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Nigel Taberner is a speaker and former UK hostage negotiator who provides bespoke communications training, consultancy and keynote speeches.

During his 10 year career as a negotiator he saved over 130 lives, successfully resolving highly volatile armed sieges, domestic and international kidnaps and high-risk suicide interventions.

Nigel Taberner has over 30 years of operational experience with the Greater Manchester Police and Counter-Terrorism Policing North West. During that time he served in a wide variety of front line and investigative roles. At the height of his career he was a Detective Inspector responsible for counter-terrorism policing operations.

He is an experienced trainer and has delivered negotiation training to UK police officers, Special Forces personnel and international colleagues from the FBI, Finland and Australian police forces.

Through his company Level2Communications Nigel now brings transferrable skills, honed in the secretive world of hostage negotiation, to help those in business and education.


As a passionate and engaging speaker Nigel Taberner brings to life, through his stories, subjects such as elite listening, emotional intelligence and how to negotiate when you have nothing to offer.

Nigel brings his unique perspective on communication, resilience and emotional intelligence that can dramatically transform any team, making them more effective, people focused, inclusive and ultimately, higher performing.

From one hour, ‘Lessons From The Edge Of Chaos’, presentations to longer CPD sessions covering all aspects of negotiation and communication excellence, Nigel’s storytelling will challenge and inspire the audience in equal measure.

Topics include

  • The negotiation process
  • Listening like a life depends on it
  • Managing conflict and difficult people
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Influence and persuasion
  • Negotiator tips and tricks
  • Understanding and getting the best from your team

To hear an interview with Nigel please listen to the Ladder Down podcast – https://ladderdown.libsyn.com/ladder-down-nigel-taberner




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