Public Speaking

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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

Meet Dr Mike Talbot

Find out about Mike’s experience, background and areas of interest.

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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.


Mike has spoken on three separate occasions at the annual Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) conference and exhibition.

His first talk was on 'How to Support People to Change Their Response to Conflict', and his most recent appearance was in 2019, for his presentation on 'Change Management: Turning Resistance into Collaboration'.


The Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) supports the Assembly, the Executive and the institutions of government.

Following our successful delivery of three training courses for their staff, Mike spoke at their launch event about the benefits of mediation within the organisation.


The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards.

Mike spoke at their annual conference on the subject of neighbourhood mediation, one of Mike's particular areas of expertise. The presentation included a live workshop designed to show housing mediation in action.


Mike's psychotherapy work was based on the gestalt model, which provides a holistic philosophical engagement with the nature of the human condition.

In 2015, he ran a workshop on relational gestalt at the annual conference of the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP) in Bucharest.


Universities Human Resources is a membership organisation for HR professionals in UK Higher Education.

Mike has spoken at their annual conference on several occasions, exploring and discussing how mediation can be incorporated into sector best practice.


Founded in 1834, the Chartered Institute of Building is the world's most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. They have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction.

Mike was invited to present on the subject of commercial mediation for their annual conference.

Homeless Link

Homeless Link is the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England.

In 2015, Mike spoke at their 'Under One Roof' conference, showcasing how mediation can be used to keep families together and reduce homelessness among young people.

Festival of Education

The Festival of Education is the UK's largest professional development event for teachers and those with any interest in the world of education.

Mike was part of an expert panel at the event in 2019, exploring how mediation could be used to resolve disputes between schools and parents.


Restorative Justice and Mediation are now well recognised community justice tools but how to effectively provide access to them and recognising when to do so is often a challenge.

Mike presented at this event held in Taunton in 2016, drawing on his experience of using neighbourhood mediation in the social housing environment.

“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.

  • Workplace disputes

    How mediation can be used to defuse workplace interpersonal conflict avoiding formal HR processes.

  • Neighbourhood/housing issues

    Neighbourhood conflict, family feuds, and low-level ASB cases can all be dealt with informally using mediation.

  • Team facilitation

    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.

  • Commercial disputes

    Using mediation skills to resolve business disputes that could otherwise end up in court, costing you time, money and stress.

  • Medical conflicts

    Mediation is becoming increasingly common as a way of resolving medical disputes involving patients, parents, carers, and health professionals.

  • Complaints

    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.


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