James Pearce has been a BBC sports correspondent and television presenter for more than 25 years. He was the BBC’s Olympics Correspondent for London 2012. Aged just 23 he became the youngest ever regular reporter for BBC One’s flagship Six o’ Clock News and since then he hardly paused for breath.
He led BBC News’ coverage of London 2012 from the start of the bid in 2001 through to the announcement of the winning city in Singapore in 2005 and then on to those memorable Games in 2012. He has reported from ten Olympic Games (5 Summer and 5 Winter), and 4 Football World Cups.
After the 2012 Olympics James left his staff job at the BBC to go freelance and set up his own company. He still works for the BBC, presenting sports bulletins on the BBC News Channel, but much of his time is now devoted to his communications training agency. James is passionate about improving the skills of those appearing in media interviews. His highest profile clients are all the England football teams and the British Olympic and Paralympic teams, but he also works with a number of FTSE 100 executives and staff at NHS England. James delivers a very interactive and engaging conference talk, which outlines some of the key skills that we can all learn to improve our everyday communications in and out of the workplace. As he emphasises, we are all salespeople at times, and we can all learn techniques to improve the way that we communicate. Listen to James’ talk, and you will get the inside track on the teaching given to Harry Kane and his fellow England players.
James is also an extremely experienced event host and moderator. He has hosted events all over the world. He is the annual host of SportAccord, which is the world’s biggest and highest profile sports conference. The 2018 edition was in Bangkok and in 2019 it took place in the Gold Coast, Australia. James hosts numerous awards evenings and conferences, and is an expert at keeping an audience engaged while making sure that the event is running on time.
Effective communication in a competitive business world
18 October 2020
James Pearce has been a BBC broadcaster for two decades and is now one of the UK’s leading communications trainers. He founded his own agency in 2013 and since then has worked with many of the world’s best-known athletes and business executives. The England football team is one of his highest profile clients, but most of his work is in business with CEO’s and leading executives.
James uses his learnings from twenty years of conducting interviews, including with all 6 of the UK’s most recent Prime Ministers, to deliver a masterclass on effective communications that will change the way that you approach any important conversation. This is aimed at anybody working in the world of business. James will teach you how to prepare key messages and then how to deliver them with maximum effect. You will also learn the art of handling difficult questions from colleagues or clients without losing the trust of your questioner – an essential tool for so many of us. It is an entertaining and extremely educational talk. You will quickly understand why James is credited with transforming the interview skills of so many of his clients