The thought leader on executive communication in China
He is the published author of The One Minute Presenter: an 8 step guide to delivering successful business presentations in a world of short attention spans.
Warwick coaches Asia’s leading senior executives, business leaders and entrepreneurs who need to influence their clients, investors, board and team members. In particular, Warwick helps finance directors working in multinationals who need to better express their messages to key stakeholders and so expand their influence and enhance their credibility. His role is as a facilitator of learning to not only demonstrate and transfer best practice in interpersonal executive communication skills, but also to allow clients to become more self aware and able to critically assess their own performance with the tools, techniques, strategy and language learned in the coaching.
Below are some interview questions to help you understand what drives Warwick.
How long have you been training people in public speaking and executive communication? What interests you about your field?
Unlike many professional speakers who started young, my journey took a completely different path. As an introverted child, I would do everything I could to avoid speaking in public. I cried in a drama performance when I was twelve because I forgot my lines, I feigned illness in high school rather than deliver a presentation to the school and I steered clear of the debating society.
Even as a sales executive when I was delivering 100 presentations a year to high technology companies, I was still a ball of sweat while presenting. It was only in my 30s when I dedicated hundreds of hours to working on my public speaking skills did I find that I could enjoy public speaking and it became a passion.
Since 2003, I have spoken internationally, authored a book on business presenting and regularly coach senior executives around Asia. What fascinates me about the art and science of public speaking is that despite all the advances in technology, so far nothing has come close to beating the engagement and connection we feel when listening to a story well told. (Note from digital natives: “Well some video games might come close!”)
I have found in my experience of working with senior executives that mastery in the skill of public speaking will take an executive much further than technical skills alone would.
So I really see my role as someone who can help executives to go as far as their ambitions take them. To help them share their talents with the world.
What are some contributions you’ve made to your profession?
For services to the public speaking industry, I was inducted into the Toastmasters International Hall of Fame in August 2007 for pioneering leadership as chairman for Toastmasters in China. I was the founding Chairman of the Professional Speakers Association of China.
I am the author of The One Minute Presenter: 8 steps to successful business presentations in a short attention span world, which is a guide and reference for busy executive presenters who need practical and effective tips to improve their presenting skills.
What are some big things you’ve accomplished for clients?
I put the fizz in the lemonade! My clients are already very intelligent, successful and highly competent at what they do. They have qualities that destine them for greatness. What I do is help them punch their weight by learning how to confidently project their opinions through presentations, conference calls and one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders – like investors, board members and clients – who have massive influence over how their career develops.
I know I have done my job when my clients are able to better engage with their senior managers in regular meetings; when they deliver confident presentations at board meetings; and when they master a question and answer session with zest.
What’s unique about your working philosophy and approach to working with clients?
The uniqueness that I bring to my assignments are built on a combination of skill sets:
* I am an international professional speaker who understands the pressure of tailoring an engaging message and connecting it to an audience.
* I am the author of a highly acclaimed book on business presentations called The One Minute Presenter: 8 steps to successful business presentations in a short attention span world.
* I am a TV host which means I understand the pressure of having a camera directed at your performance and message.
* I am an executive speech coach for C-level executives including nationals from China, Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, UK, USA, France and many other countries.
* I have cross cultural experience of working and speaking in China, Korea, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Europe and the USA.
You can also learn more about How I work here.
What’s other qualifications do you have?
As a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), I facilitate leaders and teams in results-oriented, process-driven executive retreats, workshops and executive boot camps. Becoming a CPF is a commitment to excellence and continuing professional development. I was recertified as a CPF in 2010.
Living in Asia since 1994, I am known for demonstrating deep cultural intelligence, while collaborating with teams across China, Asia, India and the Middle East.
What are your extracurricular activities?
I like a challenge so I am often in the middle of a project to push my comfort zone. In 2010, I completed my first Ironman Triathlon in 35 degrees heat which was probably the hardest physical challenge I have ever done. I also completed a one-day 240Km bike ride with my cycle club. I am currently working to repair all that physical damage by learning yoga. I have a long way to go!
I am also in the middle of completing my Distinguished Toastmasters Award in Mandarin Chinese. I served as a committee member of The British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai from 2008-2011.
Why not visit my Free Stuff page where you can read articles, audios and videos on becoming a more confident communicator.
Quick links to Warwick’s experience and credentials:
- Download Warwick’s one sheet introduction (PDF, 325k)
- Services Warwick delivers
- Video of Warwick in action
- Warwick in the media
- Downloads for meeting planners
- Testimonials and case studies
- Download Warwick’s Client list and Testimonial letters (PDF,2.43MB)
- Download Warwick’s Published Articles (PDF,7.42MB)
- Download Warwick’s Press Coverage (PDF,2.21MB)
- Author of The One Minute Presenter
- Advocate for Toastmasters International
- Improvisational comedy actor
- Host for stand-up comedy nights
Warwick also invests his time, energy and commitment to supporting worthy causes. Learn more here.