WINNING THEM OVER AT WYNYARD HALL WITH GEORGE CLARKE OF CHANNEL 4 TV

Alan compered an amazing day for the Entrepreneurs’ Forum Conference which saw a stellar speaking line up and over 200 top business people in the audience. Alan’s day-long role as MC brought a host of plaudits, especially for his spontaneous ten minutes long unplanned comedy two-way with George Clarke of Channel 4 fame. Some emails and tweets – more to come and video and pix too –

“A joy to listen, watch and laugh with you – you must be Hartlepool’s national treasure!”

“Incredible and totally unexpected comedy turn with George Clarke – I’ve never laughed this much in a comedy club, never mind at a top business conference. Somebody should snap the two of you up for a TV series – sharpish!”

“How does Alan do it? Changed gear from side-splitting comedy to a very sharp on-stage interview about developments in retinal surgery technology!”

“A simply fantastic host.” “A world class MC.”

“You were hilarious – and made it look so effortless.”

“A privilege to be there to see a master of his craft.”

And the icing on the cake from George Clarke himself –

“I just wanted to thank you for today. I really enjoyed myself and you were brilliant. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a laugh during a Q&A session. Keep in touch. ”

To see the video of the day,  which trended on social media, go to –   http://youtu.be/7eBxxFSBgZ8

Warmest thanks to star cameraman Chris Austen – www.cfcreation.com

 

 

 

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A GREAT RECEPTION IN LEEDS

Alan is in recovery after compering a superb dinner at the stunning Aspire venue in Leeds.

Top review including –

“A superb performance – brilliant. I have been to so many dinners and I have never laughed this much in my life. A master class!”

Jeremy Thomas, Deloitte LLP

 

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ROCKING IN THE CITY!

Cracking review after speaking in the City of London last week!

“Superb speech. As always, you ROCK!”

Lydia Foulkes, Director,  Perfectly Attired   www.perfectlyattired.com

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Q & A SESSION WITH OPHIR PR

‘The Know’ Q&A Sessions – Alan Wright – BBC Presenter & After Dinner Speaker

By Alexandra Delf, Ophir PR

We like to know what’s going on in the world of travel and getting all the inside information from the people who live and breathe it….. So we thought we would ask those we know, who are DEFINITELY in THE KNOW.

Look out for a series of Q&A’s from some of the brightest and best which will include travel tips and their personal recommendations on where next to add to your bucket list.

First up is Alan Wright, BBC Presenter & after dinner speaker.

With a career spanning 25 years, Alan Wright enjoyed huge success as a BBC Radio and TV Presenter, alongside which he was also able to indulge a passion of his, after dinner speaking.  He has appeared all over the UK, and abroad, and was named UK After Dinner Speaker of the Year, 2009. Between working on a new musical ‘King Pit’ alongside composers Stuart Brayson and Sir Tim Rice and releasing a new novel later this year

His career has allowed him to enjoy extensive travel and today he shares his thoughts and travel tips with us.

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Pictures courtesy of Alan Wright

1)      What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?

Helping to set up the new Durham County Cricket Ground in the early 90s when I was Chief Exec there – from a green field, literally, to an international Ashes ground!

2)      Share one “lifehack” you use to make life easier?

Internalise a comedy script of what is going on around you instead of getting annoyed about things you can’t change.

3)      What piece of advice would you pass on to your 18 year old self?

Enjoy being 18! It doesn’t last very long.

4)      Why did you choose your career?

Love meeting people and seeing the world.

5)      What would be your desert island luxury?

A guitar. And could I  have the Telegraph crossword every day too?

6)      Most inspirational place you have visited?

Egypt. Just to breathe in what went before at the Pyramids and up and down the Nile.

7)      Top Travel Tip?

Learn a few words of the local language – always helps. And talk to strangers – there are some fascinating stories to hear.

8)     Dream Travel Destination?

Back to Cuba. A few cold beers while soaking up the local great music.

9)      Favourite holiday read? 

Going through the John Updike classics (again). A mesmerising master of words who sets the standard.

10)   Share your favourite holiday snapshot

View from one of my favourite hotels in the whole world – Saffire on the coast of Tasmania, from the lounge looking towards Wineglass Bay.

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Find out more about Alan Wright at his website HERE

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LOVELY REVIEW FROM MARBELLA CORFU HOTEL

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Click on Marbella Corfu Facebook page (above) to read their review.

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QUITE A YEAR TO COME!

20140603_203238686_iOSThe future is looking very busy with new ventures in speaking abroad and taking on a role in a new musical!

Pictured above, left to right, Stuart Brayson, Sir Tim Rice and Alan at the premiere of the film of From Here to Eternity which opens in the UK in July 2014 followed by USA release.

Alan is now working with Stu and Tim on a new musical, King Pit, based on the coal mining industry. Musical purists will be delighted to hear that Alan has the role of narrator rather than singing or dancing!

In the Autumn of 2014, Alan will be speaking on a Greek tour, taking in top events in Corfu and Athens.

 

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A RIGHT ROYAL DO AT THE QUEEN’S!

After speaking abroad for much of January, Alan kicked off the UK year at the Leeds Chamber of Commerce Dinner at the splendid Queen’s Hotel in Leeds and wowed a very large audience.

Organiser Susie Cawood wrote –

Thank you so much for the very entertaining and amusing presentation you delivered at the Chamber Annual dinner in Leeds last Thursday.  We have received a great deal of positive feedback; you judged the audience perfectly and combined humour with a more serious message.  Thank you.

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CRACKING APPLAUSE IN THE CARIBBEAN

Alan has had a great start to 2014 with a very successful speaking engagement around the Caribbean on the Fred Olsen cruise ship MS Boudicca in the first half of January.

The Cruise Director on Boudicca, Elliot Taylor, said:

Alan came on board with 8 totally different and beautifully prepared presentations. He captivated our audiences on every appearance and received rave reviews for his very funny style and content.

We were delighted to have countless very warm compliments from passengers, best summed up by one who said, “I have been cruising for over 20 years and have rarely seen a speaker of Alan Wright’s sheer quality – flawlessly fluent and an amazing gift to change gear from informative and inspirational to, above all, side-splittingly funny.”

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IN STITCHES IN THREADNEEDLE STREET

Alan spoke at the Annual Dinner of The Association of Corporate Trustees in Merchant Taylors’ Hall and had rave reviews. The organiser’s comments included “top class, a superb speaker, perfectly pitched for our audience.”

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GOING LIKE BLAZES IN LEEDS!

Alan recently spoke at the Leeds Law Society Dinner at the Queens Hotel and the sound check was interrupted by a fire and a full evacuation. The hotel staff and the West Yorkshire Fire Brigade were stars, and the dinner started on time. Organiser Jane McGregor wrote –

 

Alan’s speech was most definitely enjoyed by our guests and we were delighted to have such an accomplished and professional speaker to entertain us.  Alan’s experience with audiences was very much in evidence and his humorous anecdotes rounded off our evening perfectly.  It was a pleasure to meet Alan (and his wife during the unexpected fire evacuation) and I would like to thank him on behalf of myself and St Gemma’s Hospice for donating signed copies of his book on the evening.

 

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