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Professional Leadership Speaker, Coach and Trainer

Andrew Pain

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An experienced professional leadership speaker, coach, trainer, mental health advocate and domestic abuse survivor shows people how to be an effective leader.

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Andrew Pain was once a procrastinator, serious worrier and victim of an abusive marriage. After the abusive marriage, loss of his business and house along with the inability to see his daughters, he hit the lowest point in his life. Forced to return to the UK and live with his parents, he started his slow recovery to the successful and happy life that he leads now. A professional speaker with his own business, he is also an advocate of mental health, being involved with a number of charities and groups.

Reasons to book Andrew Pain

  • Andrew will develop your audience’s awareness of identifying burnout, its triggers and how to address them focussing on factors at work and at home. He shows the attitudes needed to cope with long term stress and how to deal with worries and not be overcome by them.
  • He advises on how to make the best decisions when under pressure by using heuristics which enables quick decision making with the minimum of stress.
  • Learn how to delegate effectively and empower and motivate your team at the same time.

Born in the UK, Andrew graduated with a BA (Hons) in Activities and Societies in 1997 where his knowledge of leadership roles began. Over the next 12 years he worked as a senior consultant, team leader, and managing director. Overworked and overstressed, his business crashed along with his marriage, and he had no alternative but to return to the UK and his parents’ house. He was at a loose end, and the future looked bleak. However, he did pick himself up and was able to use these experiences in his talks to show other people the path to resilience and a healthy work life balance.

Andrew took a number of coaching courses and is an accredited leadership coach (ICF). Since 2013, he has been the People and Business Development Manager at Newstarts. He is a professional speaker who has given many talks and workshops to a wide array of industries, and is also involved in groups and charities where he advocates for mental health and domestic violence victims.

Andrew has transformed his life, habits and behavior and is now in a new, healthy relationship and father again to three boys under the age of eight, and life couldn’t be better.

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Get more done, without getting busier or burnt out

Most of us already know that to achieve the big things, we need to break our goals into smaller and actionable chunks and learn to say “NO” but for all that we know about productivity, the lines between work and home have become increasingly blurred, the temptation to avoid checking emails at 10pm has become harder to ignore and becoming a productivity ninja is well out of reach for the vast majority of people.

This transformational keynote talk is for busy people who want to get more done, whilst also developing clear boundaries which safeguard their health and wellbeing.

You will learn, how to:

  • Overcome procrastination, using a revolutionary 3-step strategy, so you no longer dither or delay.
  • Master your self-discipline with one powerful strategy: no more faffing about or working in ‘snail‘ mode.
  • Eliminate 4 hidden habits, which drain 2 hours of your time every day.
  • Make wise decisions about your priorities, even when you’re drowning in things to be done.
  • Tackle burnout and COVID-related stress, so you remain productive and focussed inspite of the challenges you face.
  • Set and implement truly inspiring goals using an E.P.I.C. goal setting process.
  • Master your boundaries, so you know how to set them and how to adhere to them.

How to delegate, so the job gets done on time and to the standard you want

“If you want a job doing properly, then do it yourself”. Most of us have said words to this effect at one point or another and delegation is a huge risk, but without delegation, the consequences are:

  • Under-performing teams who resent the fact you won’t trust them.

  • Dis-empowered teams who rely on YOU as the one and only person to put in the extra shifts and take the initiative, and who are deprived of the opportunity to stretch themselves, try new things, make mistakes and benefit from the learning.

  • Stressed out leaders who juggle too many jobs and refuse to delegate because they ‘CAN’T’ (won’t), resulting ultimately in burnt out leaders and job applications elsewhere!

Nobody wins in these scenarios and yet, it is possible (even remotely) to delegate your tasks AND ensure that they get done on time and to the standard you want, whilst also developing your relationship with your delegates. You just need to know what NOT to do and what TO do instead.

In this talk, you will explore:

  • The 6 sinful C.R.I.M.E.S of delegation (so you know what to avoid).
  • The 3 critical pillars on which to build effective delegation (so you know what to put in place).
  • The 6 golden rules of delegation using my 6XR model (so you know what to do when you delegate).

After this talk, you will be equipped with everything you need to know, so you can delegate like a pro, developing the people around you, freeing up your time for more important things, whilst also ensuring that the tasks you delegate, get done on time and to the standard you want.


How to man critical decisions when the stakes are high

  • How do you make wise decisions when you’re under pressure and out of time?
  • What’s the best approach for big decisions? Your Gut? Your Heart? Your Brain? A mix of all of them? Or an Algorithm?
  • How do you know when to play it safe and when to do something audacious?

Drawing on a wealth of experience and research, you’ll explore three, very common yet mind-bending dilemmas faced by organisational leaders, in order to reveal insights and strategies to help you make difficult decisions, but do so wisely, promptly and with less stress, so that you experience better outcomes in your life, and you’re decisive when it matters.

You will learn:

  • Why your gut is both powerful and flawed and when to best use it.
  • Why unconscious biases undermine good decision-making and the 3 most dangerous biases to look out for.
  • Why boundaries form the foundation of effective decision making and self-mastery.
  • How to create and communicate your boundaries, so you no longer get pulled into things you’d rather avoid, you no longer accept things you know to be wrong, and you no longer get stuck when you most need to move.
  • How to navigate your most difficult decisions with minimal stress, and why heuristics enable prompt decision making, whilst protecting you from the flaws in your gut.
  • Why we ignore important issues when we’re under pressure and how to spot problems early, in order to prevent nasty (yet avoidable) shocks and to avoid having the rug pulled out from under our feet when we least expected it.

