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Success Under Pressure Workshop

Pink Elephant has teamed up with Gary Bailey, former Manchester United and England Goalkeeper, and Michelle McLean Bailey, former Miss Universe 1992, who have successfully managed extremely stressful careers to present this valuable and practical workshop.

“There is no doubt in my mind that if you regularly practice Gary’s simple principles of GREAT, you will be more successful than you are today. I know it, and I urge you to try it.”

Doug Jackson – CEO Coca-Cola Africa


Everyone is under more pressure than ever before – tighter budgets, tougher clients and constant change! All of this creates greater and more consistent pressure which in turn results in decreased performance and greater unhappiness.


Over one day the Success Under Pressure workshop provides participants with skills to not only handle but to thrive under pressure – both on an individual and team basis. Learn how to manage stress in a healthy and effective manner to increase both individual and team performance.

The first half of the day focuses on the individual and how to use the 5 G.R.E.A.T. principles – Gratitude, Reframing, Energy, Advancement and Team Words – to reduce the damaging effects of excessive pressure. Gary and Michelle provide real-life stories and examples of stress reducing techniques and how best to use them. They then lead discussion and practice sessions to link their experience and advice to YOUR stressful situations.

The second half of the day examines how teams cope with pressure, how that affects each member of the team and what each individual can do to make the team more successful. Gary and Michelle take the group through the L.E.A.D.S. principles – Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Adapting, Destiny and Support – with personal examples of how these issues play out in team situations. The participants are once again engaged in discussions and practical exercises to ensure the principles are fully understood and applicable to YOUR team.


You will learn how to:

  • Use Gratitude as a powerful tool to manage stress
  • Use Reframing, a technique to help you see things in a different light, which will either support you in feeling more positive, taking-action, or rising to the challenges you face
  • Understand the benefits of exercise and the right food, to maintain optimum Energy for a productive and successful life
  • Use Advancement, which is self-development in soft skills, like communication, listening and empathy to improve your relationships
  • Understand the power of Team Words by consciously using your words to improve your quality of life. We become what we think, feel and say!
  • Create effective Leadership based on the valuable qualities of being humble yet having professional will
  • Use Emotional Intelligence in a practical way to manage yourself and others
  • Embrace change through Adaptability skills, such as accepting that change is constant, and learning to be resilient
  • Inspire an entire team, to realize a common Destiny, and to ensure everyone on the team is excited about the future
  • Create Support, and show how to get everyone in the team to empower each other


Gary and Michelle share their combined experiences as superstar sportsman and world famous pageant queen, but it’s not just their celebrity that makes them qualified to lead this workshop.

Gary completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics while he was playing in Manchester, and following his on-field retirement, he studied for an MBA from Henley in Oxford.

Since winning the Miss Universe title, Michelle has enjoyed a varied career as a director of a property group, TV presenter and co-owner of a jewelry company. She is also a professional life coach.

Michelle and Gary use their successful lives lived under huge pressure to provide participants with humorous and valuable insights into managing and thriving while under stress.


All employees at any level of the organization and within any department would benefit from learning how to deal with pressure.


There are no prerequisites for this workshop.


There is no exam for this course.


Material for this workshop will only be provided as downloadable soft copy files that can be viewed on a variety of devices. Attendees may print a hard copy of the files in whatever format best meets their needs, and can use the files under the Pink Elephant Terms of Use.


Courses you can take before or after this one include:


Many of our courses and workshops are available in Virtual format – meaning you just need a good Internet connection and a comfortable location with minimal distractions to attend. Courses are usually presented from 9:00am to 4:00pm CT each day. When you register for the course you will receive more detailed information.


All Pink Elephant’s courses and workshops, including this one, can be presented at your location. Customized in-house sessions are delivered to executive or management teams, other intact or cross-functional work teams, or to individuals gathered from different parts of an organization. For more details, contact 1-888-273-PINK or