Adele Parks is an accomplished speaker and host who always receives fantastic feedback and return invitations.
A natural storyteller, her warm, vibrant personality and ability to speak on a wide range of subjects makes her a hit with any audience. She is equally at home speaking on her own, as part of a panel or hosting an event. Adele has shared the stage with numerous high profile speakers including Terry Waite, Jenny Murray, Gabby Logan and Bradley Walsh to name a few.
Adele talks with absolute honesty in her unique down to earth style about her personal journey to being published. From a state school in Teesside to advertising Management Consultant and finally achieving her dream of International Best Selling Author by never taking no for an answer.
The diversity of Adele’s writing is reflected in her wide-ranging abilities as a speaker. Being able to talk on any aspect of the world of publishing, including her take on ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal’, the need for ‘Resilience, diligence – arming yourself for your future’ to issues that she’s covered in her books including Alzheimers, the plight of surplus women following WW1, conscientious objectors and her specialist interest in literacy levels in Britain.
Story Telling: A Key Quality of Leaders
Storytelling in Leadership is an essential business skill. Communication chasms or cracks are the root of every business problem.
Compelling storytellers are charismatic and inspiring. Story tellers create trust and bonds between people. The greatest Presidents, Prime Ministers, Human rights activists or even football coaches are the best story tellers!
There is not a leader or business connection that can't be developed and enriched through story.
Being an excellent story teller gives you more depth. It creates greater empathy, understanding and focus between you and your team, or clients. A well told anecdote fascinates people, takes them on a shared emotional journey and – importantly - communicates an outstanding, unforgettable message.
Storytelling is also about listening, an equally vital skill for the impressive but genuine orator. Understand your teams and clients better, so you can motivate, inspire and ultimately take everyone you talk to on the journey you have planned.
Adele is an expert story teller. She’ll tell you some of hers and help you unlock your ability to tell stories that resonate with your team or your clients, stories that motivate and enthuse.
Creativity in the Workplace: Unlocking creativity for meaningful results
Where is creativity nurtured and encouraged? The opera, in a funky art studio, maybe in a trendy advertising agency? In your corporation or office?
Traditionally office life becomes a grind, a small existence often in cubicle or at a desk that’s the same as the next one. In these environments, it’s easy to see how energy and creativity can be reserved exclusively for making plans for the weekends.
Most people are set specific tasks in the work place and are reluctant to try anything new when accomplishing them. Over time, the habit of repeatedly tackling tasks in the same way becomes a difficult habit to break. Innovation becomes something that employees fear or are mistrustful of, preferring instead to stick to tried and tested methods. Tried and tested is absolutely sensible if your business is growing at a colossal rate but otherwise, you are missing an opportunity.
Leaders and managers are the conduits of creativity because creative thinking leads to creative problem solving. Rote concepts lead to routine results. The demand for creativity from employees is rising in this age of rapid technological advancement and is relevant in every sector of business. Creativity is innate to some but available to all. It simply needs nurturing.
This talk will help leaders and managers create an environment where employees have the time and space to think innovatively. Therefore profitably.
Adele will help you unlock your creativity that will inspire you, your team and your clients, to see opportunities and solutions where there were only problems before.
The Cost of Forgetting: Stories are Memorable
We are surrounded by stories. They move and inspire us. Our appetite for stories is an indication of the basic human desire to understand patterns of life — not merely as an intellectual exercise but as a personal, emotional experience. Stories are the way we connect. Perhaps, most importantly for business, stories help us remember, as it is scientific fact that our brains become more active when we tell and listen to stories.
Being memorable in business is essential. Remembering and retaining information at work is essential. The cost of forgetting or being forgotten is enormous
Many business people have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense – they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be. Recent scientific evidence further highlights how stories change our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour.
The human brain loves a story. We are social creatures and stories are an effective way to transmit important information and values from one individual or community to the next. Stories that are personal and compelling engage more of the brain than simply stating a set of facts. Thus stories are better remembered.
There are two key aspects to an effective story. First, it must capture and hold our attention. Secondly, an effective story must transport us into the characters’ world, creating memories through empathy.
Adele will share some of her stories and help you unlock your ability to tell stories that resonate with your team and clients. Stories about your world that motivate, enthuse and are remembered.
