Award-winning speaker and public speaking coach, Simon Bucknall, reveals how developing young people’s ability to connect, influence and inspire through the spoken word gives them a significant head start in life. In 2005, Simon told an emotional tale from his school days to an audience in a small London pub. Six months later, with that same speech, he won the UK & Ireland Championship of Public Speaking. Simon has since helped thousands of people from all walks of life to achieve greater impact as speakers – corporate executives, charity leaders, academics, refugees, politicians, entrepreneurs and, of course, young people in schools.

Previously, as an Associate of the charity Speakers Trust, he delivered workshops for the ‘Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge!’ for teenagers 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. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Simon Bucknall

Public speaking expert, executive speaker coach

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