Paddy Upton

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Paddy is a real, down-to-earth and relatable speaker, facilitator, performance coach and leadership coach. He uses his incredible gift for
story-telling, sharing personal lessons from successes and failures to inspire new thinking and far-reaching change.

He simplifies the complex into practical common-sense – helping guide people and teams to an even better way of living, working and thinking. What makes him different? Direct experience and hard-won lessons from the high-stakes, public and immediate world of international sport. This enables Paddy to connect with high-performers/ alpha culture in real and meaningful ways.

“Leadership is about mastering the self as an instrument of leadership; quietening the ego in the service of a cause greater than oneself”
“Character, habits and mindset are choices, inside our control, that shape our life. Choose wisely.”

Paddy focuses on the people-aspects of high performance, specifically leadership, teamwork, culture, mindset and/or individual performance.

All keynotes and workshops are richly illustrated with entertaining, insightful and candid anecdotes from the inner sanctum and high-stakes world of international sport.

Paddy brings a unique ability to simplify the complex – and to deliver practical and relatable common-sense that inspires new thinking and far-reaching change.

Choose from one of his popular talks, or request a bespoke keynote designed to accurately align with your event and audience.


Focus is on individual performance.

What can we learn from the world’s best athletes that is ALSO practical and achievable for the everyday performer – that makes us feel “I can also do that”?

This talk presents unique and accessible insights into dealing with things like pressure, stress and doubts, whilst adopting an attitude and habits that foster success in work and life.

Topics include;
What is the Everyday Champion Mindset?
Playing to strengths
Taking risks – being smart and attacking under pressure
Scoring your 1’s and 2’s – five key success-forming habits.

Focus is on management and leadership.

How can we create even more fertile team environments and a culture in which people thrive, are more engaged, and which further harnesses the teams collective wisdom?

Paddy candidly and vulnerably shares leadership lessons from World Cup and World Championship wins, as well as from devastating losses. Learn what led international cricketers to call him ‘one of the best coaches in the world’, when he was totally unqualified to even be a coach at that level. And hear of his greatest ever professional blunder, and the hard lessons it taught.

Topics include:
Harnessing your teams intelligence
Lead to leave
Hire for character
Leading beyond ego

This workshop or masterclass covers topics from the above two talks, and more, and is designed to a) create resilient, high-performing individuals, whilst b) fostering a cohesive team environment and culture which is engaging and in which people thrive.

Each delegate will emerge with personalised action plans to enhance both individual and team performance – with greater ease and flow – not via increased effort, struggle, sacrifice or being busier.

Modules include:
Laying the foundation of performance (being)
Taking smart and informed action (doing)
Mastering the mental game (thinking)
Enhancing teamwork
Leadership mastery

In consultation with your lead team, Paddy will curate a bespoke keynote that accurately meets the needs of your company event and audience. This remains a popular option, with three to four of the topics below generally being covered in a 45 to 60-minute keynote.

Popular topics;
What is the Everyday Champion Mindset
A framework for harnessing your teams wisdom
Playing to strengths
Building confidence – celebrating success
Extracting the value from failure and mistakes
The Big Five most important (and easy) success-forming habits
Taking risks – being smart and attacking under pressure
Managing ego – my biggest professional error
A story of healthy vs unhealthy leadership
Advancing psychological safety
Fostering mental-wellbeing
Building trust – the value of values


Rahul Dravid: Paddy is a thought-leader. He brings a unique and relevant approach to cricket and life.

Mike Hussey: Paddy’s coaching methods are empowering, effective and inspiring!

Virat Kohli: Sessions with Paddy helped me find perspective again.

Shane Watson: Paddy is one of the best coaches in the world.

Jacques Kallis: Paddy helped me in so many unique ways throughout my career, both on and probably more importantly, off the field.

Sachin Tendulkar: Gary and Paddy’s contribution to India’s success in the 2011 World Cup was immense. Paddy brought innovative thinking that guided the players and team towards success.

Tim Noakes: One of the most innovative (and successful) thinkers in cricket coaching I’ve known since the late Bob Woolmer.

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