Nicola Morgan

Author, Speaker, Supporter

BE RESILIENT has been chosen for the Reading Well for Teens booklist from The Reading Agency

Exceptional knowledge, passionately delivered

I've been privileged to give hundreds of talks around the world to a wide range of audiences. I've also perfected the art of delivering excellent talks online. And I love doing consultancy work, seeking ways to inform your community about how to build brilliant, healthy, successful brains.

NOTE: I do maximum one speaking event a month so read on to find out how it could be for you!

What you get from me

Whether I do an event for you or do some consultancy for your school or community, my content is packed with science, unusual insights and connections that make human behaviour make sense. I inspire, challenge, engage and inform, so audiences go away with eyes opened and minds buzzing. 

My topics:

  1. Adolescent Brains and Lives: teenage brain and psychological changes; stress management; the learning brain; screens, smartphones and social media; sleep; resilience-building. 
  2. Wellbeing and Stress Management: how to have the best physical and mental wellbeing so that students can achieve their best.
  3. The Reading Brain: science behind reading; differences between digital/print and fiction/non-fiction; benefits of reading for pleasure; readaxation.
  4. Life Online: positives and negatives of online and screen-based lives; distraction, over-use, addiction, self-esteem, competition, perfection, body image etc.

Why choose an online event?

  • I’m more likely to say yes
  • It’s much cheaper for you
  • You can (within limits) record 
  • I’m very good at them
  • You don’t have to make me coffee

How to get me to say yes

  • Read the FAQs below BEFORE you contact me, so you don’t ask me for something I wouldn’t do
  • Be sure about what you want and why – think of it like applying for funding; persuade me 
  • Understand that I’m not salaried so every email is written in unpaid time – so be clear
  • Have a reasonable budget for what you want
  • Ask yourself how you can persuade me that if I’m only doing maximum one event a month it should be yours!

Frequently asked questions

I have been studying these topics for 25 years, and read a mass of research, from different viewpoints. I have a classically trained and analytical mind and do not believe anything I read or hear unless well supported by robust research and fitting my existing understanding. If you want a wide range of insights and connections between them, Im your woman.

A session with adults really needs at least an hour and a half if you want to include Q&A and a talk for students really needs an hour. INSET can be anything from 1.5 hours to a whole day. A conference keynote is typically an hour.

Anything shorter than these would be harder to prepare and therefore more expensive.

As big as you like! I do not charge more to speak to large audiences. 

For the right event, as far as you like! I live about 70 miles North of London (20 miles from Peterborough, on the East Coast main line) and can reach Stansted, East Midlands, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. All expenses must be covered, but I keep costs to a minimum with the exception of long-haul flights, which would be Business Class. See the International Speaking page for more details but still enquire in the same way. 

Note that I charge for travelling time, though less than for time spent actually speaking.

I compute my fee based on the total time the work will take, including preparation, admin and travelling. I value my time and expertise highly and I hope you do, too. Do discuss your budget with me, as there are often ways to reduce costs.

Please don’t ask me to speak for little or no fee unless there’s an incredibly good reason why I should/could work for little or nothing. If the other adults (caterers, electricians, teachers, tech people) are being paid, you can’t expect a professional speaker with years of expertise to be unpaid. However, if your budget is small and you will make the event worthwhile in other ways, I will do my best to help.

Guidelines for ONLINE events:

  • A parent talk – £550 – £650 (Lower end is for straightforward topic of ideal length 1.5 hours)
  • A student talk – c£250 for a Q&A – to £400 for a talk and Q&A (There can be a lot of variation here, depending on what you’re asking me to do – all preparation-dependent. Reduction for 2 talks in one half-day.)
  • INSET/CPD session – £600 – £750 for a 1.5 hr session or £1000 for a half-day

NB I refuse to use Microsoft Teams!

Guidelines for IN-PERSON events

  • If you’re less than 1.5 hours in travelling time from me (NN17) add £300 to the above fees
  • If more than 1.5 hours but I can reasonably get to you and back on the same day, typically add £400 to the above fees
  • If I would need to stay a night somewhere, add £500 (+ DBB cost)

Expenses for in-person events are extra. See the International Speaking page for anything that might be different for overseas trips.

Dont delay. My diary is likely to be full six months ahead and I usually take bookings 6-12 months ahead. As my event time is now very limited, asking early will help you!

Contact me using the form. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t decided what you want: discussion is free!

Consultancy work

I advise organisations about all the topics mentioned above in the Speaking section. You will gain accurate, nuanced information and won’t have to rely on unsupported, out-of-date or flimsy “knowledge”. 

My rates and terms

  • I charge a minimum £900 per day. That minimum tends to apply to work I can do in my office. No VAT. If it involves travelling, the fee is usually more. Very often, a day is all you need.
  • I charge expenses if you want me to travel. (I am handy for Peterborough and Corby stations and can get to London, Birmingham and Edinburgh easily.) 

I work extremely hard for every client, following the brief precisely, and am very straightforward and flexible to work with. Above all, I pride myself on sharp intelligence and perfectionist standards.

What people say about my work... 

Inspire, challenge, engage, inform

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