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Steve Preston The Career Catalyst ®

Steve's mantra
"You spend more waking hours at work than in any other activity. Life is too short so why be unhappy? Take 'the leap of faith' and do what you love!"

Following a very successful management career, Steve took redundancy in 2001 when his company relocated. Offered the opportunity to move, Steve made a defining career and life choice not to let an employer control his future. This was the start of a 'voyage of self discovery' and career transition journey into the unknown. A huge learning experience which eventually saw Steve find new passions in career and personal development which helped him to achieve a successful career change. Today Steve is a leading Career Coach, Internationally acclaimed Author, Speaker, Business Owner and thought leader on the world of work and Portfolio Careers.

Now recognised as 'The Career Catalyst' ®, Steve has transformed the lives and careers of thousands of people, coaching them through his 6 step Career Navigation Cycle process to achieve successful career and life breakthroughs. A leading Career Coach, Steve thrives on sharing his knowledge and experience to inspire people to follow their passions and find work they love. Steve has developed a range of products for every budget from his internationally acclaimed published books to his signature Executive Breakthrough Career Development Programmes. He is living proof of what can be achieved whether you wish to progress your career, change career at 30 or even start a new career at 50 or 60, as he has successfully coached many of his clients to do!

“I am passionate about helping you achieve a successful career breakthrough. I get a huge buzz from seeing your confidence and self-belief soar to achieve fulfilment in both your career and life"


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Portfolio Careers - How to Work for Passion, Pleasure & Profit!

Steve is the Author of 3 internationally acclaimed career books and 2 audio books, many considered to be 'groundbreaking'. His latest Amazon best seller 'Portfolio Careers - How to Work for Passion, Pleasure & Profit', has been described as 'taking the portfolio career concept into a new era'.  'Winning Through Career Change' has been described as 'the definitive career change book' and Winning Through Redundancy – Six steps to navigate your way to a brighter future' , Steve's first published book, received international acclaim for being 'much more than a typical career book about redundancy strategies but a practical guide to successful career and life management which will change lives', for which Steve is justly proud! Steve is a prolific writer and is working on a number of new book projects which will be published in 2018 and beyond covering his passion for Career Development and Personal Development. Steve's work has also been published by a number of leading Career and HR websites, magazines and trade journals in the UK and internationally and he blogs regularly for his Career Catalyst and company website blog SMP Solutions Career & People Development and on LinkedIn Pulse.

Steve's highly acclaimed Career & Personal Development Audio Book sets are available in MP3 and CD formats:

The 4 set 'I want a career change - 6 steps to navigate the way to a brighter future' to inspire people to take the 'leap of faith' into a new and fulfilling career and a 2 set 'How Colourful is Your Umbrella - Creating a working life where you'll enjoy Mondays as much as Fridays! This is challenging the traditional job mindset and focusing on a new way of working and earning from turning interests, passions and talents into income streams to provide you with choice and fulfillment!


Steve is an established UK business and motivational speaker at high profile career events and corporate conferences. He has run numerous seminars including for major organisations undergoing restructuring and key change. His seminars and keynotes are to inspire and motivate the outgoing employees to turn the threat of redundancy into a new opportunity and how to achieve a successful career transition or career change.

Steve is a regular speaker at City of London Business Library, Chartered Management Institute, Executive Job Clubs and other professional associations. Steve has also been a key speaker at major events such as One Life Live at London's Olympia, British Medical Journal Career Fairs, Euro Coach Conference and the Forum 3 Charity Exhibition.

Steve's keynote signature seminars 'Portfolio Careers - How to Work for Passion, Pleasure and Profit', ‘Six Steps to Navigate Your Way to a Brighter Future’, 'Changing Careers - Deciding What to do Next' and 'Winning Through Redundancy' have been attended by hundreds of people achieving outstanding feedback. Click here to see Steve’s forthcoming inspirational seminars.

