What my clients say about me

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Find out what my clients say about the work I’ve done with them and how I’ve helped their business to thrive. Filter using the links to see testimonials for particular areas of my work.

 

Compering

Steve was compere at our first ever two-day Watertight Marketing conference. He was not only great on stage, he was a real asset to the team. He handled ongoing tweaks to the running order with ease. He was funny, engaging and kept everything running beautifully to time. He’s a joy to work with, both for the event organiser and attendees.

Bryony Thomas, Watertight Marketing

Compering

Hiring Steve as our MC for both our B2B Events, was a great decision. 
He was very flexible, working to ever changing scripts, and helped with the whole flow of the evening. Having him on board made the team relaxed in the knowledge this component of the evening was all taken care off. I would highly recommend Steve to any company looking for a reliable MC for any event. Thanks again Steve – Until the next time………..

Jon Carson

Compering

Steve expertly hosted Martlets Halloween Ball 2017, our biggest annual fundraising event. He brilliantly engaged 300 guests at The Grand Hotel, entertaining people without stealing the show and introducing our diverse guest speakers and entertainers with great professionalism.  Steve was also our games master and auctioneer, being instrumental in Martlets raising £28,000 of the overall £30,400 funds raised from the Ball – a staggering amount for as event still in it’s infancy. Steve is a delight to work with, showing great attention to detail and understanding the audience and the cause well. And to top it all off his bejewelled Halloween jacket and make-up were magnificent.

Emma Knight – Head of Corporate and Major Donor Giving, Martlets.

Compering

Steve recently spoke at and compered at a CIMA conference on effective leadership. The talk was engaging and received fantastic feedback from the delegates, where they were able to take value from the talk and have the tools to make them better leaders. I’m already looking at the next event where we can work with Steve.

Thank you for helping to make our conference a success!

Emma Bailey – Event team manager, CIMA

Compering

“A brilliant compère and presenter”

One80News

Compering

“Steve Bustin was recently the Master of Ceremonies at our MEGA Conference for The Professional Speaking Association held at Wokefield Park in Reading. The 200+ audience of professional speakers were kept entertained and informed by Steve as he helped to keep the programme moving to time

“He did a thoroughly professional job as compere and I wholeheartedly recommend Steve to anyone needing a professional MC for their conference.”

Mike Ogilvie, National President of The Professional Speaking Association 2015

Compering

“We recently had the great pleasure of having Steve Bustin as our Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the University of Brighton’s Enterprise Awards.  Steve was a delight to work with, and set the tone perfectly for one of the biggest high profile events for my department.  Steve responded really well to our brief, and was an integral part of the success of the night!  This was the first time that I have worked with Steve, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for a professional MC, who is flexible, humorous, and creative.  If we have an event of a similar caliber next year, we will definitely be inviting him back”.

Clare Griffiths, Business Development Manager (Entrepreneurship), University of Brighton

Compering

“Finding the right compère for a major business event is tricky – you’ve got to find someone who can balance the professional and business tone of the day with being warm, welcoming and entertaining. When Steve recently compèred the largest and most complex event we’ve ever delivered, he did all that and more. Quite frankly I’m fed up with the delegates emailing me to tell me how good they thought he was. Fun and easy to work with, Steve took direction from us but also offered advice and suggestions, based on his extensive experience, that really lifted the event in terms of pace, tone, humour and professionalism. Very happy to recommend him.”

Julia Chanteray, President, Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce

Compering

“I booked Steve to be the compère for the Annual Convention of the Professional Speaking Association. That’s not an easy gig because everyone in the room – all 200+ of them – were people who are paid to speak on stage at conferences. However, Steve was truly excellent. Not only did he keep the audience engaged throughout the event, he also managed everything exceedingly well. He kept the conference precisely on-time and he did everything he was asked by the crew and organisers.

“I have organised many conferences over the past 30 years and it is extremely rare to find a compère as entertaining and as professional as Steve. He is at the very top of my very short list of people to work with. Off-stage he was brilliant, providing the organising team with support and advice to make the event go smoothly. On-stage he was entertaining, witty and thoroughly engaging. If you want a compère who is highly professional, entertaining, sticks to time and engages the audience, you do not need to look any further; you have found him.”

