Paul Sloane

Paul Sloane at Great British Speakers

Paul Sloane is an entertaining, thoughtprovoking, motivational speaker and a recognized expert on innovation, lateral thinking and leadership. He is the author of 17 books on lateral puzzles, creative problem-solving and lateral 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 the founder of Destination-Innovation, ( a consultancy that helps organisations improve innovation.

He facilitates meetings, leads workshops and gives after-dinner talks and keynote addresses. His talks offer a unique blend of puzzling challenges, humour and hardhitting business messages.

His workshops provide practical techniques to improve leadership and innovation.


Paul took a first in Engineering at Cambridge. He joined IBM where he came top of Sales School. He was part of the team that launched the IBM PC in the UK. He went on to be MD of the database leaders, Ashton-Tate. He became VP International for MathSoft Inc. and CEO of Monactive Ltd.
In his book, The Leader’s guide to Lateral Thinking Skills, published by Kogan Page, he explains how you can use the principles of lateral leadership to inspire your people to achieve breakthrough solutions and radical innovations. 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 in Europe, USA, South Africa and Asia.

Paul Sloane Innovation and lateral thinker expert speaker at Great British Speakers


One of Paul's most popular talk is 'Start more Fires!' - How great leaders manage risk and empower innovation.

How Great Leaders inspire teams, manage risk and empower innovation Is your conference crying out for a lively keynote talk to engage, challenge and motivate your audience?

Would you like to know how to generate more great ideas and turn them into groundbreaking innovations? In this stimulating talk Paul Sloane explains how to unlock the inventiveness in your team and turn it into profitable innovation.

He uses stories, examples, practical advice and golden rules. Your audience will learn:
- Three things that are impeding innovation in your business today
- How your assumptions limit your ability to conceive better solutions.
- Six ways that innovative leaders think and act differently
- How to think what nobody else thinks
- Why Roger Federer serves double faults!
- How to really empower your people.
- How to be an arsonist and a fire fighter!
This talk is ideal for anyone who is involved in leading teams or managing change

Other talks include:

The Six Obstacles to Innovation in Your Business – and what you can do about them.

Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing

Transforming your Culture – Replacing Comfort with Agility

The Golden Rules of Lateral Thinking in Business

Creative Selling – How lateral thinking can boost your sales and marketing success

How to keep your Marketing Fresh and Innovative

Organising for Innovation

Are You Open Minded? At recent TEDx talk by Paul

Recent clients for talks and workshops include Bayer, Edinburgh City Council, Glaxo Smith Kline, Microsoft, Nike, Novartis, Pirelli, Reckitt Benckiser, Swarovski, Unilever, AA, American Express, ARM, BT, Cendant, DWP, EADS, Lloyds of London, Motorola, Reckitt Benckiser, Shell and 3M.

What the clients say:

‘Paul made a great contribution to the leapfrog day at our conference, helping to create the right mindset and environment to generate many innovative ideas.’

Reckitt Benckiser

‘Paul delivered an inspirational half day. His session got the highest ratings of any on our meeting and gave us great ideas we’re implementing to drive positive change.’


Paul provided an entertaining and provocative session that both challenged people’s working assumptions and developed their knowledge of how to nurture novel ideas.


A great speaker at the end of the day to lift and motivate. Very informative, refreshing and fun.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Group

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


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


I thought 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.


Your speech was very interesting and thought provoking. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all and really got the audience thinking!

Lloyds TSB

Many thanks for a super talk at our seminar. The feedback has been extremely positive and you helped contribute to a very successful event.


The content was very well received and we enjoyed a thought-provoking sequence of ideas delivered with a light and humorous approach which was much appreciated.


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.

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