"I just wanted to say that your session was most inspirational and I have learnt so much.
I had an opportunity to present to an audience just a couple of days after and it was the most successful public speaking I've ever done."
Agnes Guzik, Category Manager, FM & Trading Assets Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd.
"Engaging, skilled, personable and memorable in the view of myself and a panel of top international speakers - he simply blew us away!"
Roger Harrop, The CEO Expert & Past President of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA-UK)
"Simon has a rare talent for taking information and presenting it in a memorable and entertaining fashion. His use of strong, meaningful content was augmented with humour and masterful delivery.
When he finished speaking I found myself thinking, 'No, tell me more!'
That said it all for me!"
Phillip van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE, Member, Speaker Hall of Fame, President of the National Speakers Association (NSA-USA)
"Your mastery of the stage and your eloquent use of words made your presentation the winner."
Lindsay Adams, Past President of the Global Speakers Federation
"Simon is an incredibly talented and eloquent speaker."
Darren LaCroix, 2001 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking
"Simon is an engaging speaker who will take you and your organisation from where you are to where you want to be.
Oh, and you will enjoy every step of the way!"
Craig Valentine, 1999 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking
"I had the pleasure of being in Turku, Finland when Simon became the 2008 JCI European Public Speaking Champion.
Simon is a terrifically engaging public speaker who displays the enviable qualities of commitment, passion and preparation to his endeavours.
It also helps, of course, that Simon is a thoroughly decent bloke."
Will Noble, Director, Simply Mirror TV
"Very interactive - the tone you set meant audience members were really engaged. I can see why you get such great feedback for these sessions."
Pauline Isherwood, Learning and Development Manager, Shell plc
"Simon is a public speaker of note - he was calm in the frenzy of a live event; he was polished in his delivery; he was a perfectionist; he was Simon Bucknall."
Kevin Harrington, Chairman of Results Through Digital
"You have this amazing ability to captivate the audience... such a pleasure to attend... feedback from my colleagues has been extremely positive as well."
Harijot Chauhan, Director, Human Resources, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Simon is an inspirational speaker of huge talent with the ability to pass on his skills to others with ease."
Nigel Cutts, Author, Founder, Love at Work Foundation, Principal, Author and Leadership Consultant at Cutts and Cons
"Simon is without doubt one of the country's top speakers, combining deep subject knowledge with an entertaining and powerful delivery. He is certain to ensure audiences both enjoy his sessions and retain all the information for maximum benefit. Simon's talks are a great experience."
Bob Ferguson, Owner, Speaker and Communications Coach at Confident Communications Ltd.
"I continue to be amazed by his storytelling skills - Simon delivers a masterclass in connecting with his audience every time he speaks."
Alexander Lowry, Principal Consultant, PA Consulting Group
"I just wanted to say thank you for a truly amazing workshop last Wednesday at LBS [London Business School]. During my eight years at different universities, we received several presentation and communication trainings but this was by far the best and most useful one."
PhD student, London Business School
"I had the great pleasure of following Simon Bucknall's public speaking training at University of Oxford recently. What a pleasure to see such a professional in action. I have followed public speaking trainings before, including for when I was running for a seat in parliament.
But Simon is a class of his own. He is public speaking.
We left the training empowered and we can't wait to put his lessons into practice."
Gerhard Mulder, 2017 Executive MBA Candidate, Said Business School, University of Oxford
"Your training at Rosendale [school staff] was excellent and massively improved my public speaking. It has helped develop my communication skills in ways that go far beyond addressing audiences.
The training equipped me to speak, both publicly and privately, with greater assurance and poise. Simon's approach has helped me structure and express my ideas in a concise and clear way.
Even four years on, it remains the most useful training I have ever had at work - the impact on my career has been huge."
Joe Halloran, Computing Teaching and Learning Consultant (delivered retrospectively on Staff Training, Rosendale Primary School, West Dulwich, London), March 2017
"If there's one man who can make public speaking sound easy, it's Simon Bucknall."
The Chivas Venture, March 2017
"Incredible advice from Simon Bucknall on how to get our pitch perfect."
I-Drop Water, Finalist at Chivas Venture, Accelerator Week, Said Business School, March 2017
"I attended Simon's public speaking coaching sessions at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Simon led by example and provided clear tips on structure, inserting words, leading with stories and stance.
