"Mike Southon is more than Quite Interesting. He spreads insight and cheerfulness in equal measure, like an ambidextrous chef icing two cakes at once."

− John Lloyd producer of Blackadder, Not The Nine O'Clock News and QI

"After reading Sales on a Beermat and having a mentoring session, we held a sales conference with our research team. Now they are just doing it... and we are seeing early results!"

− John Raglan, Director

About Mike Southon

Mike Southon is a serially successful entrepreneur, mentor and best-selling business author

Mike built and sold his own company in the 80s and worked with seventeen different start-ups in the 90s. Two of these companies later went public, while three went broke!

Mike is co-author of several best-selling business books, including The Beermat Entrepreneur and Sales on a Beermat.

He is also a very experienced entrepreneur mentor, having provided face-to-face mentoring for over 1,000 people in the last 10 years.

Business and keynote speaker, Mike Southon, will inspire, entertain and inform your audience

Mike is one of the world’s top business speakers and conference moderators.

He appears at over 100 events every year, both in the UK and all over the world to every type of audience, from start-ups to multinational corporations.

His key topics are:

  • Entrepreneurship: starting growing small businesses
  • Intrapreneurship: entrepreneurship in large organisations
  • Sales for non-salespeople

Mike’s Keynote Presentations

Mike is one of the most experienced business speakers in the world, speaking at 100 events every year, for the last 10 years. He presents both in the UK and abroad to every type of audience – from start-ups to multinational corporations.

Mike’s keynote presentations explain how to be enterprising, whether you are starting a new business or work in a large organisation. Above all, the keynotes are entertaining and packed with practical ideas that can be applied right away.

All presentations can be delivered as one-hour or two-hour keynotes, as well as half-day and full-day workshops.

Something About The Beatles

something-about-the-beatles1Everyone has a great business idea, whether they are looking to set up their own company or would like to be more creative in their corporate environment.

Mike Southon 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 highly inspiring, entertaining and informative keynote presentation suitable for everyone: schools, universities, entrepreneurs, small businesses and large companies.

This presentation is very flexible and covers a wide range of key business issues, including:

  • creativity
  • innovation
  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • mentoring
  • branding
  • business ethics
  • how to leave a lasting legacy

The presentation is packed with great music and practical learning points from Mike’s own twin careers as a highly successful serial entrepreneur and professional musician, all delivered with energy, style and humour.

At the end of the presentation, delegates will not only be inspired and motivated, but also leave with practical steps for how they can turn their good idea into a great business, whether running their own business or looking to be more enterprising in their large organisation.

Something About Sir Richard Branson

How the UK’s most successful entrepreneur turns good ideas into great businesses

Mike Southon & Richard BransonIn the last year Mike Southon has interviewed Sir Richard Branson live on stage five times: at his house for Virgin Media Pioneers, at the launch of The Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in Montego Bay, at the press conference for Sir Richard’s book Screw Business as Usual in London, in front of 3,000 people at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool and for Business 2012 in the IndigO2 in London.

Mike is a serially successful entrepreneur, national newspaper columnist and best-selling business author. This, combined with his own extensive research and in-depth interviews with key members of the Virgin Group, has enabled Mike to develop a unique perspective on the successes (and failures!) of the UK’s most famous entrepreneur.

A Touch of Branson is an inspirational, motivational and highly practical keynote presentation. It is suitable for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their businesses as well as intrapreneurs looking to replicate the ‘Virgin Magic’ in large organisations.

Sales on a Beermat (Sales for Non-Salespeople)

Sales On A Beermat.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 best-selling book, Sales on a Beermat.

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.

Sales on a Beermat is packed with practical tips and real life examples from Mike’s many years as a highly successful salesman, all delivered with energy, style and humour.

Business on a Beermat

TheBeermatEntrepreneurBusiness on a Beermat is a specially designed presentation for FSB Regions, Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors branches, Local Enterprise Partnerships or anyone looking to support SMEs in their local area.

This presentation is intended for those that have already started businesses and are now looking to grow. It contains relevant material from his best-selling books, including The Beermat Entrepreneur and Sales on a Beermat, backed up by his own 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur as well as ten years of providing face-to-face mentoring to over 1,000 entrepreneurs.

Keynote outline:

  • So why be an entrepreneur?
  • Entrepreneur attributes
  • The seven year cycles
  • Entrepreneur stages: Seedling, Sapling and Mighty Oak
  • My most important advice for any aspiring entrepreneur
  • The Original Beermat: Elevator Pitch, Mentor, First Customer
  • How to double sales immediately
  • Mike’s Magic E-Mail
  • Closing on a Beermat
  • The Meaning of Life

The keynote is delivered with energy, style and humour and is packed with practical tips that delegates can use in their business straight away.


Recent business speaking engagements include GDF Suez (Spain and Norway), The Metabridge Conference (Canada), Amway (Ukraine), The Direct Response Forum (Boston), NASDAQ (Copenhagen), Global Expo (Shanghai), MIPIM (Cannes), Xylem (italy), The Global Entrepreneurship Congress, MADE in Sheffield, De Montfort University, Rolls Royce, The Federation of Small Businesses, The Village Vet, Virgin Group, New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Liverpool Vision, The Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Snappy Snaps, Cisco and Orange.

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