Resident Manchester (UK)
Communication skills trainer and Founder of Speakeasy Groups, a mechanism for helping people craft and deliver a compelling story. My goal is to help people do more pulling and less pushing with their marketing - by having and communicating a great story. I hate information-heavy presentations; I love authentic storytellers (and I'm not alone!).
I also co-founded a concept called MojoLIfe, whose purpose is to help people, companies or organisations rediscover their core purpose and come alive. It's a terrific response to redundancy and a great way to reinvigorate a company.
My brother is a golf pro and taught me to play to a high standard when younger. I went to Manchester University to study History & Politics but played golf for my country at university level before moving into the golf industry for 20 years.
As a PGA Tournament Official I refereed in the Ryder Cup and went on to manage and market commercial golf & leisure clubs around the UK. I taught golf as a business networking tool, worked as a golf journalist for a while then had a life-changing experience (explained below) that led to the discovery of who I was and what I really really good at.
I look back at it and consider it both the worst thing and the best thing that ever happened to me.
Tony Robbins talks about getting more of what you focus on. Boy is he right! Having got my life back on track thanks largely to the inspiration of TED Talks, I was talking to a friend in a railway station cafe in Manchester about who I admired and revered amongst the TED greats. Tom Peters, Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson and Malcolm Gladwell. As I uttered the word 'Gladwell', in walked a familiar looking gent to order a coffee - yes, Mr Gladwell himself!
Areas of Expertise
Networking and Relationship Building, Public Speaking & Presentation, Storytelling for Business Coaching & Consulting
An idea worth spreading
To use the empowering nature of storytelling in business and elsewhere to facilitate positive change. I'd like to have storytelling groups running worldwide to help people understand who they are and what they have to offer, to encourage them to do that story justice and to help them build a network around it. For me, stories enable people to self-lead and start something that's worth following.
I'm passionate about
Storytelling, communication, effective presenting, nurturing potential, relationship-building, family, having a passion.
Talk to me about
Pull marketing, authentic storytelling, effective networking, life after redundancy, how to reinvent yourself, personal branding.
People don't know I'm good at
Karaoke (limited range of songs!).
My TED story
In 2007, when I should have been at the height of my career, I had my life-changing experience. I was in a business partnership and for a whole host of reasons it fell apart. I was left broke (worse than broke!), couldn't afford to run a car, split up from my wife and kids and to cap it all, my mum (my only remaining parent) became very ill and almost passed away.
But I turned things around by mixing with some great people and being exposed to some new perspectives. I was introduced to TED and found new heroes in the form of Seth Godin, Sir Ken Robinson and Malcolm Gladwell. Despite having no money, I rediscovered who I was and set about reinventing myself. I started writing, developed my passion for public speaking and told my story at TEDx. I founded a storytelling concept called Speakeasy Groups and that's now in the UK and Australia. And I co-created MojoLife, a movement for helping others effect their own reinvention.