Mike Forde Performance

Hanley Wood

VP Events & Conferences Hanley Wood Media

Mike Forde was an excellent selection as a keynote speaker. His ability to educate an audience on the many facets of true management, whether it be of people, brands or products was a huge success with my audience of b to b companies and their marketing agencies. His presentation was a fresh approach for how to make sound, fact-based business decisions…while at the same time leveraging his life experience in the world of sports management.

His appearance was fresh, insightful and educational. He was approachable, his presentation was well thought out and he was easy to work with prior to the event. He was even engaged with the audience well past the time he was scheduled to be on-site. I would definitely recommend him to any event producer.


(April 2013, Copenhagen)

The passion of what he is doing in his job was very well felt throughout his presentation. The talk was well built up, lively and enjoyable from the beginning till the end. ….His content is interesting and fits well with “data analytics” in general. He is easy to work with and has a pleasant presentation style.

Darrell Abbondanza

VP Human Resources (UK&I) Equifax

‘Mike is a profoundly inspiring, entertaining, energetic and supremely insightful speaker/consultant. Every second Mike shared with us was packed with compelling evidence based insights into next ‘level thinking’ on being and creating high performance. His humorous and engaging ability to challenge paradigms around what innovation, creativity and performance is possible, in resource poor, rich and diverse environments, is a real ‘game changer’. The impact Mike has had on our team has been way beyond anything we anticipated’.


Nick Basing

Chief Executive Officer Essenden

Mike provided an incisive role to unlock a new way of thinking about focus on talent in our company. He has first class credentials and he was totally engaging with our top team, he is pioneering in his field.

In a short time, he has made a long lasting impact, no doubt.

Nazish Dossa

Regional Director UK & Ireland Colt Enterprise Services

We recently invited a set of customers to attend a session at Chelsea Football Club where Mike Forde, Director of Football Operations, ran an incredibly insightful and motivating session on Talent Management amongst other things.

What became clear immediately was that sport and business overlap on many matters and there were key learnings and take-aways as a result. The Q&A session at the end showed a real engagement between the audience and Mike and a number of questions were related to how business leaders could implement what they learnt from the session.

This is something I would strongly recommend to other companies.

RES Forum

Jose Segade

Director, The RES Forum Ltd

I coincided with Mike when he presented at the RES Forum Symposium event for international HR managers in London during October 2011. The theme of the day was ‘The Link between Talent and Mobility.’ Mike’s presentation was everything we had hoped for in terms of an initial session to kickoff the day, and more.

The content of the presentation was positioned in such a way as to be highly relevant to the theme of the day, with extremely captivating examples and insights provided by Mike.

Mike’s presentation style and manner in which he connected with the audience was fantastic. Even for those who were non-sports enthusiasts, it was clear that he held the whole room (comprising International HR representatives from 50 major multi-national organisations), captive and fully engaged throughout the one hour presentation. Mike’s communication style was extremely clear, professional and highly impactful.

Testament to the overall impact he made upon the group were both the number of questions received at the end of the presentation, and the fact that 100% of attendees on the day rated Mike’s presentation as either ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good.’

I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Mike as a speaker. He was fantastic to work with and I can only hope that we can entice him to another RES Forum event in the future.

Gambit Hill+Knowlton

Anders Hall Grøterud

Practice lead Sports Marketing, Gambit Hill+Knowlton, Oslo Norway

Not only did Mike Forde impress our clients and staff with his insights about talent management and performance culture. He also managed to transfer key learnings from football to business and even communication. Mike’s knowledge and authentic enthusiasm for the field of performance gives you new ways of looking at things and motivates you for change. His presentation inspired us all!

Leaders *

James Worrall

Chief executive Leaders

Mike Forde is one of the best speakers I have ever experienced in over 10 years of running international conferences for sport and business.

He is able to captivate any audience with his world class knowledge of “Performance” and his unparalleled experience dealing with some of the biggest names in business and sport around the world.

He has gravitas and humour in equal supply making him a rising star on the global speaker circuit.

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation

Michael F Andrew

Group Vice President, Talent Management - Emirates Telecommunications Corporation

Mike Forde kicked off our week-long Group staff event. Every participant was thrilled with Mike’s insights of talent and performance management from the perspective of someone who does this with a world-class football team. Most importantly and much appreciated were the connections and relevance Mike made to our multi-billion dollar corporate environment.

These insights and connections resonated with the audience because of Mike’s style. He was well prepared, energetic and humble while displaying enormous credibility as a leading executive in the professional football community.

Mike comes with my highest recommendation and appreciation of meeting our needs and surpassing our expectations.