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I'm a former BBC Correspondent with over two decades of experience in media and communication. Through my company Sergeant Leaders, I provide media training, leadership coaching, presentation coaching, messaging and story development.
From the conflict zones of the Middle East, to the boardrooms of global corporations via the corridors of Westminster, I've interviewed presidents, prime ministers and global celebrities. I have also coached partners and leaders at some of the world's top banks, corporations and advisory firms.
As someone who advises others on public speaking and media, I also need to walk the talk. I'm regularly chairing and speaking at corporate events, as well as providing media commentary on leadership, PR and communications. My new book - PR for Humans: how to tell a powerful business story - is coming soon.
Training for print interviews and broadcast appearances
Preparing CEOs, partners and spokespeople for keynote speeches and panel events
Coaching leaders for pitches, client presentations and major staff events
Working with board-level leaders to improve personal communication skills
Building leadership capabilities with communication training
Crafting key messages and stories for organisations and individuals
“Mike was an excellent speaker and chair at our London conference. He gave a fascinating overview of the global context for Family Offices and moderated the subsequent panel discussion with skill, insight and humour”
Vahe Vartanian, CEO, Global Family Office Community
“I have worked with Mike on a number of occasions, including his first class 1-1 provision of television/media/public speaking training and his chairing of high-profile conferences and events. His insights and balance, measured and thoughtful style of mediation and panel management have been highly appreciated both by me and the audiences concerned” Anthony Barklam, Managing Director MUFG (Japan’s largest bank)
“Mike brings his quiet intelligence and warm inquisition skills to the fore as an excellent chair of panels and debates. His hosting of a discussion with Lords Browne and O’Connell for a Headland ‘Connecting in the Customer Age’ event elicited insights, wisdom and humour”
Chris Salt, CEO, Headland Consultancy
"Afterwards the participants said it was the best training they had ever had!
Mike brings all of his broadcasting abilities and industry knowledge to the conference platform, and gets the best out of his panellists, whilst keeping on-track and moving the discussion along brilliantly. Highly recommended!”
Mary McGrath, Marketing Director, Punter Southall