Graham Jones, Helping you understand your customer behavior

Compering

Working with Steve Bustin takes all the stress out of your event preparation. Bringing years of experience to the table you can rest assured that he will add a capital P to professionalism and your audiences will love him.

Tracey Allen,  SEA PR

Media Training

We had a one day media training course run by Steve for our Senior Leadership Team. The course was excellent – informative and hands on with instant feedback. The real life TV interviews were challenging but good fun, with many learning points. Steve was very professional and affable and the whole team have come away feeling much better equipped to handle media interviews. We would highly recommend Steve for both media and presentation skills training. In addition, his new book, “The authority guide to presenting and public speaking” is first class.

Rodney Lunn – Chief Executive at Shoreham Port

Media Training

Steve ran a media training session for a number of key staff at the Port. The training was a huge success, helping our staff to understand how to maximise the delivery of our key messages, especially when under pressure. The mock interviews that he ran were challenging and greatly improved by the research Steve had already carried out into topical areas at the Port. Overall the staff gave excellent feedback on the session, having learnt a lot, grown in confidence and also had fun – Steve was a pleasure to work with. We will definitely be working with Steve in future on a variety of communications projects.

Nicky Goldsbrough – Corporate Services Manager, Shoreham Port

Media Training

“There are a lot of people who claim that they can undertake media training! Too often they trot out the same tired old nostrums that they have been recycling without adjustment for years. With Steve you get an imaginative, tailor-made product that clients love because they can see that it’s been designed for them.”

Jonathan Upton, Prestige Consulting and Communications

Media Training

“Fabulous media training from a real expert. This training gave me confidence, knowledge of techniques & lots of really professional advice.”

Wanda Goldwag, Non-Executive Chair, Senet Group

Media Training

“A fascinating insight into the world of media by someone who really knows. Many thanks to Steve Bustin who provided a fantastic seminar on “how to do it” but emphasised more importantly how not to do it!”

Mary O’Brien, Consultant Plastic and Hand Surgeon

Media Training

“We have worked with Steve providing media training days for a number of our clients and these have always been comprehensive, informative and fun. Our clients are more confident in dealing with journalists, being interviewed for TV, radio or newspapers and ensuring their messages are conveyed appropriately.”

Jane Rayner, Director, Sauce Consultancy

Media Training

“Having taken (and enjoyed) Steve’s media training course, I now feel much more confident about undertaking media interviews – what to say, how to say it and how to stay calm under pressure. No surgeon should agree to taking part in a media interview until they’ve talked to Steve!”

Jackie Lewis, Oncoplastic breast surgeon, www.oncoplasticbreast.com

Media Training

If ever you need to run media training for colleagues at your UK organisation, Steve Bustin is your man. Thanks for a great session!

Laura Dickinson, Girls Not Brides

Media Training

“We used Steve at Medical Media Training to provide media training for our International Directors. They all came out of the sessions with far more confidence in their ability to appear on camera, far more of a sense of what to say and how to say it and also full of praise for Steve’s professional yet engaging and entertaining style of training.”

Faye Mingo, Global Brand Director, GC Aesthetics

Media Training

“We were thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and effectiveness of Steve Bustin’s media training sessions. We have booked a number of them for our many healthcare clients, who have found the workshops educational and practical, as well as entertaining. I am now much more confident in my clients’ abilities to carry off any difficult interviews, and they feel more comfortable when facing the press.”

Tingy Simoes – Managing Director, Wavelength Marketing Communications

Presentation Skills

You might not remember me but you did a couple of days of presentation training at my company back in October. I was a bit rusty and nervous but you gave good feed back and I applied that feed back.
I went for an interview this morning at another company and I had to give a presentation which I was incredibly nervous about. I remembered what you had told me and tried to apply it throughout the presentation.
After I left, they rang me to say they were impressed that I came across as a natural and offered me a decent raise to my base salary and a nice signing on bonus as well.
I wanted to email and let you know that your presentation day certainly worked for me.

