kingschapel1.4My main aim as Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies at your event is to take the agreed plan and make it work on the day, so that everything runs smoothly and on time and all the announcements are made using the correct etiquette. After several months planning and preparation, this is the day when you want everything to be just right. I can offer expert planning advice on procedure, timing and etiquette, and agree an outline plan of events as you want them to be.

As a Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters, I have been trained to the highest standards of the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy. I have an eye for detail and a light touch to ensure that your function, including weddings of most cultures, is enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons. These pages include photographs and testimonials from recent events,  and the blog and links pages offer some jolly useful information.

Dressed in my hunting pink livery to lend gravitas and style to your event, I will work with the function manager, photographer, entertainers, and other suppliers. A venue may offer a member of staff to look after you on the day, but that person is working, quite rightly, in the interests of the venue. My responsibility, however, is to you and your guests, so I will not be called upon to resolve problems in, say, the kitchen or reception. It is very tempting to cut costs and ask a member of your family or a friend to act as your Toastmaster. This is one time when it really pays to have an experienced Master of Ceremonies to guide you through the pitfalls rather than ‘winging it’ on the day.

If you want to discover how I will make your event run smoothly and on time, relieving you of most of the stress and leaving you free to relax and enjoy the occasion alongside your guests, please contact me, because I’d love to be the difference that will make your guests talk about your wedding long after you’ve said: “I Do!”. And it’s not only weddings, but also other family events,  B’nei Mitzvah, Masonic festivals, charity and fund-raising events, and civic and corporate dinners.

Have Gavel, Will Travel: I live in Eastbury, South-West Hertfordshire and I am therefore ideally placed for engagements in Greater London, South-East England, the Home Counties and beyond. I work with people, not clients, and have been told that I have a positive personality, a calm and reassuring manner, and a sense of occasion that befits a traditional role.

If you need to postpone your event for any reason, I will do my very best to accommodate your new date. If I am already booked for that date, or if for any reason I find that I am unable to fulfil my obligations and carry out the agreed duties, you have the assurance that I will endeavour to find another qualified Toastmaster in my stead.

Be assured that I will always work with your best interests in mind, so please contact me to discuss your event.

John Ashmele FGPT
Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters
Graduate of the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy
m: 07710 400412       e: john@ashmele.co.uk

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