Who would you most like to share a platform with?
How did the corporate speaking start?
Following my appointment as CEO of the McAlpine Stadium which won the Building of the Year award in 1995.
Can you remember your first speaking engagement?
Haslingden Cricket Club 1979, I was petrified.
And your last event?
A Business Conference in Burnley.
Which event has been your favourite and why?
The PFA Awards night at the Grosvenor Hotel London in 1998 with Eusabio and Rory Bremner filmed live on Sky TV and The Indian International Sports Summit Mumbai.
If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
My daughter and my son’s weddings.
On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?
50 – 60 as my time is limited due to full time role as a CEO.
Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?
I deliver a presentation to suit size the audience. Often the larger events are best.
Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?
Preferable but often it’s more fun to make your own evaluation of the event on the day. Sometimes the organiser gives out the wrong brief.
What are the most asked for topics?
How to achieve personal success within a teamwork environment.
Is your speech interactive with audience participation?
No, I feel a corporate audience wants to learn from listening to someone else’s experiences, not take part in a party game where they may embarrass themselves.
Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?
Approx 30% of my presentation is humorous. With 3-4 serious business messages.
Your favourite film?
It’s a Wonderful Life directed by Frank Cappra.
How to Win Friends and Influence People written by Dale Carnegie in 1936.
Favourite holiday destination?
Country or townie?
Both. London and the Lake District are both wonderful and we are lucky to live in the best country on earth.
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