Now I can sense the distinct uptick in engagement in a room of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. I can also prepare far more comfortably around my key messages and theme. I hope to keep practicing and coming back for more sessions to continue progressing."
Tarun Varma, Pershing Square Scholar, University of Oxford, 1+1 MBA, MSc Child Development and Education Fellow 2011, Teach for India (January 2017)
"THANK YOU again for last week's sessions. What I've appreciated most has been the increased thought the team has been putting into how they come across and what they say.
Colleagues in other teams have already commented on the improvement in both skills and confidence."
Emma Truswell, Deputy Head of Services, Open Data Institute (ODI)
"In the last 10 years I have never devoted so much time to a course as this one.
This is due to the quality of the presenter, Simon, who was extremely impressive as a speaker and also very personable, genuinely interested in helping participants which made the experience enjoyable."
Nadeem Masud, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Middle East & North Africa, Deutsche Bank
"People in leadership positions have to take this course."
Mahmoud Jamjoom, Joint MD, Jamjoom Pharmaceuticals, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
"I would say that Simon has changed something in my life. His course is one I have been waiting for a long time."
Othman Khalid Al Otaibi, Lawyer, Laws2U, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
"The best course I have ever attended. I definitely recommend it."
Rashid Salem Al Saedi, Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Presidential Affairs, United Arab Emirates
Peter Osterman, Director, Global Hub, GAC, United Arab Emirates
"Empowering. Enjoyable. Valuable. Brilliant course... my public speaking has improved, but general communication improved even more.
I would be much more comfortable standing up and presenting either formally or informally, both in terms of personal presence and how I would structure what I am going to say for maximum impact."
Richard Potts, DC Manager, GAC Logistics, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Simon, you have this amazing ability to captivate the audience that makes your sessions such a pleasure to attend!
I thoroughly enjoyed the session and picked up some very useful tips to improve my presentation skills; the feedback from my colleagues has been extremely positive as well."
Harijot Chauhan, Director, Human Resources, Atlantic The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Personally speaking, very few trainers that I've come across have impressed me.
Simon Bucknall's sessions not only impress but also bring that change in a personality that you always thought was lacking... he is a guaranteed booster to your confidence."
Rizwan Ali, Media Manager, Engro Foods Limited, Pakistan
"Excellent! Simon managed to balance everyone's needs.
By making it highly interactive, he made everyone really practice and improve."
Abdul Munin Sheikh, Engro Fertilisers Limited, Pakistan
"Extremely helpful. Helped me identify flaws in my delivery which I never thought existed."
Nauman Ahmed, Senior Manager, Unilever
"Very interactive - the tone you set meant audience members were really engaged. I can understand why you get such great feedback for these sessions!"
Pauline Isherwood, Learning & Development Manager, Shell plc
"Generated great feedback and strong engagement. Simon understands how to tackle communication issues that executives face."
Helen Stevens, President, INSEAD UK Alumni
"Fantastic, inspirational and spot-on stuff we need to improve our communication."
Mary Lou Masko, Course Director, Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Cambridge
"Excellent trainer, the content was relevant and engaging. I will take a number of tools and frameworks to use. Highly recommended."
"Worth attending, very useful. Will definitely make a difference to my future presentations. Thanks very much."
"I think this course will dramatically change my approach to preparing talks and influence my prior reluctance to take on any talks/teaching."
NHS Hospital Consultants and other Senior Healthcare Professionals, UK
"It was very useful and everything is applicable. I learned a lot of useful things and heard excellent stories."
Ms Tetiana Sakach, HR Manager, CredEx, Kiev, Ukraine ('Leaders as Storytellers; high impact business communication' with Simon Bucknall at MIM Kyiv courtesy of KA Group)
"All the tips were easy and ready to apply in everyday life from the very next day. Thank you very much. I found answers to all my questions, practiced my executive presence and know exactly the points of improvement."
Sr. Manager, Business Integration, AVON, Ukraine
"Amazing masterclass that allowed me to improve my communication skills and raise self-confidence while public speaking. Great thank you to Simon and KA Group."
