Alan Stevens is an exceptional speaker. In recognition of this, he became one of an exclusive group – a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA of the UK). This is the highest earned measure of success in the British speaking community. In 2008 he served as PSA President. He is held in high esteem internationally by the Global Speaking community – so much so that he was elected to serve as President of the Global Speakers Federation in 2010-2011, a term he served with distinction and remarkable dedication, literally putting his own successful career on hold for a year. He has attended dozens of professional speakers conventions globally and has witnessed many of the world’s very best and highest paid speakers strutting their stuff in front on the toughest audience imaginable – fellow professional speakers. So on the topic of speaking, Alan’s opinion and advice carries substantial weight.
A journalist with 40 years experience including well over 2000 interviews on TV and radio as interviewee, Alan Stevens is known internationally as The Media Coach. He spent 21 years with the Consumer’s Association appearing on BBC TV News, CNN, Bloomberg, Sky News, Radio 4 and 5Live. He’s appeared on every ITV regional programme, dozens of local radio stations and has been quoted in every UK national print newspaper, The New York Times, Forbes magazine,The Economist and the internet.
Alan is the author of 3 business books, The Pocket Media Coach (2006), Ping (2009) on practical social media tips and Media Masters (2009) with Jeremy Nicholas. He is an addicted twitterer, serial blogger, and active participant in top level discussion groups relating to professional speaking and media. He publishes 5 daily electronic specialist newspapers. His Media Coach eZine arrives every Friday in the inboxes of his devoted subscribers.
Alan’s client list reads like the Who’s Who of the United Kingdom, including the Cabinet Office. He speaks regularly at conferences and meetings all over the world on Reputation Management, Media, Presentation, Interviewing Skills and Social Media and has been doing o for more than a decade.
When away from home, Alan usually packs his running shoes and can be seen loping about town at a respectable pace for an hour or more at a time on his own personal unguided tour. “On foot is the best way to get to know a place” he claims “and running you cover more ground than walking.” He also has the quirky habit of visiting the quaintest back street coffee shops and breakfast nooks, because (he states) that’s where one finds the best Eggs Benedict and the strongest coffee. It is usually after one of his international speaking trips that one can expect an update to the “Tall Traveller” blog. Few shabby establishments escape a rap over the knuckles, but he’s quick to complement those that fixed the shower nozzle high enough.
Alan lives in East London, England with his wife and Business Manager, Heather and their delightful teenage daughter Ellie.
Paul du Toit is one of the most sought-after professional speakers to emerge from the African continent. Born in Cape Town in 1958, his grounding in speaking career.
Paul is the MD of Congruence Training, a Johannesburg based company he founded in 1995. He is a founder member and Past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa, and received their Founders award at the Global Speakers Summit in Cape Town in April 2009 – for exceptional service to the speaking industry. In 2008 in New York, he became Africa’s first Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) in twenty-four years. He has since served as Southern Africa’s CSP Liaison Officer, as well as Secretary and Treasurer of the Global Speakers Federation.
Paul lectures at Pretoria University’s Gordon Institute for Business Science on presenting with confidence. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people at conferences and corporate events all over the world. He is an acclaimed business speaker, coach and authority on great customer service and business presentations, and author of two books including “You Can Present with Confidence” released internationally in 2011. His entertaining and engaging presentation style and story telling ability have kept audiences riveted during his Winning Attitude, sell-out Mind Blowing Customer Service and Mindset Shift seminars.
He runs several marathons (and at least one ultra-marathon) a year to keep in trim, and knows a fine wine when he smells it. Paul also blogs as “The Presentation Skills Expert”, and sends a regular email newsletter on presenting to thousands of subscribers. He plays guitar and hums a tune for relaxation, a pastime that once earned him a living. He lives in Sandton, South Africa with his wife Trudi and youngest daughter Jenna.