Conference hosting is really exhilarating. It’s like managing a debate on the radio and yet the live presence of merely hundreds in the auditorium as opposed to the invisible thousands at home and in their cars somehow makes the experience that much more immediate. And dealing with the questions face to face whilst still balancing the conversation adds real edge, whether it’s sitting between Pele and Maradona and running a debate about the Beautiful Game or assessing the relative merits of sponsorship versus advertising. Awards ceremonies tend to be more straightforward and I try to conduct them like a professional referee might run a Premier League football match…that’s to say with a quiet efficiency that recognises that it’s the talent (ie the award winners) who are the stars, not the host.
Some examples of past events…
Conference hosting: BMW, Qatar Aspire Academy, Interpol, Visit Britain, The Golf Foundation, Capitalize Sponsorship, the British Olympic Association, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Karen Earl Sponsorship, SportsCoach UK, Commonwealth Games England, Informa UK, The Edinburgh Festival, Forum Club Sporting Suppers.
“Rob has hosted our last three dealers’ conferences. He has been professional throughout, guiding me and my fellow directors through our presentations whilst at the same time representing the dealers and their concerns. The feedback from these three conferences has been overwhelmingly positive and Rob’s contribution was very much part of their success”.
Tim Abbott, MD BMW UK.
“Rob did an outstanding job of moderating a panel discussion that we held at our AGM. In dealing with a group of leading sports industry stakeholders, Rob was polished, well-informed and challenging in just the right way, and kept the discussion flowing and interesting for the audience and panel members alike. We received nothing but positive feedback.”
Adam Paker, Chief Executive – Commonwealth Games England
Speaking and Awards Ceremonies: European Sponsorship Association, Hollis Sponsorship Awards, Sportsman Dinner in aid of the Prince and Princess o Wales Hospice, Glasgow, Ernst and Young at the Ryder Cup, Yorkshire’s Grand Depart, Handa Senior Masters, Close Finance SportsCoach UK, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, IPTV awards, LTE awards, Savills Estate Agents, P&O.