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Nick Elston is one of the highest-profile and leading Inspirational Speakers on the Lived Experience of Mental Health.

In life, we can either let our adversities, our challenges, define us negatively for the rest of our lives…or…we can choose for it to forge something beautiful, something powerful – something that never would have existed without you going through your ‘stuff’ in the first place.

Described as a ‘BIG man, BIG heart, BIG story & BRUTAL honesty!’, ‘Utterly inspirational, absolutely engaging!’ and ’10/10 – a Speaking Masterclass!’ – Nick shares his experiences of Mental Illness, Mental Ill-Health & Breakdown worldwide – through his powerful, inspiring, engaging & emotional talks.

Most importantly, Nick shares his ‘Lived Experience’ through insights, tools, tips and techniques on how to manage Anxiety in Life, in Business – to implement immediately.

In his own words, Nick says ‘I see Lived Experience as the vehicle that takes individuals and organisations from the problem to the solution – but it’s NOT the solution.  What do I bring to the table?  Engagement.  You can have all the Wellbeing & Mental Health initiatives you like – but unless you get engagement in them – absolutely nothing changes.’

For Nick – his talks are where Mental Health meets Personal Development – focusing not just on what anxiety is – but what anxiety does – how it keeps us in a comfort zone, stops us living life on our terms & ultimately how it affects our success – by our own definition.

Nick is regularly featured in the global media, the BBC, industry shows and publications – his talks are delivered to stages, events, boardrooms, businesses, factories, government organisations, schools, universities, prisons & establishments WORLDWIDE!

Clients include American Express, Lloyds Banking Group, BT Group, Deutsche Bank, Allianz, Quilter plus many more – engaging tens of thousands of attendees every year at stage events such as ExCeL London, Conferences and Stadiums.

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Jamie Breese, Entrepreneur & TV Celebrity

Nick delivered a truly insightful, utterly engaging & exceptionally eye-opening presentation with immense heart, laser-sharp clarity, almost unlimited honesty & packed full of advice for those who are supporting people with anxiety, have been affected by the issues or had to deal with it themselves. 5 Stars, recommended, book him & listen!”

Jamie Breese, Entrepreneur & TV Celebrity

Owen Morgan, World Health Heroes

Engaging, powerful, moving & funny – all the things a fantastic Speaker should be when they deliver – Nick does is all of these – an AMAZING Speaker!”

Owen Morgan, World Health Heroes

Brad Burton, Bestselling Author

A BIG man, BIG story, BIG heart, BRUTAL honesty – a Speaking Masterclass!”

Brad Burton, Bestselling Author

Nick’s words

Adversity to excitement – keep forging ahead!

Adversity to excitement – keep forging ahead!

Hey everyone It's under the greatest pressure that the greatest diamonds are born... I've always been a bit of a space geek, a bit of a sci-fi nerd - but especially through lockdown, I've been immersing myself in reading, watching and listening to lots of content...

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Evolution, not revolution!

Evolution, not revolution!

Hey everyone Firstly and most importantly, I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe & well right now. Following my July article (Stepping out into the light of a brand new day) - things have continued to positively progress, personally and...

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Stepping out into the light of a brand-new day…

Stepping out into the light of a brand-new day…

As I write this – on Friday 24th July 2020 – I am reflecting on what has been a fantastic couple of weeks. Genuinely I feel back to my best – in the words of Austin Powers – I’ve got my ‘Mojo’ back! In the spirit of vulnerability, authenticity & ‘brutal’ honesty...

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Forging People brand identity

Essentially in life – in business – we all want to be heard & understood – personally & professionally.

Forging People is a Speaking Coaching company, founded in 2019 by Nick Elston – leading Inspirational Speaker on the Lived Experience of Mental Health – working with individuals & groups, worldwide.

‘Forging People’ came from a line in his Keynote Talk ‘Talking Anxiety’ – in life, in business – we can either allow our adversities, our challenges to define us negatively for the rest of our days OR we can choose for it to forge something better. Something beautiful. Something powerful. Something that didn’t exist without you going through your ‘stuff’ in the first place.

Nick harnessed the power of Speaking to form a crucial part of his recovery from Mental Illness & Mental Ill-Health – realising the ability to deliver a message – whether it be to one person or ten thousand people – with clarity, emotion & power – has an ultimate effect on your success – by your own definition.

Not only do you get a rare ‘ego-free’ & authentic insight to Speaking – but as Nick has overcome crippling Anxiety to get to where he is today – so is fully armed with all of the tools to help you STEP UP!

Speaking is not just about the ‘stage stuff’ – why do people work with Forging People to level up on their Speaking?

  • ‘Emotional Storytelling’ the key to empowerment!
  • Personal development
  • Confidence boosting techniques
  • Anxiety busting mechanisms
  • Amplify their voice
  • How to deliver, pitch & sell with POWER!
  • Develop a compelling Keynote Talk or presentation
  • Engage their people & teams with authority & inclusivity
  • ‘Go Pro’ as a Speaker – from stage skills to marketing to finding your audience!
  • Unique team-building activities

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