types of “intelligence” within people, not just emotional and intellectual intelligence. This is a unique approach to personal effectiveness and opens discussions about topics that groups normally don’t address - such as the roots of addiction and how to address it. The material is rich and profound and there is much experiential learning woven through the presentation so it is embodied as well as thought about. Members find deep personal learning in this workshop and novel ways to see themselves and other people. This is ideally delivered after the group has experienced one of the previous sessions as it builds upon it.

This half day session is interactive, experiential and highly thought-provoking.

Members take a novel view of themselves and the way they manage their most vital resource - their attention. There is a growing awareness of "the attention economy" and the idea that we have only so much attention and so we need to use it wisely. The session goes beyond intellect and emotional intelligence and examines four different "intelligences" that each of us have and how we can use them more mindfully and efficiently.

During the dialogues between members and within the group we cover topics that do not typically arise during Vistage sessions such as addiction, compulsion, inspiration, satisfaction, compassion and self awareness.

Content:

In the session we examine the four innate "intelligences" within a human being using a template that is easily memorable and profound in its applications. The template covers emotional intelligence, intellect, spatial intelligence and instinctive survival drives. When these four elements work together we are in a state of flow and when they are out of synch we suffer stress, frustration and exhaustion. Each part of us competes for our limited attention; for example, when we are off balance we try to "think our feelings"; we eat, drink or work compulsively, and when we drive a car or motorbike with our emotions at the wheel we are positively dangerous! By making more informed choices we are more energised and effective as leaders.

By framing the ideal role for each of these four intelligences we can essentially use the best tools for the job in hand and have access to more personal creative energy and deeper relationships. We also look at different levels and qualities of attention itself and how to make more informed choices about where to spend our limited amount of high quality attention while using our low quality attention for simple tasks.
We discover how each of us leans on one of these four ways of viewing the world, why we sometimes feel as if we speak a different language from our clients and loved ones and how we can take a more balanced approach.

Outcomes:

Members take away a unique set of tools for self management and an awareness of inner resources they can call upon to be more influential as leaders. On a personal level members become acutely aware of subtle ways that they waste time and energy and how to change this. Members can make sure that each internal part of them is on "the right seat on the bus" and doing it's ideal job. At an interpersonal level members become more adept at speaking another persons language and finding an ease of communication.

If you found value in looking at different models of human vehicles in John's "Reading People" session - then this a look under the bonnet of the vehicle to see what drives us and how we can be more efficient.
Expect some surprising insights and connections and quite a few laughs on the way!"

Added September 2018.

Relationships - Follow on from Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Attendees come away with practical knowledge with immediate applications in areas such as client relationships and conflict resolution.

Read more

Relationships - Follow on from Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Please note: this is a follow on workshop that can only be booked for those that have already participated in Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands.

Overview:

Have you ever wondered why we get on immediately with some people and yet there are others that “rub us up the wrong way” before they even speak? Many of these dynamic are visceral and can be understood from the perspective of different types of people. Some types are innately complimentary and some are almost automatically antagonistic. Recognising the chemistry between types enables us to avoid pointless conflict and make the very best of our interactions. Once a group has a grounding in this potent system of human types we can take the learning further and deeper. When we know our own type and can determine the type of the other person then we can form more fruitful relationships. These relationships can be with existing or potential clients, colleagues or direct reports or our families.

Content:

This is a follow on session to “Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands” so there is a brief recap of the six basic types and a reminder of the types of people in the room. This is also an opportunity for attendees who missed the first session to catch up and get on board. We then delve into the hidden attractions and repulsions between types and explore these using historical, current and personal examples. Participants frequently report deep insight into solving tricky situations and finding more effective ways to communicate. We can learn how to treat someone how they wish to be treated – and not how we wish to be treated. There is a strong thread of humour running through the session; nothing is funnier than human nature!

