Speaker Bio

Lee Jackson

Lee is a Motivational Speaker, Presentation Coach and author of twelve books. He was the 2017 President of the Professional Speaking Association in the UK & Ireland. He does two things – he is either speaking up-front or helping other people to speak. He works in diverse businesses and organisations helping people to ‘Get Good’ in challenging times, specialising in research based mindset and resilience tips to help people and businesses grow. His clients have included NHS, Specsavers, Harper Collins, Yorkshire Bank, DWP, Politicians, Councils, Legal firms, Schools, Universities and many more. When he is doing the other half of this job as a Presentation Coach he helps people to be more authentic and engaging by getting them to the core of their message, to be ‘more comfortable in their own skin’ and killing death-by-powerpoint once and for all!

Lee is known for his down-to-earth, authentic and challenging advice, his engaging workshop delivery using multi-media and humour, his no-nonsense de-bunking of myths and his techniques to stop killing audiences with bad Powerpoint.

Lee joined the Vistage Speaker Bureau in May 2018 from the Academy for Chief Executives.

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Born in the North East of England, now residing in Leeds. ‘Lee from Leeds’ is a creative communicator, with 23 years of speaking experience. Lee has spent his life and work researching and speaking in many different settings such as prisons, schools, a cruise ship (just the once – no sea legs!), organisations and businesses. He isn’t a “celebrity” speaker, he’s never bungee jumped from the summit of Everest and he doesn’t have an Olympic gold medal – in fact he doesn’t even like camping very much. However, you’ll be glad to know that people say he is a great speaker with original content based on solid research, not random or fluffy ideas. He’s a “common sense” speaker (which is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.”) People warm to him, laugh with him and understand his messages. But more importantly if they put it into action the content Lee brings, it does make a big difference to their lives as leaders.

His creative, funny and truly multi-media ‘Get Good’ presentations are a welcome break from ‘flip chart overload’ and ‘death by power point’. His stories make people say “Yeah, that’s me as well!”. He is a fellow of the Professional Speaking Association (the PSA) and was the national President of the PSA in 2017, a top honour in the professional speaking world. Lee is also the author of 12 books and loves playing basketball and watching comedy. He lives with his wife and twin daughters in Yorkshire.

Here are just some of the people and organisations that Lee has helped to ‘Get Good’ over the years: Specsavers, ADT, the BBC, schools/academies, many top Universities inc. Leeds and Durham, Gateshead Council, Career Academies UK, The Global Speakers Summit, TEDx, Telegraph and Argus Newspaper, Tribal group, McCain, BNI and networking organisations, Agilisys, Adobe, Asda, Leeds City Council, SalesChannel Europe, Leeds Federated Housing, Forbes, Wrigleys solicitors, Barclays, Addleshaw Goddard, Vodafone, Firmstep, Government office for Yorkshire and Humber, Co-operative Insurance, TV stars, MP’s, Comedians, Olympic gold medalists, Yorkshire Bank, NHS trusts, a group of Vicars, on a cruise ship, and he even met the Dalai Lama once!

Random fact: He used to be one of the UK’s best hip hop scratch DJs! More useful fact: People don’t fall asleep and he keeps to time when speaking!

And finally, Lee says his favourite testimonial is when people say to him: “We had no idea you’d been speaking for an hour – the time just flew, we had a great time and we learnt loads!”

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Get Good At Presenting

By the end of Lee's session attendees will have the skills to design simpler, more effective talks and deliver more authentic engaging talks that will motivate and connect with their staff/sales audiences much better.



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Get Good At Presenting: The no-nonsense guide to authentic and engaging presentations


Overview:

Participants will learn how to Get Good at preparing and delivering presentations and pitches. They will deliver up front with greater personal confidence. They will also learn to deal with their anxiety that can make them nervous while presenting. Attendees will also learn to be more authentic and make them less reliant on scripts and overly complex slides. They will be able to draw up a personal action plan of skills to be developed further.

Outcomes:

By the end of the session attendees will have the skills to design simpler, more effective talks and deliver more authentic engaging talks that will motivate and connect with their staff/sales audiences much better.


Takeaways:

  • Get to the core message of their message to make their planning and delivery simpler.
  • Understand that great stories simply make talks more memorable.  
  • Discern the difference that a good handout can make to help simplify their talks.
  • Recognise that their bad thought routines make them anxious.
  • To be bigger, bolder and more confident when speaking 


Lasting Impact and Approach:

When asked to do a presentation, after attending this workshop, participants don't automatically use bullet points and a blank PowerPoint template. People have noticed a positive change in the simplicity and authenticity of their delivery.

Lee is not a trainer who delivers occasional presentation coaching, he's a professional speaker. Speaking is what he does - that makes an enormous difference. His content is funny, engaging, well researched, but above all usable. Leaders have changed their lacklustre presentations after his sessions and it's made a difference to their organisations and their profit. Lee's approach is very practical, down-to-earth and it works. 

PowerPoint* Surgery

Attendees will learn that simple slides and simplified, authentic talks are the key to good communication. They will be taught that the world is changing fast, people have more challenges and less time: therefore our communication needs to be big, bold and quickly applied.

