"Sing in me Muse, and through me tell the story... "
(The opening line of Homer's Odyssey - 7th century BC)
"99% of the population is afraid of public speaking, and of the remaining 1%, 99% of them have nothing original and interesting to say".
Jarod Kintz (1982- )
"There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning toward you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you".
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Many organisations have booked Bernard since he started giving talks in May 2010 and none of them have been disappointed.
The talks are on various subjects and are accompanied by a PowerPoint presentations. The slides and the sound effects add another dimension to the talk. It's not so much a talk, but an audio visual experience!
This website contains a great deal of information about these talks, talks planned for the future, background on Bernard and other interesting sections.
Bernard publishes a quarterly newsletter keeping previous and new customers up-to-date with developments and 'Speaker Finders' are encouraged to subscribe to this free email publication.
Groups are asked to leave a comment on the Guestbook/Comment page if they have found a particular talk interesting. Many have left very complimentary remarks. This in turn gives other Speaker Finders the confidence to book Bernard.
Talks can be booked by ringing 0775 917 1226 or email by clicking on the envelope below.
Bernard has resisted having a fixed fee for talks, but asks organisations who book him to consider paying a fee based on audience size and distance travelled to give the talk (he lives in Sunderland and 40p a mile is the accepted national rate for longer distances). The fee for very small and very large groups can be negotiated with Bernard. Realistically Bernard cannot be expected to be out of pocket giving a talk to a small group who are a large distance from his home so where a fee of £50+ is probably the norm.
Corporate events are welcomed and again fees can be negotiated.
Bernard provides all equipment needed and requires only a 13 amp power socket.
His screen size is limited to that which can be carried in a car (1.25metres square), but he will use a venue screen if it is larger and available.
Please note that Bernard gives less talks during the summer months to allow him to take a holiday and has a limited amount of time during late April, all May and all June due to educational consultancy commitments. This educational work also means he has to travel out of the area (sometimes at short notice) on certain days in January, February and April.
Please also note that cancellation of a presentation may be necessary in adverse weather conditions such as those experienced in the recent winters. Please bear this in mind if you are booking a talk in winter in an area which normally is affected by poor and/or dangerous weather/road conditions. It might also be necessary to cancel due to unforeseen clashes with educational work commitments.
This Needatalk website is regularly updated. Please visit it often for latest developments.
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The site was last updated on 22nd August 2014.
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