Christine Armstrong

Author of the The Mother of all Jobs and Adviser on the Future of Work

“A speaker who will make you think differently, question your assumptions and hang on her every word, while laughing helplessly.” William Eccleshare, Chairman and CEO, Clear Channel International

The author of The Mother of All Jobs, which explores how work has changed in the last 20  years and the pressure this has created, communications and leadership consultant Christine Armstrong is a highly engaging, humorous speaker who has done keynotes on the battle with ‘hours cultures,’ the lies we tell about flexible work and what to do about workplace bullying. 

Christine’s book was a finalist in the Business Book of the Year Awards 2019, featured as the cover story of the Sunday Times Magazine and has appeared in over 100 articles worldwide. She also writes regularly for The Times and Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, Management Today, Grazia and Red and has been on the BBC and Women’s Hour.  As a speaker, she gives keynotes but is also a very experienced host, MC and facilitator.  Whatever her role, she never fails to surprise and engage, bringing colour, energy and even a touch of drama in her efforts to share actionable insights in ways that resonate with her audience.

Could you scream for all the talking about change, only for it to never to actually happen? Whether it’s decades of discussing senior women at work, being more environmentally sustainable, breaking down organisational silos, creating a working culture that is more innovative, happier or plain old more productive…. We are trapped in an endless loop of talking about change before going straight back to working exactly as we did before. This is not anecdotal, research shows that since the 1970s 60-70% of change programmes have sailed.

 After twenty-five years working in organisations trying - and mostly failing to change - and seven years interviewing people for her recent book, Christine knows why. In her talk, she explores the common mistakes we all make: from relying on facts, to letting enthusiasts take charge to assuming those who say nothing agree to lumping big groups of people together and imagining they think the same.

In her talk "Beyond the Choir – why you’re not having the conversations that would change your business" she breaks down these mistakes into practical, do-able takeaways that anyone can apply to any organisational change, no matter how large or small their organisation or the change they want to see.

 She is also extremely funny.

  • Women and Work
  • Pay Gap
  • #MeToo movement
  • Bullying
  • Beyond the Choir – why you’re not having the conversations that would change your business

"Christine was absolutely amazing: a warm, funny and engaging speaker.  The feedback has all reflected that.” Natalie Goldwater, Senior Producer, BBC 

‘When I am looking for someone who is going to simultaneously engage the audience and challenge their thinking then Christine is perfect. She has spoken for me with audiences of colleagues, senior executive level clients and rising talented women. Christine is really incredible at watching people and seeing below their skin, and above their heads, at what is really going on and bringing it to life in a practical way.” Linda Ellett FIA, Partner, KPMG

"You were brilliant. Some well-intentioned speakers are dull/samey/poor. It's a shame on such an important and pervasive topic. You were the opposite – utterly engaging, funny and incisive. I thought what we were talking about was the important stuff and if it is done well – as it was – the conversations continue well after the talk." Colin Gibson, Partner, Fieldfisher

“Christine absolutely understood our clients’ challenges and gave practical guidance and ideas on how to approach them. It led to many of us reaching for our Amazon app to buy her book. It is so good to hear from someone who gets the challenges for employers and is able to guide them through instead of adding to their burden.”
Caroline Noblet, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

“Christine combines sharp business insight with practical solutions and the ability to command the total attention of the room.”
Richard Robinson, Managing Partner, Econsultancy

“Combining intelligent insight with hilarious anecdotes, Christine never fails to deliver a knock-out speech that entertains, educates and changes how we see the world.” Kate Bassett, head of content at Management Today and Chair of Inspiring Women

“A speaker who will make you think differently, question your assumptions and hang on her every word, while laughing helplessly.”
William Eccleshare, Chiarman and CEO, Clear Channel International

 

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