Interview with Peter C. Brown
Who or what inspires you most?
My speaking inspiration came from watching Roy Walker on TV. I found him incredibly funny in the early days and admired his cool, calm delivery. I was always a lad that enjoyed telling a funny story and there is no greater feeling than making people laugh.
Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?
I think I would have to say speaking at a lunch with Peter Alliss. I am a keen golfer and I have always admired the work he does at golf tournaments. His interpretation whilst commentating is refreshing and for me he is the best in the business. Sadly age is catching up but nevertheless he sets the bar level. Obviously, getting letters after the dinners from clients expressing how delighted they were with my contribution comes a close second.
What lessons from the world of banking have you taken with you into your speaking career?
Always treat people and your audience with respect. Make sure before you perform you know your audience and what is likely to make them tick. All too often I have spoken with other individuals at dinners and they have not done their research properly and consequently have had a torrid evening.
How much does humour factor into your keynotes and other speaking engagements?
Totally. My knowledge of religion, politics and anything else controversial is pretty average to say the least, so best not to incorporate it in any of my speeches. My experience tells me to stick to what I know best and that is all about leaving my audience wanting more. Laughter is the best medicine and living in the world we live in today, the more laughter out there the better.