Robert V. Taylor

Why book Robert V. Taylor?

Robert V. Taylor has gone from facing prison, overcoming failed surgeries and being a groundbreaking gay leader to being a sought-after speaker, commentator, noted author and well-known activist for the disenfranchised.

The risks, choice and fears he has responded to make his speaking and writing compellingly authentic. He inspires, motivates and challenges audiences leaving them with practical tools to use in their daily lives and workplaces. Book Robert to speak at your event

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Robert V.Taylor - Engaging, Sincere and Thought-Provoking!

Robert recently spoke at the Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, where I had the opportunity to meet and hear him. He was incredibly engaging, sincere, thought provoking and interesting! He spoke to a packed room, and was able to hold everyone's attention. He also had the group interacting and sharing in a short period of time, which speaks to his ability to connect with his audience and make them feel comfortable. Great workshop and I would highly recommend him to others planning events!

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Reviewer: Lisa S.
Organization: Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference
Event: Workshop in Edmonton, AB
Event Date: Nov 15, 2011
Hired As: Author, Leadership/Success Speaker

Review by Dwight G.

Completely engaging! I've heard him in a few settings-Robert is partially, insightful, inspiring and funny. Audiences leave with tools for looking at work places and life situations in a new way. They love him.
Dwight G.

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Reviewer: Dwight G.
Event: Corporate Event in Boston, MA
Event Date: Mar 17, 2010

Review by Dwight G.

Completely engaging! I've heard him in a few settings-Robert is partially, insightful, inspiring and funny. Audiences leave with tools for looking at work places and life situations in a new way. They love him.
Dwight G.

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Reviewer: Dwight G.
Event: Corporate Event in Boston, MA
Event Date: Mar 17, 2010

Review by Dorothy P.

I've heard Robert Taylor speak on numerous occasions for a variety of events. He has consistently been engaging and refreshing, weaving in current events with practical & inspired spiritual ideas that help people cope with what's going on around them. I give the highest possible recommendation and look forward to the next time I can hear him live.

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Reviewer: Dorothy P.
Event: Private Party in Seattle, WA
Event Date: Apr 27, 2008

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 20 - 120 minutes
  • Fee: Request speaking fee

Overview

Robert V. Taylor has gone from facing prison, overcoming failed surgeries and being a groundbreaking gay leader to being a noted author, sought-after speaker, commentator and well-known activist for the disenfranchised.

The risks, choice and fears he has responded to make his speaking and writing compellingly authentic. He inspires, motivates and challenges audiences leaving them with practical tools to use in their daily lives and workplaces. Book Robert to speak at your event

Sample Topics Customized for Your Audience:

• Achieve Extreme Success by Overcoming Extreme Fear and Challenges
• How to Get Along with Difficult Co-Workers
• Love Your Story Today: Discover what it reveals for your personal and workplace relationships
• Steps to Reboot Your Life
• How to Lead in the Midst of Conflict and Adversity
• How to Cultivate Compassion in Everyday Life
• Become a Mindful Leader
• Live Authentically: Step Beyond what Encloses You
• How to Claim and Use Your Voice

With humor, personal stories and practical wisdom Robert will engage your audience in life-changing ways. Book him today for your event.

Robert V. Taylor

Robert is a thought leader, speaker, author and teacher. A protege of Desmond Tutu, Robert invites audiences to live into our full, authentic humanity. The risks, choice and fears he has responded to make his speaking and writing compellingly authentic.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Taylor was sent to the U.S. by Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, in 1980 to avoid imprisonment for refusing to serve in the South African military.

There, Robert served in the New York City area as a clergy leader revitalizing a dying congregation, building a community service center and being at the forefront of responses to HIV/AIDS and homelessness.

Nineteen years later, he was elected to be Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, making him the first openly gay dean in the world. There he forged alliances with the corporate, not-for-profit and social service sectors as founding Chair of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County, Washington. He was referred to as the Buddhist Episcopalian because of his expansive inter-spiritual leadership.

Today, Robert is a speaker for corporate and professional groups. His university talks – on leadership and how to get along with your political foes –include MIT, UNC Chapel Hill, USF Tampa, The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Leadership, Seattle University and Stanford.

He is Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation in New York City which works to democratize peace-making for new generation of young people.

He is a graduate of Rhodes University, South Africa and Union Theological Seminary, New York. Robert lives in Seattle and on a farm in rural Eastern Washington.

Highlights:

• A recent TEDx speaker, Robert discussed “positive disruption”, saying disillusionment should be welcomed as an incubator of new thinking, renewed purpose and personal growth.
• Alongside Bill Ayer, CEO of Alaska Air Group, he worked with the Young Presidents Organization on the power of story to integrate their professional and personal lives.
• At Stanford University he spoke on how to cultivate compassion in our everyday lives as part of a series that included Eckhart Tolle and Thich Nhat Hanh.
• At master classes in LA for leaders in the high tech, social media and advertising sectors Robert engaged them on how extreme success comes from overcoming extreme fears and challenges.
• He has hosted His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu in discussion about compassion.
• At MIT he spoke on how to lead in the midst of conflict and adversity.
• At Unity on The Bay, Miami he spoke about how to step beyond the enclosures that keep you from your fullest self.


A New Way to Be Human by Robert V. Taylor

Like his mentor, Desmond Tutu, Robert is no stranger to heartrending fear. But in his new book, A New Way to be Human: 7 Spiritual Pathways to Becoming Fully Alive, he shares how his choices allow him to move from fear into a life of enormous compassion and impact.

Part self-help and spiritual guidebook and part remarkable life story, A New Way to Be Human is divided into seven chapters or pathways (“Risky Invitations”, “Hairpin Curves of Life” “At Home in Your Heart” etc.) with practical tools to guide the reader’s journey. In addition to life-changing stories from Robert’s life and those of others, readers learn to dig into the wisdom revealed in their own lives, break through personal difficulties and live as active participants in their life and the world.

A New Way to Be Human is a timely, generous and life-changing book that will resonate with fans of Deepak Chopra, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama and Eckhart Tolle. It beckons those who are ready to explore a new way to be human to live lives of well-being, compassion and greater connectedness.

Press coverage:

• Radio: National NPR programs and local stations nationwide
• TV: Affiliates in L.A., Chicago, Boston, Dallas Phoenix, Seattle, New York and the nationally syndicated Daytime TV
• Online: News outlets like CNN.com, FoxNews.com, Huffington Post
• Print: Washington Post, LA Weekly, and many more

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Wireless mike, Lectern or Podium, Table in room

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