Domestic abuse: How employers can protect their teams and promote gender unity

  • The annual cost of domestic abuse for the economies of England and Wales combined, is an estimated £66 billion pounds, with £47 billion pounds attributed to the emotional harm experienced by victims and £14 billion attributed to lost output due to time off work and reduced productivity (often over periods of several years or more).

  • Domestic abuse has a massive impact on UK society with an estimated 2.4 million adults experiencing domestic abuse in 2019 alone, but how do employers; a) Spot the signs? b) Have the difficult conversations? C) Support people going through it?

As a long-term survivor of domestic abuse in a former marriage, I know only too well the impact of domestic abuse on performance at work: from the extraordinary levels of sick leave I took, to the excessive and lengthy personal phone calls each day, and falling asleep on the phone to my clients mid-way through the conversation due to sheer exhaustion!

In this keynote:

  • Andrew openly and positively shares his story, from the violence the emotional manipulation, and dilemmas he faced, to moving beyond and repairing as an individual.
  • Andrew describes the wider issues faced by female and male survivors and why gender unity is critical in supporting all victims of domestic abuse (whether they are parents abused by their children, women abused by men or women, or men abused by men or women).
  • Andrew answers some of the most common questions asked about domestic abuse including: Why do people stay? How do intelligent people fall into abusive relationships? What is life like in abuse? What is gaslighting? What is life like after abuse? What about parental alienation? How do we equip the next generation to better tackle domestic abuse and spot the signs for themselves?
  • Andrew explores how employers can do more to support victims of abuse and build positive awareness of domestic abuse throughout their organisation.

How to stop burnout, so work/life balance is a reality not a utopia

Regarded by the World Health Organisation as a key driver of work-place absence and a major challenge for professionals who are striving and coping in our complex 21st century world, there’s little doubt that burnout is a real and present danger, which poses grave consequences for people and organisations who ignore it. But what is burnout? What are the triggers? Is it preventable and if so, how do you prevent it?

In this session, participants will explore:

  • The most common work-place triggers of burnout and how to tackle them.
  • Why tackling burnout requires a wider focus than simply the work environment.
  • The critical mindset shifts required to handle arduous and long term stress.
  • How elite performers process and respond to set-backs, using T.E.S.T.
  • How to manage long term worries using The Worry Scale, so you remain proactive about tackling your worries, but without getting consumed by them.
  • How to create rhythms and routines which energise in the toughest of times.

Unpacking resilience: How to step up when life's worn you down

After 10 years of domestic abuse, the collapse of his business and loss of house and assets, Andrew moved back to the UK, to his parent’s spare bedroom in Birmingham, before hitting rock bottom. He had no job, no income and few contacts: he missed his young daughters (who he now saw very little of) he felt hopeless about the future and was angry and broken by the years of abuse: it simply didn’t feel fair that his life had turned out this way.

  • How do you get moving when life feels pointless?
  • How do you dig deeper when you’ve got nothing left?
  • How do you inspire consistent levels of performance that can withstand adversity, so you can stay on your feet when you’re hit with set-backs?

In this inspirational keynote talk, Andrew shares his journey of regrowth in his own down-to-earth style: the false hopes, the steps forward and backward, the things which really worked, why personal progress is often a mess and a splat, not a curve or a line, and how he has come to where he is today, as a busy professional speaker and leadership coach working with some of the most successful organisations in the world: a father to 5, happily married husband, campaigner and advocate on key social issues (including domestic abuse).

You will learn:

  • The missing ingredient to becoming gritty by nature.
  • The 5 essential traits of resilient people and how to develop them.
  • How to get going on your most precious goals (but without sacrificing your most precious things).
  • The critical mindset shifts required to handle arduous and long-term stress.
  • How elite performers respond to set-backs using T.E.S.T.
  • How to manage your worries using The Worry Scale, so you remain proactive about tackling your worries without being consumed by them.
  • How to create rhythms and routines which energise in the toughest of times.
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Excellent presentation on the subtle art of successful delegation. Really helpful tools and tips, conveyed in an easy to understand and down to earth way, with plenty of great real life examples.

John McCrossan

Scottish Government

A true masterclass in my opinion. Thank you for such an engaging presentation and great techniques.

D. Stephenson, Project Manager

Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick

Andrew, the presentation was fantastic, I really didn't know what to expect but that was the most helpful and productive advice I have seen in a very long time on giving presentations.

Craig Scott, Project Manager

BAE Systems

Thanks very much Andrew Pain for the great webinar today on presentation skills for our Association for Project Management Emerging Professionals Network, plus a fair few others. Lots of valuable insight and tips on content, structure and delivery, whether live or (as it'll be for a while) virtually.

Caspar Barrington

Association of Project Managers

Andrew Pain delivered a fabulous webinar for the APM today on Mastering Presenting and Speaking Skills. Lots of top tips which I will definitely be taking forward to engage my audiences! Check out his profile and Tedx speech.

Vikki Smith

Pinsent Masons

I booked Andrew to deliver a half-day leadership workshop for a group of third sector CEOs, giving them practical strategies to help them make critical business decisions under pressure and do so promptly and with minimal stress. The session received rave reviews, both in terms of the original content, take-aways and delivery style and I recommend Andrew, both as a compelling and engaging public speaker, and as a workshop facilitator.

Charles Mclachlan

Future Perfect Company

I recently watched Andrew's webinar on procrastination through CIMA last week and having watched quite a few webinars through 2020/21, I have to say, it's one of the best I've seen. The subject type is relevant to all, where sometimes other subjects matters can be quite niche and in large parts irrelevant to the individual. Just as important, of course, is the quality of the presenter. He is incredibly skilled in this regard, and has a presenting style which draws the viewer/listener in effortlessly.

Mark Francis

Spotlight Sportsgroup
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