An Interview With John Sergeant

1 January 2012

What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?

Speak clearly and where possible without notes, tailoring my remarks to the audience and injecting as much humour as possible.

How did the corporate speaking begin?

When I left ITN as political editor in 2003, I was immediately contacted by a number of speaking agencies and I began to get more and more commissions for events. When I worked for the BBC and ITN, I could not take up speaking engagements because of my schedule and the need to be politically impartial.

Which event has been your favourite and why?

I have enjoyed mostly the ones that involve people I would not normally meet, from Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises to experts from pharmaceutical companies. Why? Because they are usually surprised to see me – and often pleased I have made an effort to meet them.

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

I suppose it would be at an event where they knew my work and appreciated what I had done: this could cover quite a large range because I have worked in many areas of broadcasting from comedy and drama to news and current affairs.

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

I prefer to work on my own, but I have enjoyed working with Alastair Campbell and other journalists.

What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?

Personal anecdotes about my career.

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

How to tell a story and how to switch from the funny to the serious and perhaps back again, without appearing to make too much of a gear change. They might also conclude that journalism and broadcasting can be a lot of fun.

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