Media & public speaking
Engaging, insightful, entertaining.
Expertise and insight for your audience.
Our Founder and CEO, Dr Mike Talbot, is an extremely capable public speaker with experience of delivering talks, presentations and workshops to a variety of audiences at a range of regional and national events.
He’s also happy to assist members of the media with interviews or thoughts on mediation, interpersonal conflict and the psychology involved when relationships break down.
Mike’s doctorate and psychological background allow him to look at interpersonal conflict in a unique and thought-provoking way, which leads to some fascinating talks and lots of ‘I never thought of it that way’ moments.
But it’s not all jargon and psycho-babble! Mike’s skills lie in taking these abstract and scientific concepts and applying them to improving working relationships and resolving conflicts. And, thanks to the wide range of environments Mike has worked in over the years, he’s able to tailor his talks to workplace mediation, neighbourhood disputes or family relationships – even down to specific sectors, such as healthcare, retail and academia.
If you would like to speak to Mike about any of the above, contact us on 0800 772 0778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UHR 2017 Conference
In May, Mike was invited to speak at UHR – the annual event for university human resources professionals – on the topic of ‘Building more collaborative teams’. The talk involved real life case studies, a dramatised workplace mediation and seven takeaway tips on pre-formal resolution.
Mike’s talk takes a psychological perspective in considering what team conflict is really about, what leads people to get into dispute with others, and what can be done by management and HR to minimise destructive tension and to build collaboration within all sorts of teams. By drilling down into the psychology of conflict, the session looks at the anatomy of a dispute, and of people’s disputing behaviour, as a means to identifying the kinds of HR and management interventions that will really work in bringing about resolution.
CIPD 2019 Annual Conference
Alongside exhibiting at the 2019 CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition in Manchester, our CEO & Founder, Dr Mike Talbot, was also invited to give a presentation in the Skills & Organisations Arena. The topic of Mike’s talk was ‘Change Management – Turning Resistance into Collaboration’.
In this presentation, Mike discusses the issues and concerns that change often brings about in organisations. Whilst exploring the kinds of issues that HR might face in these situations, Mike also looks at how the introduction of workplace mediation could help to prevent relationships breaking down. Using a number of our own video clips to highlight key aspects and skills of the seven-stage mediation process, attendees saw how organisational change could be effectively managed and unnecessary conflict reduced to a minimum.
Overthinking Conflict Podcast
Mike was a guest on the Overthinking Conflict podcast and was interviewed by the presenters, Amanda Semenoff and C.D. Saint, for their ‘Spotlight on Assertiveness’ episode.
With the aim of exploring assertiveness and its role in process management, Mike discusses his approach to mediating conflict, the role played by Gestalt Theory, and non-violent communication.
You can listen to the podcast via the player below. Find out more about ‘Overthinking Conflict’ at their website.
That HR Podcast
Mike also appeared on People Management’s That HR Podcast, featuring on episode #22: ‘What’s your problem with workplace conflict?’, where he was interviewed by presenters Elizabeth Howlett and Siobhan Palmer.
As part of a panel of guests, Mike discussed how to ‘launder’ language to help manage and resolve conflicts at work, and gave useful tips on how to prevent some disputes from happening in the first place.
You can listen to the podcast via the player below. Find out more about People Management’s That HR Podcast here.
“Dr Talbot’s presentation was fascinating and really opened my eyes to the ways that we could manage change within an organisation!”CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibiton 2019
Areas of expertise
Just a few of the areas Mike would be able to talk about at your event.
How mediation can be used to defuse workplace interpersonal conflict avoiding formal HR processes.
Neighbourhood conflict, family feuds, and low-level ASB cases can all be dealt with informally using mediation.
Teams function well most of the time, but it is rare to find a group that works well together all of the time. Team facilitation can provide that extra support.
Using mediation skills to resolve business disputes that could otherwise end up in court, costing you time, money and stress.
Mediation is becoming increasingly common as a way of resolving medical disputes involving patients, parents, carers, and health professionals.
No matter how good your products or services are, you’ll get customer complaints from time-to-time. Mediation is an effective way to resolve them.
‘Pathways to Resolution’ Conference
Mike was one of the keynote speakers invited to present at the International conference “Pathways to Resolution – Ending Negativity/Ending Conflict”, organised by Gibraltar Citizens Advice Bureau.
The conference was opened by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Minister Steven Linares who is the Minister with governmental responsibilities for the Citizens Advice Bureau. During the conference the pathways to resolution for a presenting problem was explored. These pathways included, litigation, mediation, through the European Commission and counselling.
The event was covered by Gibraltar news programme Newswatch, which included an interview with Dr Talbot.
Recent blog posts by Mike and articles he has contributed to.
Mike presents a monthly webinar focusing on a different aspect of mediation each month. Find out about upcoming webinars and register your place.
Mike occasionally steps in front of the camera to talk in person about the topic of his latest blog post.
Mediation is about choosing to resolve a dispute without the need for courts or tribunals, judges or arbitrators. We can provide mediation services for you or your organisation.Find out more
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