Nigel Risner

Award-winning motivational speaker famous for his ‘Zoo Theory’

  • Founder of the ‘Zoo Theory’ personality test
  • Awarded the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence
  • Delivered motivational talks to BT, HSBC and Pepsi
  • The Executive Committee, Footdown, Vistage and the Academy for Chief Executives award winner- the only European winner

Discover Nigel Risner’s biography of published work below.

The Impact Code
The Impact Code: Live the Life You Deserve
It's a Zoo Around Here
It’s a Zoo Around Here: The New Rules for Better Communication
You Had Me at Hello
You Had Me at Hello: The New Rules for Better Networking

When Nigel Risner is booked for webinars and virtual events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Resilience & Determination
Change Management
Relationships in the Workplace
Embracing Opportunities
Motivation & Inspiration
Teamwork & Teambuilding
Business Management

Nigel Risner is popular for being one of the UK’s most successful motivational speakers. For the last 20 years, he’s used his platform to inspire some of the world’s biggest businesses to greater success. As part of his motivational speaking exercises, Nigel developed the ‘Zoo Theory’ to help businesses become more effective, communicative and working in harmony. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, Nigel has taken his work online becoming an effective virtual speaker. Here he has access to a wide audience who can benefit from his expert insight.

Nigel has travelled to 18 different countries delivering talks to the likes of BT, HSBC, Pepsi and over the course of his career he’s won a number of prestigious awards. This includes being the only European motivational speaker to receive awards from The Executive Committee, Footdown, Vistage and The Academy for Chief Executives. As well as this he is one of only six people to be the recipient of the Professional Speakers Association’s ‘Professional Speaking Award of Excellence’.

Having first-hand experience of the strains and challenges that the corporate world can bring, Nigel decided to put together the ‘Zoo Theory’ to show people the importance of communication in your business. With everyone having a different way of working it can be tricky to know how to utilise everyone effectively. The ‘Zoo Theory’ sees employees take part in a quiz at the end of which they’re giving an animal that best matches their professional personality. This will then help business decision-makers understand how best to run the company with the personnel involved. During his virtual speaking engagements, Nigel is able to reinforce the importance of business communication while explaining the key benefits ‘Zoo Theory’ can bring.

An incredibly versatile speaker, it isn’t just large-scale corporate businesses who have reaped the rewards of Nigel’s insight. He’s also conducted speeches for prison inmates, school children and charities making him the perfect virtual speaker for any occasion.

Official Testimonials

Nigel Risner is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“Nigel was a charismatic and thought provoking speaker, engaging our audience from the very start. Not only did he encourage us to all be ‘in the room’ but he managed to make us leave it transformed…into elephants, monkeys, dolphins and lions no less – not something you can usually say from a day at work!”


Jen, Rant & Rave 

“Nigel’s presentation was extremely well received by the entire audience and the team were still talking about it the next day. Nigel pitched his presentation perfectly and he had the whole room fully engaged through. His energy, and enthusiasm were infectious and he delivered a powerful message with humour and passion. Thank you for all your help.”

Mike, British Land 

To enquire about Nigel Risner for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via or call a booking agent on 0203 9317 391.