Strategic Insight Manager, JTI, Ukraine
"The sessions were of great value. I am confident that I will apply the knowledge and skills learned not only in making formal presentations but during staff meetings and one-to-one conversations.
Understanding that the audience must see value to THEM early during my presentation is of the greatest importance."
Mickey Mullay, Chief of Party, FHI 360, Ukraine
"Thank you for a wonderful session. Feedback is frighteningly good!"
Joseph Wilkes, Associate Director Careers, Executive MBa & MBA, Hult International Business School, London
"Simon's masterclass on pitching and effective communication attracted over 60 MBAs and other post-graduate students from across Oxford during the exam period.
I would recommend it to anyone, especially mid-career professionals, looking to enhance their ability to communicate their ideas with conviction."
Soushiant Zangenehpour, Manager, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School, University of Oxford
"The school is at the start of an ambitious journey. You have helped us set the standard for the remainder of the year and further ahead.
I hope you will return to the School in the future and inspire subsequent cohorts of MPP students."
Professor Peter Kemp, Associate Director, The Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Executive Speech Coaching
"In helping us prepare for a series of investor-critical presentations, Simon worked one-to-one with our entire team of speakers over several months.
He made a huge difference, helping them speak with a confidence I've not seen before. Key stakeholders from the audience made a point of commenting on how impressed they were by the value and impact of the presentations.
Simon has made a significant and permanent difference to our people's effectiveness as speakers."
Nic Humphries, HgCapital - July 2017
"My presentation was a huge success! What's more, my future career is brighter as a result of the presentation and the know-how I learnt from you. Meeting Simon was one of the best things that has happened in my career. Huge thanks..."
International Brand Manager, a global beverages firm - July 2017
"If there's one person who can make public speaking sound easy, it's Simon Bucknall."
The Chivas Venture, (Simon coached finalists from initial 2,300 global social entrepreneur applicants in 2016, in March 2017 and again in March 2018) at Said Business School, University of Oxford
"The Blavatnik School of Government [University of Oxford] is dedicated to a world better led, served and governed. These aspirations depend on a deep ability to communicate and connect and we are incredibly fortunate to have Simon guiding us on a range of techniques and skills.
His experience, counsel and passion are all hugely appreciated by decision makers from across 70 different countries."
Oliver Blake, Director and Co-Founder, Blake Evans & Co
"Simon has been working with graduate students at Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government and I can personally say that I have learned so much from my one-to-one session with Simon.
His feedback and advice are so specific, practical and applicable.
I am thrilled to have met Simon, and will continue to recommend him to all doctoral students I come across who need to work on translating their ideas into understandable speeches and presentations.
Thank you Simon!"
Jieun Baek, Ph.D candidate in Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government
"Simon gave me excellent advice on my upcoming talk for TEDxLBS - great pointers on both narrative and delivery that really put the final polish on my presentation!"
Kelly Price, Senior Vice President, Oncology Business Unit at The Planning Shop international
"Working with Simon is a real inspiration. He helped me with writing and delivering an important speech from my heart ... presentation style and my voice ... I find sessions with Simon priceless.
He has a great talent of storytelling ... you can develop your key messages, find roots of creating connection to the audience and in the end - persuade and make a change!
He is very kind and supportive ... believes that words matter ... you are beginner or an expert in public speaking - you will find Simon's assistance as one of the most important experiences for your professional life.
In any field where you need to speak up and win your arguments - Simon is a great person to help you with achieving it! Highly recommended!"
Lisa Yasco, Master of Public Policy Candidate, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
"I employed Simon for one-on-one presentation skills coaching, as I was required to speak at my company's annual conference.
With Simon's advice, coaching and guidance, I gained valuable knowledge and confidence which made a huge difference to, and significantly improved, my delivery on the day.
Simon is a great coach, and I will certainly consider using his services within my business going forward."
Gary Pryke, Managing Director, Rohlig UK Ltd
"I was recently promoted into a role where public speaking and inspiring people has become more central to my ability to be effective. I was amazed by how effective just one session was.
I heard indirectly that my presentation had been particularly inspirational - one person even contacted the Director of my organisation to say how impressed he had been. Without any exaggeration, I give all the credit for this success to Simon."
