An Interview With SUMO Guy, Paul McGee
If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?
The opening of the 2012 Olympic Games would be a nice one to pull off!
How did the corporate speaking start?
The launch of my SUMO book (Shut Up, Move On) lead to a huge increase in speaking engagements and I have now spoken in 33 different countries
Can you remember your first speaking engagement?
Yes I talked about the subject of motivation to a group of students
And your last event?
A premiership football team asked me to speak to 150 of their staff including some players and their manager.
Which event has been your favourite and why?
Being on the same speaking bill as Dr Stephen Covey at the Sydney Convention centre in Australia. The audience was very receptive to my message, laughed a lot and it was an honour to share the same platform with one of the worlds leading thinkers in the are of leadership and personal development.
Who would you most like to share a platform with?
Tom Cruise as we are both the same height!
On average, how many times a year do you speak at corporate events?
Between 110 and 130
Do you use powerpoint?
Yes, but I don’t use bullet points!
Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?
Absolutely, I have just spoken to a group of eight people at an event in London, but have also spoken at the National Indoor Arena to 6,000
How do you like to be introduced?
I provide a script for people, but it normally includes the phrase “He is known as the SUMO Guy and he’ll tell you why”.
Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?
Absolutely, it would be unprofessional not to do so.
What are the most asked for topics?
Those related to change, confidence, motivation and leadership
Is your speech at all interactive with audience participation?
Yes, but I don’t get people to break up into groups and gather around a flip chart!
Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?
I once went to the toilet with my microphone still switched on!
Your favourite film?
Saving Private Ryan
Any that can get me thinking and smiling. Ben Elton usually achieves both.
Favourite holiday destination?
What’s your tipple – wine, beer, champagne?
Country or townie?
Townie but I really do enjoy the country