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Biography: Laurie Taylor

Laurie Taylor


Others say

"Laurie hit the right note in terms of content, 'level' and entertainment factor. He provided an excellent finale to our conference."
Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA)

"You don't need me to tell you that the reception to your presentation was first class and you struck exactly the right note to launch the Conference. The whole day has been very well received and a great deal of the credit for that must go to the stimulating tone you set"
Prime Focus Housing Association

"Laurie was very professional in his approach and went down fantastically well with both audiences. He is a great character and deserves a medal for talking for 55 minutes with nothing to drink and limited time for breath!!!"
Bradford and District TEC

"Congratulations on a tremendously entertaining finale to the BOSS conference. You were terrific and simply brought the house down. We were all exhausted and our sides were aching from laughter. You were brilliant. Thanks once again."
BOSS Federation

Laurie Taylor is an academic, broadcaster, writer and brilliant speechmaker.  Laurie Taylor has addressed well over five hundred major national and international companies with keynote and after dinner speeches.  He is a charismatic, funny speaker, who is able to touch the hearts and minds of every memer of the audience with his huge intellect and incredible wit.

Laurie Taylor is visiting professor in the department of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was recently made a Fellow of Birkbeck College and also holds visiting professorships at the London Institute and Westminster University. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Central England. His contributions to social science were recognised in 2003 by his election to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. His contribution to business development was recognised last year by his appointment as an ambassador for Investors in People.

Before entering academic life, he had eight years industrial and sales experience, worked as a librarian in Liverpool, taught in a London comprehensive school, and was a professional actor with Joan Littlewood's famous Theatre Workshop Company at Stratford East.

"Laurie Taylor was extremely personable, gracious, interested and friendly before and after his after-diner talk. Overseas guests were entralled at this lasting English tradition and rthe crowd were in fits of laughter throughout. I couldn't recommend him more highly. Thank you Prof Taylor!"
Joint Information Systems Committee

He is the author of fourteen books on motivation, change, communication, and personal identity, and is a regular contributor to the New Statesman, The Independent, and The Times. His weekly satirical column on university life has been appearing in the Times Higher Education Supplement for the last twenty years. His most recent book (written with his son, Matthew) was called What Are Children For?

For the past twenty-five years he has been heard on BBC Radio 4 in such programmes as Stop the Week, The Radio Programme, News Quiz, Speaking as an Expert, Afternoon Shift, and Room for Improvement. He can currently be heard every Wednesday afternoon on R4 presenting Thinking Allowed, a programme devoted to society and social change.  To listen to the latest edition, just click here.

His most recent films (broadcast in December 2003) was a C4 documentary on the meaning of celebrity and a highly acclaimed one-hour documentary on death and dying (On Pain of Death) broadcast in July 2005. His most recent film for Channel 5 was ‘A Very British Apocalypse,’ a study of apocalyptic ideas in religion and science was screened in 2008.

In his new and highly praised Sky Arts television series In Confidence, he conducted extended interviews with Richard Dawkins, Jonathan Miller, Kathy Burke, Will Self, Lily Allan, Anne Widdecombe,  Damien Hirst, Tom Baker, Martin Rowson and David Starkey.In the last twenty years he has addressed over five hundred major national and international companies on such topics as change, motivation, teamwork, new technology, risk, and communication.

Speaking Topics

  • Coping with Change
  • Building Employee Motivaton
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Future Trends in Business & Leisure
  • Improving Communication
  • Selling & eCommerce
  • Communication
  • New Technology at Work & Home
  • Understand Customers
  • Risk taking  

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