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My April Blog

Updated: May 26, 2022

Another surprise last month was winning my second award this year! The first was for my Toastmastering services for London (East) region. The second was being awarded The Prestige Awards Host of the year, London and South-East (London) for 2022. I was particularly pleased to be acknowledged for my service excellence in providing a personalised, tailored service, and for my advice and support, They have also acknowledged the quality of the many reviews I have been honoured to receive.

Thankyou to Prestige Awards, and I look forward to the Awards event later this year in London.

April is getting busy and I am looking forward to weddings in Kent, Essex, London and Herts. Earlier in March I was delighted to be the toastmaster at a large Indian wedding at the Meridian Grand in North London. With 750 guests it was a spectacular, happy and loving day, with a beautiful bride and handsome bridegroom, the bridegroom arriving on horseback! The photo below is not of that wedding, but another lovely Indian wedding a couple of years back. I'm looking forward to toastmastering masonic Ladies festivals soon, which are always a great night out, as well as corporate and sports club dinners.

Don't hesitate to contact me for advice on your wedding or other event. I always offer a no-obligation virtual meeting on Zoom, FaceTime, or WhatsApp video.

Stay safe,

Guy Wade, Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters.

M: 07856 735853

Facebook: @toastmasterguy

Instagram: toastmaster.guy


My May Blog: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty?

I am delighted with the excellent feedback i consistently receive - its lovely to be recognised for a job i love. The review below paints a picture of some of the things i doing as a professional Toastmaster and M.C. It also shows how i went beyond my role to deal with and reassure my couple, who were understandably worried when they found out a large protest would take place outside there central London reception venue. Read on to discover how complete my service is, and some of what i do. Then you will understand how you cannot have your wedding without my matchless service...

"Having found Guy via his website we were initially impressed with his video montage and how he could command attention to relay important information to wedding guests.

After our email of enquiry Guy arranged a FaceTime in order for us to discuss various topics. He gave an introduction on himself, asked us about our lives, careers, interests and, importantly, our big day.

He described how he would keep the day flowing, removing any potential stress from our shoulder, in order for our day to be an enjoyable one, and gave advice on the traditional components of a wedding - citing speeches, pre meal grace and much more.

This FaceTime kickstarted our vison of how our wedding day would be, as Guy explained the connection he would make between himself, the venue and our other suppliers - with timings at the heart of the day ticking over as it should.

A month prior we met Guy at our wedding venue and ran through the space, timings and back up plans should the weather not be favourable. We also spoke a week prior where we finalised all the necessary points and made slight amendments to the schedule. Guy was very flexible with this and worked with us after we spoke with him regarding some minor tweaks to the running order.

Two days prior to the wedding we were advised of a demonstration that was planned to start at midday opposite our venue. This could potentially have caused an issue for both suppliers and guests arriving for our celebrations. After notifying Guy he put our minds at rest and advised a course of action to reduce any impact the demo may have. He contacted the transport company who were bringing our guests from the church to the venue, whilst also liaising with my best man via sms. He provided the both with information he had gathered from Police officers in attendance regarding any road closures and the demo route. Guy went above and beyond doing this as he arrived early with the purpose of finding out as much as possible to remove any stress from us and to avoid disruption with our schedule.

During the drinks and canapés reception Guy made our guests feel welcome, helping with any queries regarding gifts or table plan that they had. With the call to the wedding breakfast he swiftly guided our guests into The Ballroom and subsequently announced us with an impressive formal entry. From the afternoon into the evening Guy announced the wedding breakfast, introduced the three speeches and then onto the first dance and cake cutting.

All in all it was a pleasure to work with Guy. Our decision to engage his services paid dividends with the attention to detail he applied to all areas of our day and the meticulous planning in the run up, which assisted with removing any room for error. He communicated with us on the day, keeping us up to date with proceedings and more importantly reminding us to enjoy every minute.

Once again, thank you Guy! Kitty and Liam."

With grateful thanks to Kitty and Liam who took the time to review me in detail.

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