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Speaking Business Podcast is a practical no waffle no nonsense podcast packed with actionable advice for Speakers wanting to be more bookable and make more money.

Jul 16, 2019

Each week I invite one of my speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

My guest this week is a pioneer in the fields of change and performance shift and the author of the bestseller “Taming Tigers”.

He always tests his ideas on bold fast change on himself first. He adapted from an overweight non-rider to televised jockey in 12 months and from non-free diver to the first Briton past 101m in 8 months - both whilst doing the day job.

He embraces the lessons of neuroscience in delivering adaptation and change - ideas he first experimented with in his deep diving.  He confesses that when he was at school all he ever wanted was a job, he was terrible at sport and is a huge fan of Luke Bisson.


Jim Lawless is one of the world’s leading motivational speakers and a pioneer in the fields of change and performance shift. He has inspired and empowered over half a million people on five continents.

Jim’s message is that change involves risk and uncertainty. The human’s evolutionary Fear Algorithm is designed to keep us away from risk and uncertainty.

The Fear Algorithm:

  • has an operating speed 20x faster than that of our conscious goal-planning brain
  • has a hotline connected to our bodies’ hormone system
  • is populated with data to help us survive in the old, industrial workplace

It is essential to understand and manage our innate Fear Algorithm and challenge the old data.  Otherwise, we will “resist“ and “fear” making the changes that we wish to create.

Author of the bestselling ‘Taming Tigers’ (Random House), Jim has taught the skill of change in Global and Fortune 500 companies, Olympic and Paralympic teams, business schools and government for two decades.

A strong believer in walking his talk, Jim Lawless tested his approach to bold, fast change by becoming a televised jockey in just 12 months. At the outset he was 36, unfit, overweight, couldn’t take time off work and couldn’t even ride.

To test his ideas on managing the neuroscience and physiology of fear (and fundraise), he took the British free-diving record in just 8 months. He is now the first Briton to dive deeper than 100m on a single breath of air.

Jim started his career as a City solicitor. After a decade of lawyering with the name “Lawless” he had perfected the trademark wit and humour he brings to the stage.

Over the past two decades, Jim Lawless has evolved to be one of the most in-demand motivational speakers in the world delivering over 100 major conference keynotes each year. What differentiates him, besides having proven his highly effective methodology personally, is his immense personal 1-1 connectivity with people in audiences of all sizes. He brings passion, energy, interactivity and amusing elements to the stage creating an engagement that transforms mindsets with ease. 

Recorded: 27th June 2019 


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