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Laurie Taylor

Laurie Taylor

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£3,000 - £6,000

Type of Entertainment
Speaker - Motivational

Great For...
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies

Laurie Taylor is a sociologist, author and radio presenter.

He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics & Sociology at Birbeck College & was Professor of Sociology at York University (1984-1993).  He holds Honorary Degrees from the University of Central England & the University of Nottingham.

His career before university included five years industrial & sales experience with a major rayon producing firm, four years as a librarian for Liverpool City Council, a period as an actor with Joan Littlewood’s famous ‘Theatre Workshop’ & five years teaching experience in a London comprehensive school.

His public lectures are primarily concerned with leadership, motivation, risk-taking, social skills, teamwork, human relations, new technology & all aspects of communications.  In the last three years he has addressed over 150 major national & international companies on such topics.

Laurie Taylor is the author & co-author of 14 books on social psychology, motivation, attitudes to change & the nature of identity in the modern world.

For thirteen years Laurie was a leading contributor to Radio 4’s weekly conversation programme, Stop the Week.  From 1986-1993 he wrote & presented the weekly programme devoted to news & reviews of radio, The Radio Programme (nominated in 1990 for a Sony award).

He also presented numerous other programmes for Radio 4 including; Speaking as an Expert in which he appeared as a management consultant, public relations executive, sports scientist, computer systems analyst & restaurant critic; Now You’re Talking in which he examined the following types of communications – public speaking, interview techniques, relationship talk & talking on radio & television.  In addition he has written & presented over 50 feature programmes for BBC Radio on everything from public speaking to modern romance.  He is also a regular contributor to Radio Wales & Radio Scotland.

Laurie Taylor’s appearances on television include; Did You See, The South Bank Show, The Late Show, Everyman, The Media Show, Don’t Quote Me, Newsnight, Right to Reply & Without Walls.  He has made full length television features for BBC1, BBC2 & Channel 4 on the American student revolution, the fear of crime, drinking behaviour & LondonUniversity.

In the last three years, Laurie Taylor has written for The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Times Literary Supplement, Yorkshire Post, Sunday Times, Sunday Mirror, The Guardian & The Independent.

He writes a weekly column on radio for The Times, a weekly humorous column for The Times Higher Education Supplement (which has been appearing now for 14 years) & he contributes a fortnightly column to the New Statesman & Society.

To enquire about or book Laurie Taylor for your event contact Arena Entertainment. Either send an email to or speak to one of our booking agents on 0113-239-2222.

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