Esther Stevenson, Head of Africa, Christian Aid
"Working one-to-one with Simon was a terrific experience. It was tailored to my individual needs and I found the feedback particularly helpful. I can recommend Simon to any professional looking for greater impact as a communicator."
Damien Balmet, VP Corporate Development, Mumtalakat Bahrain Investments
"Simon helped me transform a dull standard webcast for 330 professionals in 55 countries into something exciting, inspiring and effective."
Tony Craddock, CEO Global Prepaid Exchange
"An expert on presentations - if you ever need help or a refresh, he's your man."
Claire Young, BBC Apprentice Finalist & Motivational Speaker
"My session with Simon was hugely beneficial. The way he helped me to isolate my key message and then build from there really paid dividends. If anyone needs help in sculpting a speech, Simon should be your first port of call."
Neil Bakewell, 'The Man Who Lost 20 Stone' & Motivational Speaker
"I just wanted you to know that my client presentation went very well. I felt it flowed much better than usual, making it more engaging for the client. The new approach to the material also matched their thinking very closely. So a success!"
Mary Longhurst, Managing Director and Founder, Epoch Communications
"I needed some guidance in terms of voice pitching and techniques. Simon was efficient in spite of the short time allocated. I highly recommend his services for those who decide to make SPEAKING part of their career. The best."
Wafa Al Hamed, Inter-cultural Trainer, Culture and Company, United Arab Emirates
"After I won the London Speech Contest, I thought my contest speech was really good, but Simon amazingly managed to find a way to make it even better and polish it up.
He made a lot of valid suggestions which I took on board and placed 2nd in UK & Ireland Speech Contest a few weeks later. He also gave me a lot of useful tips about how to behave on a big stage when speaking to a large audience. He's also a very friendly guy and I enjoyed a lot working with him on that speech!"
Jakub Pawloski, Senior Java Front Office Developer at BP, London Division B Governor at Toastmasters International
"Simon is not only highly accomplished in the art of public speaking; he is also a terrific public speaking coach. His practical, insightful feedback makes a real difference. If you are a high-achieving professional, and you want to achieve greater impact when speaking in public, then contact Simon."
Rafael Tselikas Mauro, Development Manager, MKG Group, and Winner of the 2012 JCI UK Public Speaking Championship
Talks for Schools
"Simon has run presentation classes at New College of the Humanities for four years. His seminars are consistently amongst the most popular and useful parts of the student experience at NCH.
The NCH model is very unusual for a university in that it blends a conventional academic programme with development of the capabilities that will be required by students on graduation.
Simon's counsel on the development of this model has been invaluable. He is a good friend of the college."
Matthew Batstone, Co-founder, Director, Convenor for Professional Skills at New College of the Humanities, London, UK
"Your training at Rosendale [School] was excellent and massively improved my public speaking. It has helped develop my communication skills in ways that go far beyond addressing audiences.
The training equipped me to speak, both publicly and privately, with greater assurance and poise. Simon's approach has helped me structure and express my ideas in a concise and clear way.
Even four years on, it remains the most useful training I have ever had at work - the impact on my career has been huge."
Joe Halloran, Computing Teaching and Learning Consultant, London clc [following Simon's School Staff training - 4 years later!]
"It was a very interactive session and Simon really knew how to engage the audience. It was surprising how many girls wanted to volunteer to participate in his speaking exercises - a testament to Simon's ability to make a connection with the audience.
He is a talented teacher and knows how to make people listen. I am always looking for speakers who can genuinely present well and engage audiences and Simon did not disappoint.
I will certainly invite him back. The learning was effortless and fun."
Kerri Fox, Head of Sixth Form, Wycombe Abbey School
"[Simon] Large numbers of students went out of their way to thank me for inviting such a fantastic speaker in; they learnt a huge amount about public speaking and were gripped by both the material and the warmth with which it was delivered.
The only downside was that the teachers to whom these students went afterwards were made aware that there was little chance of providing such an exciting and enriching experience in their own lessons, so instead spent most of them listening to the students discuss Simon's talk. Thank you."
Dr Langdon, Head of University Admissions and the Sixth Form Lecture programme, Kingston Grammar School
"Simon made an immediate connection with our students, got on their wavelength using humour, and challenged them to perceive themselves as others might.
An excellent and stimulating session."
