At the age of 14, when I attended Pitman’s College in London training to be a proper Secretary, public speaking was one of the lessons I was required to attend. Although I passed both the Elementary and Advanced Grades with flying colours, it was a subject I loathed. Even many years later, when I presented the Events Diaries for BBC Essex, I never imagined public speaking would be something I would not only love doing but that I could do it for a living. I had a busy career in the Entertainment Industry as a Theatrical Agent and Event Organiser and was very happy.
In 2007, problems in the banking industry meant that a lot of the corporate work I did suddenly stopped, financial institutions weren’t laying on lavish events and although I still had lots of other retail sector and private clients, it was obvious I needed to think about a second income stream.
Then a friend suggested that I could talk about my work with celebrities, my brief but former sojourn into the world of magic and an idea was born. So, here I am! With now almost a decade of experience.
About my talks...
I am fully self-contained with no need for lots of technical equipment. I bring colourful pop up banners which encourage members of groups to come and talk to me afterwards and some of the talks have props or free giveaways. I have my own radio microphone which can fit in your PA system or, if required, I can bring a compact system and a willing husband to set it up and roadie for me. So, from your end, I just need a reasonable sized table and access to a plug socket.
My aim is for audiences to go away, maybe having learned a bit about something they didn’t know, listened to a light-hearted talk and laughed a lot too.
WI’s, TWG’s, Probus, Church groups, Friendship clubs from £70 plus travel @ 40p per mile (don’t be afraid to call if you have a smaller than average group, I may be able to negotiate a little discount)
U3A’s and other larger groups £100 plus travel @ 40p per mile
For very large group meetings or conferences, please call to discuss your requirements
Please note I am only accepting engagements where payment is made either in cash or by cheque on the day.
Areas: I will travel to Essex and Suffolk all year round and possibly Norfolk during the summer months.