Top Storytelling Keynote Speaker

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.

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“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

Revisionist History

The Moth Podcast


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“Phenomenal and very engaging in the session…managed to captivate everyone’s attention and the feedback from the team has been super good”
  • – Senior Manager, Global Accounts
“Thank you for sharing valuable insights on key attributes/traits of a leader. The session was received extremely well and I am looking to another opportunity to invite you for your valuable interaction with our team.”
  • – Managing Director
“Your presentation was one of the most interesting topics at the conference. It was an honor for us to have you as one of our keynote speakers.”
  • – Chairman of the Board
“Thank you very much for your keynote at our event. It was indeed very well received and we had some fantastic feedback from the colleagues.”
  • – HR Director
“Thank you for bringing us a unique session on boosting our creativity in the age of artificial intelligence at our annual event. Your keynote was authentic, inspirational and entertaining, truly engaging the audience from the beginning. Participants and customers provided us with many delighted comments.”
  • – CEO
“Creative, thought provoking, inspirational and well-presented.”
  • Co-Chair
“One of the most insightful, impactful and powerful presentations that I have seen in years.”
  • – Partner
“Easy to work with, powerful content, dynamic and engaging. What more can you ask for in a speaker.”
  • – Group Event Director
“In my 20 years of planning conferences and working with keynoters to help them understand our unique audience, I’ve never seen a keynote speaker prepare at the level James did. All that preparation showed during the keynote; it was full of relevant and entertaining stories as well as highly visually engaging. Our members were blown away.”
  • – President (ABPM logo)



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