“Creativity Keynote Speaker James Taylor is more than a great keynote speaker. He’s a great partner who truly cares about your business, your goals and your audience.”
-Jessie States, Head of Meeting Innovation, Meeting Professionals International
James Taylor is an international keynote speaker, providing tailored, content-rich international keynotes to diverse audiences. He holds an MBA in international business and was an RSA fellow (past notable fellows include Benjamin Franklin and Nelson Mandela). His greatest passion is to deliver inspirational, educational, and highly insightful experiences on stage to various types of audiences. A well-known expert in creativity, innovation, productivity, and leadership, Taylor has been travelling the world, from Memphis to Singapore, to provide lively keynote presentations to international business audiences coming from a wide range of industries. During his insightful, humorous and highly visual presentations, he has attempted to help individuals expand their creative capacities in order to build innovative cultures, speed up innovation, and easily adapt to the large number of changes and technological shifts contemporary society faces. From the United States to Asia, and Europe to the Middle East, he has delivered a variety of keynote speeches, and was the main host of the largest online summit for professional speakers. He collaborated with several Global Fortune 500 clients, including Apple, Yamaha, Tata, Intuit, Visa, Johnson & Johnson, Sony, and IBM, and was featured in a BBC documentary about his life and work as a prominent and inspiring global keynote speaker.
“James Taylor was a fantastic keynote speaker. His presentation was an insightful and entertaining closing keynote for the event audience. James also hosted a small group presentation for the G3 Company Sales Meeting earlier in the year that was also great. If you are looking for a speaker to inspire your employees to “reclaim their creativity” look no further than James Taylor.”
Kristi Kawana, Events & Marketing Director, G3 Communications
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James Taylor’s mission in life is to unlock the creative potential in people and teams.
Keynote Speaker In Memphis, James Taylor M.B.A. F.R.S.A. – who started his career managing high profile rock stars – is now an in-demand keynote speaker and internationally recognized leader in business creativity and innovation.
For over 20 years, he has been advising CEOs, entrepreneurs, educators, governments, and leaders from Silicon Valley to Singapore on how to build innovative organizations, unlock creative potential, and increase productivity.
General Information about Memphis for Meeting Planners and Event Professionals:
Situated along the Mississippi River, Memphis is the second largest city in Tennessee, having a population of 633,104, according to the 2020 United States census data. Its history dates back to the 16th century, when the European conquistador Hernando de Soto first discovered it. Later on, modern Memphis was founded as an American city in 1819 by John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson. Home to the largest African American population, Memphis has been a major center for the American Civil Rights Movement and was the place where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in 1968. In the 20th century, Memphis has experienced rapid economic growth, becoming one of the largest world markets for cotton and lumber. The city is now also one of the nation’s leading commercial centers, with particular strengths in transportation and logistics. FedEx, one of the world’s largest transportation corporations is headquartered in Memphis. Moreover, the Memphis International Airport is the busiest cargo airport in the world, and the city’s port is the fifth-busiest inland water port in the US. Memphis is also renowned for its rich cultural life, being the origin of blues music. Finally, the city hosts the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.
The City as a Conference Destination:
Memphis offers a selection of different events all year long. Some of the most interesting ones are focused on women empowerment topics, and include the OneSistaGirlCan Symposium, the Annual Silence No More Women’s Conference, and the Let the Warriors Arise Revival & Conference. Other, more science-oriented conferences, include: the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, which aims to provide resources and foster dialogue about the various agricultural, food, and aquaculture issues the Mid-South agricultural community is currently facing; the Two Rivers Timpani Summit organized by the University of Memphis; and the Genes, Brain, and Behavior Conference, organized by the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society and held at the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center.
Memphis Food Options for Conference Delegates
Memphis offers some of the most exquisite American food experiences to visitors, ranging from local Memphis-style barbecued steaks to southwestern and seafood cuisine. Here are the top restaurants to visit while in town: the Folk’s Folly Prime Steakhouse (+1 901-762-8200), with options for both vegetarians and steak lovers; the Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar (+1 901-521-8005), offering several distinct dining choices including soups, appetizers, salads and seafood, all accompanied by delicious wines; or the Majestic Grille (+1 901-522-8555), where steaks and upscale American fare are dished up in a grand 1913 movie house displaying silent films. European cuisine has some great representatives too, such as Catherine & Mary’s (+1 901-254-8600), which provides chef-driven Tuscan and Sicilian plates, wine and cocktails, or Paulette’s Restaurant (+1 901-260-3300), a cozy eatery featuring an inventive menu of French and Hungarian dishes, alongside regional options.
Memphis Attractions for Convention Attendees
There are a large number of highly rated tourist attractions to visit while in Memphis for your business conference. For music lovers and fans, Graceland – the private residence of Elvis Presley – is a must see, along with the famous Beale Street, which features a public exhibition in honor of Memphis musicians, singers, writers, and composers. If you are more interested to spend a relaxing day or afternoon in nature, you can try out the Mississippi riverboat day cruises, which offer several tours along the river. Furthermore, there are over 20 museums and art collection sites to visit, including the National Civil Rights Museum, located in the Lorraine Motel (the place where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated), the Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium, a science and history museum, containing the third-largest planetarium in the United States, or the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art.