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Biography: Nigel Barlow - Read interview

Nigel Barlow


Speakers Corner says

“He delivers amazing quality speeches and is a great speaker around his subject matters.”

Others say

"Thank you for your excellent presentation during our recent Amer Sports Management Meeting in Helsinki. Your mix of humor and hard facts kept our people focused throughout your presentation and really provided the launching pad for an excellent meeting."
Amer Sports

"I just wanted to say thank you again for doing such a great job for us yesterday. You covered the topic in a way which was engaging and thought-provoking whilst at the same time being real fun."

"We have now used Nigel two times over the last year at large team events for my Team HR. Both times Nigel was the highlight of the conference and received enormously high scores form participants. He took the time to work closely with me to tailor his presentation, and it showed! I would whole-heartedly recommend Nigel to anyone."
Nestle UK

"Nigel is extremely engaging and really challenges the group to think differently and creatively. He has a high level of energy which is contagious."
CIGNA International

Nigel Barlow is a business speaker with a uniquely flamboyant, warm and insightful personality. Creativity and innovation applied to business are his focus and he passionately engages with clients to inspire what he calls 'a possibility mindset'. His speciality is to get delegates at conferences to think, laugh, and act.

Until recently he was an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, focusing on innovative change.

Nigel presents a serious message in a fun and memorable way by infusing his passions for life, business, and the world of creativity into his dynamic presentations. A self-styled 'business rocker', Nigel tunes into clients and immerses himself in their world to discover the real challenges they are facing. He is energising and provocative – he wakes up audiences.

"Nigel's performance was excellent. He provoked laughter and interactivity in the audience, but most of all he made them think. His talk answered the brief and he tailored it nicely to reflect the KCI business"
KCI Europe

An Oxford Law graduate and barrister Nigel left the Law and has been running his own enterprises for over 20 years. A founding director of the European Tom Peters Company in the 80s, he has worked in every corner of the globe with companies in most sectors of industry – including energy, finance, pharmaceuticals, retailing, and engineering.

Nigel inspires self-belief, provokes creative insight, and challenges mindsets. His talks apply practical innovation to themes as diverse as Creative Leadership, Inspiring Talent, Inventing The Future, and Creating Legendary Customer Experiences.

Speaking Topics

Nigel's keynote presentations are energetic and full of fresh thinking.

  • Re-think: How To Think Differently 
  • Mind Set - Mind Free
  • Why Attitudes Make Or Break
  • Organizations  Winning Ways - Learning From Others
  • How To Choose Success
  • Shaping The Future - How Creative Storytelling Can Transform Your Life And Business
  • Creating Legendary Customer Experiences - How To Become Famous For Service Legends

For further information or to book Nigel Barlow, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Interview with Nigel Barlow


What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?


My usual theme is Innovation: Applied and Practical. It might be applied to strategy, culture change, customer focus, or inventing a more successful future for the organization. In every case, I believe the magic of a great presentation is to inspire attitudinal and behavioural change in the audience. They take away specific ways of thinking more creatively, curiously, and open-mindedly, as well as making the mental shift to a Possibility Mindset; this means realizing that anything is possible - provided you have the skills and the will.


How did you get into corporate speaking?


I was doing a lot of training and consultancy work and gradually discovered that I got more of a buzz out of speaking to larger audiences. It’s become my specialty over the last 20 years.


Which event has been your favourite and why?


Always the last one I’ve done – which was in Boston – because I am obsessed with getting better at what I do. The moment that’s not happening, I should quit.


Why do you enjoy being a speaker?


I love the diverse nature of groups around the world that I work with, tuning in to their cultural nuances and specific business challenges. And I’m obviously deeply insecure because I need the appreciation; all good speakers have a bit of the ‘show off’ in them – which is why they enjoy it so much!


What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?


Building in pre-thinking and having a follow-up call with the client on the theme of Keeping The Momentum Going. Peer-to-peer engagement after the event is one of the most effective ways of supporting learning and change; I come up with a range of these approaches for the client to ensure the presentation is not just a on- day wonder. But of course, it’s essential to have an impact in the first place: what I do is a serious message put over in an involving, fun, and memorable way.


What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday?


Walking in the Cotswolds with my family, playing tennis, or watching England struggle at football.


What personal ambition must you fulfill before you die?


I like Woody Allen’s thought about death: he said “I’m not afraid of it, but I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” So naturally, not to die would be my biggest ambition! Failing that, my answer is inner enlightenment – to have a deeper understanding of life’s bigger questions – What’s it all for? Who am I? How can I make the biggest contribution to the world?

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