Alex Merry, public speaking coach, presentation skills, thought leadership, communication training, leadership development, TED talks, keynote speech
Alex Merry, public speaking coach, presentation skills, thought leadership, communication training, leadership development, TED talks, keynote speech

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From Winston Churchill's 'Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat' to Steve Jobs' 'How to Live Before you Die', history has proven time and time again that great speeches change lives.

In this series, Alex Merry asks some of today's tech titans, scientists, Olympians and comedians to share five talks that have inspired them on their journeys to creating change. Produced by Benedict Holzmann.

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#01 Sam Conniff Allende | Author of Be More Pirate | A 21st Century Guide to Rule-Breaking

Sam Conniff Allende joins Alex for his maiden episode to discuss the power of youth, pirates, and how he became a rebel with a cause.


You can watch all of Sam’s talks on the links below:

#02 Caroline Harper CBE | CEO of Sightsavers | Eliminating Global Disease and My Journey to the TED Stage

Caroline Harper joins us to discuss her perspective on leadership, the misconceptions of charities, and her experience performing on the most prestigious public speaking stage of all.

You can watch and read all of Caroline’s talks on the links below:

#03 Leon Taylor | Olympic Silver Medalist | Movement as Medicine

Leon Taylor sits down with us to share his journey out of competitive sport, battling depression, and how yoga helped him fall back in love with movement.

You can watch all of Leon’s talks on the links below:

#04 Jess Butcher MBE | Co-Founder of Blippar | Is the Feminist Movement Undermining Itself?

Jess Butcher, a tech entrepreneur and the co-founder of the multi-million dollar company Blippar, takes the Talks of our Time hotseat to discuss parenting, offence culture, and why the feminist movement is heading in the wrong direction.

You can watch all of Jess’ talks on the links below:

#05 Kevin Green | Chair of the Good Recruitment Campaign | How to Create a Successful Career in a Changing Job Market

There’s no hiding from it: the technology revolution is upon us. In this episode, Kevin Green shares a career’s worth of expertise on the jobs market, how it’s changing, and how we need to adapt to the rise of AI.

You can watch all of Kevin’s talks on the links below:

#06 Whitney Iles | CEO of Project 507 | Can an offender change their spots? Violence, Prison and Rehabilitation


Whitney Iles, an expert on violence and human development, shares her unique perspective on trauma, young offenders, and the failure of the UK justice system.

You can watch all of Whitney’s talks on the links below:

#07 Alessandra Sollberger | CEO of Evermore | Shooting for the Moon: Blockchain, Stoicism and the Future of Bio-Hacking

Bitcoin investor and biotech enthusiast Alessandra Sollberger shares the five talks that exemplify her approach to being a young entrepreneur.

You can find all of Alessandra’s talks on the links below:

#08 Dominic Traynor | Founder of A Tale Unfolds | How to Inspire the Next Generation of School Kids

Educational reformer Dominic Traynor lays out his blueprint for the social, political and educational changes this country needs, and discusses why young people need to change the way they view success.

You can find all of Dominic’s talks on the links below:

#09 Dave Chawner | Stand-up comic | Can Comedy Change Perceptions of Mental Health?

For our final episode of the season we’re joined by the comedian Dave Chawner, who opens up on his battle with anorexia and discusses the unique position of comedy in tackling mental health issues.

You can find all of Dave’s selections on the links below:

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