£3,000 - £3,500
Type of Entertainment
Speaker - After Dinner Speaker
Corporate Events, Conferences, Award Ceremonies
Frances Edmonds is one of Britain’s most entertaining female speakers and a best-selling author.
Frances Edmonds has been rated Britain’s most entertaining female speaker in a recent survey by The Times. A best-selling author, her non-fiction covers sport, politics, motivation, self-help and personal success. Enthusiastic, often controversial and always thought provoking, she consistently receives top ratings for her humorous and motivational presentations. A gifted, multilingual communicator, she also uses her linguistic, creative and broadcasting skills to deliver relevant, inspirational and, above all, realistic strategies for personal and professional fulfilment.
After graduating with honours in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, Frances trained as an international conference interpreter at the European Commission in Brussels. She went on to work for the major international organisations (EU, UN, OECD, WEU) and for the G7 heads of state and government at their annual World Economic Summits. Fifteen years of negotiating at the highest international level taught her invaluable lessons in the art of cross-cultural communication and consensus creation. She builds on these insights to deliver powerful messages on the challenge of leadership and team building in today’s richly diverse and constantly changing corporations.
Her professional writing career began in 1986 when she accompanied her husband, international cricketer Phil Edmonds, on England’s disastrous tour to the West Indies. It was there that she wrote her first highly controversial bestseller, Another Bloody Tour, which shook English cricketing and sporting establishments to their foundations. In 1987, she covered the Ashes series in Australia and produced another Number One bestseller, Cricket XXXX Cricket. In Australia, she hosted Good Morning Australia, the country’s most popular breakfast TV show, and reported on the America’s Cup for The Times.
In 1989, she wrote Members Only, a search for signs of independent, intelligent life in the Houses of Parliament. She found few. Her subsequent novels, Samson and Delilah, Star of Heaven and Games were all greeted with international critical acclaim.
Her book, Winning The Game of Life suggests tools for personal success and motivation and embraces techniques employed by many of Britain’s foremost captains of industry and sportsmen and women.
Frances Edmonds has wide experience on radio and television, hosting programmes as diverse as Women on Top, A Game of Two Halves and The Greatest and appearing on programmes as different as Question Time and Question of Sport. She believes that a genuine interest in other people and their issues is as crucial to interviewing as to the successful hosting/chairing/moderating of any ceremony or conference. Elected an honorary fellow of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs for her promotion of British business interests, she also appears regularly as a news reviewer for the BBC and is a regular contributor to a wide range of publications including The Times, The Sunday Times and The Evening Standard.
Frances is a gifted communicator who uses her extensive international experience and creative skills to understand, entertain and inspire her audience.
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