Roger Black is one of the country’s most successful sportsmen having represented Great Britain for fourteen years at the highest level in the world of athletics. Roger was part of the team that clinched gold from the Americans in the 4x400m relay at the Tokyo World Championships. He also won Olympic silver, beaten only by Michael Johnson in Atlanta. Having achieved individually and as part of a team, Roger understands what it takes to become a champion and describes his ‘Five Fundamentals’ for success.
Born in Portsmouth on the 31 March 1966, Roger was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and subsequently went on to read medicine at Southampton University. He is particularly admired for his triumphs over adversity, overcoming serious injuries and a rare heart valve condition to go on to become a world champion and was awarded the M.B.E. in 1992.
Roger won fifteen major Championship Medals including European, Commonwealth and World Championship Gold Medals. His greatest achievements were winning the Olympic 400 metres Silver Medal in 1996 and being part of the Gold Medal winning 4 x 400 metres relay team at both the 1991 and 1997 World Championships.
Roger Black was part of the famous team that clinched gold from the Americans in the World Championship 4 x 400m relay in Tokyo. After contending with numerous injuries and serious illness, including a leaking heart valve diagnosed at the age of eleven, Roger collected 15 major honours in total. He won two Olympic silver medals, beaten only by Michael Johnson in the 400m.
Motivational Speaking and Training
Still one of the UK’s most popular speakers, Roger inspires and motivates audiences around the globe – he understands the dynamics of becoming a champion, how to live a dream, set goals and fulfil one’s potential. In the lead up to and during London 2012 Olympic Games he was an Ambassador for Team GB.
Having achieved success both individually and as part of a team, Roger understands what it takes to become a champion. He talks about how to develop the mindset by applying his ‘Five Fundamentals’ for success: a desire to reach your full potential, low fear of failure, goal-setting, a set training programme and an ability to perform under pressure.
Roger’s standard speech is designed to engage the audience in the lessons learnt throughout his athletics career, which resulted in him achieving his dream of standing on the Olympic rostrum in Atlanta in 1996. His vision, put simply is…to transfer Olympic performance into the workplace.
The session includes a selection of Olympic images and archive race footage of the Gold Medal Winning 1991 World Championships 4x400m Relay. Audience members can also reflect and learn from the performance lessons of Team GB, who delivered on the greatest stage of all, the London 2012 Olympic Games, coming third on the medal table and four years later, improved their performance to come second on the medal table at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
There are many similarities between high performance in the worlds of sport and business. Topics Roger address include:
• 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
His particular areas of interest are:
• The space between talent and performance, the attitude and behaviours of world class performers
• The balance between individual and team success.
Motivational Speaking to Personal Appearances
It seems to Roger 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. If his speeches compliment or reinforce the company message then a great opportunity is created for the audience to move ahead with a shared vision. A 45 minute speech followed by Q&A if required.
A blend of anecdotes from the world of first class athletics, with a motivational theme. This is a slightly shorter speech, more suited to the occasion.
Conference Hosting and Linking
These days, many organisations are looking to offer their staff not just a conference, but an outstanding shared experience. Roger will host a conference, interview staff members, deliver a keynote speech and link each part of the day by introducing each session and speaker.
He is also happy to present awards at dinners and Award Ceremonies and available for Corporate Video and Personal Appearances.
Roger has presented for BBC South, BBC Breakfast News, BBC 6 o’clock News and News 24. In 1998, Roger was signed to 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.
He makes regular appearances on Good Morning Britain and A Question of Sport and has previously appeared on prime-time television programmes which include, Strictly Come Dancing, They Think It’s All Over, Celebrity Master Chef, SUPERSTARS and Celebrity Mastermind, he also co-presented the final series of Tomorrow’s World and 4 series of the BBC’s award winning City Hospital.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Roger Black
Experience Worldwide Ltd
Roger was extremely confident and clear when presenting. He hosted the presentation section of the event perfectly and did not need the assistance of a script. The audience were very engaged and were keen to approach Roger after the presentation for pictures as well as questions.
Sweet and Maxwell
Loved him – very easy speaking style, very pleasant to work with and comfortable in his own skin. Happy for people to have photos taken etc.
Luminar Leisure Limited
Roger tailored his presentation to suit the requirements of my event exactly. He was funny, witty and very relevant and, whilst I was initially unsure as to how appropriate Roger would be for my event, it transpired that I couldn’t have chosen a better speaker. The audience absolutely loved Roger. He was inspiring and funny and the audience reacted very well. His presentation was powerful and entertaining and I have received lots of positive feedback from the delegates about him.