John Griffiths-Colby

Location: Reigate, Kent
About me...

If you have got this far you must be looking for a public speaker to entertain and inform your chosen audience. I have a wide-ranging background in Journalism, Business Consultancy, Presenting and Public Speaking and very importantly, Plumbing. I have written extensively for National and Regional magazines, providing satirical and lifestyle columns for the New Statesman and Italian Bike magazines respectively. In my day job as a Business Consultant I deal in business change and I see what works and what doesn’t, in life as well as in business.

About my talks...

All my talks are illustrated, just that; I talk and there are pictures which will illustrate and explain as a background to the subject. I don’t and won’t read from a script or from a Powerpoint slide show. I am reliably informed my talks are funny, a little abstract but ultimately thought-provoking. I will adapt and tailor my talks to your audience as part of the fixed price. I also take commissions for specific material/audiences. My aim is to engage and inform my audience without being too serious. This will be a sideways view of life and the audience will need to think a bit, laugh a bit and take a new thought away with them.

Fee:

I am based near where the Kent/Surrey/Sussex borders meet and my fee of £100 includes travel expenses within those counties. I am happy to travel further afield but I will need to provide you with a price depending on location. Likewise special commissions will be by arrangement.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

07890 461 276

Working Crunch

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Having worked both sides of the fence for financial institutions and financial regulators, I appreciated the irony of being made redundant as a result of the actions of one and the inaction of the other. This illuminating romp through the causes and effects of the financial crisis, is taken from the perspective of a polymath trying to earn money as the mortgage company starts to close the net. After all, at school they taught six different subjects a day – why settle for one specific career for the rest of your life? In fact, why not be a plumber, journalist and business analyst all on the same day?

Change and the Wrong Ways

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Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once wrote ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’ [the more it changes, the more it is the same thing] and this is quoted about as often as people say ‘the only constant is change’. Large and small companies now have teams dedicated to Change and the media sells us stuff by justifying our need for changing the item we already have. Millions of books are sold with the aim of helping us change our lives, families and personalities. Here I explore the subject of Change and present some wry observations as to why we accept that ‘change happens’ and at the same time ‘nothing changes’ and why we spend a lot of our spare headspace trying to work out how to change things and in particular, those closest to us. In the meantime we, of course, don’t really need to change and usually just end up behaving like our parents.

Write to live, Live to Write

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I will explore and explain some odd dimensions of motorcycling literature and how it has influenced the quality of our lives more than we know. In addition, time spent as a columnist on a motorcycling magazine and with the New Statesman, helps me highlight how printing and journalistic techniques can influence life, the universe and of course, motorcycle maintenance.

Rogue Rouge

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In the last three decades unions have been all but forgotten. I started my working life in the recession of the early eighties with plummeting house prices and soaring unemployment. It was clear the unions had largely shot themselves in the head during the Winter of Discontent. The conservative government of that era then kicked them while they were down. This light-heartedly optimistic talk seeks to highlight how an erstwhile student of the popular capitalist economics of the time [that has remained with all political parties] has striven to maintain his ‘shop steward mentality’ through writing humorous satirical columns for a union magazine, whilst at the same time trying to nurture some sort of career within blatantly capitalist organisations without being shot. 1 to 1s and annual reviews were always going to be interesting.

Have you ‘liked’ me yet?

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I keep bumping into celebrities without trying at all and most of them turn out to have once been Doctor Who. Their reaction is mixed – some want to be known and some don’t and none of them know me from Adam. So what makes a celebrity? Can it be thrust upon them? Can they shake it off? If everyone can be famous for fifteen minutes, do Social Networks help your chances or make your thoughts and antics even more insignificant? Do today’s children think being a celebrity is a realistic career option any more than Media Studies? If you sense that this talk isn’t at all serious, you may well be right but the psychology and cult of celebrity is as funny as it might be sad.