No: A trigger word to find an opportunity
In this talk, Adele describes her journey to becoming published. From a state school in Teesside to Advertising Management Consultant in a global management consultancy and finally achieving the dream of becoming an International Best Selling Author. Adele sees rejections, rebuttals and refusals as challenges and opportunities to improve, hone and diversify.
Rejection and denials are part of life, no person or business has ever fully avoided either. This is not the same as failure. Failure only happens when you give up, therefore you are the only person who can decide if you have failed or not. With this mindset, Adele sees setbacks as opportunities to succeed further down the line. Her talk is about resilience, determination and creating your own success.
Adele will share some of her stories and help you see your setbacks as opportunities that will lead to greater success and satisfaction.
Cinderella to Bestseller
In this entertaining yet motivational talk, Adele describes her journey to becoming published. Adele will detail her journey from the Once Upon a Time, a dyslexic child in a state school in Teesside, to Advertising Management Consultant in a global management consultancy, to finally achieving her dream of becoming an International Best Selling Author. However, Adele believes that the lesson we’re to take from fairytales is that hard work, diligence, creativity and the refusal to the cowed by the odds, are the things that guarantee the happy ending.
Adele has always believed in the importance of having big dreams and ambitions; the importance of self-belief and not imposing self-limits. The world maybe your oyster but you have to start shucking.
Adele is an expert story teller. She’ll tell you some of stories and help you see your setbacks as opportunities that will lead to greater success and satisfaction as you work towards your own Happily Ever After.
“You were fantastic yesterday. When that woman stood up and said she could listen to you all day, it said it all for me. Nothing but praise,” Oxford and Cambridge Club
“You did such a great job and we have had fantastic feedback from the event. Would love to get you back.’ Accenture Management Consultants
“Adele was wonderful, a great speaker – both informative and entertaining. Probably the best author I’ve seen. We had really positive feedback from our audience too.” The Bowes Museum
“Thank you so much for last night and being such a brilliant speaker.” Abercrombie and Kent 1962 Club
"I am so glad you enjoyed the event and I would love to work with you again if possible. The audience were thrilled” Flying Colours
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the feedback forms from your course. They were all overwhelmingly positive! It sounds like the course went very well. There was an overwhelming desire for you to come back to us to offer one of your other courses.” University of Warwick (Warwick Arts Centre)
"Fascinating and I admired her fluency of thought in her observations and answering questions/5 star" Felixstowe Book Festival
“You were brilliant and we really appreciate you giving up your time to speak, especially on your birthday! We’ve had some great feedback and everyone really enjoyed the evening.” Bloomsbury Publishing
“You were inspiring, honest and so generous with your responses, and the students I spoke to just afterwards felt that way too” Curtis Brown Literary Agency Creative Writing
“There was a great atmosphere and the girls hugely enjoyed all your ideas and anecdotes. Thrilling for them to hear of your trials and tribulations, and both your hard work and consequent successes. You were convivial, warm, accessible and entertaining - you worked your magic.” Prior's Field School for Girls
THE STRANGER IN MY HOME
LOVE IS A JOURNEY
IF YOU GO AWAY
THE STATE WE'RE IN
WHATEVER IT TAKES
ABOUT LAST NIGHT
MEN I'VE LOVED BEFORE
TELL ME SOMETHING
YOUNG WIVES' TALES
STILL THINKING OF YOU
THE OTHER WOMAN'S SHOES
LARGER THAN LIFE
UK : £2.5k to £7k
Europe : £2.5k to £7k
US : £7k to £15k
Asia/Middle East : £7k to £15k
Adele Parks graduated from Leicester University, where she studied English Language and Literature, then she worked in advertising and as a management consultant. She published her first novel, Playing Away, in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified her as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’
Prolific, Adele has published seventeen novels in seventeen years, all of which have been bestsellers. She’s sold over three million copies of her work in the UK alone and has been translated into 26 different languages. She writes numerous articles and short stories for national magazines and newspapers and appears on radio and TV talking about her work and related matters.
Adele is also passionate in her belief that reading is a basic right and she is an Ambassador for the charity The Reading Agency. Adele has won the Quick Read Learners’ Favourite Award, as voted for by the public. She’s been nominated for Galaxy Book of the Year and the RNA Epic Novel award. She is a Patron of Guildford Book Festival.
In 2017, Adele was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award from the RNA (Romantic Novelists' Association).
Adele has spent her adult life in Italy, Botswana, Leicester and London, but now lives happily in Guildford, with her husband and sixteen year old son.