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NEW BOOK NOW WITH EDITOR

The Wedding Speech Handbook has gone to my editor and I have a cover design, which I love.

That cover design features a cartoon of a best man who’s clearly a wannabe standup comedian. He’s oblivious to the horrified reactions of the rest of the top table: a familiar wedding speech pitfall.

The finished book will be available as soon as my editor has done her worst. It’ll be in eBook form first, then paperback.

Watch this space, as they say.

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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 is due for publication very soon.

I am also a personal performance coachI 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.

I’m also a speaker at corporate events, fundraisers and social functions; and a voice actor who also makes occasional forays on to screen or stage.

BIOGRAPHY

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.