Riot copper, milkman and salesman were just a few of the entries on Adrian’s CV before he moved into the I.T. industry and discovered an ability to motivate and inspire others.
Today Adrian Webster is arguably the most entertaining and effective motivational business speaker on the UK circuit. He specialises in delivering key messages on behalf of clients in a humorous and completely unique, down to earth style that audiences can easily relate to.
His addictively inspirational presentations help people at all levels and from diverse backgrounds to make a very real difference in their workplace.
Drawing on his vast amount of practical experience as a motivator and team builder he brings to life a whole new world of fun motivational terminology and characters that everyone can instantly identify with, take away and put to good use – a world not a million miles away where TNTs rule and Neg Ferrets, BLOATERS and Sinkers reside.all of whom you will no doubt instantly recognise!
The son of a Yorkshire coal miner, Adrian started off his colourful career as a Police Officer in St Pauls, Bristol. He left shortly after the St Paul’s riots to go ‘back to school’ and ended up becoming President of Southampton Students Drama.
Fed up with being a poor student, he spent the next four years building up a dairy company by knocking on thousands of doors and persuading households and local shops to buy his milk. Having established the dairy business he worked as, amongst many other things, a radio presenter on local radio in Bristol.
To help ‘fund’ his career, Adrian started selling a wide range of products, ranging from frozen food to houses. He quickly discovered he could make some real money in sales and began to take selling seriously, the part time sales side soon took over as his full time career.
In 1987 he moved into I.T sales and by 1989 he had established himself as one of the most successful sales professionals in the industry.
After two highly successful years as Corporate Sales Manager of US Robotics, he joined Northamber Plc an I.T Distributor as Group Sales and Training Manager responsible for recruiting, training, motivating and ‘driving’ 150 staff to achieve phenomenal success on shoestring budgets.
It was during this time, out of pure necessity to inspire and retain staff that the world of Polar Bear Pirates was born and Adrian discovered an ability to turn teams of everyday people with little or no ability into some of the most productive in the I.T industry.
Fuelled by a desire to try to gain a better understanding of what really makes exceptional people tick he set about researching some of the UK’s most successful people. These six years of research along with his real-life experiences, raw energy and sense of humour combine to create a thrilling roller coaster style that is completely original, hilariously funny and brilliantly effective.
Adrian is now a bestselling business author with his first book ‘Polar Bear Pirates and their quest to reach Fat City’ being successfully sold worldwide.
“Adrian touched on all the topics we had asked him to. His delivery was exceptional as he was comedic, then switched to a more subdued approach. He made it personal, emotional and very entertaining. He held the audience attention throughout the entire hour. Adrian is genuine with a tremendous code of ethics which translated throughout his presentation. Several people were heard quoting Adrian the next day during the remainder of our conference, and we knew he had resonated with our audience. We would book him again without a doubt.” Marketing Manager – Americas, M-PAC Group
'On behalf of Carillion Telent I would like to say a massive thank you to Adrian, his talk was exceptional. All feedback received from those who attended has been really positive…… Adrian's talk engaged the entire audience and his use of humour allowed the widespread demographic to truly gain from the experience.' Carillion Telenet
“Adrian was an excellent speaker and we all very much enjoyed listening to him (particularly those of us that got to hear him speak twice over the course of the day).ﾠ I would certainly recommend him to other Local Authorities looking to engage an entertaining, professional and highly motivational speaker.”ﾠ Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
“Adrians presentation has been see as successful from all attendees, completely in line with the event. ﾠExcellent.”ﾠ Taylor Wimpey North Thames
'Adrian delivers powerful messages in an engaging, creative and hugely impactful way: always great value for money with amazing long term results well after his appearances: consequently he is invited back time after time”
Kosta Christofi -ﾠ HSBC
Once again our teams are walking two foot taller !!ﾠ thank you for yesterday
Russell Jervis – Group Managing Director ' Spicerhaart Estate Agents
'Adrian Webster was phenomenal, he made a real impact with the talk he did for us. The feedback our organisation gave, from fork lift truck driver to high level leadership, was great.ﾠ He was energetic, funny and made every person in the room take a step back and think. A great message delivered from a great speaker'
Proctor & Gamble
'The feedback we have received since the two days has been tremendous.ﾠ People have continually commented on how much they enjoyed being part of the strategy and objective setting process and how your slot was, without being too much management jargon.ﾠ It was a lively, entertaining and hugely relevant speech and I am sure we all recognized a few characters' from our everyday lives.ﾠ If we can all look in the mirror from time to time and check our PLP standing as well as reminding ourselves that we can all make a difference then we will have achieved the first steps to reward'
Craig Lockhart – Babcock International Group
'Thank you for energizing my team the way you did this morning. The mix of serious food for thought and humour delivered at dazzling speed made a big impact on all. The feedback was very positive indeed. Your speech will be remembered as the highlight of our conference. You can quote me on that…'ﾝ
Jeroen Eijsink – Managing Director – DHL Freight
'The guys are still talking about you- Thought provoking stuff which we were all able to relate too'ﾝ
Steve Parker ' Thomson Airways – TUI .
Our conference had come at a very difficult time for public sector employees, with an uncertain future and the real threat of big cuts ahead. There was a palpable increase in the energy level as soon as Adrian spoke his first word on stage, and from that point on we were treated to a highly personal and motivating roller-coaster of a speech. Adrian not only inspired our staff, but left us feeling proud to work for the council.”
Sophie Chadwick – Communications and Corporate Policy Manager – Thanet District Council
'Thanks again for your exceptional performance at the Leadership event.ﾠ It really did make the day a resounding success.ﾠ I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who wants to organise an uplifting and inspirational event.ﾠ There is no doubt that the day would have been considerably less successful were it not for the highly skilled inputs delivered by Adrian Webster.ﾠ His experience in captivating an audience, holding their attention and driving home key points was invaluable.ﾠ The high energy he generated was key to removing the veil of cynicism and apathy that can so often affect large organisations, particularly the Police.ﾠ It enhanced contributions from the floor and seemed to open the minds of all supervisors to a range of issues and new leadership skills'
Chief Inspector Pete Ayling ' Kent Police Leadership Conference
Adrian exceeded our expectations. The overall consensus is that Adrian came across as a breath of fresh air and it was totally different to any other speech delivered to an IBM audience. I have never attended a meeting at IBM before where people have laughed so much. He definitely made a big impact at IBM and we would welcome him back tomorrow if we had the chance. The only complaints we have had are from people who were unable to see him in action.
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