Inspirational speaker Lena Skogholm

– provides inspiration, new knowledge and practical tools


Inspirational speaker Lena Skogholm – one of few specialising in how we can benefit in practical terms from brain research in our everyday lives. The focus is on how we can interact with each other and understand ourselves based on how the brain works, to create both better results and a better professional and private life. Lena has a BA in Behavioural Sciences and has education in pedagogy and theology.

As an inspirational speaker, Lena is engaged as an expert on subjects such as interactions, leadership, the social working environment, difficult conversations and self-leadership. 

Lena has met tens of thousands of people, and presents 70-80 talks per year. Lena is highly appreciated as a speaker for her ability to inspire and engage her audience. Her talks combine facts with practical tips based on reality, which creates both recognition and a desire for change.  



On stage, Lena provides inspiration and knowledge when she talks about research and practical tools. Her talks stimulate recognition and laughter. 

Recurring comments after Lena’s talks: 

    • Lots of insights
    • You succeeded in keeping everyone focused all the way through
    • Now I know exactly what I need to do differently
    • An informative structure that makes it easy to remember
    • This was really practical and usable
    • Incredibly well thought out and scientific
    • I loved your sense of humour


As an inspirational speaker and behavioural scientist, Lena Skogholm has a wealth of experience from TV and theatre, education, business and leadership development. 

A solid educational background

Lena Skogholm has a BA in Behavioural Sciences and has undergone training as a drama teacher and in theatre skills. Her primary educational background in the 1980s was as a pastor.

Lena has also been an examiner and examination leader for the Nordic region’s biggest quality mark. As a speaker, she is a member of the National Speakers Association of Sweden, and became a member and regional manager when the association was formed.

She calls herself “Teacher of Humanfulness”, as the guiding thread and everything she does takes as its starting point how we function as humans and how we can interact with that knowledge to achieve a better private and working life.

Employment market involvement

As well as being a public speaker, Lena Skogholm also undertakes other assignments in which her expert knowledge is invaluable. For example, she has been involved in a Swedish project with employment market stakeholders aimed at developing tools intended to achieve a sustainable working environment with healthy businesses where employees feel good. The tools will soon be available for everyone on the site


Lena Skogholm is the author of the best-selling “The Connection Code – How to understand people and get a better work and private life”, which went straight to the top of the charts when it was released.

The book has now sold almost 50,000 copies and can be found in the majority of libraries in Sweden. 

It has also been translated into English.

“The more you know about people
the easier it is to be professional.”


Lena Skogholm collaborates with a number of other inspirational speakers – you can see examples of a selection of rewarding collaborations.

Well-known speaker Lasse “the fireman” Gustavsson and Lena Skogholm travelled around Sweden and gave inspirational talks on behalf of the speaker association Lära för Livet.

Together with 11 other professional speakers, Lena Skogholm has contributed to the book: 12 talares tankar om kommunikation (12 speakers’ thoughts about communication). Here is a picture from the busy book release event. The other speakers, all of whom have written a chapter in the book, are: Annan Almberg, Antoni Lacinai, Anna Bellman, Inger Hansson, David Phillips, Johan Appel, My Gross, Sofia Karlsson, Patrik Nordkvist, Jon Forsell and Johan Dahl.

Lena Skogholm together with a number of experienced speakers on Möteskulturdagen, which has been in existence for 12 years and is televised on SvT. Here you can see other speakers and experts: Micke Darmell – founder of Möteskulturdagen, Gunnel Ryner, Mia Liljeberg, Antoni Lacinai, Åsa Gustafsson, Jan Gunnarsson and David Phillips

Here you can see the speakers who together presented Bemötandedagen (Encounter Day): Andreas Kullberg, Lena Skogholm. Mia Liljeberg, Anna Bergholtz and Jan Gunnarsson, creator of Hostmanship, which is now found all around the world.

Inspirational speakers Leila Söderholm, who is a frequent TV guest, and Hasse Carlsson, also a songwriter and guitarist, together with speaker Lena Skogholm. Inspirational talks were given around Sweden on behalf of Lära för Livet.

Over the years, Lena has trained and certified around ten Talkmap consultants, who also provide Talkmap training and talks. These are extremely competent consultants with long experience and extensive training. The picture shows a few of them on our annual day together. 

A number of the consultants are also certified in Neuroleadership – Brain-based leadership. This is a course that Lena Skogholm has developed, with 300 pages of course material. The course covers five full days. Here you can see the fantastic Ebba Nordrup, who has trained more than 100 managers in Neuroleadership. 99% of participants have given top scores when evaluating the course. Lena Skogholm was engaged as an inspirational speaker to meet the managers Ebba had trained.

Lena Skogholm also collaborates with Amos and Carina Makjula, who work on behalf of poor children in Amos’ home town of Lindi in Tanzania. Lena supports the education of 18 girls in Tanzania and contributes to the construction of a children’s home in the town of Lindi. 



When you book a speaker, it’s important they are the right person for you. The clearer an image you have of what you want to achieve with the talk, the easier it is to ensure you have a really good day with the right speaker. 

So think about the following questions before you book a speaker.

    • What’s the aim of the speaker’s visit? In other words, why do you want the talk? 
    • What do you want the participants to feel, think and do after the talk? What result do you want to achieve?
    • Where do you want the speaker to focus during the talk? Are you looking for inspiration or do you want new knowledge and tools that you can use in your business and everyday lives?

The dialogue with the speaker

    • Give the speaker your answers to the questions above.
    •  Tell them about your current situation and where you want to go. Give the speaker a clear image of your goals. 
    • What is your current context more specifically? Is there a reorganisation underway or any other changes? Is there something about the business that’s particularly good or something that needs to be developed?
    • Share the vision and goals you have for the business. Describe your core values, ethical foundations and so on.
    • Agree with the speaker how the presentation of the day and the speaker should be structured. 

What characterises a professional speaker?

What characterises a professional speaker is that they will ask you all the questions in the previous section. It’s the speaker’s job to make sure none of this is missed out. 

Professional speakers develop constantly. They keep themselves up-to-date with new knowledge both in terms of their area of expertise and current challenges facing businesses. A professional speaker analyses the current business context, keeping their information up-to-date. 

A professional speaker is experienced and expert in one or more areas. Often they have in-depth knowledge that takes several years to acquire. Being able to convey expert knowledge in a popular way is also an art. An art that must constantly be refined and developed. The presentation and educational structure of a talk are also important for a speaker on this level.

High standards, clear dialogue and ethical guidelines

A professional speaker leaves nothing to chance, but is committed and always strives to make each assignment as good as possible for all parties. 

Dialogue and feedback are important for speakers who have high standards, because development and professionalism are their guiding principles.

Speakers who are members of the National Speakers Association are required to follow the association’s ethical guidelines.