Award-winning speaker and public speaking coach, Simon Bucknall, reveals how developing young people’s ability to connect, influence and inspire...
Simon Bucknall (he/him)
Public speaking expert, executive speaker coach
On a winter evening in 2005, Simon told an emotional tale from his school days to an audience in a London pub. Six months later, with that same speech, he won the UK & Ireland Championship of Public Speaking, placing in the top 20 out of 26,000 speakers worldwide. A full-time coach and speaker since 2008, Simon has long held a passion for the spoken word, helping thousands of people to achieve greater impact – social entrepreneurs, MBAs, refugees, corporate executives, academics, wedding speakers and more. Simon has also worked with young people in schools. Previously, as an Associate of the charity Speakers Trust, he delivered workshops for the ‘Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge!’ in state secondary schools across London and Essex. Simon is a former President of the London Junior Chamber of Commerce and, in 2013, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.