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Over the last 30 years we’ve worked with some fantastic organisations


Paul McGee's SUMO message made a huge impact on our staff, so much so we bought them all a copy of the book! Inspiring and engaging with a thought provoking message that continues to help staff in both their personal and professional lives.

Sophie Davison - Senior HR Advisor, Retail

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In our twenty years of running conferences, Paul McGee is the only speaker we have ever invited back. That above all explains the benefit we feel we have gained from hearing Paul’s SUMO philosophy.

Doug Perkins & Dame Mary Perkins CBE - Founders of SpecSavers

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I was totally transfixed, inspired and motivated to make a difference, both in my work life and my personal life, from hearing you speak. Your talk (and book which I bought) has made such a difference to me and via me to the team. The end result is that we are moving forward, at pace, using the SUMO principles. I started my new role riddled with self-doubt and the inner critic was giving me a headache. Yesterday, I was pulled aside by my new line manager and commended for the work I am doing and the team I am creating. Much of this has been built on your foundations. So thank you.

Richard James - Deputy Head of Region - Lloyds Pharmacy

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Paul's full day SUMO workshop was superb. We are a small to medium sized company, embarking on a period of dramatic transformation, with an unsettled workforce riddled with anxiety. Paul's Mancunian humour/ no bull style really struck a chord. This was the third time I've seen Paul present, and I have always been very impressed - the messages are relevant, visual, insightful and exceptionally well delivered.

Nick Welch LLB(Hons) MCIPS - Head of Site - Capenhurst - Sellafield Limited

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`Just wanted to say how thrilled I was with your session last week; the feedback has been incredible. It will be of huge value across the organisation and already people are talking of a follow-up event!

Lee Campbell MSc, BSc (Hons) - Sales Force Effectiveness Manager UK & Ireland - Actelion Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd

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Vero has seen significant international growth and we wanted people to embrace change and strive for new opportunities. Paul understood the brief perfectly and crafted a wonderful, entertaining presentation. With over 32 countries represented, Paul used intelligent cultural references and delivered something for everyone. The SUMO Guy will never be forgotten - a great job.

Marc Freebrey, Group Marketing Director, Vero Software

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When can we have you back?

Ruth Ryan Adidas - Head of Trade Marketing

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I saw Paul present at an international conference. He uniquely addresses one of the biggest barriers to personal and business development... our own minds. The SUMO philosophy was a unanimous hit. Very, very powerful stuff!

Simon Newton-Smith - General Manager - Virgin Atlantic - South Africa

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In a world where life is getting more sophisticated and complicated, SUMO is such a simple and concise concept. No matter whether it is in your professional or personal life, the concepts resonate because they work. Thanks Paul for making it real!

Steven Abood FSA MAAA - Senior Vice President - US Group Reinsurance, Healthcare

The SUMO presentation by Paul McGee was concise, entertaining and perfectly suited to take away meaningful action steps to use every day. Paul's insights were extremely helpful both in offering practical suggestions I can use to become a better leader in my organisation, but also to maintain a work/ life balance. Paul is very down to earth and is immediately relatable to the audience. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for a fun, dynamic and moving speaker.

Michelle Fallahi - SVP, Excess Healthcare Reinsurance - US Group REMed/ Managed Care

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I just wanted to record my personal thanks and appreciation of Paul's magnificent contribution to the conference this week. Additionally, a thank you as a team for being so accommodating to our (White Productions) - and client - requests and simply being plain pleasant to work with.As I remarked at the time, it's rare that I get so drawn in to a presentation that I almost forget I am supposed to be calling it! I think it really resonated with the crowd and I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul in this capacity for future events with similar requirements.

Alex Clayton-Black
- White Productions


Having worked with some of the worlds top sports people I'm aware how incredibly important confidence and self belief is to individual and team success. That's why Paul's book, SUMO is so important in helping people to achieve success in life. Read it, digest it and do what it says!

Sir Clive Woodward OBE - Ex Rugby Union Player & former Director of Sport - British Olympic Association

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Your insights and support to both players and staff have been invaluable.

Haydn Roberts – Head of Player Care & Support - Manchester City FC

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May I on behalf of everyone at Manchester United who attended your session thank you for a great presentation. The feedback has been excellent and all very positive and I know the ideas within your SUMO message are greatly appreciated.

Kenneth Merrett – Former Club Secretary - Manchester United FC

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Paul, I just attended our staff conference in Blackpool and heard you speak. My predetermined judgement was that this will be a waste of time, but how wrong could I be! I am inspired... what can I say? For a Manc you are not half bad and talk a lot of sense, and that is high praise from a Scouser! Thank you!

Lynn Robinson - Blackpool Council

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Wow! Thank you for delivering an inspirational workshop.You did a fantastic job keeping the packed room entertained throughout and left us with powerful messages and tools.There is such a buzz generated around the place and even our best critics have had positive things to say.

Fiona Lloyd - Events & PR Coordinator - Northampton Partnership Homes

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I would have no hesitation in recommending Paul McGee and his SUMO philosophy to any organization who wants to engage a large number of staff in a way that provides excellent value for money compared to more conventional ways of training.The overwhelming feedback has been that the sessions were inspiring, thought provoking, humourous but above all practical in helping my staff make a positive difference.

Julie Spence – Former Chief Constable - Cambridgeshire Police

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Resilience and compassion have been the buzz words for a few years now for Primary Care Staff; real virtues in the face of multiple challenges. Paul's talk was a virtuoso tour through the strategies and attitudes we health professionals require to be resilient and caring. We laughed and we learned. It was truly excellent. Many thanks.

Dr. Tim Dowling - Primary Care Education and Dementia Lead - Tameside and Glossop CCG

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I've absolutely no doubt that your SUMO approach can help build resilience and enhance the quality of people's lives, in both medical and educational settings. The clarity and simplicity of your explanations are accessible to everyone and I know many patients who would benefit from this approach.

Dr. Phil Hammond - GP, Journalist & Broadcaster

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In a world where much leadership training and development is centered on skill set, it was great to hear Paul articulate the central importance of mindset. We had fantastic feedback from delegates who not only felt inspired, but also left with some practical tools and resources to help them day by day back in the workplace. Great stuff!

Dean Royles - Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development - Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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As a school that was identified as 'Requiring Improvement' in May 2014, there were many changes we needed to make. Although children were supported well to develop their social and emotional awareness, the resources for staff were a little tired and repetitive.The SUMO resource pack really helped to generate new ideas and enthusiasm for this vital aspect of education. The resulting school PHSCE curriculum map interlinks SUMO resources with a range of other resources. The quality of our curriculum received particular praise in our most recent inspection and I have no doubt that the SUMO resources contributed to this extremely positive outcome.

Jo Campbell - Executive Headteacher - Shaw Wood Academy

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Paul McGee's SUMO presentation was both highly entertaining and educationally challenging to forward thinking schools. Leaders from all phases of the education world who attended were fulsome in their praise of this conference. The strong links to important areas of school life were evident throughout the day and colleagues were determined to act upon the key messages that were skilfully shared.

John Killeen - NAHT Executive Member & Primary Headteacher

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Paul delivered four excellent sessions at our Headteacher Leadership and Well-Being Conference and all were greatly appreciated by the delegates. He used humour and story-telling to great effect as he unpacked his SUMO techniques to raise our self-awareness and enhance our personal well-being and effectiveness as leaders.

Dean Royles - Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development - Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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