Nigel Barlow

Nigel Barlow

Business Speaker, Facilitator, Coach, Originator of Garage ThinkingTM and Author

why book nigel?

  • As an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School, he specializes in innovative change, bringing a wealth of expertise to his role
  • From facilitation to hosting, Nigel offers insights and strategies for transformative change
  • Workshop to keep teams connected and to help them Rethink, Re-energise and Re-invent
Nigel Barlow


Nigel Barlow is a keynote speaker, facilitator, creative conference designer and host. He was a founding director of the Tom Peters Consulting business in Europe, and runs his own international consultancy. Until recently, he was an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School, focusing on innovative change. 

He has worked in over 30 countries in most sectors of industry and recent clients include AppleHewlett Packard PrintingLillyShell, and Tetra Pak. He is also a Trustee for the David Lynch Foundation, whose mission statement is to reduce stress in vulnerable populations through education and meditation.

Nigel Barlow


Webinars with Nigel

“Contingency Plans For Success”

First and foremost, creating positivity and a belief in the future (the motivational case), and secondly ensuring the business is prepared for a rebound when, hopefully, we are through the worst of the virus damage.

Nigel’s work has always been in two streams – the focus on creative and innovative thinking (or rethinking, as in the title of my book), and then on self-development and stress management, which has been his focus for decades now.  Both of these areas now face their stiffest challenge, as concept collides with reality. For example, one notion he works with, ‘Beginner’s Mind,’ is more real than ever for all of us, as we seek to maintain health and re – create businesses.

Working virtually is something Nigel has combined for years with his face to face activities. This is a great work shop to keep teams connected and to help them Rethink, Re-energise and Re-invent.

Other topics include:

  • Disruptive Thinking
  • Will Robots Take Your Job? What Your Amygdala Knows
  • The Mindset of an Innovator
  • Inventing the Future
  • Why We’re All Digital Natives Now
  • Possibility Thinking – How it Makes a Difference
  • Silos in the Mind?- Try Building a Garage!
  • Legendary Customer Experiences
  • Managing and Marketing to Millennial’s
  • What Technology Really Means

Nigel Barlow


You may want to go deeper with your audience. Masterclasses can be tailored and developed to suit your audience needs, be it a 90-minute Masterclass, a half-day or full-day workshop or a full online or face-to-face programme. Please contact one of our expert team to discuss.




“You were a big hit with our customers – really giving them some clear ideas on how to move forward. Just what we wanted!”

Apple Education, U

“Our event centered around inventing a most successful future . . . . putting the future in the hands in each and every one of us. That day in Toronto was a turning point event!”

Boehringer-Ingelheim, Toronto

“The feedback was excellent. Nigel gave a very entertaining speech mixing his knowledge with specific messages related to our business. So it was a great success.”

Candriam, Paris

“I wanted to say thank you for your session at the conference. I found it very inspirational as did many others who spoke to me afterwards [… ]It was very proactive, thought-provoking and motivational.”

De La Rue, UK

“Nigel scored the highest marks of the three-day event. He took great effort to make contact with key stakeholders to ensure he was able to create a relevant and engaging workshop.”

Danone Baby and Medical Nutrition, Spain

“I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak at Averda’s 100 conference, your intervention was truly inspiring to our leaders. The stories and experiences you shared throughout the session connected with an innovative and creative passion not usually witnessed at such events.”

Averda, Abu Dhabi

“Your presentation was, as always, humorous yet thought-provoking.”

Janssen Cilag, Barcelona

“You were a tremendous hit with the delegates. They loved you and were talking about you throughout the conference. You’ve raised the bar significantly for future speakers.”

CoreNet Global, Berlin

“WOW!! That word describes my feelings for the excellence of presentation (the buzz still continues . . .) and for this thoughtful follow-up and the pleasant gesture.”

BIMCO, Singapore

“Nigel has provided great inspiration to my team and has delivered a new mindset to the organization in order to help us drive our strategic initiatives. He has provided clear industry best practices and is always available for further deep dives to support our growth. Nigel is above all a great guy that you can relate to, so you can trust he is there to support you and your team and not to cash and fly . . .”

TetraPak, Madrid

“Your ability to adapt and your true passion for understanding/getting to know the client is a competitive edge. I have seen so many speakers that no matter how much you brief them just turns on the autopilot when it is time to deliver… Thanks again for a good cooperation!”

Karlof Kommunikation for Vattenfall AB, Copenhagen

“Brilliant strategic session – exceeded all our expectations.”

CIGNA Health International, Shanghai

“Thank you for a great session yesterday. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and people were buzzing with energy and motivation. One delegate remarked, ‘Nigel Barlow was gold dust.’”

BMS Pharmaceuticals, Stockholm

“Tout s’est très bien passé ! Une intervention dynamique, interactive, pro et qui reboost ! Tout ce dont Areva avait besoin !
Très bon choix !”

Areva, Paris

“It was a great and inspiring meeting and it was really amazing to see how my team became more open and energised as the meeting continued. You definitely found the right approach for German folks that are a little bit more skeptical in the beginning.”

Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany

“Being able to capture and retain the interest of an audience is not an easy task. This is why attending a presentation from Nigel brings you to a different dimension where he captures your attention from the very first second and is able to keep that interest through a full hour, with a rhythm and energy we can all learn from.”

Hewlett Packard, Macau

‘Nigel has a fantastic ability to use his vast knowledge and experience to make his presentations dynamic, engaging and fun through using many everyday examples which are relevant and adapted for the audience and the subject.’

AB SKF, Sweden

“From the moment Nigel steps on stage he challenges your prejudices, questions your perceptions and rocks your world with his high energy. Then he really gets started… quirky and inspiring, he broadens your horizons whilst never losing the empathy which is necessary to bring you along with him so you learn to see things in a new way and act accordingly.”

CIO Connect, UK

“You created a huge buzz yesterday and certainly gave them food for thought.”

BT, London