Ian Sheldon, Head of Chemistry & Director of UCAS, Bedford School
"[Simon] I thought that it was really useful and certainly will have taken the boys outside their subject specific comfort zones. Given the high proportion of scientists in the room I thought that you did a really excellent job of getting them to engage with the room, make eye contact and so on.
I don't think it is possible to over-emphasise the softer side of interview technique and I also know that teachers will always focus on content rather than delivery in practice interviews so I think that this session fills a really important gap."
Charlie Fisher, Head of Oxbridge, Bedford School
"Simon's story, which takes his audience on Simon's journey to winning the UK & Ireland Public Speaking Championship, had the boys gripped. By using the boys to illustrate his techniques which can improve communication, his message about the importance of communication really hit home to the boys.
His follow up session with the students looking to apply for courses at Oxford, Cambridge and other competitive courses and institutions gave vital interview techniques, many of which I wish I had known in the past. He will certainly be back to speak to the boys again."
Seth Bolderow, Head of Sixth Form, The John Lyon School, Harrow
"[Simon] Just brilliant... the Year 11 said it was their best ever presentation from a speaker."
Philip Bowen, Deputy Headmaster, Bromsgrove School
"Charismatic, clear, motivational."
"I think it was the best Head of Year we've had this year."
"Friendly, interesting, inspiring, funny, motivating... Most probably the best Head of Year during my time at the school."
"Definitely a very memorable HOY but it also had significance to our lives. It was extremely good and the whole audience felt like they were involved. Interesting, inspirational and memorable. Thank you."
"These tips are particularly useful in GCSE English Speaking and Listening Tasks (as I had to participate in one of these a couple of days after the Head of Year session)."
"When will you find this helpful? English GCSE Speaking & Listening exercises; at sports events when as captain of a team, I have to give a speech of thanks to the organisers; French oral, by helping me to control my breathing, pronounce my words clearly and not allow nerves to get the better of me."
"It's given me a completely different view about giving talks and how to act whilst in an interview. Simon was funny, interesting and a gripping talker... A great talk which I have learnt much from."
"Simon is inspirational... Thoroughly enjoyed the session and would love to talk to Simon again. Showed me the way in which I would be interested in pursuing my career. Moving doesn't describe it!"
Fifth Formers' comments following Simon's Keynote, Bromsgrove School
"Simon, Thank you for a very enjoyable session this afternoon - in fact, one of the most enjoyable sessions I have been to in my teaching career! I am sure the pupils learnt a huge amount and will keep your great advice in mind when giving presentations in future."
Sarah Ascough, Head of Year 11, Bromsgrove School
"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your talk on Monday in our Head of Year session. I think it's safe to say everyone really found what you had to say interesting and useful as we've never had it put to us that way before."
Emily, A Fifth Former
"[Simon] Many thanks for your incredible session at the literacy conference earlier this week. I really took away a lot from the session and am looking forward to being able to try employing some of your techniques in September."
James Canvin, Participant, Teach First Literacy Conference (on Teacher training)
"[Simon] I wanted to write and say how excellent your session was - it was very inspirational and I know it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone."
Wendy Jacobs, Headteacher of Rosendale School, West Dulwich, London (on Staff Training)
"It was an intimately 'Bromsgrovian' talk with helpful memories of his schooldays for today's pupils and pertinent examples from his own experience.
In a moving ending, he told the Upper Sixth to be bold but above all to be the best Bromsgrovians."
Philip Bowen, Deputy Headmaster, Bromsgrove School (on Simon's role as Speaker at the end of year Commemoration Day for the entire school July 2013)
"Simon is a highly accomplished public speaker and a remarkable teacher. I had the great privilege of working alongside him (technically, I was his supervisor) for several summers back in the late nineties in the context of university-level summer education programs.
He never failed to inspire his students and his peers with his intelligence, his creative clarity in front of a crowd, his sense of humor and his unflagging can-do attitude.
Simon is a team player and an absolute pleasure to work with on any project. Highly recommended!"
Tim Weed, Author & Lecturer
"I have been best man three times, previous speeches were based on cliches, the last one was based on the advice from this book. No clues, author deserves all the royalties.
Best money I have ever spent."
