Blaire Palmer

Expert on leadership, change, team building and personal performance

Blaire Palmer | NMP Live

Most of what you've been told about leadership is out of date. That's according to best-selling author and “business muse”, Blaire Palmer.

She knows what goes on behind the closed doors of the Boardroom. Funny, engaging, provocative and original, Blaire Palmer speaks from experience having worked deep inside some of Europe's most well known companies as coach and confidante to CEOs and their management teams.

The plea she hears again and again from CEOs is “How do we get our people step up and really drive change?” And now she has the answer. As she says “It's time to bust outdated myths of leadership and completely re-think what it actually takes to lead an organisation today”.

As a BBC Journalist, Blaire Palmer was one of the youngest female producers of the BBC's flagship “Today Programme” and spent a decade breaking stories and shaping the UK news agenda before her fascination with leadership and change led her to train as one of the UK's first corporate coaches.

More than a decade later she is the author of 3 successful books on leadership and success, in demand as a confidante and coach in some of the most interesting and innovative Boardrooms in the UK, CEO of That People Thing – a consultancy which mobilises leaders to step up and drive change - and is now sharing her insights with audiences around the world.

Known for combining warmth and charm with a no nonsense, straight talking style, Blaire Palmer inspires audiences and leadership teams alike with her fresh ideas. Forget everything you thought leadership was about. Put all the books down! Ignore the wise words your first boss told you a million years ago. The world has changed and none of it matters now.

The Hyper-creative Personality: How to Focus Your Ideas and Become the Most Successful Person You Know, published in 2007 (New Holland)

The Recipe for Success: What Really Successful People Do and How You Can Do it Too, published in 2009. (A&C Black)

What's Wrong with Work: the five frustrations of work and how to fix them for good, Published in October 2010 (John Wiley & Sons)

Blaire Palmer is a regular guest expert on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show and has appeared on BBC Breakfast News and BBC Working Lunch. She is a regular columnist for HR Zone and Training Zone where she provides thought pieces related to the future of business leadership, she writes a monthly column for the UK's best selling health glossy and regularly features in the Financial Times.

Speech Topics

Unlike many speakers on the subject, Blaire Palmer’s interest isn’t academic. She doesn’t speak as a business school professor or as a former CEO trying to generalise from one unique experience. Instead, Blaire draws on her insights as a jobbing coach who has spent a decade and a half challenging, supporting and guiding leaders as they shape their company.

Blaire Palmer’s speeches give audiences unparalleled insight in to what’s happening in the most innovative boardrooms in the UK and Europe, trends she’s spotting in her work and what actually works (and doesn’t) in real businesses.

Known for combining warmth and charm with a no nonsense, straight talking style, Blaire inspires audiences and leadership teams alike with her fresh ideas. Focusing on the need to re-think leadership for the 21st century she encourages audiences to challenge everything they thought leadership was about. Audiences love Blaire Palmer’s energy, her down to earth approach and her depth of knowledge.

Blaire Palmer speaks on:
• Leadership
• Adapting To The Pace of Change
• Team Building
• Personal Performance


Blaire Palmer was everything the EAIE wanted in a leadership speaker. In only 45 minutes she was able to turn everyone's perceptions of leadership and management on its head. By the end of her talk we were all looking at leadership in a completely different light and our audience was able to apply a new perspective to their leadership roles – exactly our reason for hiring Blaire! They learned the difference in being a manager, and being a leader. Blaire was extremely relevant and was able to clearly and simply get her message across to our international audience. A complete professional, she was keen to research our organisation and discuss in advance what it was we were looking for in her keynote speech. This paid off as Blaire delivered exactly what we wanted in Istanbul! For someone with such an impressive CV she was delightfully down-to-earth and accommodating. She is a must have for any conference! Highly recommended!

Nicole Hardaker, EAIE Conference Programme Coordinator

Blaire's presentation was inspiring, relevant, fresh and fun. There was a great sense of collaboration at our Top 100 Leaders meeting today and that was, in no small way, down to the thought-provoking messages and enthusiasm that Blaire brought to the event. Just what we needed.

Petar Cvetkovic, Chief Executive, DX Group

Blaire offers a wealth of experience in her field, all relevant to todays business demands, and coupled with an engaging, warm and thought- provoking delivery style, has given me and my colleagues some valuable insights and actions to take and make a positive difference!

Kosta Christofi, Santander UK

Anything feels possible when Blaire is in the room.

Jane Ginnever, Head of Talent, Consumer Intelligence

Blaire captivated our audience in presenting her experience and advice with regard to empowering McCormick's staff to succeed and develop. She was upbeat, engaging and gave us confidence that we are on the right journey with regard to diversity in our company


We were very impressed with how flexible and attentive Blaire was when it came to understanding our brief and the audience that she would be delivering to. On the day she delivered exactly the messages we were hoping and she did with enthusiasm and conviction

The Open University

Blaire Palmer was interesting, funny, informative, enthusiastic and left everyone in the audience with positive thoughts. As an after dinner speaker she spoke for just the right amount of time and had obviously done her homework because she made her speech relevant and she engaged with the audience. I would recommend Blaire as I am sure that she would “add value” to any event.

Janice Drum, Chairman of the Jersey Compliance Officers Association

A must have for any conference.

Nicole Hardaker, Programme Coordinator - EAIE Conference

Exclusive Interview

As part of our NMP Live Meets... interview series, Blaire Palmer took time out of a busy schedule to sit down with us for an exclusive chat. Watch the video below and find out what she can bring to your event.

Books and DVDs

Clients often ask about purchasing books for giveaways and delegate packs. Below you’ll find a selection of products by Blaire Palmer. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

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