Do you need a speaker or MC? This person did:
“Guy has integrity and intelligence when it comes to hosting an event and a genuine desire to do everything he can to make it a success.
He adopts an holistic approach and is more than happy to indulge the scrupulous points of detail any decent event organiser will have in their armoury.
His relaxed style is underpinned by methodical research and attention to detail. He is a pleasure to work with.”
Tracy Bosanko, Bosanko Marketing Communications – Project Director SSF UK, Director of Marketing, Chartered Wealth Management and Board Member of Hospitality Action, 2015.
I have added value to a lot of conferences as MC and speaker and am happy to take on more. Clients have included:
- Bafta, for whom I’ve moderated panels on technology in front of an audience of members and Bafta fellows (see testimonial below)
- The Guardian, for whom I MC’d the 2014 small business awards
- Social Media World Forum, chairing one of the streams 2010-2011, chairing panels as well as introducing speakers
- The Shared Services Forum in Manchester, 2015, once again as MC (see testimonial above)
I have been a keynote speaker at at numerous events spanning 12 countries across three continents and keynoting at London’s Olympia conference centre for the launch of my 2014 book, “The Smarter Working Manifesto“, with my co-author Philip Vanhoutte. This also led to speaking engagements in Berlin and Lisbon. I still speak about smarter/flexible/agile working at conferences and most recently dinner events for Professional Outsourcing Magazine.
I will be speaking at the Caffe Culture show in May at Olympia, twice, on social media for independent cafe owners.
Previously I have been a keynote speaker on social media in Malaysia, London, Holland, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and numerous other places.
I am a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association.
Have you briefed your MC?
People don’t always think about who’s going to MC their conference or event. A colleague once heard it described as “the easy bit” – if only. As compère I offer a distinct seven-point plan:
- Consultation in designing the event and programme if required
- Pre-event briefings with all participants either in person, by Skype or by phone plus research into your field – if I don’t know it yet I will do by the time the conference comes around
- Collection of participant contact details and chasing any no-shows on the day
- Help with technical briefings and sound checks for other speakers – and a weather eye on the AV crew and other participants during the event to offer support
- “Emergency keynote” available in case of any real no-shows
- Audience engagement and control where necessary – filling in for quiet Q and As and calming them down when they’re too boisterous!
- Humour – both on-stage and off it’s the facilitator’s job to make everyone’s day a pleasure. Not only will the links between events be a pleasure, so will the whole day.
I have worked with Guy as moderator on two occasions, once for Bafta and once for the BBC.
On both occasions he brought the technology and its implications to
life for a non-technical audience, emphasising not only the opportunities but the managerial challenges they would have to face.
Guy has a rare talent in that he is authoritative as well engaging as a moderator. He has a robust journalistic approach to his subject matter and marries this with a very personable on-stage manner.
Lesley Jones, events producer, College of Production, BBC Academy
I can also add value to your conference if you need:
- A panel moderated at a conference as above, previous assignments including London, Cape Town and Amsterdam
- A speech/panel expert on media issues, as delivered in London and Turkey
Finally I have acted as a juror/chair on several award schemes, including:
- Bafta – one of the first judges on the “interactive innovation” category in the TV awards (separately from the events I’ve managed for them)
- Nectar Business Awards, judge for the first four years
- Guardian Small Business Awards, 2014: chaired the judging sessions and MC’d the awards themselves as stated above
- Juror, Central and Eastern European Shared Services and Outsourcing Awards, 2015, for which I took part in judging in Warsaw and presented an award
My agent is Francesca Coker at Jillie Bushell Associates – why not drop her a note by clicking the link, or use the form below?
Picture credits: Creative Photo Video for the main pic, Mary Portas picture from Alicia Canter