Nigel Risner

Nigel Risner

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Having started his own business in 1983 and becoming one of the youngest CEO’s at the age of 26, Nigel quickly realised that running organisations was not that complicated but working with people and getting the most out of them was the challenge. He did an I P O and having venture capital in his business it occurred to him that understanding people’s personal needs and their communication styles was paramount to their success.

He started working with The Academy for Chief Executives in 1997 and quickly became a sought- after speaker working in many different industries but specialising in peak performance and human development. In 2001 and 2010 he was awarded Speaker of the Year from The Academy for Chief Executives. In 2005 he was awarded Vistage International Speaker of the Year. In 2009/10 Footdown awarded him Speaker of the Year.Thus making him the only speaker in Europe to have won all three awards.

Having spoken to more than 1.5 million people worldwide (40 Countries) he has recognised that most people fall into four categories in communication.

Whilst there have been many other models used his method of zoo keeping different animals is now used not only in Police Forces around the Country but also many National Health Trusts.
He is currently working on introducing four new animals to the Zoo!

Nigel currently speaks approximately 100 times a year.
His main philosophy is that there is no such thing as difficult customers and staff – there are different customers and staff.