James Adonis

Travels from: New South Wales

Motivational speaker specialising in employee engagement and team leader education

Categories: Business Coaching, Business Speakers, Change Management, Communication, Customer Service, Facilitators, Leadership, Motivational Speakers, Team Building

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

James Adonis is a multi-talented motivational speaker who specialises in employee engagement and team leader education.  Currently undertaking a PhD, researching change and crisis management and how to maintain an engaged workforce whilst managing change.  Adonis also has qualifications in marketing management, political science and business leadership.  Previously, James served as President of the National Speakers Association of Australia in NSW.  He was the youngest person in the Association’s history to hold this honour.

Managing a team of over 100 staff by the time he was twenty-four, James has gained extensive knowledge and experience in various industries. A major influencer in staff retention, Adonis has successfully achieved 100% staff retention with no attrition for two years surpassing industry standard but best practice worldwide.  Adonis assisted and supported another team to achieve key performance indicators for 100 weeks consecutively, which is unprecedented.

Reaching out in print to over 200,000 people per month, James is a regular contributor and expert advisor on people management for Fairfax news.  His articles are published nationally. 

Adonis has also authored four books including 'How to be Great From Cleopatra to Churchill – lessons from history’s greatest leaders', 'Corporate Punishment – smashing the management clichés for leaders in a new world', 'Employee Enragement – why people hate working for you' and 'Love Your Team – how to halve your employee turnover in 90 days'.

James has successfully worked with many organisations across the globe in India, New Zealand, Dubai, Malaysia, Thailand, Belgium, Germany and Australia. His impressive list of clients include Coca-Cola, American Express, McDonalds, Optus, Qantas, Gucci, Ernst & Young and many government departments.

A presentation from James will be filled with information, delivered with energy, humour and persuasiveness and will re-energise and motivate staff. Your audience will leave feeling challenged, stimulated and inspired.

James Adonis will customise a program to suit your needs.  Some of the topics he has delivered include: Staff Turnover, Personal Engagement, Managing Change, Employment Engagement and Motivation.  Adonis has been described as thought-provoking, entertaining and engaging.

Speaker Topics

Crisis Leadership
How to lead and inspire teams when your organisations survival is at risk
Employee Engagement
How to get employees to be switched on, driven and hard working in your workplace, irrespective of their generation
Employee Enragement
How to overcome the five factors that anger, upset and frustrate employees at work
Employee Retention
How to create greater levels of employee loyalty, commitment and advocacy, even in high turnover industries
Managing Change
How to get employees to embrace change (and champion it!) rather than resist it
How to inspire employees to be more enthusiastic, happy and passionate, without spending a cent
Motivation Hoaxes
How to avoid clichés that permeate business and to instead use evidence based approaches to workplace motivation
Performance Improvement
How to enhance employees quality and increase their productivity in four easy steps
Personal Engagement
How to motivate and engage yourself by maximising pragmatic and realistic thinking
Team Leadership
How to be the kind of leader that employees respect, value and willingly follow


The Management team enjoyed Dr Adonis’ keynote presentation and found him to be incredibly engaging. James’ messaging and content really hit the spot in terms of complementing the rest of our Conference subject matter and presentations.

Yusen Logistics Australia

James Adonis - Motivational Speakers

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