The Speakers Platform

We often host events to help business owners, giving them a place to learn & grow.

The Speakers Platform was created for novice speakers who want to improve themselves & follow the path to become professional speakers.

We hosted the first Speakers Platform at Fruitworks Co working in Canterbury, with 30 people in the room, it was a great evening & we were introduced to 8 amazing speakers.

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The Speakers Platform was an event for speakers to be seen & be heard, it was also competition for them to test their skills & compete against each other for the chance to be the overall winner.

Each speaker who wanted to compete sent in their entries, which consisted of their picture, bio, a written description of what their talk would contain & a short, self filmed video, with a snippet of their talk.

We had 3 prestigious judges, Paul Andrews CEO of Jobs In Kent & former International Professional Speaker, Amy McManus Founder of AM Marketing, Professional Speaker & winner of the Business woman speaker of the year 2018 & Jane Farnham, Director of The Great British Speakers & former TV Presenter.

They had the hard task of choosing just 4 of the entries to be the finalist, who would present their talks on the evening of the event to the judges & the audience.

The finalists weren't announced until the evening of the event.

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On the evening of the event, we arrived to set up & waited to welcome the entrants & the attendees for the evening. It was important to us to provide a comfortable, safe space for everyone so that the finalists felt confident to deliver their talks.

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We didn't keep the entrants long & after a short introduction, we announced the four finalists, those who had impressed the judges most with their videos & details.

All of the entrants had come prepared in case they were chosen to be in the final 4 & so we gave the finalist just 15 minutes to collect themselves & prepare to present their talks to us all.

The four finalists Aaron Taylor, Liu Batchelor, Soti Coker & Julie Daniel, did an amazing job in presenting their talks, they weren't perfect, but that was the point, they weren't professional speakers, but they wanted to demonstrate their skills.

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After hearing from the finalists the audience voted for their favourites & the 3 judges deliberated. They each had their strengths & their weaknesses but one stood out above the others, because he was clear, engaging, confident & interesting to listen to. The overall winner of the Speakers Platform was Soti Coker.

It was a great event, lots of fun, inspirational & motivational, enjoyed by everyone who took part.

Photography by Event photographer Al Frank Monk Photography