Oliver Burkeman keynote speaker
Oliver Burkeman keynote speaker

Oliver Burkeman

Best-selling author on psychology and productivity

Speaker Themes

  • The psychology of happiness
  • The psychology of productivity
  • Building a meaningful life in a bewildering world

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Oliver Burkeman is a best-selling author and keynote speaker.

His books include Four Thousand Weeks: Time and How to Use It (Penguin Vintage, 2021) as well as The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking (Penguin Vintage, 2012) and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (Penguin Vintage, 2011).

For many years Oliver wrote a popular weekly column on psychology for the Guardian, This Column Will Change Your Life. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Psychologies and New Philosopher. He has a devoted following for his writing on productivity, mortality, the power of limits, and building a meaningful life in an age of bewilderment.

For more information about booking Oliver Burkeman as a keynote speaker, contact VBQ’s founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@vbqspeakers.com.


Oliver Burkeman’s most recent book is Four Thousand Weeks (the average lifespan of a human). It is a New York Times best-seller and was named one of the best books of 2021 by the Financial Times, The Times, The Observer, Audible, Time and Barnes & Noble. 

Here, Oliver explores why the central challenge of time management isn’t becoming more efficient, but deciding what to neglect; why, in an accelerating world, patience is a superpower and why, in conditions of limitless choice, burning your bridges beats keeping your options open. 

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