Nicola Morgan

Author, Speaker, Supporter

A few speaking slots available in 2025

Exceptional knowledge,
inspirationally delivered

I've been lucky to give hundreds of talks around the world to a wide range of audiences of different ages. I give CPD training, too, for teachers, pastoral staff, librarians and trainee teachers. And I often give talks to parents.
I've also perfected the art of delivering excellent talks online.
To keep time for my writing, I now restrict the number of events I do.
But I'd love you to be in one of those audiences. Read on and make it happen!

What you get from my talks

You get enlightening, fascinating, evidence-based information and ideas, tailor-made for your audience. No gimics, no nonsense, no annoying ice-breakers! My content is packed with science, unusual insights and connections that make human behaviour make sense. Audiences go away with eyes opened and minds buzzing. You might think you have heard it all before – you haven’t.

My over-riding message is: the more we understand about how our brain works, the better we can make it work. Our brains are in our hands far more than we think – and certainly far more than teenagers think. Control the controllable and ignore the rest. 

My topic areas:

  1. Adolescent Brains and Lives: teenage brain and psychological changes; stress management; the learning brain; screens, smartphones and social media; sleep; resilience-building; adverse childhood events; teenage anxiety. 
  2. Wellbeing and Stress Management: how audiences of all ages can have the best physical and mental strength so they can achieve their best. Understand and manage anxiety, whatever your age. Build wellbeing into lives in schools, homes and workplaces. 
  3. The Reading Brain: science behind reading; differences between digital/print and fiction/non-fiction; benefits of reading for pleasure; readaxation. Building a whole-school, whole-life reading habit.
  4. Life Online: positives and negatives of online and screen-based lives; distraction, over-use, addiction, self-esteem, competition, perfection, body image etc.

My audiences:

Students?

Asking me to speak to your students in-person is not usually the best use of your money. I’m not cheap and it’s difficult to ensure that every student benefits from a single visit. Some will be stressed or preoccupied or absent or doubt that this stranger can say anything useful – even though I do. So, if you want me to speak to students I highly recommend an online Q&A-based session which you can (subject to some limitations) record. 

A Live Online Q&A? 
This is a really high value and low cost option and the best way for me to engage your students directly. See HERE for details.  Young people love the fact that they can plan questions and still get my generous attention and sense my care for them.

Parents?

Great idea! A parent evening is a high-value way to bring my knowledge direct to the people who can take what is most relevant to them and apply it to their households, backed by science and reassurance. This has often been transformative and life-changing for many families, judging by the responses I get. We can have book-selling if you wish, which can be a way to reduce the fee. Online parent sessions also work very well and are the most cost-effective option.

Staff? Any group of professionals – corporate, academic, pastoral, sporting, librarians 

Absolutely! I get consistently appreciative feedback after staff INSET sessions and I believe they are the most useful thing I do. We start from a position of mutual experience and knowledge so we can take your existing expertise to a new level with fascinating insights which you can incorporate into your work. There will be new ideas for even your most experienced staff. You know more than I do about pedagogy but I know more than you about neuroscience, psychology, brain-wiring and human motivations and learning. Together we can change young minds for the better.

Let me help you build humans equipped to build a better world

Online or in-person? 

In-person events are much more time-consuming and energy-costly. Online events have these advantages:
  • I’m more likely to say yes
  • It costs much less 
  • You can (within limits) record 
  • I’m very good at them
  • You don’t have to make me coffee

How to get me to say yes

  • Read the FAQs below and the information above BEFORE you contact me
  • Understand that I’m not salaried so every email is written in unpaid time – so be as clear as you can about what you’d like
  • Have a reasonable budget for what you want
  • Think through what you want and why – let’s both be excited about this event! 

Frequently asked questions

I have been studying these topics for 25 years, and read a mass of research, from different viewpoints. I have a classically trained and analytical mind and do not believe anything I read or hear unless well supported by robust research and fitting my existing understanding. If you want a wide range of insights and connections between them, Im your woman.

A session with adults really needs at least an hour and a half if you want to include Q&A and a talk for students really needs an hour (or less if online). INSET can be anything from 1.5 hours (ideally more) to a whole day. A conference keynote is typically an hour.

Anything shorter than these would be harder to prepare and therefore more expensive.

As big as you like! I do not charge more to speak to large audiences. However, bear in mind that if you want me to talk to a multi-year group of students, it can be difficult to speak to a very wide age range.

For the right event, as far as you like! I live about 70 miles North of London (20 miles from Peterborough, on the East Coast main line) and can reach Stansted, East Midlands, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. All expenses must be covered, but I keep costs to a minimum with the exception of long-haul flights, which would be Business Class. See the International Speaking page for more details but still enquire in the same way. 

Of course, the time spent travelling does affect the fee.

I compute my fee based on the total time the work will take, including preparation, admin and travelling. I value my time and expertise highly and I hope you do, too. Do discuss your budget with me, as there are often ways to reduce costs.

Please don’t ask me to speak for little or no fee unless there’s an incredibly good reason why I should/could work for little or nothing. If the other adults (caterers, electricians, teachers, tech people) are being paid, you can’t expect a professional speaker with years of expertise to be unpaid. However, if your budget is small and you will make the event worthwhile in other ways, I will do my best to help.

Guidelines for ONLINE events:

  • A parent talk – £550 – £650 (Lower end is for straightforward topic of ideal length 1.5 hours.)
  • A student talk – c£250 for a Q&A – to £400 for a talk and Q&A (There can be a lot of variation here, depending on what you’re asking me to do – all preparation-dependent. Reduction for 2 talks in one half-day.)
  • INSET/CPD session – £600 – £750 for a 1.5 hr session or £1000 for a half-day. ( would not do an online event of more than half a day.)

NB I charge £100 extra to use Microsoft Teams (because it causes so many problems) but not for Google Meet or Zoom. On the rare occasion when Teams works smoothly, I deduct that surcharge…

Guidelines for IN-PERSON events

  • If you’re less than 1.5 hours in travelling time from me (NN17) add £300 to the above fees
  • If more than 1.5 hours but I can reasonably get to you and back on the same day, typically add £400 to the above fees
  • If I would need to stay a night somewhere, add £200-500 (+ DBB cost) depending on how soon I can get home the next day.

Expenses for in-person events are extra. See the International Speaking page for anything that might be different for overseas trips.

Dont delay. My diary is likely to be full six months ahead and I usually take bookings 6-12 months ahead. As my event time is now very limited, asking early will help you!

Contact me using the form. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t decided what you want: discussion is free!

Consultancy work

I advise organisations about all the topics mentioned above in the Speaking section. You will gain accurate, nuanced information and won’t have to rely on unsupported, out-of-date or flimsy “knowledge”. 

My rates and terms

  • I charge a minimum £900 per day. That minimum tends to apply to work I can do in my office. No VAT. If it involves travelling, the fee is usually more. Very often, a day is all you need.
  • I charge expenses if you want me to travel. (I am handy for Peterborough and Corby stations and can get to London, Birmingham and Edinburgh easily.) 

I work extremely hard for every client, following the brief precisely, and am very straightforward and flexible to work with. Above all, I pride myself on sharp intelligence and perfectionist standards.

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