Paul Deacon

International Toastmaster & MC

"You were brilliant. You took an enormous burden from our collective shoulders. The consensus of opinion was that it was a fabulous day"
"Two days ago we saw the video and we were again struck by the professional way you executed your duties. We had a marvellous day with our family and friends"
"We see how relaxed the speeches were and the fun you brought with it"
"Your professionalism was outstanding... we had a fantastic day."
"As you promised, you left us with nothing to worry about"
"It was wonderful to be able to sit back and enjoy the reception without having to worry about formalities, which I must say you guided us through to perfection, and with a gentle humour"
"Merci beaucoup pour ce que vous avez fait. Les francais et les allemands ont beaucoup apprecie votre presentation. Merci encore"
"Your presence raised the status of the occasion. You did not, however, allow the obvious need for organisation to overcome a more important requirement for a happy day"
"Thank you very much for making the day run so smoothly for us. We are well aware of all the running around you did in the background for us and are proud to say that thanks to you nothing went wrong on the day."
"Keep up the great work. And thank you for the little surprises throughout the day, and for being instrumental in getting our guests to say a few words on the video, which on, by the way, you look and sound great "
"We are very impressed at how you manage to remember everyone's names. I hope we get the opportunity to use your services again in future, although not at a wedding of course! "

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.

One of Paul’s first jobs was a fund raising dinner at Brooklands museum in Weybridge with HRH Prince Michael of Kent, several lords and 600 guests. He also co-ordinated the millennium night celebrations in Monaco in the presence of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and has attended other dinners in Monaco with HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. He has worked with many members of the Royal Family at events and over the past few months has looked after HRH the Duke of York, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, HRH the Duke of Gloucester and Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. Every client is treated in the same calm and efficient way as if they too were royalty.

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.