An accomplished and entertaining speaker, since 2000 John has been sharing insights about value and self-worth with a wide range of audiences in Europe, Asia and the USA. Some of the more popular talks include:



How to raise the value of your work with a clear professional identity

The world of work has changed dramatically in 25 years. Today’s professionals want meaningful expression of their values and talents, not just a livelihood.

In this session we explore: 

  • What is professional identity and why is it important?
  • The four biggest benefits of a clear identity at work
  • The key steps to find an outstanding professional identity
  • Why self-worth is vital, particularly during transitions
  • Tips to nurture professional identity with others: you as manager/mentor
Self Worth Academy Energising teams


Reshaping your professional identity and reinventing your career

With years of experience behind you, you have done many things.  This richness of experience can however bring its own share of issues: including professional identity and self-esteem.

In this session, John Niland explores:

    • The difference between self-worth and self-esteem
    • Why self-worth is vital, particularly during transitions
    • What is professional identity and why is it important?
    • The four biggest benefits of a clear identity at work
    • Some practical things to do, if feeling a bit lost
Self Worth Academy Partner or Servant


Why clients should not define your self-worth

One of the ways in which self-worth transforms professional life is how we manage clients. In order to be trusted advisers, it’s vital to form partner relationships, not relationships based on servitude.

In this session, specially tailored for agencies and consultants, you will learn:

  • Some of the behaviours that create servant relationships with clients
  • How to introduce yourself as a partner vs. a servant
  • The significance of self-worth
  • Some of the Do’s and Don’ts of review meetings
  • An introduction to value-based pricing (if time allows)
  • Managing difficult clients, growing key accounts

Schedule a call with John to customise a talk for your group.

Self Worth Academy Partner or Servant

My team and I worked with John over two online sessions around self worth and professional identity. As a remote-first team it can sometimes feel difficult to connect with each other but John’s sessions allowed us to solidify our bond, be heard and be seen. He was attentive to the needs of each team member and everyone left feeling much stronger, and much more confident in their abilities than when they went in. It was a joy to work with John and I would highly recommend working with him to anyone considering it. A real gem!

 – Emma Glover, Victress Digital Marketing Agency

Self Worth Academy Client Victress Digital

“John has presented at our National Conference on more than one occasion and run workshops. He has helped us focus and hone our skills to enable our organisation to provide the best “Value Added” consultancy services to our clients, hereby they recognise our true value to them.”

 – Peter Mayhew, Auditel

​​“We were thrilled to have John as one of our keynote speakers at DSM’s Women Inspired Network Signature Event this year! He was very easy to collaborate with, took the time to understand and shape a presentation aligned with our event theme, and brought to life the topic of self-worth that left our participants not only with inspiration, but also practical steps to focus on after the event.”

 – Lily Lin, DSM

“I attended John’s value-based selling and pricing course (run by IPSE) and I was particularly impressed by John’s insights on value-based selling.”

 – Sarah Pascaru, Social Jooce

“John’s deep insights about value have brought tangible rewards to the sales team: at least $4 million in three years. Self-Worth enables sales professionals to achieve more”

 – Thomas Molnar; VP Global Sales Tomra Sorting Food


Self Worth Academy CEO John Niland

John Niland is a Self-Worth Activist, advocating for deeper value of ourselves and others, to replace the current culture of conditional self-esteem.

A self-worth approach brings fresh value to life and work by…

  • Replacing endless self-assessment with new freedom and wellbeing 
  • Replacing the craving for validation with fresh courage, confidence and creativity 
  • Filling the hunger for belonging with a deep connection to self and others
  • Replacing stressful striving with joy

John is the author of the book “The Self-Worth Safari” and founder of Self-Worth Academy, bringing together an international spectrum of practitioners who share a belief in the power of self-worth. 

Previous books include “Hidden Value”, “Opportunity Conversations” and “The Courage to Ask” (co-authored with Kate Daly). Since 2000, he is well known as a speaker at professional conferences and has coached hundreds of professionals to grow revenue and reputation, via an approach based on professional identity.

He was a co-founder of the European Forum of Independent Professionals and previous CEO of Education for the Children, which works with families in Guatemala to break the cycle of poverty.

John currently lives just outside Lisbon, following many years in Brussels, London and Ireland. He still talks about “settling down one day”. 

Some of John’s key insights include:

  • Self-worth is the strongest foundation for resilience, confidence and self-belief
  • Most people have been educated in self-esteem, not self-worth. This often leads to constant anxiety and insecurity
  • When people shift to self worth, this dramatically changes their approach to career, communication and leadership
  • Self-worth is also a game changer in relationships, enabling much deeper connection
  • Self-worth is essential to successfully reinvent one’s professional identity and career in the Age of AI

Schedule a call with John to customise a talk for your group.