Ian Berry - Providing Sustainable & Increased Momentum for Strong Businesses Since 1991
Ian Berry - Providing Sustainable & Increased Momentum for Strong Businesses Since 1991

Since 1991 I've been helping business owners and leaders worldwide
to achieve better business results at less human and business cost. 

Peter Taylor - CEO, Townsend Building Services

Peter Taylor

CEO Townsend Building Services

As a mentor to me and my family members who lead and manage our businesses Ian Berry has made a significant difference to our personal and business success including our 570% growth in just under 5 years.

Helping you to overcome your greatest challenge

Every day your greatest challenge as a business owner or leader is to inspire, remind and sometimes persuade people to be the best version of themselves so that they deliver value that means customers are delighted.

I call this Who Before Do (see short video below). It's a simple edict. Of course simple rarely means easy. You have to master candid, convivial and compassionate communication, presentations and conversations.

My role is to help you to achieve this mastery understanding that we live in a digital world dominated by technological companies (the big 5 Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, yet also zillions of others) meaning ever increasing reality of distraction, disruption and data challenges.

Read all about Who Before Do here.

Who I work with

Should you own a business or be a senior leader with more than 20 employees and 5 million turnover, and operate in the communities of my neighbourhood, i.e. the cities of Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne and places in between them, then I'm for you. I still also travel for work outside these areas 10% of the time however a warning I need you to put up a very compelling case!

The focus of our work together

Initially (and maybe totally) our focus is on your mastery, and that of carefully selected people, of candid, convivial and compassionate communication, presentations and conversations in the areas pictured below. There's 8 styles and 7 situations in the 3 broad areas of self-leadership, performance leadership and change leadership. Master these and I guarantee you better business results at less human and business cost.

My favourite all time insight into leadership and conversations comes from poet David Whyte
"In leadership the conversation isn't about the work the conversation is the work"

With gratitude to research in 2004 by Dr. Brent Peterson of Columbia University which showed that pre and post actions provide 76% of learning effectiveness.

My key methodologies

Pre (26% of achieving agreed objectives)
Meticulous research and candid, convivial and compassionate conversations.

Events (24% of achieving agreed objectives)
30, 60 and 90 minute presentations, and/or 1/2 day master-classes, and/or Boardroom briefings.

Post (50% of achieving agreed objectives)
Online check-ins, 1:1 and group mentoring online and in person, after-action-reviews, progress pulse checks, Accountability Accelerators online supported with a wide range of digital resources.

Chris Pike

General Manager – Culture & Community, Surf Coast Shire Council

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ian for close to two years in one-on-one and group settings. Ian’s unconventional in his approach (refreshing!) but works to a brilliantly simple yet powerful philosophy that centres around our experiences as human beings (shocking I know!!). He’s a purpose and values-driven mentor and team builder who I’d recommend to anyone.

Key philosophies that underpin all of our work together


I’ve learned that what I say is important yet nowhere near as important as what you hear yourself say to yourself, who you become, and what you do next in your quest to be the best version of yourself.


My work with you is based on honesty, trust and mutual respect. We will agree on objectives, how we will recognise and appreciate progress, and the value to you and your business of our working together.

My professional fees are based on agreed value. You will only ever be invoiced one month in advance meaning you also have a monthly exit option.

My aim always is to give you a minimum 10 times return on your investment in my services.


Please download all links to my complimentary and professional services.

Next Step

Download and complete the candid, convivial and compassionate communication pulse check by clicking on the cover below and email it to me. I will then telephone you to schedule a no obligation chat about how we can work together to help you to achieve better business results at less human and business cost.

Alternatively you can telephone me on +61 418 807 898 and we can make arrangements to complete the pulse check together.

If you are not yet familiar with my work join me for an online Accelerator or in person luncheon, dinner or breakfast (see below). Details of all my events are here. 

Narelle Mason

Finance Accountant/Enterprise Manager, Ballarat and Queen's Anglican Grammar School

Ian adds value & depth to structure, people development, meetings and conversations. Mentoring sessions are always enlightening and solutions based. For any business that is needing to thrive through change, Ian can offer a range of tools to support this with a humanised approach.

About Me


From 1974 - 1991 I enjoyed a very successful corporate finance career including leading a 100million business unit.


I held Branch, Regional, and State manager roles in three Australian states receiving numerous awards for my leadership, development of people, and results.

Since then I've been a mentor to more than 1000 business leaders, women and men, in over 40 countries.

I've also given more than 2500 presentations. I hold the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, which places me in the top 7% of all professional speakers worldwide.

I'm a Past National President of the Professional Speakers Association of Australia.

Below is a snapshot of some of the organisations whose leaders I've helped to thrive since 1991

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