Storytelling Keynote Speaker James Taylor has been featured in Forbes, BBC, and The Wall Street Journal and his clients including many of the Fortune 500.
Top Storytelling Keynote Speaker James Taylor is an insightful motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and author, famous for his expertise in storytelling, innovation, leadership, and creativity. For more than 20 years James has been traveling around the world, providing inspiring and highly entertaining keynote speeches to companies and individuals in 35 different countries. His audiences include individuals and industries from areas such as technology, professional services, healthcare, consumer products, food chains, and more.
On several continents – from the US to Europe, and Asia to the Middle East – James provides insights to his audiences on the topic of storytelling, as well as on how to unblock creativity, increase productivity and accelerate innovation. With selected clients including many of the Global Fortune 500 such as Apple, Sony, Cisco, Accenture, Roche, GSK, EY, Intuit, Bell, UPS, Tata, Visa, Dell, McDonald’s, Chubb, IBM, Honeywell, as well as national governments, Taylor is definitely one of the best keynote speakers to have at your event.
“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.”
Kristi Kawana, Events & Marketing Director, G3 Communications
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General Information about storytelling for Meeting Planners and Prospective Clients.
Storytelling is the process of using speech, facts, and narrative to communicate to an audience. It is first and foremost a social and cultural activity used to share stories, often involving improvisation or embellishment. Narratives are frequently shared as a means of entertainment, education, or instilling moral values. People have been telling stories since ancient times. One of the oldest functions of storytelling could have been to inspire courage and empowerment (for instance related to hunting animals and the required bravery to do so), or simply to instill the value of listening. Storytelling also has a prominent role in recruiting or job advertising, where stories about the character and abilities of the fittest person is often told in written form.
At work, communicating through storytelling techniques has proven to be a more compelling and effective route to deliver information than using only dry facts. Managers use storytelling as a tool to resolve conflicts, address important issues, or persuade others. Telling stories is often a technique used in business meetings, a preferred choice instead of abstract arguments or statistical reporting. Storytelling is gaining great terrain in advertising as an important way to build customer loyalty. Stories are illustrative, easily memorable, entertaining, and allow brands to create stronger emotional bonds with their customers.
In addition to booking James Taylor as your storytelling keynote speaker here are some of the most popular books on storytelling:
The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story
by John Walsh
Understanding Show, Don’t Tell: And Really Getting It
by Janice Hardy
Putting Stories to Work
by Shawn Callahan
Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire
by Paul Smith
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter)
by Garr Reynolds
Here is a selection of other storytelling related conferences and events that book storytelling keynote speakers:
Story 2022, Nashville, TN, US or Vitrual
Content Summit for Corporate Communicators, New York, NY, US
Future of Storytelling Summit, New York, NY, US
Nonprofit Storytelling Conference, Orlando, FL, US
National Storytelling Conference, Virtual
There are a number of highly-rated podcast shows that cover all things storytelling.
This American life
The Moth Podcast