Outcomes:

Attendees come away with practical knowledge with immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. The number of "Ahas" can be extraordinary; this information is fascinating, for some it is life changing. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for. On a personal level, participants come to greater acceptance of themselves and other people. Once we see the influence one's type has it becomes easy to let go of expecting others to be different. Professionally the amount of money and energy saved when we find the right type for the job is enormous.

Added October 2017.

The Fine Art of Improvisation

Participants take away highly effective tools which enable instant access to higher levels of confidence and creative thinking. They practice collaborating and problem solving in ways which compel mutual support.

Read more

The Fine Art of Improvisation

Overview:

Business leaders need to respond to constant changes and they are essentially “on stage” in front of their team and clients. This lively experiential workshop gives members tools to think on their feet and respond with confidence and creativity when the unexpected happens. There is much laughter throughout and this is an excellent workshop for newer groups that need to bond quickly and also established groups that have fallen into habitual patterns of communication. John “walks the talk” and regularly performs with the Maydays – one of Europe’s top improvisation companies.

The positive validation that comes from creating laughter using these new behaviours sets up a feedback loop evoking more collaboration to come forth. Many participants find a huge boost in self-confidence and a deeper appreciation of the previously hidden creativity of their fellow participants.

Taking the methods of improvisation back to the workplace will:

  • Lay a foundation for increased collaboration
  • Quickly and deeply bond and inspire a group
  • Create a positive and supportive environment

Outline:

An experiential process in which simple techniques are applied in a series of increasingly challenging exercises. There is laughter galore as participants are taken progressively outside of their comfort zone in a supportive, exciting atmosphere.

The skills acquired along the way are embodied and not just theorised. The personal and group benefits and challenges are explored as they arise. One side benefit is that the group becomes more bonded, open and supportive.

Outcomes:

Participants take away highly effective tools which enable instant access to higher levels of confidence and creative thinking. They practice collaborating and problem solving in ways which compel mutual support. The group quickly shifts out of habitual dynamics, becoming flexible and more able to address uncomfortable subjects. Often the quiet ones speak up more and the noisy ones listen better! Previous participants report improved communications with others and a positive impact on morale and engagement.

This workshop is also suitable for a half day retreat.

Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Attendees come away with practical knowledge of the system and immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for.

Read more

Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Overview:

Imagine if you knew what makes someone tick before they even speak to you.

Imagine if you knew the words and images that would inspire them to action.

Imagine having a sense of their strengths and weaknesses within seconds.

We do business with people and the more we understand our colleagues and clients the greater our chances of success. Companies have used systems such as Myers-Briggs, Belbin, DiSC and Colour Preferences for a long time. This system is rather different in that it focusses purely on the “hardware” of a person – the human body. Each type in this system has innate strengths and weaknesses and under stress hardware will run the show. By examining physical clues we can quickly determine the type of person we are communicating with and build rapport and trust more easily. Members have used the insights from this work to great effect in client relationships and improving team dynamics. John has 30 years’ experience with this discipline and presents in a lively, humorous and thought provoking manner.

Outline:

The system is revealed in a clear and precise manner, each type is explored in detail using examples from history, participant’s own lives and contemporary culture. We look at the ideal occupations for each type – their “right seat on the bus”. Attendees can create an ideal company using the system, we also examine specific key words and concepts which positively engage each type. The relationships and misunderstandings which arise naturally between types are addressed and solutions are explored. Each participant has the option to discover their own type and look at the implications this has in their personal and professional life.

There is a strong thread of humour running through the session; nothing is funnier than human nature!

Outcomes:

Attendees come away with practical knowledge of the system and immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. The number of "Ahas" can be extraordinary; this information is fascinating, for some it is life changing. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for. On a personal level, participants come to greater acceptance of themselves and other people. Once we see the influence one's type has it becomes easy to let go of expecting others to be different. We can stop banging our head against a wall trying to get someone to make an unsustainable change. Professionally the amount of money and energy saved when we find the right type for the job is enormous.

This workshop is also suitable for a retreat session with additional focus on relationships.

