“The best talk I saw all year.”
“Everyone needs to hear this talk.”
“Personal, funny and incredibly moving.”
“One of the best I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen hundreds over the years).”
Booking someone to give a talk is a big responsibility. You want to make sure your speaker is professional, entertaining, and not going to ramble on about bananas too much.
I can offer you two out of three.
“The Power of Change: Learning to live as a weirdo”
My most popular talk. I tell my story of growing up with undiagnosed ADHD and autism, and coping with severe and complex mental health issues. Funnier than it sounds.
- “So compelling and funny and emotional. Absolutely superb.”
- “Absolutely brilliant! Humourous, compassionate and thought-provoking.”
- “Easily the best talk of the conference.”
Length: 30, 45 or 60 minutes, plus Q&A if required.
“What is neurodiversity and why should you care about it?”
My most useful talk. An introduction to neurodiversity – what it means, why it’s important in the workplace and how you can be inclusive. The talk itself is interactive and inclusive, so your audience can get a real understanding of what neurodiversity actually feels like. I do a normal version of this, and one without slides.
- “I cannot describe how blown away I am. That was the best hour I have ever spent in a webinar.”
- “Super insightful and SO injected with personality – loved it!”
- “I can’t recommend her highly enough!”
Length: 30 or 45 minutes, plus Q&A if required.
“What accessibility is and how you can be truly accessible.”
My most universal talk. Why accessibility is important, who we need to be accessible to, and some really easy ways to achieve that. While the focus is on neurodiversity (obvs) I offer tips that are broad enough to help a wide range of people, disabled and otherwise. I also do a 10-minute lightning talk on accessibility.
- “Powerful and moving.”
- “An excellent and thought-provoking talk.”
- “Rachel’s talk was truly inspiring.”
Length: 10, 30 or 45 minutes, plus Q&A if required.
“LADyHD: Why ADHD looks and feels different in women and girls”
My most emotional talk. Why ADHD is under-diagnosed and mismanaged in women and girls, and what you can do about it. This is the only talk that comes with a content warning, and is inclusive to all genders.
- “Thank you for being so inclusive.”
- “Makes me feel seen and vulnerable in a good way.”
- “This talk was everything I needed to hear and more.”
Length: 25 minutes, plus Q&A if required.
Why book me?
- Trained in public speaking
- Have had vocal coaching
- Presented to thousands of people
- Never present with notes (you’re not paying me to read, innit?)
- Can do a Q&A without mispronouncing “banal”
- Actually, properly inclusive (like, I make it accessible for blind people and stuff)
- Probably won’t wear pyjamas
Price & conditions
£500 for half an hour, £1,000 for an hour. Totes worth it too. I bring my own clicker.
My fee for panel thingies and academic conferences is a bit less.
Because I am
a chronic attention-seeker kind, I will VERY occasionally waive my fee for extremely special people. If you want me to volunteer the hour of free time I have per week, your event must be:
- Free to attend
- Organised by a non-profit, charity or community group
- Accessible and inclusive
Also, your favourite Shakespeare play should ideally be Romeo and Juliet or The Tempest, but it’s not a deal-breaker if you prefer King Lear.
Thank you for sharing your very personal and emotive journey Rachel. You had us all transfixed and you even caused our first ever standing ovation!Duncan Nisbet, organiser, Liverpool Tester Gathering