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Abigail Barnes

Award-winning Entrepreneur | Author | Speaker | Corporate Trainer

Award-winning Entrepreneur | Author | Speaker | Corporate Trainer

Abigail Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Success by Design Training, an award-winning entrepreneur, author, speaker, and corporate trainer on time management and productive wellbeing. She is a qualified coach and creator of the renowned 888 Formula.

In February 2012 at the age of 32 Abigail had a stroke on a work business trip to Boston USA. This was her wakeup call; time is precious and we don’t have any to waste!

Success by Design Training is on a mission to share the 888 Formula with one million people by 2025.

As a speaker and trainer Abigail teaches her audiences and clients how to:

  • Prioritise tasks not time
  • Maximise resources to improve efficiency
  • Focus on activities that move the needle


Abigail understands human motivation and uses her own near-death experience as a catalyst for change, to inspire, empower and teach others how to maximise their time.

She will leave your audience excited, energised, time confident and ready to take action!

  • Elevate Your Time Efficiency Using the 888 Formula

    During this fast-paced session Abigail will introduce you to the 888 Formula and teach you how to elevate your time efficiency using the 5E Model.

    You will leave this session with tips, tricks, and strategies that you can take back to your organisation and apply to your career and life to improve your productivity & work/life balance.

    • Exploring your time challenges
    • Elevating your understanding of time using the 888 Formula
    • Effort: Efficiency v Effectiveness and why it matters
    • Evolving your time management skills for meaningful change
    • Execution & Accountable Action Taking for lasting results
  • Elevate Your Productivity: Moving the Needle with the 888 Formula

    During this fast-paced session Abigail Barnes, Founder of Success by Design Training and author of Time Management for Entrepreneurs and Professionals, will introduce you to tips, tools and strategies that you can take back to your organisations  as well as apply to your career and life to improve your productivity and wellbeing.

    She will introduce you to the 888 Formula and teach you how to elevate your productivity using the 5-Step RESET Method.

    Learning Outcomes

    The session will cover:

    • Dropping the time struggle
    • Moving the needle with the 888 Formula
    • Using the RESET Method to elevate your productivity
    • The success/failure loop
  • Unlocking the Potential of Social Media: Maximising Your Time and Results

    Did you know that 2 hours of social media scrolling every day = 30 Days a Year?

    Yes, you read that right: a MONTH of time!

    During this fast-paced session, Abigail Barnes will share 8 ways Executive Support professionals can unlock the potential of social media to benefit their organisation, career and life. Learn how to navigate the noise, avoid the drama and make the most of this incredible opportunity.

    You will leave this interactive session with practical, actionable tips, tools and strategies you can use in your organisation, departments, career and life to improve your personal productivity & work/life balance.

    Learning Outcomes

    This session will cover:

    • Social media: how we got here
    • 8 ways you can unlock the potential of social media
    • Focus management and maximising your time online


    This session is also available on demand, in our Learning Library

  • Drop in Audio: what it is and why it matters

    Run in conjunction with Helen Rees

    In this fast paced session you will learn what drop in audio is and why it matters. We will cover the players, their Business Plans, the users, the demographics, the timeline and case studies. Coming away with an understanding of this brand new technology and examples of ways you could use it in your organisation, career and life.

    Learning Outcomes

    • What is Drop in Audio
    • What does it mean for your organisation/career/life?
    • Case Studies
    • How could you use it in your organisation/career/life?
  • Your relationship with time: Are you its servant or its partner?

    If you’re ready to up-level your career, your influence and your life this year and beyond then this session will give you practical tips, tools and strategies to do just that and more.

    In this fast paced and interactive session Abigail Barnes will share strategies and questions to help you regain control of your time and become recognised by your executive, team, peers, family and friends as someone to promote, reward and learn from.

    Bring your notepad, pen and a drink and get ready for a leading edge session on Time Management, the 888 Formula and Productive Wellbeing.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Focus Management
    • Living from Purpose
    • Protecting the Asset
    • Upgrading your Beliefs
  • Nicky Christmas, Founder and Editor of Practically Perfect PA

    I asked Abigail to speak at the Future Assistant Conference in February 2019, and I was so impressed with her session. She is an excellent speaker, incredibly warm and generous with the audience and a breath of fresh air! Her productivity tips are fantastic. I love that she concentrates on why we are not productivity rather than repeating all the productivity tips we all know but don’t use! She took the time to understand the audience, and that came through during her session. I would highly recommend Abigail as a speaker and trainer. 

  • Lorna Balden

    Abigail delivered a time-management workshop for Enterprise Nation as part of a government-backed programme to support small businesses with their productivity. Abigail is incredibly engaging, personalised the training to the entrepreneurs attended and shared an enormous amount of value and inspiration. I was so grateful that I could attend myself as I personally learnt lots too! We look forward to working closer with Abigail as she is a 5* public speaker and truly knows how to engage an audience. 

  • Jessica Gardiner, Founder of The Assistant Room

    Abigail is passionate, adaptable and meaningful in her approach to working with clients across different industries at different levels. Her personal journey is incredible and acts as an empowering foundation for those she presents to when being brave enough to instigate change within their own personal and business lives. After working with Abigail in November, I was so impressed with her approach to a tailored presentation and speech that within 48 hours I had booked her for a follow up event taking place in July 2019. I could not recommend Abigail enough to join you at your event or within your organisation!

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