Why book a Healthy Place to Work Speech?

Do you have an event / conference soon? Do your people need a lift and some inspiration? Do you want to refocus your team? These are all great reasons why booking a speaking engagement is a good idea. When you focus on the health of your people it shows it’s a top priority. We deliver captivating speeches on topics that truly resonate with audiences throughout the globe – face to face or virtual.


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In Your Element!

Thermodynamics, Energy and Getting Work Done – Achieving Maximum Performance

In this speech we present an organisation and a workplace as a dynamic system of energy where work is completed.

Within any system it is important to identify and measure the component parts and the factors that affect its operational efficiency. People dependent organisation can increase their capacity to deliver by focusing attention on the health and wellbeing of their workforce and the environment where they operate ensuring maximum performance can be achieved. We need to stop managing time and start managing energy!This speech can be delivered to a senior team or to the general workforce and will be adjusted to suit the audience.

  • Learn about the energy rhythms that affect your life (Circadian Rhythm)
  • Understand the need to transform ‘Potential’ energy into ‘Kinetic’ energy (energy in motion)
  • Find out when you are in your Element
  • What are your energy sources?
  • What depletes or drains your energy?
  • How to spot the signs and avoid burnout
  • How to recover and recharge lost energy for better sustainable performance


Why we are looking at Resilience the wrong way! How to build real Resilience and sustainability into your business.

In this speech we will compare the classic view of resilience with a more contemporary understanding, moving away from the view that resilience is getting back up constantly and fighting the challenges that life throws at you like a super-human hero in your own life story.

We will show that resilience starts with self-awareness and spotting the signs of impending burnout, seeking support to deliver on the most important areas focusing on bringing more personal and organisational resources to bear to meet the demands of a fast changing and evolving environment.This speech is universally applicable but will be appreciated most by people who have been through a tough event or are likely to face significant change

  • Why everybody needs it but not everybody has it.
  • A definition that works
  • Reimaging Resilience as a verb
  • Responding to setbacks successfully
  • Developing your own personal shock absorbers
  • Creating a reservoir of Resilience
  • The formula for Resilience

Now do you fancy a coffee?

Coffee, Love, Intelligence & Health, why you’ll never look at them the same way again!

This speech is wonderful for an organisation who is starting out on the journey to creating a Healthy Place to Work. It is delivered in a fun entertaining and relaxed manner to engage all.

In this speech we take everyday things like the humble cup of coffee, the simple four-letter word ‘Love’ and even the concept of intelligence itself and we reimagine them.
Redefining these things sets the scene to challenge our views in other areas of our lives like ‘health’. We will deconstruct your view of health and the definition you have been using all your life and aim to replace it will a more holistic and much broader understanding of the factors that make you truly a ‘Healthy’ person. This speech can be delivered to a senior team or to the general workforce and will be adjusted to suit the audience.

  • Learn how to see things differently and take a new perspective as we look at the evolution of Coffee, Love, Intelligence and Health
  • Broaden your definition of the word health
  • Develop a new lexicon to describe the different elements and factors that make ‘you’ Healthier
  • Understand the difference between a Salutogenic versus a Pathogenic approach to Health
  • Use a simple 21 element framework to get Healthier

Healthy Place to Work – Workshops


Workshop 1

Shining the light on exemplars!

In this workshop we share stories and practices from organisations all over the world who are doing things a little differently to create a healthy place for their employees.

From outdoor and adventure clothing company Patagonia to consumer goods giant Unilever, from French construction and telecoms group Bouygues to music distributors and artist management Sony Music, from Brazilian Almond producers to Italian fashion houses, from Seattle based payments company to Indian digital services consultancy we will share ideas to inspire from large and small organisations across a range of industries. We don’t do this to encourage you to copy their approach but rather to inspire you to create your own!

Workshop 2

Creating a Healthy Place to Work Development Plan

This workshop takes attendees through an interactive session, helping them understand how to build a Healthy Place to Work Development Plan.

We discuss the model and methodology and how to integrate your plan into your organisational strategy. You will learn the importance of focusing on your presenting issues and developing a vision for your journey. We also cover topics around promotion, communication, engaging hearts and minds and evaluating outcomes. A healthy place to work doesn’t just happen by accident it takes a brilliant plan, executed brilliantly.

Workshop 3

Getting Wellness Wrong!

This workshop will hopefully save you a lot of time energy and embarrassment! We share the top mistakes that organisations all over the globe are making when trying to implement Health and Wellbeing strategies.

As a bonus we share our views on what you can do to learn from other people’s failures and accelerate your success. In this session you’ll figure out how to launch, manage and evaluate your journey to becoming a healthy place to work.

Workshop 4

Back to Basics – How to create a Healthy Place to Work & Get Certified!

So, you want to keep your team and attract top talent from a very competitive marketplace! You’ve realised that present and future employees are putting their health and wellbeing as a top priority, and they will only deploy their skills at a Healthy Place to Work.

You know need a crash course. We explain the philosophy, model, and methodology of Healthy Place to Work. We help you to understand why some organisations get certified and why others don’t. We pack you full of know how and download our knowledge to accelerate your journey to creating a healthy place to work at your place of work.


Labour Relations Agency

“Engaging, insightful and entertaining – the team take you on a journey of understanding to get to the essence of what makes a healthy place to work.”

“When choosing an inspirational speaker, it’s always a challenge to get the blend just right between being motivational and fun and yet insightful and thought-provoking. We’ve been lucky enough to get it all when John Ryan has addressed our leaders, and I can truly say he always makes a really positive impression way beyond our expectations. He grabs the audience’s attention in a way few can, and his words and insights linger long after the event has finished.”

“John Ryan presented many times to our team both in the office and off site. We always enjoyed his presentations which were both informative and motivational. Everyone was engaged, invested in the session and buzzing with ideas afterwards. A real lightening rod for action. Would highly recommend.”

The presentation on workplace culture, trust and how to motivate and retain staff was really engaging and pin-point accurate on the common mistakes businesses make no matter what size they are. They also shared some quick-wins and our conference delegates left with a lot to think about on how important culture is to business success.”

John Ryan is a regular presenter at IoD events – always back by popular demand! His presentations always motivate and inspire our business leaders – Here is a sample of some of the feedback* from IoD members who have attended John’s briefings:

“I could have listened for hours!”

“John is a great speaker and brings a tonne of insights to employee engagement.”

“John is an excellent presenter with lots of really useful insights.”

“Just inspirational. John is an excellent presenter.”

*feedback has been collected anonymously via online survey


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