BJ Cunningham

'The Power of Telling the Truth'

PR Week hired motivational speaker BJ Cunningham for one of its events and called him “politically incorrect and electrifying”. Others have applauded him courting controversy by showing how powerful honesty can be in marketing. He did this by setting up the Enlightened Tobacco Company which sold a brand of cigarettes called Death – “the honest smoke”.

While this approach guaranteed a high profile for BJ, including a great deal of discussion and debate in the media, the company hit several speed bumps along the way which essentially meant that its messages went largely unnoticed. When a Formula One sponsorship deal fell through after the death of a driver and another company with a similar product name took Enlightened Tobacco to court, the business folded after just eight years.

As a motivational speaker, BJ Cunningham inspires and delights audiences with his off-the-wall approach to business and entrepreneurship. He also draws on his time in the slightly more conventional world of brand marketing where he had clients that included Nokia, Bang & Olufsen and Volkswagen. In addition, BJ created the Georgina Goodman luxury shoe designer company which he has since sold.

To book BJ Cunningham as the speaker at your event, contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or calling +44 1509 85 29 27.

  • Marketing Speaker
  • Business Speaker
  • Entrepreneurialism
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Branding


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