This speaker currently has no keynotes. Please check back soon.

The Fine Art of Improvisation

Participants take away highly effective tools which enable instant access to higher levels of confidence and creative thinking. They practice collaborating and problem solving in ways which compel mutual support.

Read more

The Fine Art of Improvisation

Overview:

Business leaders need to respond to constant changes and they are essentially “on stage” in front of their team and clients. This lively experiential workshop gives members tools to think on their feet and respond with confidence and creativity when the unexpected happens. There is much laughter throughout and this is an excellent workshop for newer groups that need to bond quickly and also established groups that have fallen into habitual patterns of communication. John “walks the talk” and regularly performs with the Maydays – one of Europe’s top improvisation companies.

The positive validation that comes from creating laughter using these new behaviours sets up a feedback loop evoking more collaboration to come forth. Many participants find a huge boost in self-confidence and a deeper appreciation of the previously hidden creativity of their fellow participants.

Taking the methods of improvisation back to the workplace will:

  • Lay a foundation for increased collaboration
  • Quickly and deeply bond and inspire a group
  • Create a positive and supportive environment

Outline:

An experiential process in which simple techniques are applied in a series of increasingly challenging exercises. There is laughter galore as participants are taken progressively outside of their comfort zone in a supportive, exciting atmosphere.

The skills acquired along the way are embodied and not just theorised. The personal and group benefits and challenges are explored as they arise. One side benefit is that the group becomes more bonded, open and supportive.

Outcomes:

Participants take away highly effective tools which enable instant access to higher levels of confidence and creative thinking. They practice collaborating and problem solving in ways which compel mutual support. The group quickly shifts out of habitual dynamics, becoming flexible and more able to address uncomfortable subjects. Often the quiet ones speak up more and the noisy ones listen better! Previous participants report improved communications with others and a positive impact on morale and engagement.

This workshop is also suitable for a half day retreat.

Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Attendees come away with practical knowledge of the system and immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for.

Read more

Reading Someone Before You Shake Hands

Overview:

Imagine if you knew what makes someone tick before they even speak to you.

Imagine if you knew the words and images that would inspire them to action.

Imagine having a sense of their strengths and weaknesses within seconds.

We do business with people and the more we understand our colleagues and clients the greater our chances of success. Companies have used systems such as Myers-Briggs, Belbin, DiSC and Colour Preferences for a long time. This system is rather different in that it focusses purely on the “hardware” of a person – the human body. Each type in this system has innate strengths and weaknesses and under stress hardware will run the show. By examining physical clues we can quickly determine the type of person we are communicating with and build rapport and trust more easily. Members have used the insights from this work to great effect in client relationships and improving team dynamics. John has 30 years’ experience with this discipline and presents in a lively, humorous and thought provoking manner.

Outline:

The system is revealed in a clear and precise manner, each type is explored in detail using examples from history, participant’s own lives and contemporary culture. We look at the ideal occupations for each type – their “right seat on the bus”. Attendees can create an ideal company using the system, we also examine specific key words and concepts which positively engage each type. The relationships and misunderstandings which arise naturally between types are addressed and solutions are explored. Each participant has the option to discover their own type and look at the implications this has in their personal and professional life.

There is a strong thread of humour running through the session; nothing is funnier than human nature!

Outcomes:

Attendees come away with practical knowledge of the system and immediate applications in areas such as client relationships, conflict resolution and team dynamics. The number of "Ahas" can be extraordinary; this information is fascinating, for some it is life changing. This system can help put into concrete terms insights we have into others but do not have a context for. On a personal level, participants come to greater acceptance of themselves and other people. Once we see the influence one's type has it becomes easy to let go of expecting others to be different. We can stop banging our head against a wall trying to get someone to make an unsustainable change. Professionally the amount of money and energy saved when we find the right type for the job is enormous.

This workshop is also suitable for a retreat session with additional focus on relationships.

My areas of expertise