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So who is this Leon fellow?

LEON BAMFORTH

Hi, I’m Leon. 

I get asked a lot about whether staff should be remote or in the office. My answer is always, that’s the wrong question to start with. I help leaders like you navigate the modern and future world of work to create spaces and places that your employees can be productive and feel valued.

I am a little bit obsessed with enabling humans to achieve more at work by creating the optimum environment including people, technology and joy (I know. Odd one to end with but life is too short to not have fun). 

My first degree was in Cybernetics (think robots and space lasers… without the lasers.) It was so much fun. I loved working in an area that practically no human had been able to work in and I loved figuring out the puzzles of helping technology interact usefully with the modern world. In 2015 I got a distinction in my informatics masters (still fun, but granted much less fun title). I love science and being grounded in what works rather than the next fad!  

What humans can achieve together with the tools we develop is truly amazing. Our ability to create useful tools and services is humanities super power. As a bit of indulgence (this is my about page after all) for thousands of years humans had a vision to soar with the birds. We first meaningfully achieved this vision on 21st November 1783 by inventing a new tool: the hot-air balloon. Then in 1903  we invented a second tool: the plane. Then after being airborne for less than 100 years … we invented a third gravity defying tool: the rocket and with that walked on the moon. 

Just let that sink in because we take for granted all the tools that others have invented and built for us that allow us to do so much more than our ancestors. Cars. Roads. Fridge freezers. Washing machines. Boilers (mine just broke..boo!!!). Phones. What do they enable you to do?

On top of the tools, we have services that mean we can live lives kings and queens of the past can only dream of. I can walk for 100 meters and buy a giant of the sea, trapped in a tiny can just for me (Tuna in case you were wondering.) I can get a gorgeously hot shower in my own home. Not right now obviously. Stupid boiler.

We denigrate work at our peril, it is through all working in our area that we have the amazing opportunities and comforts available to us.  

The point is: Human’s used to live in caves. Monkeys used to live in trees. Humans win. You’ve got this! 

So whatever your companies obsession and contribution to humanity is, mine is in helping you create the environment to get more, faster, with more joy. 

