Starting out as a jazz musician, James Taylor recorded several best-selling jazz albums and toured the world. This period saw him perform with artists such as pop singer Mick Hucknall, the Spice Girls’ Mel C, and French-Italian jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.
But business stayed his passion, and for over more than twenty years, James Taylor has one aim in life: to help unlock the creative potential in one billion people. His career in this regard has seen him advising CEOs, entrepreneurs, governments, and even leaders from Silicon Valley to Singapore on how to build innovative organisations, unlock creative potential, and increase productivity. Amongst his many clients, he includes the likes of various industry associations, Fortune Global 500 companies, and government policymakers. He was also the star of a BBC documentary showcasing his life and work.
A creativity expert par excellence, James Taylor, through his writing, podcast show, and YouTube series has taught hundreds of people in over 120 countries about the art of science and creativity. He has also hosted multiple global summits and interviewed more than 750 of the world’s leading creative minds. His forthcoming book focusing on the creative process is titled SuperCreativity: Augmenting Human Creativity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”.
As an international keynote speaker and recognised inspiration speaker, he has addressed conferences across the globe, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and presented to the likes of such companies as Apple, IBM, TATA, Sony, Cisco, and many others.
James Taylor has also played host to many events, hosting some of the world’s largest online summits. Amongst these he includes the International Authors Summit, the creative Life Summit, and Event Professionals summit.
Himself an entrepreneur, James Taylor started his own business at the age of seventeen. He went on to launch, build, and sell various businesses in the entertainment, publishing, technology, and education industries in Europe and the USA. Amongst his many awards, he includes the ONTRApreneur of the Year Award from U.S. business and marketing automation leaders ONTRAPORT, and S.D. Southern Prize from ATCO, a Canadian energy services company.
With regards to education, James Taylor holds an M.B.A. and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
As a speaker, James Taylor takes his audience on a journey where they discover backstage secrets known to the world’s most creative individuals and innovative organisations. He describes himself as an ‘ethical futurist,’ not a ‘futurist’ as his story and messages resonate immediately with business performance here and now and not in the future.
He blends his inspiring stories with cutting-edge research and actionable takeaways to show how any individual or organization can increase their productivity and innovation by augmenting human creativity with artificial intelligence.
James speaks globally and resides between the UK and Dubai.
"Thank you James. I truly enjoyed your keynote and feedback from the team was great! I felt you totally nailed the messages and so many things you said were spot on -exactly what I wanted the team to hear from an external perspective. And thanks for weaving in Next is Now - and for masterfully bringing it all together. Useful to know you can also do communication training! Will keep it in mind. Jonathan - thank you for great recommendation, I am really happy with the event and James' talk was a definite highlight like I wanted ! " Oksana
“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.”
“The accounting profession is at a real crossroads as it looks to embrace ever increasing technological advances. James led a thought provoking and engaging session that provided valuable insights and actions for the attendees to help them fully embrace creativity to be more relevant to their client’s future needs.”
“James was one of my all-time favorite speakers. He has an unusually broad understanding of how to build a business. James is the total package. I look forward to hearing him speak again someday soon.”
“James Taylor is a very powerful speaker with a strong message. Feedback obtained from participants gave us solid messages transmitted by James. Highly recommended speaker.”
“James Taylor led a powerful 1-day workshop on how to “Unlock Your Creative Potential” at M Academy. He transformed the audiences with the right mindset, tool sets and skill sets to fully unlock their creativity potential. His engaging, insightful and interactive style is unique, exciting and totally inspiring. Thank you James for your wonderful job! “
“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. We believe that the knowledge you have shared will help immensely in the development of the Internal Audit sector. We know your time is precious and we are grateful you shared some of it with us. We look forward to your participation in future events.”