Charles Wynne Morgan

Presentation Skills

The sessions Steve ran have helped develop my confidence in public speaking. As a result of the sessions Steve has provided I have now won multiple awards which have given me the opportunities to run my own business. I can honestly say that these sessions have given me the confidence to achieve more – an extended thank you goes to Beepruple of the University of Brighton for making Steve and his sessions available to me!

Ben Le Broq

Presentation Skills

I cannot recommend Steve highly enough to deliver engaging and tailored communication skills programmes. We recently worked with him to prepare and deliver a workshop with a group of vaccine key opinion leaders, who are most comfortable discussing high science. Steve was incredibly well prepared ensuring he gained the respect of the audience, understood their world and took them from fact-based traditional presenters to animated story tellers in 2 days – amazing! Very much look forward to working with Steve again.

Tamsin Wilson – Strategy & Communications Director at Cormis Partnership

Presentation Skills

Steve’s incisive advice and coaching never fails to impress me. His insights are thoughtful, personalised and actionable. A few suggestions gave me a massive return in speaking and facilitating performance. On top of that, by ‘walking the talk’ as a speaker with his knowledge, he is highly informed on the contemporary audience. Highly recommended.

Nick Price – Consulting Futurist | Strategy Developer, Advisor & Speaker | Get Value from Tomorrow

Presentation Skills

I have been running peer to peer mentoring groups for entrepreneurs and business owners for over 4 years. Each month I invite a guest speaker to present a mini masterclass on business growth related topics.

I know Steve as an outstanding speaker and presenter – I hadn’t experienced his work in a workshop environment, but somehow knew I could trust him to deliver useful and practical content for my group. He didn’t disappoint – he delivered a truly outstanding masterclass.

Packed with nuggets of pure gold. He’d taken time to research all of my members businesses and tailored everything to their needs exactly.

“Fun, engaging, relevant, very funny, incredibly valuable, practical” – these were just a few of the comments from the group. I know we’ll have him back in future

Steve Clarke – Inspirational Sales & Marketing Speaker * Sales & Marketing Mentor * Support for Ambitious Businesses

Presentation Skills

“I recently engaged Steve to help improve my presentation skills. The sessions were excellent and he taught me some great techniques. Steve’s professional and insightful advice filled me with confidence and I would heartily recommend him.”

Ian Hopping, Cost Management Consultant, Auditel

Presentation Skills

“We have used Steve to conduct bespoke communication and presentation training sessions at our organisation. We found the content and delivery of the training to be of the highest quality, relatable to the diverse group of candidates and highly enjoyable. The feedback from all candidates was overwhelmingly positive and the application of the principles we learnt has helped our organisation in numerous ways.

I can confidently recommend Steve’s training to be of the highest standard and potentially very valuable to any organisation and we look forward to working with him more in the future.”

Sandeep Bermi, Executive Operations Manager at Care2Give Limited

Presentation Skills

“I attended your presentation about presentation skills for CIMA last week. I can honestly say it was the best event I’ve attended!

Most of the speakers are experts in their topic but far from expert in public speaking and very often the presentations are interesting but not lively and dynamic enough to really maintain attention non stop. Your presentation was great. The content was very helpful and relevant and the way you delivered the presentation was great, very dynamic, interesting and time flew by. I think the key is that you exemplified all the advice you gave immediately showing us it was all very efficient.

“I just wanted to thank you and tell you how happy I was I attended your presentation. I don’t actually get a chance to present in my current position but I’m sure I eventually will and when I do I will be sure to dig out my notes and apply your tips.”

Marie Aurore-Frey, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Presentation Skills

“Vada Media’s presentation skills course was an enjoyable and very interesting session that left me with practical tools to structure and plan a presentation as well as some great tips on how to make them stand out.”

David Lockie, Pragmatic

Presentation Skills

“Thanks so much for the help, the presentation went really well and I have already been invited to several more talks at various places this year because of it! It was really good to talk to you and for you to give me an objective viewpoint on the parts of my presentation that are the most interesting and punchy. I’m feeling much more confident for the talk to 70 students this Friday as well, so thank you!”