Give me a call and let’s chat 🙂 

A few kind words about

LEON BAMFORTH

This evening I was privileged enough to see Leon Bamforth who won Speaker Factor last year. What a fantastic guy. Inspirational and that is from somebody who sees speakers every month with Vistage. He changed his tone, intonation, he paused. Just a master of his art and somebody who's so inspirational because he keeps learning.
Ian Windle
Group chair at Vistage
Last night Sheffield Coaching Exchange we were privileged to experience firsthand Leon's excellent speaking skills. Leon came to our professional development group to share his insights into how emotions can affect business. From the moment he began we were all hooked, Leon knows how to weave a story and make powerful, memorable points. I came away inspired and motivated and took action as a result of being there. Thank you Leon for helping us all to connect with our visions...and our nightmares!
Lisa Read
Sheffield Coaching Exchange
Leon gave a presentation in Birmingham for the Professional Speaker Association which I attended in November 2019. His session was interesting, inspiring & educational. The most useful part for me was confirmation of the craftmanship behind being a great speaker. Until I joined the PSA I hadn't really appreciated how many elements go into being a great speaker & Leon's session was a blueprint for mastering the craft.
Christina Jones
Facebook Marketing Partner
I've seen Leon Bamforth, I think, three times. Every time I've really enjoyed it. He has a great message but he wraps it in this marvellous humour.
Jeremy Nicholas
Writer Broadcaster Humorist
Leon is a great speaker. Specifically because he immerses you in his story and takes you on a journey where you can't fail to learn something meaningful and helpful. I see a lot of speakers who just talk at you, but Leon speaks to your inner self leaving you with a deep sense of understanding and satisfaction. I would recommend him heartily.
Q J
Professional Speaker Manager
I loved Leon Bamforth’s presentation at PSA inspire 2019, he’s a motivational speaker with real, useful content. Not only did he kind of move me, he made think and now I’ve got a list of things to do. Thank you Leon.
Richard Hagen
Publisher
Leon Bamforth's speech today was really inspiring. He took us on an emotional roller coaster and I don't intend referring to what he was speaking about because it would steal the thunder. But he managed to lift our spirits again and leave us with some seriously good advice which, certainly, I'm going to try and follow. He was methodical, clear, and a thoroughly entertaining speaker.
Delegate
Leon presents with clarity and humour, maintaining the engagement of the audience. In a workshop setting he conveys a passion for self-improvement and desire for excellence in a relaxed atmosphere. Leon is an interesting and thought-provoking speaker.
Jonathan Bowring
Leadership and organisational coach
I've just seen Leon speaking for the third time and each time I see him, it just gets better and better. The powerful, moving stories really get you at the heart and his messages about how we're spending time or wasting time is really valuable. I definitely recommend booking him for you next event.
Adrienne Gibson
Keynote speaker, facilitator, coach and consultant
I've just listened to Leon's talk about how he prepared a winning speech for Speaker Factor. It was a fantastic lesson on how to structure a talk, how to give it energy, take the energy up, take it down, how to add humour at the right points and how to finish it off wonderfully. So now I'm gonna go away and take my ideas and hone them even further with the new insights I've got and hopefully come up with a winning speech of my own.
John Hayns
Head Magician at Johnny Oxford
We gave Leon the challenging task of delivering the final slot at our company away day with a weary audience who had half a mind in indulging in the summer BBQ just after. Leon had everyone's attention from start to finish. He was funny, engaging and inspirational. My team left on a high with easy to implement take-aways. I would definitely recommend Leon.
Mike Odling-Smee
Director at AireLogic
I’ve just watched Leon Bamforth present, absolutely brilliant stuff. He’s got humour, pathos, he really tells a great story. A very, very powerful speaker, a very effective speaker. Took the audience for a whole range of emotions, really delivered on a message. If you’re looking for a speaker for you conference Leon Bamforth is your man.
Alan Stevens
Past president of Global Speakers Federation
Not only was Leon's talk engaging and entertaining - it literally made us laugh and cry - he also delivered a clear and actionable message which prompted the audience to go and make a change. I'm looking forward to hearing him speak again and would not hesitate to recommend him as a speaker for your event or conference.
Mark Faithful
Leadership and Public Speaking Coach
Thank you Leon for tonight's presentation to the Coaching Exchange in Sheffield. I really enjoyed it - especially your use of stories and your interaction with the audience. I think your message of 'whose world do you communicate in' is especially relevant to my communications with my autistic daughter. I look forward to trying out some of the techniques you discussed.
Mike Sinnett
People Development Specialist
Leon was absolutely great, a really fantastic storyteller, lots of energy and really took the audience on a journey. In terms of key take-aways, it’s very inspirational and really made you think differently about the sorts of conversations that you were having.
Dominic Colenso
Business Coach
This guy is worth watching. If you haven't seen him speak yet, book your ticket and go and see him as quick as you can.
Anthony Stears
Keynote speaker
Fantastic speaker - great stage presence, great message. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to him, with some seriously insightful take-away action points.
Andrew Pain
Keynote Speaker
Leon is hugely engaging to listen to and gets his messages across in such a way that the audience cannot fail to be inspired to take action. If your workforce could benefit from conflict and resilience tools and you want them to be more engaged as a result, then Leon is definitely someone you should be working with.
Jackie Handy
Leadership Speaker
I have just watched the most amazing speaker. I can't explain how powerful his speech was. You must book him because what he will do for you, your company, yourself, is he'll give you an amazing message, fabulous stories, take you on-on a journey that you've probably never been on before, but always, always with a very deep, sincere message. He's a very authentic speaker and, my goodness, you'll miss out if you don't book him.
Delegate
Leon is an amazing speaker and a very nice person himself! He takes you through the journey of his life and mind changing situation effortlessly and with such inspiration that all what you want is actually listen and learn! I realised how much time is still wasted actually on unimportant things and was tearful quite few times during the speech... I highly recommend Leon and definitely will look forward to see him speak again!
Olga Geidane
Life coach