John Ashmele FGPT
Over the years I have derived great satisfaction in organising and delivering many social, community and fund-raising events, and ensuring that each occasion is memorable for all the right reasons. Having pursued a successful career as a freelance information systems consultant for over 35 years, I am now pleased to offer my services as a Professional Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies.
On the square, a keen interest in etiquette, protocol and ‘the done thing’, as well as an eye for detail, enables me to offer advice on a wide range of different events, from family celebrations to corporate, civic and charity dinners. Once a booking has been confirmed, I can be contacted by phone, text or e-mail at any time to discuss progress.
Great care should always be taken when selecting a Toastmaster for any kind of function, and I am proud to have been trained to the high standards of the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy.
The Professional Toastmasters’ Academy
By engaging the services of a Graduate of the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy, you can be sure that the person who will arrive on that very important day is fully trained and qualified and more than capable of smoothing the way through the stages of your special occasion.
My journey to acceptance as a Professional Toastmaster / Master of Ceremonies began with an interview by the training officers. An intensive full-time training course then followed, consisting of classroom tuition and practical sessions performing scenario based exercises; a two and a half hour written examination with a high pass mark is required. Attachments to, and observations by, more experienced Toastmasters were arranged before being considered for membership of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters.
The Guild of Professional Toastmasters
The Guild of Professional Toastmasters was established in 1968, to promote the very highest standards of performance and conduct in Professional Toastmasters and Masters of Ceremonies. All members have been professionally trained by some of the best Toastmasters in the United Kingdom.
I am now pleased, honoured and delighted as a Graduate of the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy to have been welcomed as a Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters and entitled to wear the coveted blue ribbon and medallion.