Maria Allen, Maria Allen Jewellery

Social Media

Steve presented a communications and social media presentation for Soroptimist International London Anglia Region at the regional development day.  He was the keynote speaker at the end of the day.  He was brilliant.  He had to manage a wide age group and variety of levels of experience and managed to find a way of presenting his material that appeals to everyone.  He presented with an abundance of energy and his session was both informative and fun.  Everyone at the meeting said how much they really enjoyed the session and how much they got out of it.

The group have now been inspired to rethink their communication plans.  As a result of Steve’s presentation, communication was a key topic at the next regional meeting to align on how to take the information he share to the next level.  I know all the members really appreciate the time he spent and are already putting their plans into action.

I would highly recommend Steve as a speaker.  He really understands his topic and how to present it in understandable chunks that leave the audience knowing just what to do next.

Alison Charles – Soroptimists International

Social Media

“To date, Steve has delivered the best social media training I have attended. He took time to understand the diverse needs of our team and investigated our existing social media activity so his workshop was bespoke to our department objectives. His delivery is accessible, friendly and professional. Steve clearly knows his subject and he has the talent of making everyone feel confident in exploring the platforms. Well worth the money!”

Sarah Grant, Alumni Communications Manager at University of Brighton

Social Media

“I’ve been avoiding Twitter for years, but Steve explained everything clearly and now I can’t wait to get tweeting.”

Jo McKinney, STEM Sussex

Social Media

“As a company we were complete novices on Twitter – we knew what it could do for the business but were deeply nervous about dipping our toes in the water and getting our brand out there. Steve gave us the confidence not only to tweet as a company but also for the directors to tweet as individuals. Steve helped us formulate a strategy that worked for us and our business, addressed our fears and highlighted how we could build as we gained confidence on Twitter. His training sessions were fun and interactive with lots of tips and exercises to make sure we’re off to a strong start in the Twitterverse. I’d recommend Steve to anyone looking for guidance in the social media world.”

Lyndsay Simpson, Director, The Curve Group

Social Media

“This was an absolute fantastic social media training session and gave a very positive view on social media and what can be achieved (as well as highlighting the negatives). Steve Bustin delivered the training extremely well and from Dover / Shepway perspective we came from various levels of experience and all learnt something new and it ticked all the boxes for us – strategy, objectives, content, ideas, and how to tweet. Those authorities that did not attend certainly missed out. We came away buzzing with ideas to put into practice, and personally I came away with several new followers.”

Mandy Pile, Dover and Shepway District Council

Social Media

“WOW! Gone from complete virgin tweeter to confident tweeter in 6 hours! I can now see that we are only bumping along the surface of what could be achieved. Absolutely the best course I have ever been on.”

Brian Rumbelow, Dover District Council

Social Media

Your social media course was amazing today. Thoroughly enjoyable and very informative – you’d obviously put a lot of time into the preparation. I had a few misgivings and just wanted to make sure what we were going into was worthwhile and manageable. You answered and assured me about any concerns I had and I am sure my colleagues felt the same. We can now move forward with confidence, with much greater knowledge about how social media can help us at Dunedin.

Russell Toms, Head of marketing, Spire Dunedin Hospital, Reading

Social Media

Extremely informative workshop! Takes the fear out of social media and helps you formulate a clear strategy.

David Liversage, Blue Phoenix

Social Media

I spent a day with Steve Bustin at the Garden House in Brighton for his Social Media Class. His class was full of in-depth expertise. Our business offers international training, consulting, speaking and more, so our expectations have been high and he exceeded them by far. Anyone who is strives for excellence in Social Media or needs expert advice on what to do and what not to do should book this class immediately.

Prof. Dr. Niels Brabandt CEO NB Network AG

Social Media

“A fast-moving day with lots of engagement. Thoroughly recommend it – even if you think you know it all, there will be something new to learn.”

Daryl Parsons, Economic and Social Engagement at University of Brighton

Speaking

We would like to thank Steve for being a speaker at the Eastbourne Conference on May 5th at the AEGON Lawn Tennis Centre, for our Seeds of Growth Business Event.