J. Burrows, Amazon Book Reviewer, Kindle Edition, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 30 October 2017
"My husband was the best man. He gained much knowledge by reading this book and delivered an excellent speech. He could not have done it without this book."
Patsy, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 24 October 2017
"The Best Man Speech was on Saturday and it went extraordinarily well! In fact, it couldn't have gone better!
Huge amount of compliments afterwards - I felt like a minor celebrity.
The photographer said it's the best speech he's heard in ten years.."
Richard S., Best Man ... 7th September 2017
"You need to get this book if you have a Best Man's speech coming up. The advice here is gold and my only regret was not reading it earlier (I left myself a week or so before the event before I read it and actioned the advice).
If I'd read it weeks or months in advance not only would I not have been as nervous (which was much anway) due to the tips in the book and I reckon my speech could have been even better than it was (and I got some great feedback about mine).
Do yourself a favour and get it!"
Paddylad, Amazon Book Reviewer, Kindle Edition, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 21 August 2017
"If you are going to be a best man and need help with the dreaded speech I highly recommend that you purchase this book right now. Not only will it help you to come up with a great speech it is actually a fun experience working through the different processes that go into producing material.
It gave me the confidence to go into the day feeling prepared and excited rather than completely nervous and if I ever come across someone who is going to be a best man I will always tell them to buy this book."
Chris, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 19 August 2017
"I rarely leave reviews, but as others have also previously stated here, this book totally commands one. Until I discovered this book I was floundering! Having previously been a Best Man made no difference at all! The thought of giving the Best Man speech was occupying my thoughts and I was concerned and lacking direction.
Simon's advice in this book changed everything.
A really enjoyable read, packed with great advice and easy to follow instructions on how to construct an engaging and crowd-pleasing speech that ultimately pleased my brother, his new wife and the whole family immensely.
The book covers everything you will need - from techniques on how to compile your 'raw material' through to how to edit, polish and hone the speech, coping with nerves and emotions and the final delivery.
By the time it came to making my speech (on the day I was actually fifth in line!!) I felt extremely confident and was actually raring to go. You obviously need to put in a lot of hard work but the rewards are worth it.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Well done Simon."
Matt F., Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 16 August 2017
"At 56, and totally out of practice, when my son asked me to be his best man I needed help! Luckily Simon's book guided me in simple steps to not only write a speech but deliver it, without too many nerves, thanks Simon your a life saver!"
Mike the Gardener, Amazon Book Reviewer, Kindle Edition, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 14 August 2017
"This book was so helpful it is difficult to recommend it highly enough!
As many are, I was racked by fear at the prospect of making this speech and couldn't be further from a natural speaker. The structure and guidance this book gave was invaluable and helped to make it a success.
I will be eternally grateful to Simon for giving this advice so that I didn't make an absolute berk of myself on the day."
Amazon Customer, Amazon Book Reviewer, Kindle Edition - Verified Purchase, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 11 August 2017
"Simon, I just want to thank you for producing such a brilliant book in your 'The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE'.
I am not used to public speaking and from the moment my brother asked me to be his best man I would think about having to do the speech every day but after purchasing your book and following your instructions unbelievably I managed to come up with a great speech which gave me the confidence to go into the day (last Saturday) feeling prepared and once I got started I actually really enjoyed the experience.
I could not have done this without your insight and want you to know what an incredible gift you have in being able to help people like myself get through a potential difficult situation.
I will always recommend your book to any future best man I meet and good luck with all your adventures in the future."
Chris Hope, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, August 2017
[Review sent directly to Simon via website]
"Very helpful read. Simon provides practical assistance, guidance and handy hints - must read for any prospective Best Man!
You just need to watch his YouTube clip to see he definitely knows what he is talking about..."
GRANT, Amazon Book Reviewer, Kindle Edition, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 27 June 2017
"Best man speech for 180! ******** myself! Wasn't sure where to start, what to say, but after reading Simon's book I feel happy and confident."
James Young, Amazon Book Reviewer, Kindle Edition, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 21 March 2017
"The thought of doing my best friend's best man speech had me concerned about this for months. Giving a wedding speech was one of my greatest fears, as I'm sure a lot of people can relate to!
