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Roger Black MBE

Roger Black MBE is a leading motivational speaker and one of the country’s most successful sportsmen having represented Great Britain for fourteen years at the highest level in the world of athletics. He is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, overcoming serious injuries and a rare heart valve condition, to go on to become a world champion.


About Roger Black

Roger Black, the Multi-Olympic medallist and TV presenter regularly appears on prime time television programmes. Since retiring from athletics, he has worked as a television presenter and motivational speaker.


Motivational Speaking:
Roger Black possesses a deep knowledge of motivation and self-development. He understands the dynamics of becoming a champion, how to live a dream, set goals and take the necessary steps to fulfilling one’s potential. By combining his experience of self motivation and attainable personal development, both on and off the track, he motivates organisations throughout the UK and Europe.  His presentation includes the use of video footage to reinforce the key message “Excellence is within all of us, both individually and as part of a winning team…should you dare to grasp it!”
Clients include – Walkers Snacks – Royal Mail – Wella (UK) Ltd – Royal Bank of Scotland – Ernst & Young – Fujitsu Services – Society of Chief Personnel Officers – Taylor Woodrow – Vodafone – Peugeot – Investors in People – Stena Line – Diageo – VISA

Conference Hosting:
With Rogers extensive experience gained with the BBC in presenting and interviewing, he is often asked not only to deliver his keynote motivational speech but also to host and link an entire conference. This unique combination of skills results in an outstanding shared experience for the delegates as well as peace of mind for the client.

After Dinner Speaking/Award Ceremonies:
Roger speaks at many dinners delivering an entertaining presentation combining humorous anecdotes from the world of top class athletics with a motivational theme. Roger also hosts award ceremonies that can be combined with a motivational speech.

Roger has presented for ‘BBC South’, ‘BBC Breakfast News’ and ‘News 24’. In 1998, Roger was signed to BBC Sport and has since presented the ‘Sydney 2000 Olympics’, the World Athletics Championships 2001 in Canada and the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2002 European Championships from Vienna.  Roger has appeared regularly as a guest on numerous prime-time TV programmes, including ‘A Question of Sport’ and ‘They Think It’s All Over’. In 2002 he co-presented the last series of ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and is currently co-presenting BBC’s award winning ‘City Hospital’. This hugely successful programme was broadcast live every weekday morning between 10 and 11am.

Sporting Profile
Roger won fifteen major Championship Medals including European, Commonwealth and World Championship Gold Medals. His greatest achievements were winning the Olympic 400 metres Silver Medal in 1996 and being part of the Gold Medal winning 4 x 400 metres relay team at the 1991 World Championships. He was British Men’s Team Captain and was awarded the M.B.E. in 1992.

Speech Topics

Roger Black MBE’s most popular speech is designed to motivate a person to become more successful both as an individual and as a member of a team. All world class teams are comprised of world class individuals, so he begins by talking about how to develop the mindset of a champion by applying his ‘Five Fundamentals’ for success:

1. A desire to reach your full potential
2. A high need for achievement with low fear of failure
3. Goal setting through pro-activity
4. Set training programme – synergise
5. The ability to perform under pressure

Roger then tells the story of his career using anecdotes to demonstrate how the fundamentals were learnt. The dynamics of teamwork are described through the story of the World Championship winning 4x400m relay team of 1991 – the belief that the greater good of the team is more important than any individual ego.  The speech is both thought provoking and entertaining. He shows two videos – his victory as an individual at the 1990 European Championships 400m and his victory as a team member at the 1991 World Championships 4x400m.

Whenever Roger meets clients prior to giving his presentations it always interests him that most businesses face similar motivational challenges regardless of their specific field. Whether it’s Banking, I.T., Insurance, Catering, Medical Sales or the Motor Trade the same key words keep coming up – Teamwork, Change Management, Goal Setting and the general maintenance and recruitment of a motivated workforce.  It seems to Roger that the fundamentals for success change very little but the challenge for most businesses, whether large or small, is to find a way to communicate the key corporate messages in an appropriate way. If his speeches compliment or reinforce the company message then a great opportunity is created for the audience to move ahead with a shared vision.

Booking Information


"Roger did an excellent job for us being both engaging and informative. He arrived early, stayed late and was on message throughout the evening."

Lafarge Tarmac

"The feedback has been fantastic. You managed to be both entertaining and highly relevant - no mean achievement given we had around 45 nationalities represented!"

"Thanks for your wonderfully inspirational speech, I know from speaking to many of our team afterwards that your message really connected with them and they are really focused as we move towards our 'golden' quarter."


"Many, many thanks for all your hard work. The content and delivery of your address was just wonderful and, yes, I heard it seven times. It was every bit as good at the end as it was at the beginning."

Royal Bank of Scotland

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