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Experienced business presenter and accomplished journalist


Nadine Dereza

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Award-winning journalist, conference host, presenter and co-author of the book 'Insider Secrets of Public Speaking'

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Keynote speaker Nadine Dereza is a very experienced business presenter. Nadine was awarded ‘Financial Journalist of the Year’ and has co-authored the book Insider Secrets of Public Speaking, the essential reference for anyone who needs to stand in front of an audience to speak. If you want a conference host, speaker, or accomplished interviewer, Nadine Dereza is the perfect fit.

Speaker Nadine Dereza is an experienced business presenter and accomplished interviewer, and has presented for CNN, BBC, Sky TV, SABC, Simply Money, Summit TV and Associated Press. Nadine has a wealth of international experience and has worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and North America.

Nadine interviews Chief Executives and senior management teams on their company’s performance and results, and presents reports on all the major business and financial stories. As London Markets Correspondent for the Financial Times and Summit TV, she was awarded ‘Financial Journalist of the Year’.

Keynote speaker Nadine Dereza has an in depth understanding of the whole business spectrum from entrepreneurs, SMEs, right through to FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 organisations. She is highly experienced in business, finance, politics, eCommerce, sustainability, environment, eBusiness, economics, IT, banking, technology, pharmaceuticals, retail, oil & gas, education, apprenticeships, media and telecommunications.

Nadine chairs, moderates and facilitates conferences and live events for a diverse range of clients across many sectors globally. These include senior management, sales, institute and association conferences, economic forums, product launches, awards ceremonies, webinars and consumer & trade shows.

Sought-after speaker Nadine Dereza worked as a Non-Executive Director of WorldSkills London, appointed for a 3 year term for the duration of the project, providing strategic leadership and direction to the executive team, with a clearly defined remit to promote best practice apprenticeships and vocational training throughout the world. She also sat on their Audit Committee.

Nadine is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an Ambassador for Workers’ Educational Association (WEA). She is co-author of the best-selling book Insider Secrets of Public Speaking, the essential reference for anyone who needs to stand in front of an audience to speak.

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    Speaker Nadine Dereza Keynote Topics

    • Business
    • Economics/Economy
    • Environment
    • Finance
    • Future Trends
    • Global Economy

Interview with Nadine Dereza

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

Having worked in the industry for over 25 years, I have worked on some amazing events and conferences. The best moments are when you have a real connection with an audience and you feel you’re having a conversation with them.

When I launched my book, Insider Secrets of Public Speaking with my co-author Ian Hawkins, that has to go down as one of my favourite experiences because we hosted a party at the iconic King’s Place in London, for lots of family, friends, speakers and business colleagues, and I like to think we put in all the essential ingredients that go into an entertaining and informative event.

How much does humour factor into your keynotes and other speaking engagements?

I’m not a comedian, but have a ‘light touch’ and appreciate that humour can help get a serious message across. When I’m speaking on a particular subject, I put a lot of prep work in and tend to lead with facts and research interwoven with stories and examples.

I counsel other speakers not to necessarily start with a joke, because if it falls flat, you look silly from the off. It’s more important to make something accessible and easy to follow, and the best humour works naturally and ‘in the moment’ rather than being fully choreographed.

What skills are needed to be a good interviewer?

Listening, and keeping an open mind. Have you ever heard an interviewer with a set of questions they have planned to ask? Sometimes the interviewee will say something that demands further exploration, and if you plough on to the next question on your list regardless the whole interview can come over as superficial.

As the interviewer, you are representing the audience, so you need to gauge what their particular interests are, and sometimes, hold the interviewee to account. As a rule of thumb, the better your manners, the tougher the questions you can ask!

Why did you pick business as your journalistic area of expertise?

I completed a degree in business studies, and having run SMEs and worked across the whole business spectrum, I am really pleased that I chose this area, because I have come into contact with all sorts of companies and organisations around the world

Sport did come a close second. I’ve always been a huge football fan (QPR, but don’t judge me) and it isn’t too much of a stretch to see the links between football and business.

As an individual player, you put in the training and talent. As a team you have tactics and management. And then you’ve got ninety minutes to face down eleven other players who also want to win. The combination of experience, personality, talent, luck and tenacity versus tough competition – that sounds like a typical business scenario to me.

Why should clients use you for their next event?

The measure of being a good presenter is repeat business and I’m very proud to have built up strong relationships with some of my clients that benefit everyone beyond the events themselves.

As I said, I always do my homework and know what I’m doing. Inevitably on the day things won’t always go to plan, but as the presenter, it’s my job to keep a hand on the ‘rudder’ and steer things back on course. In my book, Insider Secrets of Public Speaking, I tell readers to aim to be a star, not a diva. I hope the people I work with would say that I make things easier for them, and help the event organisers look good. Events are like swans on the lake – you don’t want people to see all the work that goes into it. From an organiser’s point of view, being able to keep an eye on the clock so you finish the interview in time doesn’t hurt!

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