Speaking

Meet Jeff St John

Storyteller. Facilitator. Provocateur.

I facilitate meaningful and impactful dialogue, inviting groups to explore their beliefs, discover new ideas and take inspired action towards creating the lives, families, communities and worlds they want to live in.

I have been an adjunct faculty and instructor at universities and colleges, keynoted at conferences of all sizes and conducted half / full day training sessions for teams in numerous organizations. I am down to earth and relational in my approach. I use a creative blend of theory, science, history, story, poetry and prose to break through deeply engrained ways of seeing things, and I engage audiences in making the subject their own.

I offer tailored workshops to enable high levels of participation and engagement with your group while creating a space to explore and try out new ideas in practice. Any one of the speaking topics are available in a workshop formats to fit the needs of your group or event.

  • Interactive Keynotes
  • Panel Discussions
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • "Your approach strikes a good balance between slowing down the organization so that it can become truly reflective and gathering up the threads in a way that gives it direction for going forward."

    John Burton, LL.B., M.B.A., M.Div., Ph.D., Assistant Professor Business Ethics, UBC
  • "Jeff is a gifted leader with a wonderful ability to help others find order amidst chaos. His ability to create space for exploration and dialogue creates a rich experience for discovery and sense-making."

    Mike Grogan Principal, Adaptive Capacities
  • "Jeff was open and easy to work with. He took the time to listen and understand the specifics of what I was looking to accomplish and offered fresh ideas that helped organize and formulate a custom strategic plan that was easy to understand and implement. As a result, I was able to help my clients manage their defined goals and track progress."

    Brad Biesel
  • "Jeff created a coaching program that was uniquely suited for my development. Together we have engaged in some incredibly transformative conversations that have led to me taking significant and exciting risks in my leadership and ultimately my career. Through his support I trust myself more completely now and my career development has been accelerated because of this."

    Dave Sannes, MA (c) Manager of Strategic Initiatives
  • "Jeff helps make sense of complex situations to find ways to deal with perplexing social problems."

    Janay Ferguson Owner, Litehouse Consulting Inc
  • "Jeff is my ‘go to’ guy for strategy, insight and feedback on what it takes to nurture health and vitality into organizations.  A refreshingly focussed listener, Jeff connects his client(s) needs with a wealth of relevant knowledge, insight and experience gained from on the ground experience.  Jeff applies his gifts and the tools of his trade with little fanfare – almost matter-of-factly.  The result for the client is a trust and confidence in the diagnosis and the process for moving forward." 

    Chris Lock Former President (retired), The Mentor Group
  • "Jeff’s approach encourages a deeper level of thoughtfulness. He is insightful in his thought process and feedback, supporting both myself and our agency to engage with greater intentionality and creativity."

    Andrea Silverstone Executive Director, Sagesse
  • "Jeff has been invaluable to our teams as we have developed new strategies for violence prevention as an agency. Jeff is a very skilled and thoughtful facilitator. Drawing on a his expertise in issues relevant to men and boys and violence prevention, he was able to engage and  lead our team members through a program re-design process that resulted in new, creative, and innovative approaches to the issue. I highly recommend Jeff"

    Gillian Weaver-Dunlop, MSW, RSW Director of Client Services, CWES
  • “Jeff has an innate ability to engage people in a way that helps them discover their strengths, and see what's possible. He is an adaptable coach who sees the individual (or group) as the expert and uses that as the key foundation to build upon in his work. Jeff brings an excitement and energy to every interaction that fosters an environment where creativity, strategic thinking, visioning and problem solving can authentically emerge.”

    Jennifer Stacey, MA Director of Operations, HIV Community Link
  • "I have had the pleasure of working alongside Jeff and would not hesitate to recommend him.  Jeff's facilitation abilities are stellar and time and again, he was able to engage and guide our leadership team through some difficult thought provoking issues and processes with relative ease.  As a result, our team has launched new and exciting initiatives which will ultimately benefit the community as a whole.”

    Ann O'Donnell Director, Resource Development & Communications, CWES

Speaking Topics

Self-Inquiry:
Begin a Work that Will Change Everything

It takes courage to move towards your dreams. You might see roadblocks, or have trouble motivating yourself to do the work. During this talk, I help you find clarity in the direction of your dreams and create a self revolution to get you there. For real.

Practice U:
Bring Your Whole Self

Self Inquiry is the beginning of a journey of self discovery and self development that can lead to transformation. In this presentation, I help you explore how to bring self inquiry and discovery into the real world through meaningful and deliberate practice, that you can leverage right now and again, over time.

The Art of Conversational Leadership for Difficult Times

Help your team face complex problems by thinking with them, not for them. During our time together, I help you explore the right questions and increase effective engagement to capture your team’s best ideas and support better decision making.

Bridging the Divide: Wisdom for our most complex challenges

Great leadership skills are just one part of the equation. Today’s challenges need us to arrive with our whole self engaged and ready to embrace the unknown. In this presentation, I help your group tap into internal sources of wisdom and bridge that divide.

For more information on workshops or to engage me for a speaking opportunity, please get touch.