Write your own introduction

As well as speaking for a living, I often act as the MC or compere at an event. It’s not rocket science. I  tell people where the fire exits and toilets are located and glare at them until they switch their mobile phones to silent. Then I pop up in between speakers, make a few […]

Get back on the stage

You’re brilliant. You should be on the stage. And there’s another one leaving in fifteen minutes. This is an old joke from the days of the Wild West, as told by members of the National Speakers Association of Dodge City. Of course, stage coaches are long since gone. They would have been gone a lot […]

Speaking in South Africa

I’ve just arrived in Cape Town after a brilliant three days at the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA) in Johannesburg. I was the only European speaking on  the main stage at the event at Emperors Palace. It was a brilliant convention and I met some lovely and inspiring fellow speakers.  I’ll post some […]

Sound decision

I’ve just missed out on a speaking job for a bizarre reason. It was to compere the end of season dinner for a well known English football club. (Not West Ham, but not one of our rivals, so stop looking at me like that, it was a paid gig!) They contacted me. I gave them […]

The man with his head on upside down

It’s been raining a lot lately, so it must be time for the cricket season to get underway.  In fact it’s the earliest ever start to a county championship season. I filmed at Derbyshire this week. The county have performed a huge about turn. After years of playing with the sun in their eyes, someone […]

Ski cross

My mate Dave is a big Hull City fan.  Last season he was at the Boleyn for the match which marked my return as the announcer. It was a brilliant night, I walked around shaking hands with everyone and was so happy to be  back. Especially when we won under lights to restart our season.  […]

Blue Peter

When I was a kid, Blue Peter was a top programme full of educational features. This week I have seen Dick and Dom making pancakes on Blue Peter, plus a song by the young pop combo who are so poor they have to share the single name of Jedward. I should point out that I […]

Union Jack

I’m greatly enjoying Chris Evans on breakfast on Radio 2. He’s quickly established the programme as a feelgood way to start the day that appeals to the whole family. Much as I loved Terry Wogan, he’d handed his show over to his contributors, and it had begun to show. One feature I particularly enjoy is […]

My interview with Paul Smith

Here’s my interview with fashion designer Paul Smith. Paul fell into fashion by accident, when he was knocked off his bicycle. During his long recovery he befriended some fashion students, fell in love with their teacher and with fashion itself. He’s never looked back. I love his shoes and always wear them to give me […]

Too mean to pay to hear me talk? Here’s some free speech.

One of my most popular talks is ‘Putting the U in Humour’. It’s aimed at business people who want to get their message across more effectively by keeping their audience entertained. Its a 30 minute keynote or a 60 minute interactive workshop. The main message is to forget telling old jokes and concentrate on using […]