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Blaire Palmer

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Speaker and world authority on leadership and the future of business with practical hands-on tools and strategies

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Inspirational speaker Blaire Palmer specializes in change and leadership. Her keynotes are funny and thought-provoking and full of fresh ideas. Blaire has spoken across the world and is usually the highlight of an event or conference.

Why you should book speaker Blaire Palmer

  • Her approach is different. She is not a big-shot CEO and she doesn’t have an educational background in business and leadership. But she has consulted leading CEOs through change and knows exactly what’s going on in the boardroom.
  • As a speaker Blaire Palmer is charismatic, warm and energetic. She knows how to handle a crowd and her presentations always get incredible feedback.

Our world is changing and leaders across the world struggle with what to make of it all. Future of work expert and speaker Blaire Palmer has the answers. She has spent decades gathering valuable information about today’s challenges, and her keynotes provide insights into new trends and innovative ideas straight from the boardrooms in the UK and Europe.

Blaire is no stranger to change. Years ago, she quit her corporate job to start her own consultancy and coaching business. She believes in the good in change but only if done right – and that’s exactly what she wants to help businesses achieve: sustainable change.

Before her speaking and coaching career, Blaire was a BBC Radio 4 journalist and producer. Today, she is a regular guest expert on TV and radio and is regularly quoted in the press. Blaire has worked with big and small companies and has proven that her approach and methods work. She is praised for her directness and unique insights that truly open people’s eyes to what’s important. As a speaker Blaire Palmer is dynamic and entertaining and always creates an unforgettable event.

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Punks in Suits

  • Most of our ideas about leadership date back to the Industrial Age and somehow we think they’re still valid. In this entertaining and eye-opening keynote, Blaire busts outdated myths about what being a leader really means.
  • Based on 20 years coaching, provoking and inspiring leaders, leadership teams and audiences, Blaire clearly differentiates between management and leadership and addresses the deficit in trust (in our world and in our workplaces), the dangers of hierarchy and hierarchical thinking, silos and the relentless pursuit of the right answer.
  • You will learn practical ideas to engage with their people to inspire change. Blaire covers future trends that can help you prepare for the next change. Learn how to lead in uncertain times and thrive in this fast-changing environment.
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Busting the Myths of Change

  • In this eye-opening keynote, speaker Blaire Palmer busts the myths of change. There is no need to make change harder than it should be, and Blaire is ready to uncover what change really means.
  • You will learn how to actually drive change in an effective way and engage your teams. You will learn how to create a sense of purpose for everyone involved.  
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You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here

  • This talk focuses on how to create mentally healthy workplaces and how to maintain our own mental balance at work. Blaire has spent 20 years coaching leaders and CEOs on professional and personal challenges, and in this keynote, she uncovers her discoveries to a healthy work/life balance.
  • You will learn how to find balance in your life so you can show up to work and do your very best. Additionally, you will learn how to take care of your team during change and adversity.
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    Meet Blaire Palmer!

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    04.17.2019

    Interview with Blair Palmer

    How did you begin your speaking career?

    I’ve been coaching leaders for nearly 20 years and I was a BBC journalist before that. In both of these roles your opinion is irrelevant. Coaches and journalists are meant to be neutral. But, as a child I had always wanted to be a performer – an actor, a singer and even a tightrope walker in the circus. We cannot hide our true colours forever! When I hit 40 my opinions started ‘leaking out’ more in coaching sessions. Eventually someone asked me if I could speak at a conference about some of my ideas and the little actress in me said yes. I love being able to distil my nearly 30 years of experience and the universal lessons about leadership and change that I learnt during that time in to 45 minutes, just like a journalist helps us understand something as complex as a big world event in a three minute news story.

    What makes you so passionate about leadership?

    The newsroom is a tough environment. It’s not always a healthy one. I share my own experiences of a bullying boss with audiences because it was in that pivotal moment, when I was still in my 20s, that I started wondering how we create organisations where, instead of suffocating people and their ideas, we allow people and their ideas to thrive. Work has the potential to provide a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives and business has the opportunity to be a force for good in the world, but only when leaders understand their responsibility.

    Why do clients hire you to speak?

    You know how tempting it is in a busy restaurant or bar to listen in to the conversation on the next table? You want to know what other people talk about, think about, feel is important. Well, I’ve sat at hundreds of boardroom tables and through thousands of hours of coaching conversations and I give audiences the opportunity to understand what the best and worst of those leaders talk about, think about and feel is important. A keynote speaker should always be entertaining, tell great stories, connect with the audience and build trust straight away, and generate energy and momentum so that people take action after. I combine all of that with the insights I’ve gained from being the person other leaders confide in so that you get the wisdom of all of those private conversations.

    What have you learnt about change in your own life?

    In 2018, I sold our house and set off with my daughter and our two dogs on an RV adventure around Europe. My intention was to test some of my theories about change and put myself outside my comfort zone. It’s something I talk about in my speech “You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here”. This experience taught me that changing your situation or your circumstances is only the first step in the journey of change. Most people think it is the last. Having made a change to the mechanics of your life, or your business, or your team, or your product, you then embark on the REAL journey of change where your beliefs and assumptions are questioned, your bad habits of thinking and being are exposed, and you must grow and evolve as a person. When we stay within our comfort zone we don’t have the opportunity to grow or learn. Change begins the moment you step outside your comfort zone.

    Describe yourself in 3 words

    Funny, insightful, short.

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