Terry Williams Speaker. (CSP) Laugh & learn.

Motivational presentations. Practical takeaways.

Terry Williams is an expert, author and motivational / entertaining conference keynote speaker on engaging people. A trainer and facilitator for over 25 years, he’s also a columnist in ‘Employment Today’ magazine.

Terry is a CSP - a Certified Speaking Professional. This is the speaking profession’s highest earned international measure of professional platform competence. With this designation, meeting professionals looking to hire the best of the best see a commitment to the profession, be assured of a top-notch speaking ability, and a track record of professionalism and success. Less than 15 percent of NSA members worldwide have achieved the CSP designation and only 8 other kiwis.

His book ‘The Brain-Based Boss’ takes psychological research and breaks it down, to make it interesting and useful for people wanting to improve their performance and engage the people they work with. He presents slices of his new book ‘Getting Better Buy-In’ offering practical things that frontline leaders can actually do to make a difference.

Terry is also a professional stand-up comedian, performing in several NZ International Comedy Festivals. Unforgettable, entertaining, fun, interactive and full of takeaway 'How to's.'

Demo Videos Selection from Client List

“Terry came to Nelson and presented to close to 200 of our clients. Even though the topic was potentially a little dry, Terry made the presentation fascinating and entertaining. Terry is a fantastic, entertaining speaker and the feedback we got from our clients was excellent. Thanks Terry for a great show on such an important subject”. - GILBERT ROBERTSON, ROBERTSON CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS




2 Dangerous Things A Year: Your 'Change Evolution' to get 'Change Fit'

Click here for sample videos from '2 Dangerous Things A Year', 'Getting Better Buy-In' & 'Building Winning Teams'

I talk about you deliberately doing things that scare you to exercise your resilience muscles and to stretch and develop yourself - to get better at getting better. For you, your colleagues, your friends and family, it leads to a happier more productive life and less regrets looking back. I’m no one special. I’m just like you. I’m no adventurer like Indiana Jones. I’m no daredevil like Evil Knievel. I’m certainly no life-risking, challenge-smasher like Felix Baumgartner who based jumped from a balloon in space. But, I have since 2001 done 2 dangerous things a year. Dangerous by my own definition - things that scared, stretched and challenged me and yes even a few things that were literally dangerous by anyone’s definition. I focus on my dangerous journey into becoming a stand-up comedian. I’m not talking about the glib cliché of ‘do something every day that scares you’. I’m talking about 2 things a year that have big pay-offs but could also go wrong.

I’ve experienced the benefits. I’ve done the study. I share these with my audience. More specifically, I encourage you, provoke you, and tool you up to do your own ‘dangerous’ things - to test yourself now so you’re ready when life tests you later.

Firstly, most people do not challenge themselves deliberately, proactively and frequently. I tell you why not. Secondly, those that do challenge themselves deliberately, proactively and frequently reap the benefits of significant personal growth across their life and I tell you what those benefits can be. Thirdly, I provide you an 8-part framework to get past those obstacles, get you started, keep you going, AND pass these ideas and encouragement onto others you care about.

My backstory on doing dangerous things.

Who Would Benefit?

  • Sales people wanting to move customers away from inertia.
  • Educators and community leaders wanting to safely drive positive change.
  • Managers, Team Leaders and business leaders trying to snap their teams out of complacency and encourage their people to develop themselves personally and professionally.
  • Professional associations wanting to experience a session with practical, relevant and appropriate content that is still fun, memorable and engaging.

Client Comments:

"Terry has recently facilitated/MC'd a day long conference of 100 leadership staff for me. The day was extremely successful due in large part to the way Terry carried out his role. He brought a unique blend of energy, humour, and focus utilising his skills as a public speaker and as a practicing comedian, and also his ability to think on his feet. This combination kept our team energised and engaged through the day and he capped it off with an excellent motivational talk that caused us all to reflect, in between the bouts of laughter. I can thoroughly recommend Terry for any event of this kind". Murray Bain, CEO TSB Bank

"99.9% rated your content as good or very good!!!! Here are some comments; “Terry did a great job , a good message and more importantly,  very engaging!”; “ The afternoon speaker was fantastic”; “Terry was exceptional and worked hard to engage us in a 2 hour slot”; “ I lost a staff member within 6 weeks of this talk because he’s gone off to challenge himself after working here for 25 years.” - Janet Walke, Staff Capability Leader, UCOL