This book gave me the confidence and ability to craft and structure a speech which the groom described as fantastic and the bride loved. Getting the balance between humour and heartfelt just right I'm so glad I was able to deliver, and make a special occasion even more special.
Something I can now look back on with pride, having conquered one of my biggest fears. Thank-you Simon for writing this book!"
James, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 9 December 2016
"Awesome book to get you ready for your best man speech... Really helped me prepare my speech for my brother's wedding day. The speech went down so well and I didn't steal one joke from the usual best man books (I did steal a joke my dad had used when he was a best man).
Really well written and has made me notice a good speech from a poorly prepared one.
Rob Edmunds, Amazon Book Reviewer, paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 28 October 2016
"Yesterday I gave a best man speech following the advice in this book and it went down a treat. I had people coming up to me all evening saying how good the speech was!
If you want to do a good job for your groom and deliver an authentic personal speech you can be proud of, ignore all the rubbish online and get this!"
D. Ball, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 4 September 2016
"Great book. Helps you write your speech that is tailored to your friend and not copied off the internet.
I started my speech 3 days before the wedding and finished it 30 minutes before it had to be read out (don't do this). My speech got plenty of laughter and compliments afterwards. If you are going to do your speech PLEASE finalise it the week before the wedding so you can memorise it the week running up to the wedding so you have a good pace and can look at the audience!
One key thing when you get stuck is to speak to close friends, explain the direction you're trying to take the speech but are stuck and their alternative view open[s] your creativity!"
Mr DJ Patterson, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 8 August 2016
"This book has been an enormous help in writing two best man speeches in the past 4 months. The book gives some excellent advice and practical tips on everything from where to start, how to structure and ultimately deliver your speech!
I'd certainly recommend this book to any Best Man that wants to write a speech in their own style and needs some guidance on where to start."
David, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 19 June 2016
"Excellent book for Best Man speech writing: after reading this book I was focused on the way to write; everyone kept congratulating me all evening."
Paul B., Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 18 May 2016
"Like most people I was dreading the thought of doing a best man speech, especially one that would be filled with the same over used jokes scraped from the internet.
This book makes writing the speech incredibly easy without having to use any of the cliched jokes that you hear time and time again at best man speeches. Many people told me that the speech was fantastic with a few saying that it was the best they'd ever heard.
Even the former CEO of a multi billion pound company said that it was excellent and that I was clearly a very experienced public speaker (I'm not).
I'll be recommending it to any friends that are faced with the same prospect."
KTM, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 14 March 2016
"Must read for any best man - also helps me think about speaking in front of people at work and how to articulate a point better."
A.J.W. Freeman, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker -THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 13 December 2015
"I never write reviews. This book demands one. Brilliant. Just back from the wedding, the photographer collared me to say it was the best best man speech he'd heard... This success in no small way down to this book. I'm a pretty experienced presenter but it taught me a huge amount about the specific needs of a best man's speech: how to research your man, develop content and a theme.
Get the right balance between light joshing of the groom and leaving the bride's family feeling they were welcoming an asset to the family rather than a liability. The idea that you can build the narrative with humour then switch to sincerity in the closing moments was a killer. Thank you."
Christopher Jackson, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 27 September 2015
"Brilliant book. I purchased this book having been best man on 2 previous occasions when the books I used were disappointing. This book was brilliant and is written in an engaging way that makes the task much simpler and inspires you to want to do a good job. It breaks down the task into simple chunks and is full of good advice.
I'm so glad I purchased this book rather than pinching a speech off the web. My speech went down a storm thanks to this book."
Sam Underwood, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 27 September 2015
"I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you. The wedding was on Saturday and my speech went really well and received very positive feedback. It made people laugh and brought tears in people's eyes.
Without your book I couldn't have delivered it in this quality!
All in all, your book helped me bring out the best in me in some of the most important minutes of my life."
Dora Bodo, Book Reviewer, Best (Wo)man, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, August 2015
[Review sent directly to Simon via website]
"For most men, the Best Man speech is the biggest Public Speaking Challenge of their lives. The pressure of being "the entertainment" for 100 or more guests can make the whole experience very stressful. We've all seen our share of terrible speeches at weddings.
Simon Bucknall is a champion Public Speaker, and this book contains simple, practical advice for constructing and delivering a classy speech, which will be funny, as well as being a perfect tribute to the man who has picked you to be his Best Man on the day.
