Expert leadership training from our “Sparks” Academy

Enrol into our “Sparks” Academy for 3 months of experiential leadership training, designed to challenge, develop, and support you as you unlock your team’s potential and find their true spark.

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    Trusted by these major brands

    • Monex
    • Thales
    • Zurich
    • St. James's Place Wealth Management
    • Nucleus
    • Vertus Capital
    • Mako
    • Missive
    • Sanlam
    • Transact London
    • Barnaby Cecil Financial Planning
    • Worldmaker International

    Attract and keep your brightest sparks

    An empowered, creative, and confident work culture is built with exceptional leadership.

    Exceptional leadership is unlocked when you invest in fulfilling your people’s true potential.

    Focus on providing your leaders of tomorrow with the confidence and support to step up and prepare for their future roles, and you’ll be investing in a culture of proactivity and accountability whilst you’re at it.

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    The best businesses invest in their people

    Businesses that empower their employees are:

    • 23% more profitable
    • 67% lower staff turnover
    • 50% improvement to morale
    • 44% more likely to go the extra mile
    • 43% improvement to customer satisfaction

    Yet right now, your best talent could be looking for better:

    • 57% of knowledge workers open to looking for a new job within the next year
    • 18% of staff attrition is due to lack of opportunities for growth
    • 42% feel their skills are thwarted by their company

    An investment in your people is an investment in your business, and our Sparks Academy is a leadership programme like no other. Your people will benefit from:

    • Expert support from our team, as well as a plethora of actionable learning materials
    • A safe space to share freely with one another, and a network of support they can lean on throughout their careers
    • Experiential learning with the chance to put new skills into practice immediately within the collaborative project.

    Experiential leadership training from start to finish

    Over the three months, we take our participants through our 4-step leadership curriculum.


    Step 1: Individual coaching

    Explore the results of your pre-programme self assessment survey, using the outcome to identify areas of improvement and set actionable, bespoke goals.

    Use our unique framework to delve into your personal values and your sense of purpose to build internal confidence.

    Use the Speakers’ Arc to build the confidence to share your ideas and positively influence your audience through your own presentation.

    Revisit your personal objectives from step one, and receive expert feedback as well as clear actions for development. You’ll use this when moving forward onto the next phase of learning.

    Step 2: Group masterclasses

    Our experts will explore with you the importance of defined purpose and values, equipping you with self management tools and the ability to establish long-term resilience. We clarify what leadership is, and help you identify what sort of leader you want to be.

    We explore the components of trust and how to implement them with building strong relationships, as well as equipping you with the tools to tackle challenging conversations. We also focus on building your confidence in public speaking.

    We’ll work with you to transform your mindset into one of growth, share our strategies for continued organisational learning, as well as provide a platform to share learning and inspire each other.

    Step 3: Collaborative project that connects to your wider purpose

    Our participants will work on a group project that aligns them closely to their purpose. Developing a strategy that raises money for a charity connected to your business will help you put your skills to the test in a tangible, purposeful way.

    Step 4 : Mentorship

    Your people will be partnered with one of our previous Sparks, following a social chemistry session and clear contracting.

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    The Process


    1. Discover

    Our organisational change consultants will meet up with you to take a deep dive into your needs, aspirations, concerns, and blocks.

    2. Consult

    We agree on the clear change objectives you want to meet and put in place measurable, tangible KPIs.

    3. Create

    Our coaching team work on creating your bespoke change development programme. We will inform this with everything that we discovered during our “Discovery” and “Consultation” sessions with you.

    4. Deliver

    We roll out the programme, adapting along the way to meet your changing needs – in collaboration with you, of course.

    5. Measure

    Our in-depth 360 surveying allows us to track the impact of the programme against the set objectives and KPIs.

    Impact of our executive leadership program

    Our leadership courses produce real, tangible results. Clients who have taken part in our leadership academy have seen the following benefits:

    • 50% increase in the extent to which participants felt they led within their teams
    • 40% increase in confidence to lead
    • 60% increase in the ability to inspire
    • 50% improvement in setting goals and targets
    • 25% increase in openness to ideas/feedback/suggestions
    • 33% improvement in the communication of expectations with their teams
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    Leadership Training FAQs

    What is leadership development?

    Leadership development prepares current and future leaders to perform the best that they can in their roles, as well as tending to a positive, proactive, and healthy work environment.

    Why should my company invest in leadership skills?

    An ineffective leader can breed contempt and frustration within a team, which can contribute to an unhealthy, unproductive environment. Investing in your future leaders can contribute to a more profitable, functional team, saving your business time, money, and resources.

    Is a leadership programme worth the money?

