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Jim Lawless

Inspirational speaker and author of Taming Tigers

Jim Lawless Biography

Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading motivational speakers and a pioneer in the fields of change and performance shift. He has inspired and empowered over half a million people on five continents.

Author of the bestselling ‘Taming Tigers’ (Random House), Jim has taught the skill of change in Global and Fortune 500 companies, Olympic and Paralympic teams, business schools and government for two decades.

A strong believer in walking his talk, Jim tested his approach to bold, fast change by becoming a televised jockey in just 12 months. At the outset he was 36, unfit, overweight, couldn’t take time off work and couldn’t even ride.

To test his ideas on managing the neuroscience and physiology of fear (and fundraise), he took the British freediving record in just 8 months. He is now the first Briton to dive deeper than 100m on a single breath of air.

Jim started his career as a City solicitor. After a decade of lawyering with the name “Lawless” he had perfected the trademark wit and humour he brings to the stage.

Over the past two decades, Jim Lawless has evolved to be one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in the world delivering over 100 major conference keynotes each year. What differentiates him, besides having proven his highly effective methodology personally, is his immense personal 1-1 connectivity with people in audiences of all sizes. He brings passion, energy, interactivity and amusing elements to the stage creating an engagement that transforms mindsets with ease.

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Testimonials for Jim Lawless

"When our people work with Taming Tigers they lose their negativity and fear and become more open-minded, relaxed and easy to work with, without taking away their drive and their focus on results."

Tracey Clarke

HR Director, North West Europe, Becton Dickinson

“It’s like he has a secret weapon that makes anything possible”

Marco Nones

Diving Instructor

“We at Apple pride ourselves in thinking differently, that is why we work in partnership with Jim. Our big conference pitches and our key sales presentations have both been inspired by the Lawless touch.”

Human Resources Director, Apple Europe

“Jim made a tremendously positive and inspiring impact – exactly what was needed!”

Nick Pounder

Associate Director Human Resources, GILEAD

“Jim was truly inspiring on the day. He had the audience memorised with his fantastic story telling – you could hear a pin drop. The subsequent feedback from delegates has been outstanding!”

John Pitts

Training Manager, Volvo

“Having Jim acting on stage is transforming the audience. I have experienced twice how he is able to motivate, enthuse and move a hall full of people within minutes. Jim is THE person you need if you want to introduce creative, out of the box thinking.“

Kursten Jung

LifeCycle Leader, Roche

“Great fun and massively valuable. Brings out amazing qualities in colleagues that normally are quite reserved”

Stuart Harris

Software Product Manager, Apple

“Jim Lawless related to our current situation – an organisation going through massive change – with wit, enthusiasm and challenge.”

Isabel Nisbet

Acting Chief Executive, OFQUAL

“Working with Jim proved to be challenging and a turning point for our Exec team. It allowed us to step back and examine how we were operating as a team and create a team agreement around how we would step up together.”

Ursula Morgenstern

CEO, ATOS UK & Ireland

“It exceeded my expectations in so many ways and I wanted to let you know that the unsolicited feedback from participants has been resoundingly positive. A standing ovation is not given lightly by our European Leadership Team – a true testament to the value you brought to our conference and I’m confident that we are ready as a team to both tame and unleash our inner tigers.”

Sinead Collins

HR Director European Cereal & Marketing, Kellog's

“Our work with Jim and his team has helped us to achieve a strong integration of recent acquisitions, challenge the status quo and build a platform for further transformation with a sense of belief, a sense of energy and a sense of purpose.”

Nick Walker

SVP HR, Skrill Group

Jim Lawless‘s Topics

Personal and team peak performance

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Dealing with Change

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Achieving outrageous objectives

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Team Building

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Breaking through personal boundaries

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