“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” – Susan Doughty, RemNet

"Great feedback from delegates regarding your presentation, rating 4.8 for facilitation out of a maximum of 5.0 (which I might add I’ve never seen delegates rate up to!)" – Diane Robinson, RemNet

"Terry presented in a humorous manner very imperative information for business managers/leaders to use in their workplaces, to influence those people around them. 83% of attendees (senior finance managers) rated Terry as excellent." – Megan Alexander, GM, Robert Half International

“WEX are an IT Company who have experienced phenomenal growth and the challenges it presents. Terry presented a seminar on Change, and provided insights into the different personality types that make up the office environment. Presented with more than a touch of humour overlaying a serious message, the office was alive and buzzing afterwards.” – Simone Turin, WEX

"We, as a team, enjoyed your honest, practical and straightforward (yet impactful and valuable) presentation (and training)......not to mention the wonderful humour." - Shimrath Paul, Chief Executive, Otago Museum

"Your seminar helped transform our company in terms of building and keeping an effective team. I am a chronic sceptic 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." - Kevin Townsend, CEO,

Click here for sample videos from '2 Dangerous Things A Year', 'Getting Better Buy-In' & 'Building Winning Teams'

Getting Better Buy-In

The thing about behavior change is that you can’t do it for them, nor can you always be around when the going gets tough. For those people doing the actual moving towards behavior change, they need to:

  • want to do it,
  • think they need to do it,
  • think they can do it, and
  • think they should do it now.

The combination of all those conditions is what we label ‘motivated’.

This presentation gives you structures, systems, tools and the design for environments that will allow and enable you to motivate yourselves when I’m not around. And, more importantly, for you to do the same with your people. Practical things that frontline leaders can actually do to make a difference.

The ideas and tools in this presentation are backed by research and forged in real life experience. They work. But we need to get away from this notion of motivation being you saying something to someone enthusiastically like a cheerleader or forcefully like a Marines Drill Sergeant, or an impassioned plea to go out and win one for the Gipper. They are easy images to conjure up but they’re not how lasting motivation is managed in the real world. They’re movie set-pieces and you’re not Al Pacino. How can you engage your people and move them to move with you, buying into your mission, goals and changes?


Who Would Benefit?

  • Leaders and those seeking to influence or persuade teams
  • sales
  • customer service
  • community groups
  • professional teams / associations
  • sports
  • Government
  • conference organisers


The Brain-Based Boss: Proven Strategies To Create & Maintain A Workplace Culture That Attracts & Retains Talent

Have you ever tried to scope the sheer scale of the cost of your staff churn, disengaged employees and turnover? Never mind the recruitment costs, what about all the indirect effects on productivity and morale as people depart, arrive, learn, remake mistakes & institutional knowledge walks out the door with their stapler. It’s a spiral. It’s a small world made smaller by the internet. You do not want a reputation as a poor employer as you know that’ll drive away talented people and, soon after, drive away customers. Well, what do you want?

You want to be running, and belong to, a workplace of choice. If ever a vacancy occurs, it’ll be for the right reasons and talent will beat a path to your door and that’ll magnetically attract more talent. That’s the kind of spiral you do want. But how? Good question. (Smart people ask good questions. That’s one of the lessons of this programme!)

You’d like to know that the effort will be worth it. You’d like to know what drives these engaged employees. You’d like to know the specific actions you can take to influence the choice of talent to... choose... you. The title ‘Workplace of Choice’ is a red herring. Talent wouldn’t be choosing your workplace, they’d be choosing YOU. (Or not...?) Tools for managing change and influencing behaviour based on an extensive collection of workplace and psychology research - all told in an engaging style not an academic lecture.

Who Would Benefit?

  • HR professionals,
  • Senior executives,
  • Employers,
  • Employer associations,
  • Small to medium enterprises

Client Comment:

“Terry is a very engaging speaker who presents with passion, humor and a mischievous streak. He clearly knows his subject but much more importantly he is able to impart his knowledge and connects with the audience. He leaves you not just inspired to take action but with the information and tools to do so. Terry’s presentations were interesting, funny, thought-provoking and educational. Many of our delegates gave him two-thumbs up for his session and have asked to hear him speak again next year.“ – Fiona Sim, Key Media, Singapore