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PowerPoint* Surgery: The cure for dull presentations, pitches and death-by-PowerPoint!

Overview:

Attendees will learn that simple slides and simplified, authentic talks are the key to good communication. They will be taught that the world is changing fast, people have more challenges and less time: therefore our communication needs to be big, bold and quickly applied. They will also learn that great visuals and stories can really help them be more memorable, and therefore be more influential and make a greater impact.

Outcomes:

By the end of the session attendees will have the skills to design simpler, more effective talk visuals and deliver better, more focused talks that will motivate and connect with their staff/sales audiences much better.


Takeaways:

As a result of the sessions, participants will be able to plan and deliver their talks and slides differently understanding the three main learning points.

  1. It’s not death by PowerPoint, it's death by bullet-point.
  2. A slide is a billboard not a document. 
  3. A slide and a handout are two very different things.


Lasting Impact and Approach:

When asked to do a presentation, after attending this workshop, participants don't automatically open up a blank PowerPoint template and start to write and deliver bullet-points. People have noticed a positive change in the simplicity of their delivery and their slides. 

Through active delivery, discussion, challenge and hands-on practical exercises, both on their feet and also on their devices if needed. Lee can also do “live surgery” on attendees talk slides sent to him beforehand to show how they can get better in front of their peers. His content is funny, engaging, non-techie, but above all usable. Leaders have changed their lacklustre presentations and slide habits after his sessions and it's made a difference to their organisations, it's very practical, down-to-earth and it works.  One executive told me that my teaching on slides had helped them to change the mood of their meetings and has helped them become a ‘coloured cog in an otherwise black and white corporate world'.

Get Good At Presenting

By the end of Lee's session attendees will have the skills to design simpler, more effective talks and deliver more authentic engaging talks that will motivate and connect with their staff/sales audiences much better.



Read more

Get Good At Presenting: The no-nonsense guide to authentic and engaging presentations


Overview:

Participants will learn how to Get Good at preparing and delivering presentations and pitches. They will deliver up front with greater personal confidence. They will also learn to deal with their anxiety that can make them nervous while presenting. Attendees will also learn to be more authentic and make them less reliant on scripts and overly complex slides. They will be able to draw up a personal action plan of skills to be developed further.

Outcomes:

By the end of the session attendees will have the skills to design simpler, more effective talks and deliver more authentic engaging talks that will motivate and connect with their staff/sales audiences much better.


Takeaways:

  • Get to the core message of their message to make their planning and delivery simpler.
  • Understand that great stories simply make talks more memorable.  
  • Discern the difference that a good handout can make to help simplify their talks.
  • Recognise that their bad thought routines make them anxious.
  • To be bigger, bolder and more confident when speaking 


Lasting Impact and Approach:

When asked to do a presentation, after attending this workshop, participants don't automatically use bullet points and a blank PowerPoint template. People have noticed a positive change in the simplicity and authenticity of their delivery.

Lee is not a trainer who delivers occasional presentation coaching, he's a professional speaker. Speaking is what he does - that makes an enormous difference. His content is funny, engaging, well researched, but above all usable. Leaders have changed their lacklustre presentations after his sessions and it's made a difference to their organisations and their profit. Lee's approach is very practical, down-to-earth and it works. 

PowerPoint* Surgery

Attendees will learn that simple slides and simplified, authentic talks are the key to good communication. They will be taught that the world is changing fast, people have more challenges and less time: therefore our communication needs to be big, bold and quickly applied.

Read more

PowerPoint* Surgery: The cure for dull presentations, pitches and death-by-PowerPoint!

Overview:

Attendees will learn that simple slides and simplified, authentic talks are the key to good communication. They will be taught that the world is changing fast, people have more challenges and less time: therefore our communication needs to be big, bold and quickly applied. They will also learn that great visuals and stories can really help them be more memorable, and therefore be more influential and make a greater impact.

Outcomes:

By the end of the session attendees will have the skills to design simpler, more effective talk visuals and deliver better, more focused talks that will motivate and connect with their staff/sales audiences much better.


Takeaways:

As a result of the sessions, participants will be able to plan and deliver their talks and slides differently understanding the three main learning points.

  1. It’s not death by PowerPoint, it's death by bullet-point.
  2. A slide is a billboard not a document. 
  3. A slide and a handout are two very different things.


Lasting Impact and Approach:

When asked to do a presentation, after attending this workshop, participants don't automatically open up a blank PowerPoint template and start to write and deliver bullet-points. People have noticed a positive change in the simplicity of their delivery and their slides. 

Through active delivery, discussion, challenge and hands-on practical exercises, both on their feet and also on their devices if needed. Lee can also do “live surgery” on attendees talk slides sent to him beforehand to show how they can get better in front of their peers. His content is funny, engaging, non-techie, but above all usable. Leaders have changed their lacklustre presentations and slide habits after his sessions and it's made a difference to their organisations, it's very practical, down-to-earth and it works.  One executive told me that my teaching on slides had helped them to change the mood of their meetings and has helped them become a ‘coloured cog in an otherwise black and white corporate world'.

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