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Talks to companies and organisations

In the past I have given talks on leadership, innovation and motivation to Procter and Gamble, Oracle computing, Maersk shipping, SAB Miller, Wavemaker, Offgrid Sessions, Oxford Brookes University and many others. I have now combined this experience to deliver a fascinating, gripping and humorous new presentation on MICROMASTERY- my latest book published by Penguin.

I try to limit how many talks I give- I love giving them- but I want the subject to stay fresh.

Micromastery is a powerful learning tool- by doing small things well, in a rewarding, fun and repeatable way we make connections and progress denied to duller and more conventional methods. Micromastery contains within it its own motivational energy. 

You can use micromastery to:

manage change

provide conherent leadership through vastly improved teaching and learning

identify ways of improving everything from sales and presentation skills to production and innovation

Contact my agent Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander if you want to book a talk:


Seven Laws of Leadership

Over a ten year period I lead ten expeditions from crossing the Rocky Mountains in a birch bark canoe to leading the first group to traverse the Saharan Great Sand Sea on foot. I also lead expeditions searching for the world's longest snake in the jungles of Indonesia and using a wheeled trolley to explore the Egyptian desert. Over time I learnt that leadership is something that is not innate- it can be learned and we can all improve at it by following the seven laws: 1) a leader is primarily a teacher 2) the leader knows where the group is going 3) the leader says when you stop and start 4) the leader's example becomes the rule 5) the leader's sense of the mission is three dimensional 6) the leader must expect to be challenged in his or her leadership 7) the leader knows about attention needs.

Further explication of these laws with fascinating and funny examples and hand drawn slides forms the basis of this presentation.


Seven Laws of Adventure

This is a new talk based on using SEVEN LAWS to break down the essence of adventure. This is to make adventure again an integral part of life and work. We aall know bureacratic and over systematic forms of organisation stifle human ingenuity. That ingenuity (that is more than simple creativity, it is an energy in itself) can be restored through putting adventure back into everyday life. But you have to do it at core level- not just supeficially with company excursions and treats.


Original Thinking

Original thinking is sought by EVERYONE, thought to be RARE yet is far more common than people might imagine. Except that original thinkers are usually NOT to be found anywhere near the places that trumpet originality, creativity and innovation. The first and most important criteria of original thinking is a workable kind of humility- I use the definition originated by the thinker Idries Shah: being open and having a feel for the balance of things. Being open to learning and new experience gets rarer as people get older. On the other hand, those who spend time on their own and think about things, have their own way of being open. Being open is giving something the time and and space to be considered. Distracted young people and busy people of all kinds can be open to new ideas but not be willing or able to give them the right sort of nurturing attention. The original thinkers I have most encountered spend a LOT of time on their own but not plugged into distraction devices. They are also people who don't have strong ego connections to seeing themselves as a 'success' of 'failure'. Having a feel for the balance of things is something that requires some space to unpack- but that is the last ingredient needed for having humility.


schools and universities

"Robert's true-life tales of big snakes and zombie hunts put the Dangerous Book for Boys in the shade. He has the innate ability to make the world seem more dangerous, exciting and full of possibility; and a marvellous knack of communicating with young people without patronising. I can't recommend him highly enough! "

Adrian Turpin, Director Wigtown Literary festival


I use humourous true stories from a life of adventuring and exploration to teach micromastery as a concept that can be used by anyone to get 'into' and start to master a new subject or interest. I see micromastery as a valuable tool for any young learner, just as useful as mind maps and lateral thinking.

Micromastery is about taking a small skill and doing it well, using it to experiment and painlessly learn about a new area. Micromasteries can be as diverse as making a perfect omlette or doing an eskimo roll. They can be mathematical- proving Pythagoras's theorem using origami; artistic- using a brush to paint perfect zen circles or practical- learning how to speak for two minutes on any subject without any preparation.

My talks are different. I teach the audience how to catch a giant snake- and I bring my snake catching gear along. I teach children how ZOMBIES are actually REAL and how to find one for yourself. I teach tots how to do a few jujitsu holds as used in the Steven Seagal film Under Siege. I explain how to avoid a charging bear. I show everyone the right way to wear a bedouin headscarf during a sandstorm. And I tell them what its really like to experience a big adventure.

I talk about how every big adventure is a lot of little adventures added together. and how micromastery is the way to get the skills to tackle the adventure of living.

My basic presentation can be adjusted for any age from 7 to 18 depending on what is required.

"Robert Twigger's talk at the University of Sheffield was encouraging, inspiring and funny! Robert's perspective on life after university was a breath of fresh air- something that was definitely appreciated by students wanting to do something different after university! A guest speaker that we would recommend"

Lucy Brown- Careers Secretary Sheffield University Geography Society