Having been a guest myself at many family weddings and other formal family occasions over the years, I’ve come to realise how important a good MC / Toastmaster can be to the smooth running of such events and how necessary it is to have someone who knows what they are doing in charge of proceedings.
Having been asked to act as an MC at charity dinners and at friends’ weddings from time to time, I decided to take the matter more seriously and train as a professional Toastmaster.
I’ve run my own successful events management business for the past few years and before that I managed three professional orchestras: two were based in London and one in the Home Counties.
Managing and working with such a diverse group of people has given me the confidence and skills to organise any event no matter how large or small and regardless of the number of people involved.
Before establishing myself as a professional toastmaster, I enrolled for a course on public speaking and presentation skills.
This has helped me enormously to cope with the unexpected last minute changes and given me the skills to ‘hold the fort’ and fill the gap in what might be a potentially embarrassing moment when things don’t always go according to plan and there’s silence to fill.
By choosing to engage me as your Toastmaster for your special day, you can relax and rest assured in the knowledge that your day will be safe in the experienced and capable hands of a true professional.
As a Toastmaster I have officiated at a variety of functions from wedding receptions and charity dinners to fundraising events, gala dinners and a variety of special corporate functions and AGMs. I am also invited to officiate at civil ceremonies, including Civil Partnerships and other important family events.
I trained as a manager in the hotel and catering trade working in a number of top London restaurants and hotels.
One of the most important things I learned during this time was to provide the best possible level of service at all times and to do so with a smile and to exercise complete discretion at all times when dealing with customers from every walk of life.
Ken Chaproniere M.G.T. (London)
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