My sessions are packed with science, unusual insights and connections that make human behaviour make sense. My aim is to inspire, challenge, engage and inform, so audiences go away with eyes opened and minds buzzing. We discuss what you want so that I pitch it perfectly.
Coronavirus has changed things a great deal, of course! But I’d already been planning to move towards creating videos which schools would be able to play over and over again, bringing the benefits to far more students at far less cost. Please see the Teaching Materials section for all the details of these videos and more. And do consider booking a Live Q&A for students.
I am UK-based but travel willingly. If you’re thinking about inviting me outside the UK, see here.
Please read the FAQs below.
I have been studying these topics for over 20 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, I’m your woman.
I can adapt to your time-table. However, 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 keynote is typically an hour and anything less is very difficult.
As big as you like! I do not charge more to speak to large audiences. My talks and INSET tend to be theatre-style rather than group work. (I now usually don’t speak to large teenage audiences but I would consider speaking to a select group who have spent some time preparing to get the most out of my visit.)
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 usually be Business Class, so that I am in the best condition to work for you. See the International Speaking page for more details but still enquire in the same way.
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. I am not cheap but I believe you will get terrific value. Do discuss your budget with me, as there are often ways to reduce costs.
Please don’t ask me to speak for no fee or a very small fee unless you think 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 challenged, I will do my very best to help.
To give you an idea, I tend to work on the following minimum guidelines for UK trips:
Expenses are extra and will be discussed in advance. See the International Speaking page for anything that might be different for overseas trips.
Don’t delay, especially for overseas trips. My diary is likely to be full six months ahead and I usually take bookings 9-12 months ahead. We can make it provisional if you aren’t sure of dates or budget. Because I have to keep enough time in my diary for writing and consultancy work, I can’t fill my diary too full with events so I quite often have to say no. Getting in early will help you!
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”.
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.