Roger Black is one of the U.K’s most successful sportsmen having represented his country for fourteen years at the highest level in the world of athletics. Roger inspires and motivates audiences throughout the UK and Europe, as he understands the dynamics of becoming a champion, how to live a dream, set goals and fulfill ones potential.
Roger Black was born in Portsmouth on the 31 March 1966 and was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and subsequently went on to read medicine at Southampton University.
For fourteen years Roger represented Great Britain at the highest level in the world of athletics, both as an individual 400-metre runner and as a member of the 4×400 metre relay team, winning fifteen major Championship medals including European, Commonwealth and World Championship Gold medals.
His greatest achievement was winning the Olympic 400 metre Silver medal in 1996 and he is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, successfully overcoming several serious injuries and a rare heart valve condition to go on to become a world champion.
Roger has been British Men’s Team Captain and was awarded the M.B.E. in 1992.
Roger regularly appears on prime-time television; programmes include; A Question of Sport, They Think It’s All Over, Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Master Chef and GMTV. He co-presented the last series of Tomorrow’s World and co-presented 4 series of the BBC’s award winning City Hospital.
Roger has presented for BBC South, BBC Breakfast News, BBC 6 o’clock News and News 24. He worked for BBC Sport and presented the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the World Athletics Championships 2001 in Canada, the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 2002 European Championships from Vienna and the World Championships from Paris 2003.
Richard believes 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. His aim is for his speeches to compliment or reinforce a company message and in doing so create a great opportunity for the audience to move ahead with a shared vision. His presentations often include 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!’
Richard’s experience both personal and through working at the BBC has made him one of the busiest on the corporate circuit. He is a natural in delivering motivational talks, after dinner speeches, hosting award ceremonies and playing conference host. Richard shares his unique triumphs and tribulations from the world of sport and how he achieved his dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum. There are many similarities between the high performance world of sport and business. Richards is also committed to helping young people realize their own potential and his thoughtful and articulate talks along with his close understanding of motivation and self-development help educate, inspire and motivate others.
Currently he is an ambassador for the London Olympic Games.
- Change management
- Overcoming adversity
- Talent is not enough
- Need to achieve v Fear of failure
- Synergy – surrounding yourself with talent
- Pro-active v Re-active
“The feedback has been fantastic. You managed to be both entertaining and highly relevant – no mean achievement given we had around 45 nationalities represented.”
“We have quarterly events and the majority of the feedback has been that Roger is the best speaker we have had!”
“Thank you for your wonderful presentation. I know from the comments made to me how much our managers enjoyed listening to you and learnt from the experiences you shared with them. The effect that your presentation had on tem was self-evident!”
“Thank you again for giving such superb motivational and team building presentations at our Region North Institutes this year. Comments from delegates include ‘outstanding!’, ‘excellent motivational talk’, ‘fantastic’ and ‘this hit the right note – very good presentation’ – very relevant”.
“Thank you again for hosting our leadership conference – everybody thought your contribution was outstanding. The conference was an overwhelming success; all the messages we wished to put across were delivered and more importantly, absorbed by delegates.”
The Cooperative Bank