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John Briffa, Dr.

A practising doctor, author, journalist, speaker and trainer

Dr John Briffa teaches the simple things each of us can do each day to optimise our energy and get the most out of ourselves and our day. He uses a mix of science, clinical experience and common sense (with a healthy dose of humour!) to make sessions impactful and highly memorable for the betterment of individuals and the organisations in which they work. John delivers wellbeing webinars on a range of topics which can be found below.

Dr. John Briffa, a practising doctor, author, journalist, speaker and trainer

Dr John Briffa BSc MB BS (Lond) is a practising doctor, internationally-published author, journalist, speaker and trainer. After graduating with honours from University College London School of Medicine he specialised in preventive and nutritional medicine, and is an expert in the use of lifestyle strategies to boost wellbeing and performance.

Dr John is the Director of Dr Briffa Wellness, a specialised business consultancy dedicated to providing practical tools for personal and organisational productivity. Over 20 years Dr Briffa has helped thousands of business professionals maximise their vitality, effectiveness and resilience using simple and sustainable strategies.

Dr John is renowned for his ability to make complex information easy-to-understand and actionable. His sessions have a reputation for being high-impact and memorable, with participants acting on and benefiting from his unique insights long into the future.

Recent clients include Deloitte, PwC, London Business Forum, Corenet, Allen and Overy, Management Today, RWE, Thames Water, Wincanton, British Gas and Wragge Lawrence Graham and Co., and Freshfields.



  • Nutritional strategies for ensuring stable levels of energy throughout the day, with no ‘mid-afternoon slump’.
  • The true importance of hydration, and the two keys to ensure our individual needs are met here with ease.
  • Why alcohol is a ‘double-edged sword’, and how to manage consumption effectively and without deprivation.
  • Simple approaches to avoiding unnecessary eating and mindless snacking at home.
  • A simple conceptual approach to healthy eating that anyone can adapt to their own preferences and tastes.


  • The role sleep has in preparing us physiologically and psychologically for optimal wellbeing and performance.
  • Two common but little-known factors that can wreck sleep quality, and how to solve them with ease.
  • The relationship between light and sleep, and how to get the right sort of light exposure at the right time.
  • Why sleep needs are highly individual and can change from time-to-time, and how to gauge our own needs very easily.
  • Why it really is possible to ‘catch up on sleep’ when necessary, and the most effective strategies for this


  • How to build and maintain muscle strength using body weight only and in only a few minutes each day.
  • The one piece of exercise equipment that is cheap, small and useful for everyone in the home including young children.
  • How to use exercise equipment (such as an exercise bike, treadmill, cross-trainer or rower) to get a highly effective workout in just 10 minutes.
  • Simple routines for maintaining flexibility and mobility.
  • The under-recognised mental barrier to exercise, and how to surmount this.


  • The science of stress – what’s going on in the body and brain during stress, and why this can be both ‘good’ and ‘bad’.
  • During periods of stress, the mental approaches that are effective in managing our emotions, supporting our thinking, and enhancing resourcefulness.
  • The daily ‘mental exercises’ that can forge patterns of thinking to support overall performance, resilience and contentedness.
  • How to use physiological based approaches to support overall wellbeing and resilience.


  • How different breathing patterns affect the level of physiological stress in the body.
  • What research tells us about how controlling our breathing effects mood and thinking.
  • A simple breathing exercise for inducing calm and alertness.
  • A daily breathing exercise to optimise both physiological and psychological functioning.
  • An advanced breathing technique for boosting wellbeing and exercise performance.


  • 5 strategies for optimising energy early in the day that help drive performance throughout the whole day.
  • How to make the best use of what can seem like a limited amount of time to ‘get stuff done’.
  • The pitfalls of ‘multi-tasking’, and 3 key concepts for boosting focus, concentration and the ability to ‘stick to the task’.
  • A simple morning thinking exercise that can set the right mental tone and boost focus and resourcefulness.

Nine published books including ‘A Great Day at the Office – 10 steps to maximizing your energy and getting the best out of yourself and your day’ (Fourth Estate – 2014)

“John ran a half-day seminar on healthy working for our team of 30 multinational Consultants. He is a lively, amusing, provocative and convincing speaker who prompts debate both in the session and long afterwards – we still hear that things are not “Briffa compliant” weeks after the event. The session covered diet, sleep, exercise, the need for light and effective breathing – all his points are well argued, supported by research results and, ultimately, make intuitive sense. As a result our people actually use what they learned.” Ian Mann, PwC Switzerland

“Dr Briffa delivered an outstanding session to a senior team of over 150 IBM management consultants at our annual vision and strategy event. He more than lived up to his reputation for delivering insightful, thought-provoking and lifestyle-changing health and nutrition advice to senior corporate staff. His rapid, lucid delivery, combined with his deeply-researched insights, made his session the most popular elective session of the day, with many participants talking long after the event about the impact it had made on their lifestyle. Our most senior executives were particularly energised by his thinking and practical insights and have expressed a keen interest in a follow-up session. Above all, John’s personable warmth and engaging style make him not only a pleasure to listen to, but very easy to work with in shaping the agenda and style of his pitch to suit our audience and programme objectives.” Andi Britt, Partner, IBM Global Business Services

“John delivered a fantastic and original presentation on effectiveness, nutrition and exercise at one of our regular UK employee lunches.  It was one of the best-attended sessions we have held, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  His style is amusing and engaging, whilst he challenges many of the ‘usual’ opinions around healthy eating and living. I would strongly recommend his talks to anyone who has the chance to book or attend one. The presentations would work well on company offsites, team days or additions to board meetings and we are looking at all of these forums to let others hear his important messages.” Dominic Magee, Director, Bridgepoint

“Dr Briffa spoke on diet and general health tips for nearly 3 hours at our conference in Berlin. Against all odds he kept a mixed and demanding audience of around 120 people totally engaged: his energetic and humorous delivery style demands attention. Even more impressively, our delegates walked away buzzing with new ideas about how to improve their health and still refer to the session over a year later – a highly memorable morning.” David Adams, Global Head of Finance & Capital Markets, Clifford Chance

“In an industry populated with individuals with ‘brochure knowledge’ of health and nutrition, Dr John Briffa was a breath of fresh air in giving us an insight into how to improve our health, wellness and vitality.” Ian Bolger, Bolgers

“If John would have chosen to be a management consultant like us, his trademark would be 80-20, quick wins and convincing presentations. If you like tangible output out from little input, John's convincing presentation could prove to be the quickest sanity check on the sustainability of your lifestyle ever. Expect to walk out with some simple tricks that will make a real difference to your energy and effectiveness.” Robert Bexell, Head of UK practice, RWE Consulting

“John spoke at our restructuring away-day. His talk was enlightening, thought-provoking, educational and, of course, humorous. All together this means there is a real chance of changing peoples lives for the better which is ever more important these days.” Neville Kahn, Head of Corporate Finance, Deloitte

“John Briffa is a total one off. A quite short, dark doctor with an interesting Professor Brainstorm haircut who goes on stage at our conferences and then knocks them dead with his unique blend of science, common sense and humour. He scores right at the top on speaker feedback, and senior businessmen have been known to act on and benefit from his advice long after hearing him.” Matthew Gwyther, Editor, Management Today

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