Tim tailors each presentation to the needs of his audience and is not limited to the topics we have listed below. These are subjects that have proven valuable to customers in the past and are meant only to suggest his range and interests. Please ask us about any subject that interests you; we are sure that we can accommodate you.
Tim favours a strong narrative style of presentation, illuminating his argument with memorable stories. Some of his current popular speaking topics include:
What do we mean when we talk about "a good story"? Tim looks at different ways of grabbing media attention, from viral clickbait to genuine long-form storytelling. As he tells stories about stories, he lays out the tools and the ethical traps of powerful storytelling.
Innovation and Experimentation
Make More Misstakes: Why solving problems in a complex world is impossible without a process of trial and error; the three big barriers to successful experimentation.
Ideas that Matter: What we call “innovation” actually encompasses two very different activities. Do innovative organisations have to choose?
Finance and the economy
Preventing financial meltdowns: We already know how to prevent catastrophes in complex systems: here’s why investment bankers need to talk to safety engineers.
The economic outlook — what the economists aren’t telling us: Tim gives an informed but subversive macroeconomic overview, laying out the key economic issues while pointing out the overconfidence of previous economic forecasters.
How to run — or ruin — an economy: An inspirational speech about the amazing life of Bill Phillips — a founder of macroeconomics, a war hero, and a man with something to teach us about tough economic times today.
Management lessons from the war in Iraq: It was most important turnaround of the last decade. Here’s what it takes to change a failing organization from the bottom up.
Do you believe in sharing? Weaving together the contrasting stories of two environmentalists who disagreed about the most fundamental question in social science, Tim offers a hopeful but unorthodox view of the corporate responsibility agenda.
Big data and data visualization
Misinformation is beautiful: From the graphic pioneer (and famous nurse) Florence Nightingale to today’s multidimensional, animated big-data visualisations, Tim argues that we’re at risk of making the same statistical errors as ever — only more beautifully.
The Big Data trap: Big data is an amazing opportunity — but it may also be a trap. Beginning in a Prussian forest in 1763, Tim’s whirlwind history of big data argues that while data leads to knowledge, it does so at the risk of breeding serious overconfidence.
Just for fun
Trust me, I’m an economist: Drawing on his cult “Dear Economist” column and his BBC TV series, Tim gives a humorous after-dinner speech on love, sex, death and tax evasion.