The #1 keynote speaker on innovation, creativity and mind mapping
Discover how to become more productive by:
Stopping ‘Busy Fool’ syndrome
Unlocking the power of focused daydreaming
Making innovation repeatable
Thinking without the box
Chris Griffiths advises the largest companies in the world to be better.
Inspire your team, grow your business
Find out why the senior leadership teams of the European Commission, Pfizer, State Bank of India, Stanford University and many other organisations across the globe, have invited Chris Griffiths to kickstart their creativity, systemise their innovation, restore their resilience, and reverse quiet quitting. Chris has helped Nobel laureates, Governments, Royal Families, CEOs and 1000’s more. Get him and his team involved in your next event.
Chris discussing creativity on BBC World News
Transform your thinking
Chris is the founder of OpenGenius, a company focused on helping transform thinking, creativity and learning. His technology solutions have been used by millions of individuals to clarify thinking, generate game-changing ideas, and turn ideas into action. He is a bestselling author on creativity, mind mapping and innovative thinking skills, with his latest book published by Kogan Page, ‘The Creative Thinking Handbook’ now available in 10 languages. Previous titles include ‘GRASP The Solution’ that ranked as the #1 book on Amazon under ‘Decision Making’, and ‘Mind Maps for Business’ co-authored with Tony Buzan.
CEO Today magazine ranked Chris’ book as the #1 business book to help inspire creativity and innovation in business
Forbes also chose The Creative Thinking Handbook as one of the best books to get your creative juices flowing.
Chris speaking at the London Stock Exchange
Promote a growth mindset
As a serial entrepreneur, Chris doesn’t just talk the talk, and has founded several businesses. He set-up his first company aged 18, which he sold when he was 26. His companies have ranked in the ‘European Deloitte Fast 50’ and the ‘Sunday Times / London Stock Exchange Fasttrack 100.’ Chris has launched four apps that have each grown to over 1m users. His current product Ayoa is a personal knowledge management tool that uses mind mapping to help people think more creatively and get the right things done. Chris often talks about how teams can build grit and resilience. He has had many difficult times as well as good, and shares this in an open and honest way during his talks. He helps audiences understand that failure and success are not opposites, but are part of the same process, empowering teams to take a chance on change.
Chris regularly contributes articles to a number of major publications. These articles span topics as varied and important as the future of work, rebooting a creative mindset, being positive in work and many, many more. Recent articles and comments have appeared in GQ, The Telegraph, Director Magazine, Minute Hack and Chris regularly contributes to Forbes.com. As a world leader in the innovation field, Chris regularly takes part in interviews on TV, the radio and podcasts. This includes several appearances on BBC News.
A selection of outlets Chris has been featured in:
Experience Chris in Action
See Chris on the TEDx Cardiff stage
Chris discussing well-being in the workplace on BBC News
Chris speaks about daydreaming on Heart Radio
Can Creativity be taught? – Chris on BBC World News
Helping others change the world
Chris also donates his time to ‘not for profit’ initiatives, helping even the brightest of minds to drive innovation to change the world for the better. This includes facilitating brainstorming sessions at The Petra Nobel Conference, held in Jordan, where over 40 Nobel Laureates gathered to discuss strategies to end child hunger and poverty.
Chris with the Dalai Lama at the Petra Nobel Conference
Chris’ past events as a guest speaker and consultant have included:
The European Commission, The Hague
AXA Wealth, UK
Institute of Financial Planners, UK
State Bank of India, UK
Healthcare People Management Association, UK
European Academy for Direct and Interactive Marketing
The National Health Service (NHS), UK
Academy Wales, Welsh Government, UK
European Academy of Direct Marketing, UK
Biggerplate Conference Unplugged, UK
The Sunday Times Business Roadshow events, UK
LikeMinds Innovation Conference, UK
Lambert Smith Hampton (ES-group), UK
Global Pets Forum, Nice, France
Dimensional Fund Advisors, London
Pfizer Inc., Kent
European Business Awards, Warsaw
Petra Nobel – Conference of Nobel Laureates, Jordan
Diamond Sphere Trading LLP, Monaco
ICON 2014, Prague
Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore
Optimiza Academy, Khartoum, Sudan
Ideas First Conference, Ukraine
Turnitin, Newcastle, UK
The Scottish Parliament, Scotland
Unlimited Power – Affiliate Marketing, Dubai
Sharjah Business Women Council, Tec Marina, Wales
TEDx Cardiff, Wales
TEDx ODED, University of South Wales
London Stock Exchange, UK
Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China
Stanford University CME Live, US
Medline Inc, USA
Chris was asked to do a keynote at Stanford University. Feedback from attendees provided the following results:
Chris delivered a series of events on innovation for over 200 staff members of all levels, for AXA Wealth, in a bid to get staff thinking differently and boost innovation within the organisation. Feedback from the attendees was summarised by AXA Wealth into the wordle shown here . . .
... a powerful, hands-on approach to tap into our creative flow and become masters in our chosen field. An essential resource for anyone looking to ‘be different’ and create at their highest capacity!
Jan Mühlfeit, Executive coach/mentor, former chairman of Microsoft Europe, author of The Positive Leader
Chris shows with clarity and persuasiveness that creative thinking is not magic, but a process that can be learned, developed, and most importantly applied to the challenges, whether business or personal, that confront us all.
Tim Hurson Author of 'Think Better: An Innovator's Guide to Productive Thinking'
Organisations are proclaiming the need to work smarter – Chris Griffiths provides a map of how to do that.
Bob Urichuck Author
The course was the cherry on the cake for me. It offered many new insights. I was inspired by the course, instructors and other delegates alike.
Mike Palmer Logistics SME, Boeing
Truly life changing… opened my eyes to thinking differently and being more creative. Many colleagues noticed the change and the business is ultimately seeing the benefit.
Dominic McKenny Director of IT, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
A really inspiring and pragmatic guide to innovation and creativity, key drivers of great businesses.
Peter Estlin Former Lord Mayor of the City of London
Neurodiversity and Inclusion
Chris is a strong supporter of neurodiversity, and through the charity The Inspire Genius Foundation, he is on a mission to help promote inclusion and raise awareness of how neurodivergent thinkers can add massive value to any organisation. Chris also donates the profits from his latest book to the charity.
Book Chris Griffiths for your next event
Chris is considered one of the world’s leading experts on systemising innovation and he talks about creativity, decision making, strategic thinking, resilience and how to obtain an ‘everything is possible’ mindset. Minds, like parachutes, work best when open, and Chris strives to kick-start events by motivating audiences to think ‘without the box!’
A mix of sharing his knowledge and personal experiences, combined with active participation. Chris believes the best way to help people understand is to get them actively participating in fun challenges that have an underlying serious meaning. These consist of thought experiments done either individually or with people working next to each other. All that is needed is pen and paper.
Chris and his team often facilitate these types of events. This will normally consist of a keynote from Chris, and then the group facilitation led by his team of Innovation Experts.
Yes. Whilst he is based in the UK, Chris has delivered many keynote sessions and provided consulting services worldwide.
Absolutely. Chris has delivered many keynotes via video conferencing.
Chris strongly conveys that innovation and creativity require system and process to be effective and will share links to free resources for use after his session. These include a selection of canvas templates and checklists to download and use, either for working alone or in teams. Each template has all the components you need to help capture your ideas and thoughts as you progress through the stages of the Chris’ Solution Finder. Chris can also get his team to personalise the Ayoa.com app specifically for your audience – please speak to us for more details.
Please feel free to use the contact form on this page, or alternatively you can email Danyel @ opengenius (dot) com.