    If you are passionate about seeing your business grow in size, success, and profits, then yes. Our Sparks Academy could be the best, most well rounded investment you ever make in your company. If you have any questions, our experts would be happy to talk you through it in more detail.

    How do you develop leadership skills?

    Hard work and discipline! Don’t worry, we’ll teach you everything that you need to know to develop your leadership skills so that your workplace can become a more effective, communicative, desirable and trustworthy place to be.

    Why is it important to learn leadership skills?

    The clue is in the title: leadership. An ineffective leader does not inspire confidence in those around them. It can, in fact, breed contempt, which does not bode well for a happy, driven workforce. The better your leadership skills, the more effective (and profitable) your team will be.

    What Our Clients Say



    The Speakers’ Gym is like the iPhone. You don’t realise you need it until you have it, and then you can’t live without it.

    Magda Gonzalez, Group CFO, Monex Europe



    It was completely practical and the open-forum feedback was so valuable. You created a safe environment for everyone to learn. Thank you!

    Nicola Koronka, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Missive



    I was recommended by a friend who works in the same sector to contact The Speakers’ Gym to help me with my presentation delivery skills and I have not been disappointed with the results. Chris and Jonny work with you to provide bespoke training for your goals and needs. They are highly professional and make you feel at ease from the first minute the first session begins. I would highly recommend them to those who have a role which involves public speaking!

    Julia Peake,Technical Development Manager, Sanlam



    It has challenged both my thinking and approach and I will be sure to keep The Speakers’ Gym ‘fireworks’ readily available on my desk to refer to when not only presenting but also when needed through everyday management.

    Liz Paradine – Chief Operations Manager - 7iM


    Transact first engaged with The Speaker Gym late in 2018 where Chris & Jonny made a concerted effort to get under the skin of our business and understand how they could best help us hone our presentational and empathetic skills. The resulting sessions were hugely helpful giving my team plenty of opportunity to practice and also benefit from a great deal of feedback, not just from Chris & Jonny but by including the rest of the Transact team in the feedback and group learning too. I would highly recommend The Speakers Gym

    Glen Sweet, Head of Sales, Transact

    Transact London


    Working with The Speakers’ Gym has been fantastic. We knew what we wanted to say and who we wanted to speak to, so all we needed was technique. Or so we thought. Chris and Jonny helped us to understand the key elements of communication, through a structured process. We now think about communication in a completely different way. There’s a line they gave us that now resonates in my head, every time I write or talk to someone about what we do. We feel we’ve met two great guys and they’ve become an important part of us, our story and how we tell it to others.

    Thomas Skinner, Founder, Barnaby Cecil Financial Planning

    Barnaby Cecil Financial Planning


    The impact of The Speakers’ Gym™ at Mako can only be described as transformational. Over a three month period, they helped transition a group of individuals into a highly collaborative and consultative leadership team. Chris and Jonny have a unique ability to connect individuals with their true purpose, driving them towards self-reflection and ultimately growth. Overall the entire experience of working with them has been a pleasure and I am deeply grateful for their impact. They more than surpassed my expectations and I look forward to working with them again in the future!

    Trystan Morgan-Schauer, CEO, Mako



    We engaged The Speakers’ Gym to provide us with clarity and direction in the look, feel and messaging of the Worldmaker brand in preparation for our official launch. From start to finish, the process has been truly collaborative. They worked with the expertise and experience in our team to create branding that truly represents who we are and what we represent, whilst moving us into a more modern, expressive space – which was our desire. We know that we’re in great hands with The Speakers’ Gym. We’ll certainly be continuing to work with them

    Mollie Marti, CEO, Worldmaker International

    Worldmaker International


    They first took the time to understand our brief and delivered the programme incorporating our culture and brand throughout. They were thought provoking and their unique techniques very well received.

    Mairi Cameron, Learning Manager, Nucleus Financial



    The Speakers’ Gym gave me the skills and confidence to be my normal self whilst speaking and facilitating. They took the anxiety out of public speaking and gave me practical tools to prepare for and manage public engagements. They also helped me to engage more meaningfully with my clients, for which I am thankful. Highly recommend them.

    Matthew Marais, Director, Vertus Capital

    Vertus Capital


    I found the sessions to be a revelation, and I wish I had known some of the techniques sooner. It has completely changed my mindset and focused me in on the needs of the audience. With that, the ability to achieve those aspirations has come more naturally. There is always room for improvement, and I will definitely be revisiting The Speakers’ Gym for a refresher from time to time.

    Kelly Devlin, Wealth Management Consultant - St. James’s Place Wealth Management

    St. James's Place Wealth Management

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