His style of presenting was very engaging and every person at the event commented to us on how wonderful and different the speech was.

Several of the delegates have also sent me tweets and messages to say they really enjoyed the day, and it was partly down to Steve for being such a professional speaker.

Sonny Cutting – Managing Director at Sussex Pages Ltd

Speaking

Steve presented a communications and social media presentation for Soroptimist International London Anglia Region at the regional development day.  He was the keynote speaker at the end of the day.  He was brilliant.  He had to manage a wide age group and variety of levels of experience and managed to find a way of presenting his material that appeals to everyone.  He presented with an abundance of energy and his session was both informative and fun.  Everyone at the meeting said how much they really enjoyed the session and how much they got out of it.

The group have now been inspired to rethink their communication plans.  As a result of Steve’s presentation, communication was a key topic at the next regional meeting to align on how to take the information he share to the next level.  I know all the members really appreciate the time he spent and are already putting their plans into action.

I would highly recommend Steve as a speaker.  He really understands his topic and how to present it in understandable chunks that leave the audience knowing just what to do next.

Alison Charles – Soroptimists International

Speaking

Steve recently spoke at and compered at a CIMA conference on effective leadership. The talk was engaging and received fantastic feedback from the delegates, where they were able to take value from the talk and have the tools to make them better leaders. I’m already looking at the next event where we can work with Steve.

Thank you for helping to make our conference a success!

Emma Bailey – Event team manager, CIMA

Speaking

Steve Bustin was great to work with when I booked him to speak at my event, to see a true expert at work is fantastic. Steve was professional, relaxed and authentic, a rare combination!

Lee Jackson – PSA Yorkshire President 2014, Motivational speaker and author

Speaking

“I attended a session on “Sowing the seeds of business growth”, expertly lead by Steve at the Brighton Summit 2015. The session was both entertaining and inspiring. Steve is a great communicator who knows how to get a message across to an audience very effectively. I came away motivated to put Steve’s advice and ideas into practice to grow my own business.”

Steve Rowling, Web Designer & Developer

Speaking

“There are lots of people promoting themselves as social media experts these days but Steve Bustin is the ‘real deal’. Not only did he manage to demystify social media for our delegates, he got most of them positively enthused about using it as part of their communication strategy. He also did all this while being engaging, entertaining and an excellent speaker. I’ll be asking him to speak at future events.”

Joy Blizzard, Chair, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee

Speaking

“We’ve invited Steve to speak on the Communications Hub at RWM in partnership with CIWM, Europe’s leading recycling and resource efficiency show, at the National Exhibition Centre, for several years now for the simple reason that he delivers. Great content, energetic and engaging delivery and he’s also really easy to work with, responding to our brief to make sure delegates get useful and relevant information, tips and tricks that they can take away and use. He’s taken the hardest slots at the beginning and end of the day and attracted crowds to the Hub – and kept them there, allowing us to network with them. The show organisers actually asked us to bring Steve back again this year as they know his sessions are so popular. I’m sure we’ll be using him again in future, too.”

Becky Borrow – Copper Consultancy

Speaking

“I saw Steve speak at the Brighton Summit last week. And I can honestly say it was the best conference presentation I’ve ever seen! He took the simple metaphor of a business as a garden and expanded it in ways I really didn’t see coming. An inspiring session that would be a welcome addition to any conference programme.”

Dan Young – Customer Insight / Market Research consultant

Speaking

“Great presentation from Steve at the IMTJ Medical Travel Summit 2015 in London, speaking on “Building reputation in medical travel: The power of the media”. Responsive, proactive, good communicator and great insight.”

Keith Pollard – CEO, Intuition Communications

Speaking

“Having seen Steve speak at other people’s functions, he was our first choice when we needed a speaker at our high-level event for clients and partners from the medical sector. He delivered a focused, polished and entertaining session packed with useful tips and tools that our guests could take away and use immediately in their businesses. The feedback from our guests and my colleagues within Clydesdale Bank has been universally positive and we’re already looking for opportunities to work with Steve again in the future.”

Alex Brown – Business Development Manager, Clydesdale Bank