Training Programmes

shutterstock_62758210Dr Briffa Wellness offers a range of programmes which typically last half to one-day, and may include 1-2-1 time with Dr Briffa. The programmes can be delivered in a traditional setting or virtually.

The focus and positioning of the programmes will be specific to the needs of the client, but typically the programmes are used to support individual, team and organisational wellbeing, performance and resilience.

The programmes usually cover a wide range of insights and, most importantly, practical strategies.

Topics usually covered within a programme include:

• How stress can exert a net positive effect on performance and resilience.

• Why an excess of stress can derail thinking, judgement and decision-making, and can lead to ‘burnout’ on the longer term.

• How to spot the warning signs of excess stress and mitigate this in both the short and long term.

• Psychological insights and strategies for managing stress and supporting thinking, judgement and decision-making.

• Mental strategies for building long-term resilience and resourcefulness.

• How to use lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical activity and sleep to support wellbeing and boost performance.

• Simple dietary strategies for ensuring sustained levels of energy throughout the day, with no ‘mid-afternoon slump’.

• How to optimise the timing of eating (including ‘intermittent fasting’) to support wellbeing and effectiveness.

• How to maintain optimal levels of hydration, whatever the circumstances, by applying one simple rule.

• The critical role sleep plays in physiological wellbeing and mental functioning.

• Why sleep needs are highly individual, and how to determine whether your one’s own sleep requirements are being met or not.

• How to optimise both the quantity and quality of sleep to feel optimally refreshed each morning.

• Why, despite received wisdom, it is possible to catch up on sleep.

• The role of light in sleep and general wellbeing, and how to get the right sort of light at the right times to support performance and sustainability.

• How stress affects our breathing, which in turn can impair our thinking and performance.

• The simple breathing exercises that can optimise our state very quickly and boost overall wellbeing and fitness too.

• The brief (2-10 minutes) but highly effective exercise regimes that support fitness, strength and overall health.

• The one under-recognised mental barrier to exercise, and how to surmount it with ease.

• Practical advice on how to embed new habits (and get rid of unwanted ones) successfully and sustainably.

These courses are designed to give professionals a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of good health and well-being, as well as practical advice on how to apply effective strategies easily and sustainably in real life.


John ran a half day seminar on healthy working for our team of 30 multinational Consultants. He is a lively, amusing, provocative and convincing speaker who prompts debate both in the session and long afterwards – we still hear that things are not “Briffa compliant” weeks after the event.

The session covered diet, sleep, exercise, the need for light and effective breathing – all his points are well argued, supported by research results and, ultimately, make intuitive sense. As a resultour people actually seem to use what they learned.

Ian Mann

PwC Switzerland

PwC is a professional services firm that has enjoyed an association with Dr John Briffa for 17 years. Dr Briffa is the critical instructor on the most successful and enduring development programme in PwC. There is consensus about Dr Briffa in PwC. He has a reputation for offering practical advice in an inspiring way that produces results.

I am convinced that over the years he has helped to re-energise countless individuals, including partners, staff and clients whom I know personally. The passion and the expertise ooze from every session, and so coherent is his universally applicable “big idea” which underpins his advice, that he actually succeeds where the vast majority of consultants fail. That is to say he alters the inner world of many people forever. That is the key to how he can alter their behaviour in a sustainable way.

We are convinced that Dr Briffa’s interventions makes a fantastic difference to the quality of life, productivity and effectiveness of scores of professionals in our business.

David Prosser

Senior Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers

I have worked with Dr. John Briffa for 10 years and have found him to be an extraordinarily intelligent and competent professional in his work with our firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, in Canada.

John’s knowledge of nutrition and how it impacts on the physiology and psychology of our bodies is robust and is very current in nature. John has an incredible ability to make sense of a complex topic easy to understand for non medically trained individuals

I believe we are exceptionally fortunate as a firm to have been able to work Dr. Briffa over the past 10 yearsand it is my hope that we will have yet another 10 years of his counsel and support in enhancing the nutritional and lifestyle behaviours of our senior partners.

Wayne McFarlane

Former global head of HR, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Canada

Delegate feedback

“I can honestly say that this was the most useful course I have been on.”

“I liked the fact that there was no hectoring, and the information was balanced and common sense based. I found the ability of the presenters to establish fact and wipe away myth quite fascinating.”

“The course was excellent – wonderful delivery in a fun and interesting fashion.”

“The course held my attention and was interesting throughout.”

“I liked the variety and irresistible logic – very convincing!”

“The course was great fun and stimulating. Not annoying or sanctimonious in any way.”

“The facilitators were clearly very competent and I appreciated their good humoured and engaging style.”

“The tutors were excellent. I loved the fact that they combined competence and expertise with enthusiasm and fun.”

“The course really did provide me with practical strategies for helping with my work-life balance.”

“I thought the balance of nutrition, exercise and mental health was great. I also enjoyed the science of it all, which gave it a logic I can hang onto.”

“Lived up to the expectations prompted by others who had been on the course. I learned more than I expected to!”

“I found the course very interesting and practically geared, particularly with regard to how small changes can have large consequences for health and wellbeing.”

“Feel the course will be the impetus to make long lasting changes. Would recommend it wholeheartedly to my colleagues.”