Keynotes & Speaking

Bring energizing, actionable and relevant ideas to your conferences, company retreats and team-building events.

An expert on sustainable high performance in the face of 21st century demands, Chris synthesizes decades of research insights and real-world experience into entertaining, thought-provoking and insightful keynote presentations.

The Ignition Company Founder & Chief Performance Officer, Chris Janzen is an experienced, humourous and engaging storyteller who has lead events in over 30 countries, with audiences of 15 to 750.

Addressing the 'human challenges' of workload, complexity and uncertainty of the modern working world, Chris’ talks guide business owners, leaders and teams to more effectively understand the core issues that undermine performance and use both art and science to navigate toward high-performance strategies and practices that unlock their potential.

Keynote topics include

The New Rules for Sustaining High Performance

Intelligence and hard work are no longer enough to succeed in the modern workplace. Most companies and leaders are running 21st-century businesses with 20th-century workplace practices and programs. As demands rise and technology rules, we need new strategies that enable people to consistently be at their best.

The New Rules for Sustaining High Performance demonstrates how to further tap into your inner resources—the capacity we all have within us—to better fuel your performance, focus, productivity and engagement. Combining the prevalent needs of today’s business leaders with a research-based approach borrowing from advances in neurology, cognitive behavioural psychology and sports performance science, this keynote introduces practical ideas that are essential for creating sustainable, high-performance leaders and teams.

Achieving Breakthroughs in Performance

Successful leaders know when it’s time to just manage the status quo…and when it’s time to seek a breakthrough to reach the next level of performance and success.

This talk introduces the three pillars of a Breakthrough Performance – the State, the Story and the Strategy.

Of all the factors at play, there is one thing that determines our success and impact more than anything else: our State. When we are in an empowered, confident, energized state, we are more creative and determined. We make very different decisions and engage in a different quality of communication than when we are stressed, anxious or self-critical.

Our state influences the Story we tell ourselves about what is possible and what is not, what is needed and whether the effort will be worth the reward. Only when our State and Story are aligned will the Strategy be successfully and rapidly executed.

Achieving Breakthrough Performance gives you the knowledge, tools and skills to better manage the personal three pillars—especially in periods of high pressure and higher expectations. More than just ‘emotional intelligence,’ this talk provides a proven framework for self-awareness and resilience using scientifically-grounded facts. It will guide you through a step-by-step process to help you better manage your approach to performance in order to achieve breakthrough results.

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What Clients Say

He talks the talk and walks the walk…

Chris is a credible authority  on sustainable high performance.

Director, Learning & Development
General Electric

I’m amazed at how my days are so much more effective…

Since attending Productivity Mastery I am amazed at how my days are so much more effective. I feel in control again, my confidence is high and I no longer start or end my days overwhelmed and anxious. I highly recommend this course to anyone who desires to be more productive.

Lisa T.
Newlon Housing Trust
London, UK

Chris was outstanding and the results were unprecedented…

Chris was outstanding. His high energy and passion for the message was clear and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

98% of the 450 participants in the 11 workshops said they ‘highly recommend it to their colleagues’ – this level of endorsement was unprecedented for us, and Chris has set a high benchmark that will be tough to beat.

HR Director
Microsoft EMEA Services & Support Business

Chris delivered exactly what we hoped, and more!…

Chris absolutely nailed it. The feedback has been quite amazing really.

More than 90% said the content was critical to their job success and 100% of the audience thought Chris’ content, pace and style were great. It all related well to what BT needed – it was as if he had been working within BT for years. Chris delivered exactly what we hoped, and more!

HR Senior Manager
British Telecom

There’s a reason we keep inviting him back…

Chris has delivered the closing day at our annual leadership conference for 5 years straight. The feedback from our global audience is always some of the best we’ve ever seen. We look forward to continuing to have Chris share the ideas to help us sustain our high performance.

Director, Leadership & Executive Development
Schneider Electric

I highly recommend this course…

Chris is a great facilitator and coach in high performance. He has an incredible talent at uncovering the truth about what gets in the way and his tips and solutions are always very insightful and practical. I highly recommend attending this course!

Sean K.
Random House Publishing
London, UK

Voted “Best of the Programme”…

We had multiple high profile speakers during our week long ‘Leadership Edge’ program for our most talented managers and future leaders in Europe, Middle East and Asia. It was a risk bringing in someone we haven’t used before but Chris exceeded our expectations. His energy and insightful ideas were a hit. At the end of the week it was the most talked about session and Chris was voted “Best of the Programme”. We’d be delighted to have him at our next event.

Director, Corporate Learning & Development, EMEA
Johnson Controls