Let’s face it, you don’t really want to know about all my qualifications and experience. You want to know if I can do the job for you. The video shows you what I offer, but it’s really about delivery. I’ve been working in the media and speaking world for a very long time, and I’d be happy to offer any of my clients as a reference.
Of course, I have been honoured with some designations, which I must say I’m quite proud of, since they represent a high level of professional achievement. In December 2013, I was part of the first group of speakers to receive the Global Speaking Fellow designation This award is given only to experienced international speakers who have proven mastery of the core global speaking competencies over a number of years, received favorable reviews by the clients who have hired them, demonstrated sustainability as a global presenter, presented professionally in a range of countries and satisfied a panel of peers of their competence. The award is held by only thirty-five speakers worldwide.
I am also a Past President of the Global Speakers Federation, and a Fellow and Past President of the Professional Speaking Association of the UK and Ireland (PSA UKI). I am also honoured to be one of only twenty UK speakers who holds their highest professional designation, The Professional Speaking Award of Excellence (PSAE). Co-incidentally, I’m the only accredited professional speaker in Europe who is also a qualified public relations professional, being a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Like you, I spend most of my time online these days. I set up and run the largest Facebook community devoted to online speaking, and it’s been a life-saver for many people who have to present online.
I’ve written a bunch of books about media and speaking. My recent book, The Exceptional Speaker, co-authored with Paul du Toit, was published in September 2013, and the revised edition is out in December 2020. I’ve been appearing frequently on radio and television since 1979. I also set up and ran Which? Online in 1996, which included online social networking features, years before Facebook. The Independent newspaper listed me as “one of the UK’s top ten media experts”, bless them. I live in London with my wife, where I enjoy running, rock music and fine food and wine, though not all at the same time. My great-great-great grandmother’s aunt was Mary Shelley, writer of Frankenstein. Oh yes, and my mother and father were ballroom dancing champions of London, back in 1946. That’s probably enough.