As an author I am happy writing a story; as a speaker I am just as happy telling it to small, medium or large audiences. For me, transfer of knowledge, inspiration and entertainment are all part of a total package. I prefer interactive formats in which at the end of the talk a dialogue with the audience takes place.
My flair for public speaking also benefits my clients. On several occasions I have brought audiences of political and business leaders to applause and even standing ovations. My themes range from my specialist areas (the history of the twentieth century and politics, economics and society in South Africa) to subjects from my core business of media communications and stock exchange regulation.
In my speaking appearances I lay value on the development of the emotional component of the subject. This, along with personal empathy, is what audiences take away and it is what they remember much longer than a mere catalogue of facts.
Nothing is more exciting and educative than a well-led tour: when I take my tour members through the battlefields of the Boer War in South Africa or the key locations in the battle against apartheid, these leave an indelible memory of history brought to life. The same applies to the milestones in the history of the British wartime prime minister Winston Churchill: his birthplace in Blenheim Palace, his beautiful country estate Chartwell and of course the Cabinet War Rooms in London's Whitehall, where his great cigar box can still be seen.
Travelling in good company educates, entertains and inspires. Every journey is also a journey to ourselves.