To book Steve Preston The Career Catalyst ® for your event - contact Steve

"Steve, as you are a fan of quotes, here is one by William Arthur Ward "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires" A big thank you for your seminar and inspiring me to take more control of my career."
Chuks Anochie

"Many thanks again for your presentation at our company conference and support of our situation at Pfizer. There was a lot of good feedback on Tuesday evening and during yesterday that suggests your session was well received and valued.  Certainly it’s got a few people thinking and this of course was just the intention. I hope we are able to cross paths again in the future".
Dave (Pfizer UK)

"As a member of CMI Steve was hired to do a presentation on ‘career crossroads’. With a mixed audience of those facing redundancy, those that have been through it and those feeling unsafe, he gave a tailored presentation to meet the needs of those present, which showed good skills and an understanding of people’s needs. I thoroughly recommend Steve and his company"
Tony Silver

"I wish to thank you for your excellent presentation which is exactly what was required by someone who is 'between jobs'. It is great how you are encouraging people to think positively and to see that redundancy or career change is not the end but a new beginning and motivating people to take on the challenge to improve their whole life. I received many favourable comments about the event from everyone I spoke to, which were all completely unsolicited, so I can understand why your seminar and services are in such demand!"
Ron Hardcastle 



Steve has spent over 15 years as owner and  MD of  SMP Solutions (Career & People Development) Ltd. Steve and his wife Linda are the Directors and shareholders, backed up by a team of specialist associates. SMP Solutions have an enviable reputation providing quality Outplacement and Career Transition programmes for businesses restructuring and laying off staff, Career Development support for Professionals and Executives, Management, Team and Executive Coaching in organisations plus Coaching and Advice & Guidance for Young People to help them work through their Education and Career options to ensure a successful start in life.


Browse a small sample of testimonials from Steve’s wide range of satisfied clients

"Steve's knowledge and understanding of the Science of work and career is exemplary. His ability to see how to help others to realign their internal belief systems with their need to work produces explosive results. This helps to attain new goals and create new work pathways that had not previously been considered available or possible before. His master class is inspiring, creative and an essential rewiring for the brain of somebody at a dead end. 

Steve has a friendly and personable manner which makes working with him a pleasure. I thoroughly recommend Steve"
Simon Dwight

"Steve provided me with outstanding support when I worked with him at Pickfords Travel and again during a transition in my career. His Breakthrough Career Transition Masterclass gave me a very timely and necessary focus, enabling me to move on positively. He has been the biggest influence on my career and I recommend him highly"
Jes Paine

"Working with Steve has made a real and lasting difference to my life - sounds dramatic but it's true. His way of working really resonated with me; we had fun but got through a whole load of difficult stuff! Steve helped me to find a good work/life balance, to recognise what I had to offer and to have the confidence to demonstrate it to others. As a result, I am more focused at work, achieving great results that others are recognising and happier at home. Steve has continued to be a confidante and friend to me and I am so pleased to have met him."
Lisa Hughes

"When I was stuck in a rut and looking to develop my career to the next stage, I enlisted Steve's help to provide the focus and clarity I needed to ensure that I was applying for the right jobs and to also market myself in the most effective way. Steve helped me to really understand my true marketability, what was important to me in my next role and motivated me to achieve job success. He is a encouraging, professional and expert and I highly recommend him for any professionals and executives looking to develop their career."
Richard Castleton

"I signed up to Steve's Career Breakthrough Programme. It provided me with the tools to identify the road blocks to my future career! 
The process was quite eye opening in that it brought many skills and achievements I had but never registered them as such. Now I know it’s up to me to make it happen!"
Seema Pattni

"Steve is one of the UK's market leaders in Career and Personal development. He is incredibly skilled in unlocking and opening your mind to believing in and fulfilling your own true potential.  
Steve is in demand; work with him while you can."
Debbie Smith

"I would describe Steve as the 'Anthony Robbins' of job seeking this man takes any negative thinking and re-frames it as positive outlook, put bluntly I was lucky enough to be on one of Steve's workshops early this year and before I met him ‘I couldn't get arrested’. However, two weeks after his course I had over 3 job offers from stock brokerages. 
There should be more people in this country like Mr Preston and you can take that to the bank!!!!"
Liam Byrne


Catch Steve Preston The Career Catalyst ® Speaking

Steve is a regular speaker at City Business Library, London, Professional Associations, and a keynote for major career events and conferences. Catch one of Steve’s inspiring seminars on Navigating Your Way to a Brighter Future, Changing Careers, Winning Through Redundancy, Portfolio Careers & Lifestyle, Successful Job Search Strategies, Winning at Interviews, Networking in the Digital Age, Outplacement & Career Transition and many other Career & Personal Development topics.