WEDDINGS BOOK PUBLISHED
My book The Wedding Speech Handbook is now available for download in Kindle form. You’ll find a link in the sidebar. The print version will follow in a week or two.
The book’s cover design features a cartoon by David Lewis, of a best man who’s clearly a wannabe standup comedian. He’s having fun, oblivious to the horrified reactions of the rest of the top table: a familiar wedding speech pitfall.
GENERAL GUFF ABOUT ME
I’m a Bristol-based septuagenarian, devoting my ‘Third Age’ to a portfolio career drawing on my personal and professional experience.
I’m a freelance nonfiction writer. My book Back to the Black (2010; second edition 2015) was about a financial crisis I had in the ’90s and what I learned from it; and The Wedding Speech Handbook has just been published.
I am also a personal performance coach: I specialise in helping people who need to perform ‘on stage’ from time to time, whether that’s a theatre stage, a conference platform or the top table at a wedding, and anyone contemplating retirement or reinvention.
A native of Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, I spent my university years at Imperial College, London.
I then had a 25-year career in the chemical industry, eventually ending up as Managing Director of a sales and marketing company in the Swedish-owned Holmen group.
I left to set up and run a training consultancy, where I designed and delivered courses for major corporate clients in Scandinavia in business communication skills – e,g, how to deliver impactful presentations or run effective meetings, telephone skills and the like – combined with polishing English-language competence.
I then spent five years working with a major UK health charity on fundraising and media liaison.
Nowadays I live in the great city of Bristol, in the West of England, avoiding retirement (I prefer the word ‘reinvention’) and working on a variety of projects.