Kevin Kelly is an internationally acclaimed speaker, best-selling author and expert on the execution strategies underpinning Sales, Leadership and Entrepreneurial success. From the age of six, Kevin was selling in his family retail environment. On graduating with a Marketing degree Kevin, consistently broke sales records in each of companies he worked for culminating in him being continuously head hunted. Finally in 1990 (after being offered a job by an Italian business man who couldn’t speak English), Kevin honoured his entrepreneurial DNA and set up his own company, Advanced Marketing. The company focused initially to increasing the sales of small & medium businesses in addition to exhaustively researching the area of personal and business potential.
In 1996 Kevin committed to writing a best-selling book on motivation – the first of its kind on the Irish market – even though he had a poor academic record in English, had no background in writing and was written off by the self-proclaimed experts before he even began. “How? When You Don’t Know How” sold 15,000 copies, an unparalleled feat for Ireland. And Kevin learned a very valuable lesson in terms of Doing and execution: knowledge may give you enough reasons not to act but Do! it anyway and be prepared to end up in a place you recognise and accept as better than your starting point.
Since then he has written four more books, including the first ever graphic novel which aims to educate the next generation on the key skills of emotional intelligence. His book, the critically acclaimed “DO! The Pursuit of Xceptional Execution”, uncovers the success strategies of the leaders of some of the most exciting start-ups on the planet. Tom Peters described it as “the book I would have loved to have written.”
Staying true to his Irish roots, Kevin is a master storyteller who has worked around the world with Fortune 500 companies & prestigious associations like the Million Dollar Round Table. He has consulted with some of the biggest brands on the planet, including Microsoft, for whom he developed a unique video series. “Working with Kevin on our Xceptional Execution Video series was a fantastic experience. He is passionate, committed, creative & cooperative. Meanwhile his 92.5% speaker satisfaction rating at the World Partner Conference in 2015 speaks for itself.” Margie Gradwohl, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft.
Kevin’s keynotes consistently deliver an interactive conversation that engages, informs, inspires & empowers attendees with a toolbox of invaluable takeaways. His consultancy projects are built on delivering results for you. You set the agenda, & Kevin works with you & your team to address your specific challenges & reach your stated goals. In 2016, Kevin Kelly took on the challenge of raising €450,000 with a budget of just €5! He took his distilled learnings about sales, summarised the story in a hashtag (#fiveraweek) & blew the target out of the water. Naturally, he used the best of social media to raise awareness. More importantly, as Kevin has advocated for 25+ years, he put the human voice back into selling & the power of storytelling. He's working on a new book highlighting the 'how' behind successful business storytelling.
- #STORYSELLING – how to engage in an attention deficit market?
- The Future of Sales – #SalesinVoice
- The Xceptional Leader
- How to Be a Great Storyteller
Business, Motivation, Leadership, Sales
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