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The People Engagement Expert.

Average sucks, so laugh and learn while getting better at getting better.


Specialising in people engagement, Terry Williams has twice spoken to an audience of 4500 in Singapore and recently to over 6000 in a NZ-wide roadshow about building winning teams.

Current work

As a speaker, Terry's informative, memorable & energising presentations to business, professional & community groups receive rave reviews. Terry's style is interactive, with the use of entertainment to keep the sessions flowing and memorable, holding your audience's concentration and improve their recall of key information.


As a trainer, Terry specialises in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for businesses that are serious about improving the performance of their people and increasing their influence. As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, he often finds himself drawing on his own extensive business experience. From being a senior manager in a high-pressure and politically-charged operation with dozens of staff and million-dollar-plus budgets to running his own comedy production company, he understands the real people issues that face real leaders in the real world.


As an MC, you can trust Terry to drive your conference, event or team gathering towards your goals, reinforcing your messages and facilitating networking. Terry can present and MC and provide evening comedy entertainment. With that rare mix of an extensive business background as well as comedy ˜chops', he can tweak his performance to suit any occasion from hosting V8 races to facilitating networking amongst a collegial bunch of professionals in-between drinks to running hilarious gameshows for international wine tasters to conducting academic panels to introducing Cabinet Ministers at formal functions and so much more.


He is the author of ˜The Brain-Based Boss' & ˜The Guide: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know,' as well as columnist for ˜Employment Today' magazine and regular contributor to the Careers section of ˜The NZ Herald.'

Talking Points

Workshop/Webinar: Change & Resilience

1. Change is inevitable the accelerating rate of change
2. Countering the claim that if it aint broke don't fix it (The Sigmoid Curve)
3. Establishing the need for a strategic rather than reactive approach to change
4. Kotter's 8-step framework for organisational change
5. My 8-part framework for personal change
6. Characteristics of teams and individuals prepared for change
7. The WIIFM Grid Leveraging self interest
8. Synching up with the natural human emotional response cycle (Denial. Avoidance, passive acceptance, challenged, committed)
9. Developing change management plans
10. Developing communication management plans
11. Gaining support
12. Building momentum
13. Utilising both logic and emotion (The elephant and the rider)
14. Building resilience
15. Building flexibility
16. Learning from this change for the next one
17. Action planning

Workshop/Webinar: Building High-Performance Teams

1. Self-identify characteristics of high-performing and low-performing teams
2. Gap analysis of current team versus model high performing characteristics (Team diagnostic)
3. Individual team dynamic style types (rationals, idealists, artisans, guardians)
4. Role clarity
5. Values overlap
6. Trust (Above the line; Below the line)
7. The Team Lifecycle (Tuckman's model of forming, storming, norming, performing)
8. Leveraging the wisdom of the group: brainstorms
9. DeBono: lateral thinking, group problem solving, 6 thinking hats
10. Decision making
11. Constructive conflict and negativity
12. Team planning tools (SWOT)
13. Shared leadership
14. Team self-maintenance

Workshop/Webinar: Leadership Introduction

1. Definition
2. Purpose
3. Leadership vs management
4. Behaviours of effective leaders
5. 10 different leadership techniques
6. Personal leadership styles
7. A toolbox' approach to leadership no one right way
8. Adapting your leadership as your career progresses
9. Self leadership
10. Situational leadership
11. Leadership research (Covey, Kouzes & Posner)
12. Role modelling
13. Vision
14. Challenging process
15. Enabling
16. Encouraging
17. Self-assessment & gap analysis against characteristics of successful leaders
18. Leadership planning
19. Indirect influence
20. Action planning

Your seminar helped transform our company in terms of building and keeping an effective team. I am a chronic skeptic of business seminars and the slightly evangelical feel that many of them have. Your presentation was focused on practical ideas from the real world, and all the better for it. CEO,

A great job not only as MC but your keynote was brilliant in its simplicity.

Blue Summit Construction

Awesome presentation! Loved the content, takeaways, and of course the laughs

Enterpreneurs' Organization Brisbane

Terry has a natural gift of humour, and the ability to bring together a room full of strangers, and make them feel like a cohesive unit. He brings with him an ability to take charge of any situation and can take a muted crowd to being pumped and ready to go. From an organiser's perspective he gives the reassurance that everything you need him to do is taken care of. Undeniably, Terry's sincerity, professionalism, talent and wonderful energy will inject success into every conference or event he hosts!


Terry, you did another amazing job MCing our conference. I love your work! A great, big thank you from NZ Certified Builders.

NZ Certified Builders

Thank you for your guidance, enthusiasm and humor in MCing the #HRGrow event. You are an amazing talent!

Leading Dimensions Consulting (Florida)

Terry was recently the MC at our annual conference in Auckland. Both myself and the audience really enjoyed Terry's professional high-energy during the day and his enthused humour during the conference dinner. But it's what the audience didn't see that sticks in my mind even more, the way he ensures the conference runs smoothly, the speakers are on and in time, and both myself and the audience has a good time. Terry is totally professional, and I totally recommend him.

NZ Australasian Society of Association Executives

Terry kept our team energised & engaged through the day. He capped it off with an excellent motivational talk that caused us all to reflect, inbetween the bouts of laughter. I can thoroughly recommend Terry for any event of this kind.

TSB Bank

Terry is a delight. His energy and enthusiasm is contagious and his presentation hit the perfect note for our conference. He had the audience in the palm of his hand whilst sharing some great insights and nuggets of truth for everyone to take away. I would absolutely recommend Terry as a Key Note speaker.

Executive Manager, RemNet

Celebrating a 100 years as a company is a major achievement. So when we were put on a function for our professional peers to celebrate this milestone of achievement we really wanted it to go well. With this we wanted a speaker who would be informative and humorous. This would be crucial to the success of our major external event in celebrating our 100 years. We quickly settled on Terry Williams as the ideal speaker for us and when he was able to confirm his attendance we gave him a précis of what we hoped for “ and he delivered. A witty , informative, challenging presentation that had the audience laughing as well as giving them great information to take away and ponder. The feedback from our guests has been excellent, Terry's involvement made it the perfect event we were hoping for. Thank you Terry!

Cooper Aitken Accountants

Thank you so much Terry for being such a terrific MC at our Lead To Succeed Graduation Dinner. It was immensely helpful having you conduct the proceedings. You read the crowd well and provided the perfect mix of professionalism and humour.

Director, High Performance Centre

He takes to the stage like a seasoned pro... some of the best punchlines I've heard. Terry's superb comedic timing and innate ability to tell and build up a good story will have you hooked. His stories are engaging, well written and just downright funny.

Whimsical Banana
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