About Dianne Mannering, creator of this website...
I have been giving talks for over twenty years and when my three children all became involved in website based careers, I wanted to learn about websites so that I could keep a handle on what they were talking about. I said to them “I want to build a website” They rolled their eyes and groaned. “What is your website going to be about, Mum? You can’t just build one, it has to be about something” they explained. “I want to advertise my talks” I said. I had by that time realised that no agents were prepared to take speakers on their books who were charging very modest fees because they couldn’t make any money out of them, so really, there was no way for such speakers to advertise their talks other than word of mouth. My son Simon thought it a good idea, Laura said none of the bookings secretaries would be using computers to look for their speakers – which wasn’t far wrong back in the mid 1990’s and Polly registered the name www.diannemannering.co.uk for me and found a website on ‘how to work with html’ the coding one had to use in those day. I knew a few other speakers and offered to add them to my website. Some said OK as a sort of favour to me, some were quite enthusiastic and one or two refused because they weren’t quite sure what a website was. The website is now in its fourth rebuild and it is still a free resource for both bookings secretaries and speakers.
About my talks...
My talks are all Power Point presentations and I use approx 100 illustrations in each talk, often using my own cartoon sketches when I can’t find suitable graphics. I supply my own laptop and projector though I am happy to use in-house equipment when it is available. All of my equipment is PAT compliant.
I am used to giving talks at all types of venues and for all types of events including after-dinner engagements, charity evenings, WI Group events, National Trust, schools and colleges, U3A, Rotary, PROBUS, TWG and History Groups etc. Usually my talks last between 50 and 60 minutes and I also have a longer version for organisations who like a break during the event.
My Fee is £140 unless otherwise stated, plus modest travelling expenses when more than 10 miles from my home in Alton Hampshire. However, if your venue is around Teddington in Middlesex or Falmouth in Cornwall, I can use the excuse of seeing my children or getting a ‘grandchild fix’ as an excuse to make the journey….. in which case you don’t pay anything towards my travel.
I moved to Alton in Hampshire in February 2017 and I am very keen to get established in the area, so if you ane interested in my talks, but don’t like my fees – then give me a ring and lets talk about it.
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