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La vie ne vaut d'etre vecue sans


Translation: Life is not worth living without love

(it’s way sexier in French)

Hi, Kim here

As a keynote speaker, trainer and coach for over 30 years, I’ve been helping brilliant professionals who, despite their impressive credentials and accomplishments, often feel frustrated and undervalued.

They’re looking for more than the traditional measures of success.

They want to feel fulfilled and rewarded in all areas of their lives. 

To be clear on their purpose, do meaningful work, own their decisions… and have fun!

There’s plenty of obstacles in the way whether running your own business, leading an organisation, starting out, or advancing your career.

I’ve faced many of these challenges and have learned how to turn them into opportunities.

Often the simplest things bring us the most joy

Kim has inspired me to realise the core reason I get up and come to work every day.

I intuitively knew

At the height of my corporate career in financial services, as a single, 35-year-old workaholic, I was offered my dream job with a large consulting firm in the USA.

All set to go, I had a nagging feeling something was missing.

So, I declined the offer and, six weeks later, met the love of my life, settled down, and started a family.

This turning point kickstarted my journey to find more meaning and purpose in my life.

As a result, I left the corporate world after twenty years for the freedom of owning my own
businesses. I’ve never looked back.

My purpose is all about helping incredible humans to live a life they love. It rocks!

Want some juice?

I’m mastering human.

I have no ‘rags to riches’ story or Olympic medals on my mantle (sadly). I’m a normal (debatable) human giving this ‘life’ thing a decent go.

A reformed perfectionist.

I tried being perfect. It didn’t work. I’m more of a ‘work in progress’.

Yoda’s apprentice.

A Jedi I’m not. Always learning, I am.

Belly aching laughter.

I’m a sucker for belly aching laughing, a witty ‘dad’ joke, or a real-life blooper or blunder.

Corny, but true.

With the surname Payne (and growing up wanting to go into Medicine) I get called a ‘Value’ Doctor. Playing on the pun, I say: “With Payne, you Gain.”

Money or a party?

At 21 I was offered money or a party. I took the money, invested it, and spent it backpacking Europe for 6 months with my bestie. Priceless!

Fantasy career (there’s still hope).

I dream of being a professional baseball player! I started playing at age
48 – never say never!

Scary – nooo!

I moved to London at 23 with little more than the clothes on my back. Funny how you work things out when faced with a life of baked beans and homeless shelter.

Serious work and child’s play.

I do serious work with stunningly brilliant people. The results are better when we keep it simple, meaningful, and a bucket load of fun.

An acquired taste.

Just like a fine wine, my favourite clients are curious, ambitious professionals who want more from life. Settling is not an option.

On a professional note

I spent the first 20 years of my career in the corporate world across stockbroking, relationship management, financial advising, training, and consulting.

I worked for companies including Credit Suisse First Boston, Citibank, Northumberland Group (in the UK), The Money Managers, and NAB/MLC.

Here I got to build and lead teams, coach and train smart professionals, and consulted with businesses of all sizes, helping them to expand and grow.

In 2010 I left corporate and found my passion for owning and operating small businesses.

I’m a serial judge for prestigious business, finance, and accounting awards, and regularly comment in the media.

Formally, I’ve got a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.

In my dreams I’m a professional baseball player, an entertainer on cruise ships and staffy (dog) whisperer. HA!

The value of being real