The book is simple. It can be read cover-to-cover in an hour or two. However, Simon provides clear steps to enable you to start your speech from scratch, which include gathering material, structuring the speech, finding humour, dealing with nerves as well as 'pro tips' for handling practicalities on the day. The book also warns against mistakes such as apologising up-front, embarrassing the audience or nicking material from the internet.
"Your speech will be light years ahead of the vast majority of Best Man speeches." Simon Bucknall makes this claim towards the end of the book. The feeling of sitting down having just delivered a top-class speech which has entertained the audience, as well as paying tribute to your close friend, is one that will stay with you for life. As Best Man, you'll still have to do the hard bit, but "The Best Man Speaker" will give you every chance of success."
Matt Hegarty, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 21 April 2015
"It was well worth the money and made me feel much more relaxed about the whole process.
Despite the nerves, I was really able to enjoy the day knowing I was well prepared."
Jared Howe, Book Reviewer, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, April 2015
[Review sent directly to Simon via website]
"A great little book with fabulous advice on writing speeches. The content is laid out in a fun way making it easy to digest the information. The book contains some great tips for anyone looking to write a best man's speech."
Nadeem Mohammed, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 18 March 2015
"Very good read, really in depth for those of you doing your 1st speech. I'm using it for my best man speech and am finding it very useful :)"
Graham Sturt, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 12 March 2015
"If only this book had been around when I had to do the honours...
I was at a wedding a couple of years ago when the Best Man gave a truly awesome speech: when I asked him at the bar later how he had managed to craft it so well, he told me that he had worked with Simon. Enough said. If you want to do a really good job, being able to see Simon in action on YouTube gives you confidence that what he advises in the book does work."
Ian S., Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 3 March 2015
"This is the only book which I've seen on this subject which contains clear, step by step advice for best men who really care about delivering a great speech. It's packed with insights and I really like the way it refers to YouTube so you can see the theory being brought to life.
There are £5 best man books out there with advice on how to organise a stag and a couple of pages on how to do a speech... but nothing else I've found has this kind of detail on how to really nail the speech... written by a very experienced public speaker.
I thoroughly recommend this book to any best man who wants to deliver his best ever speech."
James M., Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 21 February 2015
"I was having sleepless nights about nailing my twin brother's best man speech in front of 200 guests... most of whom I knew very well. Like most blokes I first turned to the internet for help - all I could find was cheesy, crude and unoriginal one liners that would not go down at all well with my audience.
A friend of mine introduced me to Simon. Through a series of face to face meetings Simon edited, polished and reorganized my speech to perfection. He also worked on my presentation and delivery skills so by the end I was actually looking forward to giving my speech!
On the actual day the speech went down a treat and nearly everybody told me afterwards that it was one of the best wedding speeches they have ever heard... including the photographer!
Simon has now taken all the skills and experience of working with clients like me and morphed it into this fantastic book. Having read the book it gives you all the tools that you will need to write and deliver a well crafted, witty and above all personal speech that will blow your audience away!!
I can't recommend this book and Simon any more highly... five stars really does not do it justice!!"
Oliver Westray, Amazon Book Reviewer, Paperback, The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 17 February 2015
"The thought of giving a best man's speech occupied my thoughts for months. Simon's advice, now distilled into this fantastic, easy to follow e-book, transformed my content from a mundane, run of the mill presentation into the best public speaking experience I have ever had.
The feeling of engagement with the audience was huge, and it was all because of the tips I had received from Simon on how to structure and deliver the speech. No rubbish gags from the internet, no stories to embarrass the parents, just well crafted humour and a real confidence to take the stage.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this book and Simon's advice to anyone. It will revolutionise your speech."
T. Salmon, Amazon Book Reviewer, [previously eBook plus Paperback], The Best Man Speaker - THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE, 17 February 2015
"Using a series of easy to follow "keys", this fantastic book has given me the confidence to create a truly unique and personal best man's speech. The author clearly has fantastic experience in public speaking, with an easy to follow tone and dialogue. I was able to collate all of the stories and opinions from the Middle East where I work, giving me tips on structuring the essay and easy to execute activities that break dow