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Three life lessons at YESx

A while back I gave a 15-minute speech at a YES Group meeting in London. I delivered an important and personal message about the three life lessons that I learnt from a health scare two years ago.

The audience was buzzing. There were nearly 200 people in the room and it was a great night!

Introducing me is Hari Kalymnios author of the book The Thought Gym and founder of

Here is the short talk I delivered…


After my talk I was asked a couple of questions…


My talk was filmed by Jatinder and Amanjot, two terrific guys who run a video production company at

Here is a shot where you can see the audience…

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At the end of it I was given a lovely YESx trophy…




Working with Mark Lee

Mark Lee PhotoMark Lee is a writer, speaker and consultant specialising in the accountancy sector. He helps professionals stand out and be remembered, recommended and referred.

After a long wait of over a year, Mark finally came to work with me for a day.

After a very productive day, Mark was delighted that he came to see me.

“The bottom line is that I am thrilled that I met Chris, delighted that I decided to work with him, and I only wish that I came to see him a year earlier than I did.”

Here is what he had to say…


You can visit Mark Lee’s website at

One last thing…

I first met Mark at a one-day seminar run by an accountant called Simon Chaplin. Simon hired me to write the sales letter for that event, and he got 50 people in the room.

I happened to sit down next to Mark, and I said hello. I asked him why he was attending. He replied, “One reason is that I wanted to come and find out who wrote the sales letter for this event because it’s excellent!” I told him that I had written the letter and his eyes nearly popped out of his head! We had a terrific conversation after that, and that eventually led to him coming in working with me.

Restaurant consultant Howard Tinker writes about me in his book More Bums On Seats

Howard Tinker and his book More Bums On SeatsHoward Tinker is a high-profile marketing consultant in Australia who specialises in helping restaurant owners grow their sales by tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

He has written a book called More Bums on Seats and he very kindly thanks me in the Acknowledgements:

My great friend Chris Payne who believed in me enough to push me into business in the first place.”

Here is an extract from his book in which he talks about our work together:

“In 1997 I opened my first business. It was called LifeTools Australia and it was based on a direct mail company called LifeTools in the UK owned by my good friend Chris Payne. On leaving the UK I had jokingly said to Chris, ‘if I can’t get a job in Australia I will set up the Australian arm of LifeTools’. Many a true word spoken in jest!

“Less than a year later Chris sent me boxes of stock from the UK and I was the proud but somewhat bewildered owner of a booth at the Mind, Body Spirit Festival at Darling Harbour, Sydney. I say bewildered because I really had no idea what I was doing.

“Just as in school I chose someone smart to copy – no point copying from another dumb kid in the class. My friend in the UK, Chris Payne was doing well in business and he supplied me with products to sell in my first business, Lifetools Australia. So I simply copied the sales pieces he used in the UK. I merely Australianised them and they worked. I mailed them out and they brought in sales, it was like magic, I was exchanging pieces of A4 paper for cheques and cash!”

Howard did terrific business promoting PhotoReading, Paraliminal CDs, The Sedona Method, and more using my sales copy and brochure designs. He and his wife Bev also handled all the admin when I ran a 3-day seminar in Sydney several years ago.

Working with photographer Hannah Anketell

Hannah Anketell logo removed cropped 200Hannah Anketell is a photographer and videographer based in London. She takes stunning photos and creates highly creative videos for clients around the world. She stayed in my home as we worked on ways to grow her business.

I helped Hannah formulate her business and structure her ideas into solid action steps, both long and short term. We worked to refine the packages that she offered her clients to give her a better understanding of her business model.

Hannah says: “What is really awesome about Chris is that he invites people to his home, which is really unique but also really helpful as it means you can stay over and get lots of work done.

“Having worked with Chris is really going to help my business. I can see how I need to grow and what I need to be doing in the future. It is really exciting!

“I really want to take my business to the next level and I know that Chris is the right person to help me stay on track and achieve what I want to achieve. I am working towards some really exciting goals and I am really looking forward to working with Chris again.”

You can visit Hannah‘s photography website at

Working with Jules Watkins, creator of iPhone Video Hero

Jules Watkins with cameraJules Watkins is the owner of a successful company called Until recently Jules Watkins worked as a producer and director of highly regarded TV documentaries like “The Biggest Loser”, “Pimp My Ride” and “Don’t Tell The Bride”. 

Jules came to see me to get my advice regarding a new online info product he was planning to launch.

After our day together, Jules recorded a video testimonial in which he said, “When I got stuck I decided to have a consultation with Chris. He is really in tune with the current trends when it comes to information marketing. I implemented what Chris told me to go ahead with and I had some really big successes. I immediately increased my income.

“If you are looking for a consultant to help you create your first information product, or maybe you’ve got one already and you want to sell more of it, then Chris is your man. I highly recommend him. I don’t recommend many people in industry, but I fully recommend  Chris. So don’t hesitate and get in touch with him.”

You can watch his 2-minute testimonial in full below…

You can see Jules’ website at