My range of books will give an idea of the various topics I can talk about and I've been a guest speaker at many group and team events.
Here's a synopsis of two talks appropriate for social and business groups such as Probus, WI and other clubs and societies
'PLEASE RAISE YOUR GLASSES’
Confessions of a wedding toastmaster
The phrase ‘wedding toastmaster’, to some people, raises the spectre of a formal and often pompous individual who makes a few announcements. I plead guilty to making announcements, but I deny any pomposity!
This role, as I define it, goes way beyond ‘loud announcements’. You’ll go 'behind the scenes' and discover how things started and how they got to where they are today. You’ll also hear stories and confessions that few guests – and few couples – ever know about.
Oyez, Oyez, the fabled cry of the early bellman started the process of spreading news to a generally illiterate public. The Crier was a
news spreader, an announcer of Government declarations, a hangman’s assistant and a key figure in protecting the public from danger of fire. Crier ‘shouts’ have been used in modern times to
announce Royal Births and even to wake a bride on the morning of her wedding! The ‘succinctness’ of information is in complete contrast to the indiscriminate information overload we endure
But the philosophy of the Crier is fighting back.
I'm a mediocre magician but I use elements of magic in many of my toastmaster, MC and speaking activities. Despite that, I will always recommend you use a 'proper magician' and I'll recommend good performers.. Please enjoy this clip in the meantime!