In 2016 Paul Deacon celebrated 25 Years as a Professional Toastmaster
Paul, 60, started his career as a Toastmaster as it let him combine hobbies of acting, running a Youth Drama Group and solo chorister.
In 2013 he was President of the National Association of Toastmasters. The NAT, founded in 1954, upholds and develops the standards of the profession. It is managed by an annually elected Executive Committee. Membership includes toastmasters throughout the United Kingdom and their services are available for any occasion from weddings, receptions and dinner dances to opening ceremonies, conferences and charity balls.
No other Toastmaster has travelled so far and dealt with such a variety of work for so many dignitaries and celebrities or visited so many prestigious venues and used as many languages as him. He has officiated at over 1,000 events for British and international clients ranging from English, Jewish and Asian weddings to dinners and awards ceremonies from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and Singapore. He is highly experienced and is regularly seen at weddings of all faiths for civil ceremonies and marriages in churches, temples, gurdwaras and synagogues. His schedule of events continues to involve him with weddings of many faiths, dinners, Masonic Ladies Festivals and bar mitzvahs. He has helped to raise thousands of pounds at charity events for HEART UK, the National Society for Epilepsy, UNICEF, and Children in Crisis. He deals with celebrities and dignitaries in the West End, and the Guildhall, Mansion House and Livery Halls in the City of London as well as locally. In the UK, his work can take him from town halls to stately homes and Park Lane hotels and from school gyms or marquees to the House of Commons. He is the only British MC to have worked in British, French, German, Japanese and Singaporean embassies and consulates both here and abroad and he is ready to guide guests with European and Asian languages.
In Britain a red-coated Toastmaster is more an event organiser than a speech maker. Essentially, their job is to be an event’s organisational heartbeat. They are hired to make things run like clockwork and they must appear to do this effortlessly. Their duties can vary a lot from event to event; at times their priority will be ensuring that the flowers, cake and chefs are ready at a wedding reception, at other times their primary duty will be introducing guest speakers and every now and then they might have to do a bit of crisis management.