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Mr Work Smarter

Denis Asamoah (aka Mr Work Smarter)

Overcoming dyslexia, and a lack of self-belief, to become a successful author and global speaker

Mr Work Smarter left secondary school with only four B-C’s, and the words "you’re a failure" ringing in his ears. Leveraged technology tools helped him to manage his learning difficulties and he developed the habit of learning something new every day. It wasn’t until he went to university, that he discovered he had dyslexia and tapped into his creative talents through entrepreneurship. His professional career has involved working for some of the largest financial firms in the world, including Morgan Stanley and The Bank of New York Mellon as a Client Relationship Manager.

More than 3,000 young people have been inspired by Mr Work Smarter from his keynote speeches and workshops. His popular keynote speech “30 Things I've Learned (or wish I knew) Before 30” is based on his article that went viral. Within 7 days the article was read by more than 20,000 people.

Mr Work Smarter’s life experiences and fun personality allow him to connect with his audiences from the start; enabling him to provide practical steps for people to implement in the right away. Book him today to inspire your students to raise their aspirations, and fulfil their personal goals and ambitions.

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Testimonials from Teachers

"Denis' motivational speech was very thought provoking, practical and also gave guidance and reassurance to the students. Extremely well-dressed, well-spoken and constantly reaffirming the belief that ‘you can do it’ to the students. I think Denis is an amazing role model, intelligent, savvy, likeable person who can engage all people regardless of their social background."

– Noorzahan Begum, Deputy Head, Mulberry School for Girls Sixth Form

"Denis Asamoah has been involved with Career Ready since 2004 – first as a student on the Career Ready programme, then as a graduate of the programme. Denis has attended and spoke at several of our events. His charisma and style are very much in line with today’s young peoples' thoughts and attitudes and he is a very good speaker."

– Yvonne Plows, Events Manager

"Denis provided a clear and concise presentation on behalf of Young Hackney to an audience of over 100 people recently. His approach and delivery style was well received, supportive and challenging to those in attendance. We look forward to working with Denis again in the future."

– Chris Murray, Projects Manager for Young People’s Service, London Borough of Hackney​

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