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Mike Southon

Mike Southon is a mentor, best-selling author, and keynote speaker on sales, business growth, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Mike brings the magic of entrepreneurship and enterprise to all sizes of organisation, in every type of industry.

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Motivational speaker, Mike Southon, is a serial successful entrepreneur and has co-founded, built, and sold over 20 businesses, as well as developed in-house venture units in government, hospitality, and engineering.

Mike has co-authored many internationally best-selling business books, including The Beermat Entrepreneur, which has sold over 100,000 copies in several languages.

He has lectured at many business schools, including the delivery of 11-week undergraduate programmes in Entrepreneurship and Marketing Strategy. Mike specialises in the formation and mentoring of high-performance, ethnically diverse teams, with a particular focus on networking, face-to-face selling, ethical purpose, and mindfulness.

His specialist subject is The Beatles, and he shows what we can all learn from the greatest creative team in history, the first entrepreneurs to ‘go viral’ and leave a lasting legacy. As ‘The Beermat Alchemist’, Mike Southon combines simplicity with business magic.

His specialist keynotes include –

Something About The Beatles

Mike uses The Beatles as an example of how to be creative and entrepreneurial, explaining how to overcome the challenges you will face along the way. Something About The Beatles is a highly inspiring, entertaining, and informative keynote presentation.

Something About the Beatles is full of great music, and practical learning points from Mike’s twin careers as a highly successful serial entrepreneur and professional musician, all delivered with energy, style, and humour.

Sales on a Beermat (Sales for Non-Salespeople)

We would all like to increase the revenue of our companies, but not all of us are experienced, salespeople. Small businesses have to generate revenue but often do not have a purpose-built salesperson.

Larger organisations have many people involved in the sales process who do not have much formal sales training such as consultants, engineers, lawyers, and accountants.

Mike Southon shows how everybody can sell, featuring material from the best-selling book, Sales on a Beermat. As a result, Mike’s presentation explains the simple steps any company can take to double their sales immediately without spending money on expensive marketing campaigns. It also shows how everyone, especially non-salespeople, can be involved in the sales process without feeling sleazy or uncomfortable

Testimonials include:

Mike Southon is more than Quite Interesting. He spreads insights and cheerfulness in equal measure, like an ambidextrous chef icing two cakes at once.” John Lloyd, producer of QI, The Museum of Curiosity, Blackadder, Not the Nine O’clock News.

Wisdom without jargon: practical, practicable advice for the would-be entrepreneur” Karan, Baron Bilimoria, CBE, DL, FCA.

 “The Beermat Entrepreneur changed my life and helped me found an international business that eventually sold for many millions of pounds. If only I’d found it sooner!” Justin Gayner, Serial Entrepreneur.

Mike’s sales presentation did exactly what it claims – it helped us double our sales in three months.” The National Computing Centre.

97% of delegates said they were inspired by Mike Southon’s presentation.” Business Link for South Yorkshire.


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