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Carl Honoré

Author of 'In Praise of Slow'


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Carl helps audiences across the globe see the world in a new light. His talks are dynamic, challenging, eloquent, informative and full of humour. He is at ease running workshops for small groups or working the stage in front of thousands of people. His audiences range from children, teachers, academics and medical practitioners to entrepreneurs, IT professionals and business executives. 

Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker (1.5 million views).

To watch Carl's introduction to Why It Pays to be Slow click here

1. The Slow Revolution: Slowing down judiciously and at the right moments can bring more depth, pleasure and meaning to our lives. It can boost our energy and health. It can also make us more efficient, creative and productive at work. Bottom line: the best way to thrive in a fast world is to slow down.

2. Raising Children in a Fast World: Carl explores how to strike the right balance between doing too much and doing too little for children, and shows how slowing down can give them a childhood worthy of the name. He touches on themes ranging from technology and extracurricular activities to schooling, safety and consumerism.

3. The Slow Fix. Carl serves up a recipe for solving complex problems in every walk of life, from business and politics to medicine and relationships. He shows how to: admit and learn from mistakes; work out the root causes of a problem; tap ideas from everywhere; embrace uncertainty; and more.

Under Pressure

In Praise of Slow

The Slow Fix

"The excellent Carl Honoré closed the first edition of WELLNESS16 generating a great success and becoming the highest rated speaker! His fast talk about Slow hit the spot and provided excellent insight on how putting on the brakes could help us have more productive and more enjoyable lives."
--Tania Gonzalez, Senior Events Coordinator, Unwired

“Carl put on an amazing show! The whole audience was energised by his insightful and fun presentation. He was fantastic! We got amazing comments! A huge huge thanks!”
--Beatrice Imbert-Forgeot, Zenith Optimedia, Richemont Group Event

“An amazing public speaker that engages the audience from the first to the last minute. He shares his wisdom….and the best part…he doesn’t peddle anything (but you go and buy the book after haha) and he is a pleasure to work with….no prima donna in sight!!!! Great job in Montreal at the CSSE conference!”
--Greg Swan, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering

“Many thanks for a superb, insightful, dynamic, fun and fully inspiring presentation! Just had excellent feedback from all participants with no exception!”
--Gilles Legault, Senior Counsel, Global Legal Affairs, CN

“Getting city lawyers to slow down is impossible surely? Carl was faced with this task at our latest Life With Law event, and succeeded in every way. Carl captured the whole room’s attention with his thoughts on The Slow Movement. His talk resonated with everyone in slightly different ways, but we all left wanting to find our inner tortoise.”
--Amy Greenham, Lawyers on Demand

“Carl recently addressed a group of parents at Blundell’s School. He is an immensely engaging speaker and his message resonated strongly with our community. The ‘Slow’ concept is simple and accessible but the practical challenges are considerable – but Carl’s talk really did leave people feeling like the challenge wasn’t an insurmountable one and that it was well worth the effort, individually and corporately. He provoked much meaningful discussion and debate and at times evoked a strong emotional response. Carl is clearly an experienced and clever speaker and he quickly found traction with his audience through his humorous and self-effacing stories. The only question we have left is when we might be able to get him back again!”
Bart Wielenga, Headmaster, Blundell’s School (Devon, England)

FEEDBACK from delegates at the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers’ Professional Development Conference:

“I could listen to Carl speak all day! Very dynamic, funny, insightful and engaging. I thought he and his subject matter was the perfect way to end the conference.”

“Highly entertaining – great choice to close the conference.’

“Really good food for thought. This is a presentation that many CEOs need to hear.”

“Very engaging speaker in a difficult time slot. Loved the information and the delivery. I will buy his book he was that good.”

“Carl Honoré helped end CSSE 2013 with a bang!!! what a great presentation!!!!”

“For me, this speaker was worth the fee! We could easily relate to his topic and hopefully all take home and put into action his points – for our families and for our workplaces. He was polished, flexible and adaptable. Thoroughly enjoyed him and could have listened longer !!! I would listen again if we repeated him in the future.”

Feedback from delegates at Citywire 2016

“Very dynamic speaker and an intriguing topic which was relevant on so many levels.”

"Important thoughts presented in a brilliant way. thanks for having included this personal enrichment into the programme."

"Just brilliant!! great topics and great pick of speaker!"

"Excellent thought provoking session."

"Great motivational speaker. I will definitely spread this life lesson."

Citywire 2016






UK :£7k to £15k

Europe :£7k to £15k

US :£7k to £15k

Asia/Middle East :£7k to £15k

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The Wall Street Journal hailed him as “an in-demand spokesman on slowness.” CBC Sunday Edition called him “the world’s leading evangelist for the Slow Movement.” The Huffington Post described him as “the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.”

In Australia, Carl recently presented a prime-time TV show (Frantic Family Rescue, ABC 1) where he helped people slow down.

Carl started out as a journalist. After working with street children in Brazil, he covered Europe and South America for the Economist, Observer, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Time, National Post and other publications.

His first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. The Financial Times said it is “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.”

His second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing - and offers a blueprint for change. The book was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.”

His third book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle problems without falling for superficial, short-term quick fixes.

Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. In Praise of Slow was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and the inaugural choice for the Huffington Post Book Club. The book also featured in a British TV sitcom, Argentina’s version of Big Brother, and a TV commercial for the Motorola tablet. Under Pressure was also shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada.

On top of writing, broadcasting and researching the benefits of deceleration, Carl travels the world to deliver talks and workshops. His talks are dynamic, counterintuitive, eloquent, informative, inspiring and full of humour. His audiences range from entrepreneurs, managers and engineers to teachers, marketers and medical practitioners.

His first language is English but he also presents in Spanish, French and Portuguese.

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