Guest speaker and raconteur
I am an entertaining professional public speaker who has
given hundreds of illustrated talks to ladies luncheon clubs and other
groups. I have also contributed to Radio 4's Excess Baggage travel show. All my talks are
tailored for the particular audience.
Want some suggestions? Well, the 'Ranger at the Grand Canyon'
talk is the most popular overall
and the one that I usually get asked to give if it's a club I've never spoken to before.
The most popular talk at the moment?
That would be 'Botswana: Love, lions and democracy'
based on several extended visits there, staying
in the bush and with local people, and featuring the greatest love story of the African continent as well as many surprising
links with England. My 'Surviving the Montserrat volcano' talk has excitement as I detail how I nearly died in the eruption.
A new trend in my booking for ladies luncheon clubs has been for some of my environmental talks, particularly
'Living with the Environment', looking at the
highly topical environmental issues that have come to the fore recently.
"David is an excellent speaker – inspiring , informative, amusing, professional, enthusiastic and above all
wonderfully engaging. The natural wonder of the world that is the Grand Canyon was described to us in fascinating
detail. Without doubt he made those who had
not yet had the privilege of visiting the area want to plan a trip to view its spendours without delay. The use of
PowerPoint in his presentation was faultless, and his talk was exemplary in both its construction and delivery.
We would have no hesitation in recommending David as a speaker to anyone who wishes to enjoy a comprehensive insight
into what is a very special part of the world. We now look forward to welcoming
David back in the future to talk to
us about his experiences in Montserrat."
Sylvie Seymour, Chair, Jersey Ladies’ Literary Luncheon Club
"What an enjoyable time we had seeing your wonderful
slides and bringing so much alive to us the time you spent at the Grand
Canyon. So many people have approached me since to say how very much
they enjoyed listening to you and saying it was a long time since we had
had anyone as good as you in fact! Here's to the next time!”
Mrs E.H. Bell, Driffield Ladies Luncheon Club
“The Grand Canyon in all its glory - told to us with
absolute enthusiasm and insight into an extraordinary part of the world
- without pause for well over an hour - and all the ladies still seated
at the end absolutely enthralled !!...- the ladies were very
appreciative and were still talking about you several days later - this
I heard via our Health Club & Beauty Salon and from a speaker at another
local group !! …”
Sheila Alblas, Grand Hotel Eastbourne
"I write on behalf of the Derby Women's Luncheon Club to
give our most sincere thanks for the excellent talk you gave us yesterday. I know that
it was greatly enjoyed by those who have already visited the Grand Canyon, as well as
by those of us who have never been, but whose appetite has now been well and truly
Your extremely interesting talk and superb photographs, encompassing so much
information about the history, geology, geography and botany gave us a very full
picture of the area, as well as a lot of practical information which will help
those planning a visit."
Daphne Thornhill, Derby Women's Luncheon Club
"It was a privilege to hear such an experienced and
professional speaker. He was so familiar with his subject that the whole
place came alive, we were enthralled with the words and pictures and
enthused with the desire to visit this spectacular and special place."
Mary Bratton, Barton Ladies Luncheon Club
“Thank you so much for making the long haul to
Sheffield on Wednesday and giving such a splendid talk to our club.
Everyone enjoyed hearing you so much and I hope you enjoyed their
enthusiasm! Regards and I really hope we will see you again talking
Margaret Kerry, Sheffield Women's Lecture Club
"...your splendid talk on the Grand Canyon. There was a
buzz of excitement from members afterwards and demands that we invite
you back soon, which I hope to do. Your comprehensive presentation of
the Grand Canyon, covering so many aspects, historical, environmental,
geographical and personal experiences made for a fascinating evening.
Very many thanks again."
Jacky Fox, The Bowdon Sixty Club
"Sincere thanks for last night and for another superb evening. Your images are excellent, dramatic and illustrate
the story, not a series of images that are talked about! The talk was brilliantly constructed, with drama and delivered with drama!
It certainly held the audience throughout and all comments were "Don't forget to ask
him again". For me, travel is about
experiencing a country and its people and history and having a 'feel' for a place; I certainly have a feel for Botswana and I haven't
Joan Gaffiney, Speaker secretary, International Travel and Holidays Association
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