There is an old Japanese proverb that says - Fall down seven times, get up eight. This is something that we have been instilling in 25 young unemployed men in Tottenham for another series of the hit Sky show School of Hard Knocks.
I recently had the pleasure to lecture at the International Conference of Human resources in Monte Carlo. This was a very special event, aimed at business leaders, directors, managers, sales people, marketing executives, and entrepreneurs who want to acquire more expertise in the area of communication, to use in the business world.
I recently met Gavin Duffy, one of the dragons on the Irish version of Dragon's Den, and he has been kind enough to send me a review for my book, The Pitching Bible.
I've been invited to deliver a training session at Peter Jones' Enterprise Academy, and having met Peter at The Entrepreneur Festival in Sheffield recently, I know how passionate he is about supporting a new generation of business leaders.
I was recently interviewed by a journalist for The Telegraph about my views on the use of technology in presentations and pitches.
By now, you'll perhaps already know what I'm going to say - the technology isn't the presentation, you are.
I delivered another 'Pitch Doctor's Guide to Making It at MIP' keynote seminar at the MIP media festival in Cannes last week.
The seminar was covered both in MIP's daily newspaper and also in the MIPCOM blog, which is copied below.
The Pitching Bible has reached the number one spot on Amazon in the Bestsellers in Business Presentation Skills category!
John Gough is widely considered to be the best connected man in TV and media circles worldwide. His networking, knowledge and influence is legendary. If you mention John Gough’s name, one of the first words that are used to describe him is a ‘gentleman’. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word and that is why the great and the good - in an industry known for sharks and charlatans – not only respect him but also hold him in high esteem.
I am very fortunate to live an interesting life, meeting fascinating people. I am just back from the Edinburgh TV festival and about to feature at the DICON2011 conference in Seoul, Korea. I have delivered a keynote lecture in Korea before but this time I don’t have to travel over there as I am doing everything via Skype.
I'm up in Edinburgh at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, catching up with what's happening in the industry, and bumping into some interesting people too.
Jeff Ford, Director of Programmes at Channel FIVE, has just sent me a review for my book, The Pitching Bible, which you can read about in a previous post on this blog. He's got his hands full at the moment, talking about the much anticipated return of Big Brother and sharing his personal opinions on what the celebrities have been up to.