Paul Sloane

The definitive authority on lateral thinking, innovation and creativity

Paul Sloane | NMP Live

Paul Sloane is an entertaining, thought-provoking, motivational keynote speaker and a recognised expert on lateral thinking, innovation, crowd sourcing and leadership. He is the author of over 25 books on lateral puzzles, creativity, innovation and leadership. Over 2 million copies of his books have been sold. He was described in the Independent as the ‘King of Lateral Thinking Puzzles'.

He is an expert conference facilitator, link presenter and course leader. Paul's talks offer a unique blend of puzzling challenges, humour and hard-hitting business messages. His workshops and innovation camps provide practical techniques to improve leadership and innovation. Clients include Bayer, Bertelsmann, Microsoft, Reckitt Benckiser, GSK, Nike, Swarovski and Unilever.

Paul Sloane was born in Scotland and educated at St Joseph's College, Blackpool and Trinity Hall, Cambridge where he took a first in Engineering. He worked for 11 years at IBM, where he was part of the team that launched the IBM PC in the UK. Paul then became UK Managing Director for Ashton-Tate and VP International for Mathsoft Inc. He was the head of the Innovation Unit at the British Quality Foundation.

Paul's books include The Innovative Leader, A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, and How to be a Brilliant Thinker. His articles on innovation and leadership have appeared in leading business publications. His inspirational talks on innovation, creative thinking and leadership, described as ‘rocket fuel for the business brain', have proved popular with conference audiences worldwide.

Speech Topics

Paul Sloane presents after dinner talks, keynote addresses and workshops. They are motivational, challenging and fun but with strong takeaway messages, for example on how to achieve a climate of creativity so that your organisation becomes a hothouse of innovation.

He uses humour, interactive exchanges and startling real-life examples to inspire audiences to take a fresh view and approach issues from new directions.

Keynote Presentations
Most business leaders want to see more agility, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation in the organisations they lead. They are frustrated that their businesses can’t move quickly enough in finding new and better ways to meet customers’ needs. So, what is stopping innovation and what can be done about it? In his keynote speech, Paul Sloane explains how to unlock the inventiveness in your team and turn it into profitable innovation. He uses stories, examples, tips and practical advice.

You will discover:
• What is impeding innovation in most businesses today.
• How assumptions limit our ability to conceive better solutions.
• How innovative leaders think and act
• How to use lateral thinking at work.
• Why we must welcome failure.
• How leaders empower their people.
• How to be an arsonist and a fire fighter!
• Practical steps you can take to boost agility and innovation.

Paul Sloane’s motivational and keynote speech topics include:
The Four Golden Rules and One Magic Sentence of The Lateral Leader
The Vision, Culture and Process of Innovation
Cultivating a Climate of Creativity
Lateral Leadership in Sales and Marketing
Great Ways To Crush Creativity

Creative Ideas Workshop
Half-day, one day or two days: This is a focused, practical course designed to unleash the creativity of your team. Delegates use a variety of Paul Sloane’s powerful techniques for idea generation, evaluation and implementation. They produce a wealth of great ideas for the business issues that you select. Usually run for single organisations, the workshop is tailored to your requirements. The preferred group size is from 12 to 20 people.

Techniques are chosen to best suit the issues that you specify.
The workshop is stimulating, intensive, interactive and fun. Participants develop creative skills that they can put into immediate effect. They learn by using a variety of problem-solving techniques on real business issues. They generate radical ideas for your organisation.


Your session was first rate; amusing, informative and thought provoking.


You managed to blend the factual information with the original jokes to incredible effect. What impressed me most was the way you interpreted my brief to the letter.


We have had a number of guest speakers over the years but none of them has really hit the mark in the way that you did. Your session was the highlight of the conference.


Thank you for a very entertaining and informative presentation. Our clients thoroughly enjoyed your examples of lateral thinking and I am sure they found it very thought provoking.

Prudential Corp.

Everyone enjoyed and was impressed with your ideas and especially the way they were delivered.

The AA.

Thank you for a very entertaining and informative presentation. Our clients thoroughly enjoyed your examples of lateral thinking and I am sure they found it very thought provoking.

Prudential Corp.

Paul Sloane gave a fresh, thought provoking and entertaining insight into creating and managing change, focussing on the use of lateral thinking.

Businesslink, Kent.

Paul Sloane did a great job as a keynote speaker at our conference.


Exclusive Interview

As part of our NMP Live Meets... interview series, Paul Sloane took time out of a busy schedule to sit down with us for an exclusive chat. Watch the video below and find out what he 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 Paul Sloane. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

To book Paul Sloane, please submit an online enquiry, send us an email or speak with one of our friendly booking agents on +44 (0)1372 361 004.

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