Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading keynote speakers. Over half a million people on five continents have been entertained and inspired by Jim’s presentations and many more by his bestselling book “Taming Tigers”.
Jim acts as an elite team coach at board level and serves as a non-executive board chairman. He has advised companies globally on creating cultural change and elite teams. He has designed and implemented successful change programmes in companies including Apple, Barclaycard, Atos, Axa, BT, Aramark, Skrill Group and Badminton England.
He insists on testing his principles on himself before advising others, using “Taming Tigers” to become Britain’s deepest freediver. He is the first Briton to dive below the magic 100m barrier on a single breath of air.
In response to an audience challenge, he proved “Taming Tigers” by becoming a jockey in 12 months. At the outset, he was 3 stone (20kg) too heavy and could not ride.
These adventures – and the lessons he learned – bring him and his methodology immediate credibility with audiences on all continents.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, qualified as a solicitor and practised commercial law in the City of London and in a major IT company before founding Taming Tigers Limited.
Jim Lawless is one of the UK’s top motivational speakers. He delivers energetic, inspirational and humorous presentations to the world’s leading companies. He has great credibility with audiences having not only achieved his sporting goal but also having worked at board level in business and sales and as a current advisor to many major UK and international companies.
His keynote speeches inspire action, provide insight into change and deliver solid practical routes to achieving peak performance. His presentations are infused with personal and real experiences, anecdotes and pictures from the fast and dangerous world of horse racing and free diving coupled with his ’10 Rules for Taming Tigers’.
Jim specialises in motivating audiences in the areas of Peak Performance, Leadership, Communication and Change. He delivers keynote talks in an easy to understand, common sense and practical way that audiences find easy to relate to and take away. He opens up peoples minds to new possibilities and what they can do to ‘make it happen.’
How do we find the courage to take on new challenges, to deal with change, to engage and perform on a new level?
How do we approach a challenge that is considered by many to be “impossible” – and succeed?
Jim’s entertaining and inspiring “Taming Tigers” presentation answers these questions in plain English, challenges the audience to see themselves and their possibilities in a new, exciting light and delivers the confidence and tools to convert that thinking into action after the event.
Perfect for teams needing a boost of self-belief, a surge of energy, a new burst of creative ideas or to assist any leader to generate energy and enthusiasm in the team for the tasks in hand Jim delivers the ten practical and powerful rules complete with highly usable tips, all proven in many businesses and in Jim’s own journey from non-rider to licensed jockey in twelve months.
Most speakers don’t provide follow-up material but every delegate Jim talks to receives a Z-Card that contains the key motivational points conveyed by Jim during his keynote for reference. A link to the full speech for download onto MP3 players is also made available for 36 hours following each of Jim’s talks providing useful reminders for personal development and motivation.
In 2020 Jim Lawless was impressively voted at #6 in the world’s Top 30 Speaking Gurus.
"Hi Jonathan, thanks so much for your support and that of your team in arranging for Jim to work with us. He was fantastic—I have had nothing but extremely positive feedback from my teams. Jim was easy to work with and flawlessly integrated key meeting themes into his message. I am thrilled he was able to join our meeting. Thanks, Megan"
"The most inspirational speech I have watched in a long time. Jim helped to make our conference a memorable and unforgettable event. His enthusiasm and dedication did fascinate the audience from very early on."
"Your keynote presentation was spot on and linked perfectly. You managed to bring a strong inspirational message, packaged in a story that was also a lot of fun."
“After twenty years in sales I thought there was nothing I could be taught. I was 100% wrong, I learnt a lot.”
“Great fun and massively valuable. Brings out amazing qualities in colleagues that normally are quite reserved.”
“I would never have guessed starring into the eyes of a 26 year old horse would be the catalyst in showing me the skills to delivering presentations!”“Jim and his team of Taming Tigers really break the mould using equine-led training in this powerful and insightful course. Whatever my thoughts on presentations, presenting and presence were before attending this course, were challenged, dispelled and thrown-out. Gorillas....offers so much more than route-one presenting skills, regardless of experience I dare anyone not to leave without a sense of accomplishment, growth and challenge that most courses fail to offer.”