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Prof. Laurie Taylor

Author and Expert on Motivation, Change and Communication

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 Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Central England. Before entering academic life, he had eight years industrial and sales experience, he worked in a library, he was a professional actor and is also the author of fourteen books. He currently presents Thinking Allowed on Radio 4.

"I am the poor woman's Joan Bakewell!" Laurie Taylor

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In detail

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 has also made several major television documentaries.

What he offers you

In the last twelve years Laurie has addressed over five hundred major national and international companies and has gained a reputation as both a brilliant raconteur as well as an engaging and knowledgeable keynote speaker.

How he presents

The strong element of humour he brings to bear on his wide range of subjects, means that Laurie is a versatile presenter and equally in demand as a keynote speaker, conference moderator and entertaining after-dinner speaker.


Laurie presents in English.

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  • Change
  • Motivation and Teamwork
  • New Technology
  • Risk
  • Communication
  • After Dinner
  • Host or Moderator


  • 2003
    What are Children For?
  • 1998
    An Introduction to Sociology
  • 1997
    Air Travel: How safe is it?
  • The Elephant Truck: the Story of an Elephant (with Will Travers)
  • 1994
    The Laurie Taylor Guide to Higher Education
  • 1993
    Celebration of Adult Learning
  • 1989
    The Tuesday Afternoon Time Immemorial Committee

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