Toastmaster Paul Deacon

Toastmaster Paul Deacon

Toastmaster Paul Deacon

Looking for an experienced International Toastmaster who will be able to do what you want to happen? Why should you book me? Every event is handled in the same calm and efficient way as if the participants are royalty. Hosts and couples appreciate my reassuring, friendly and professional style. If it’s appropriate, I like to […]

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Looking for an experienced International Toastmaster who will be able to do what you want to happen? Why should you book me?

  • Every event is handled in the same calm and efficient way as if the participants are royalty.
  • Hosts and couples appreciate my reassuring, friendly and professional style.
  • If it’s appropriate, I like to use humour in my presentation.

The introductions and requests that I make at events like weddings, conferences, dinners and awards ceremonies are broadly similar. But my duties vary hugely from event to event. A priority might be that flowers, cake and chefs are ready. At other times it is introducing speakers. And every now and then I might have to do a bit of crisis management.

Most importantly, I follow the instructions of my clients. Often a Bride and Bridegroom or perhaps an Event Manager. I then coordinate the day with the Banqueting Manager, camera teams, entertainers and other suppliers. I offer advice when needed and make sure that every celebration goes the way that the hosts want, with the right people in the right place at the right time. I get a real buzz out of making a wedding day special.

Every wedding is different. Over nearly thirty years working as a Toastmaster, I’ve learnt that:

  1.  The Bride and Bridegroom generally know what they want. It’s up to me to find out what that is and deliver it in an appropriate way
    2.    I wear a formal uniform but not everyone wants formality – maintaining traditions is often more important
    3.    I am not the star of the show but I am instrumental in making a wedding memorable
    4.    Some weddings need very little management, and others require a lot!

As a surrogate host, compere and organiser I sometimes stand in the shoes of the family. At our planning discussion, which could be in person, online or by phone, I find out what is important, what you want to happen and what is not necessary. We talk through the day as if it is actually happening. After months of planning, you can then picture how your day will work.  It’s also a check that proposed timings are realistic and achievable.

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Toastmaster Paul Deacon

People like me because I focus on looking after them. I have learnt the art of making a day special and tailored to a client’s needs. I am experienced enough to find out and analyse what my clients want and vary my performance appropriately on the day. At an event, I play a leading part of a team to ensure that everyone gives their best.

I have looked after charity dinners with their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, Prince Michael of Kent, and the Duke of Gloucester. I was the Toastmaster at the millennium night celebrations in Monaco in the presence of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco. I have worked with other members of the Royal Family in castles and palaces. At dinners, conferences and awards ceremonies I have looked after VIPs from Prime Ministers to Lord Mayors, from Lord-Lieutenants and High Sheriffs to conglomerate Presidents.

With British and international clients from Florida and Los Angeles to Hong Kong and Singapore, no other Toastmaster has travelled so far to look after such a wide range of over 1,000 events for so many dignitaries and celebrities - or visited as many prestigious venues and used as many languages. I can make announcements in French, German, Spanish and Italian.

In 2020, my full-day rate is £625. For a traditional English wedding reception lasting about six hours, plus one local or London planning meeting, the cost is about £525. However, I unfailingly talk to couples to be sure I know exactly what they want before I quote. My fee depends on when and where I am needed and for how long. Clients regularly tell me I should put my prices up!

Perhaps the value should be considered, rather than the cost. After all, how much is a bride happy to pay so that she can write something like this after her wedding?

 

 

“Thank you very much for making the day run so smoothly for us. We are well aware of all the running around you did in the background for us and are proud to say that thanks to you nothing went wrong on the day. Keep up the great work! And thank you for the little surprises throughout the day, and for being instrumental in getting our guests to say a few words on the video, which, by the way, you look and sound great on. And we are very impressed at how you manage to remember everyone's names. I hope we get the opportunity to use your services again in future, although not at a wedding of course!”