Steve McDermott – Half business guru. Half stand up comedian

Motivational speaker, confidence coach, inspirational humorist and northern soul boy meet Steve McDermott.

Steve is recognised as one of Europe’s funniest, most insightful, motivational speakers and facilitators. Steve is also a broadcaster, businessman and author. His book “How to be a complete and utter failure in life, work and everything” is an international best seller. So is the live recording of the book which has been as high as number one in the comedy chart on Amazon.

“Like a tornado through a caravan park” and “Savagely funny”

Steve has won the prestigious European Motivational Speaker of the year award three times. That’s because his presentations make people laugh as well as think.

“Half business guru. Half stand up comedian” – Asda

It’s this unique style, half business guru; half stand up comedian, which has made him one of the most sought after speakers in Europe. In 18 years as a professional speaker, from Blackpool to Berlin, Steve hasn’t just talked to thousands of people but also encouraged them to take positive action.

Or as the Director General for the council of mortgage lenders puts it, “Steve captivated the audience for two and a half hours.”

Anne Leaver, Director of Human Resources, Crieff Hydro comments, “If you enjoy having fun then you’ll love Steve’s approach. This down to earth Yorkshire man is an inspiration to his audience. His simple straightforward ideas work. I know because I’ve tried them.”

“One mouth, four eyes, don’t use them in that order.”

As well as being a Confident Club coach and trainer, Steve is also a motivational speaker, facilitator/MC or conference host and specialises in helping individuals and organisations develop new ways of thinking in order to realise their dreams. And as an expert in communication he shows clients how to convey their messages in more impactful and effective ways.

Steve McDermott’s speaking topics include:

  • Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Success
  • Personal Development
  • Humour
  • Sales
  • Presentation Skills

When Steve’s not speaking or coaching on our Presentation Mastery Workshop you’ll find him (and probably his son Finlay) northern soul dancing at romantic places like Stoke, Pudsey and Blackpool.


For more information, Steve’s speaking videos, McThoughts and blogs please visit: and follow Steve on Twitter @stevemcthinking