Michael-Don Smith

Michael-Don Smith

CEO, P2020 Ltd.


------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "The difference between talent and genius is patience." - MDS Let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue. Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear; For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more." - Kalil Gibran My Personal Intention is to work with my clients to develop their maximum potential as No Limits human Beings. Speaking in Public... No1 fear or No1 THRILL??? Vote here to have your say! Where do you think public speaking comes in the general populations list of Greatest Fears? Where does public speaking come in the list of your Greatest Fears? You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." - Mark Twain  Hi thank you for taking time to read my profile, I am a social entrepreneur, freelance trainer and speaker. My 17th Birthday was also my first day in the Royal Air Force. At 28 I moved into the corporate world with Cable & Wireless, enjoyed the 'dot com' era as an independent Telecom management consultant and eventually on to my own education and personal development business.  Where I have found my passion and my purpose. I work with individuals and organisations to develop business effectiveness with a focus on soft skills and modern leadership, in a way that is specific to the client i.e. an alternative to an off the shelf one size fits all methodology

Smile, Open your Eyes and Live On! You can shed tears that she has gone Or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her Or it can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she's gone Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind Be empty and turn your back. Or you can do what she'd want SMILE, OPEN YOUR EYES, LOVE AND LIVE ON. author unknown In Gratitude for the life of Evelyn Icilda Smith

WHO AM I? A professional speaker, presentation skills coach and speech writer. Most people have come across me either through hearing me speak at business or other professional events or know me through my passion for developing Community and 3rd sector organisations. WHAT DO I DO? I am a speaker, presenter and facilitator with a special focus on developing Emotional Literacy at executive and senior levels within organisations. HOW CAN I HELP? You are your message and if you or your company are not achieving the results you want, effectively and elegantly, it is often down to communication and presentation. Those I work with develop their communication, speaking and presentation skills to the highest level. I have a breadth of experience in military, corporate, SME and 3rd Sector organisations, including coaching senior officers and executives from leading organisations like; Scottish & Southern Electricity, Birmingham City Council, The Metropolitan Police and Barclay's Bank. REFERRALS A great deal of my business begins through word of mouth referral, If you would like to recommend me, please do and a useful script could be; "Don is passionate about enhancing his clients' professional development and communication skills. If your organisation could benefit from effective, high quality, coaching or training programmes in these areas then drop him an e-mail, personal message, or call the office" Our expectations of the future absolutely determine our decisions in the present... create great expectations for yourself and lets get there together... it's more fun. Development Programmes Success Mindstyle - Personal Development, Goal Setting and Motivation Connecting the Dots - Skills Integration Skillz 2 Engage Young People - Youth engagement and Youth Worker development Easy As NLP - Practical application of Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] Always remember " to find a ready-made formula of the mind in the writings of others would mean to demand 'science before science ..." - Lev Vygotsky

What am I like: You can read my testimonials at http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=guestbook&id=65019

'Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture It is not enough to stare up the steps We must step up the stairs' - Vaclav Havel The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World - Vaclav Havel
Seeing should never be all of believing Believing is not all of seeing Sanity is always seeing... possibility

"A good speech clearly reveals what is on your mind A great speech truthfully reveals what is in your heart "- MDS

Testimonials: 'MASSIVE energy!!! Awesome timing! Charisma in action. No one escapes his presence, guaranteed... the messages comes across. What a vibrant joy to listen to this man'. -Lisa Bakker Almere, Netherlands 'Don's presence on stage is not only captivating but holds an air of mystique. This is an amazing quality to have as a speaker and one of the reasons I will be paying to see him again!' - Peter Sage, entrepreneur and founder of the Sage Group of Companies. 'Don, You moved 200 people in ways they hadn't dreamed of for a Sunday afternoon seminar. What a buzz!' - Stuart Ingleby - Manchester 'Don Just to say a grateful 'Thank You' for really sharing your knowledge and love over the past 2 days - you are an amazing guy with very special gifts!' - Jayne - Nottingham 'Brilliant News! Our team was inspired! …What the team felt speaks loudly….the overall view at the end was the day was Outstanding / Amazing / It rocked' - Nigel Davidson - Sutton in Ashfield 'Hi Don A fantastically large thank you. I have been struggling with these ideas and concepts for some time thinking there must be a fit, a way to make them work and a requirement. The people I have spoken to only know part of the answer, you are the first person to put it all together so I can see it can work. I'm very excited...' - Alan Wilson - Life Coach

Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them and it is also their medium for communication. Simone Weil Whatever seperates us can connect us. Whatever seperates us we are connected. MDS Jim Rohn it doesn't get much clearer

Speaking dates: Thursdat 14 July 20011 - Dudley- Cancer Awareness Week - New Testament Welfare Association Programme Facilitator Friday 9th March 2007 - London - International Women's Week - London City University Doing Business with the Opposite Sex Tuesday 3rd October 2006 - London - Sex & Gender - Opportunity Now Conference Mind the Gap: Gender Styles & Stereotypes in the Workplace Wednesday 13th September 2006 - Birmingham - Success Mindstyle - Ishango African Caribbean Science Club Tuesday12th September 2006 - Basingstoke - Motivational Speaking and Presenting - The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Monday 11th September 2006 - Mount Hotel Wolverhampton - Motivational Speaking and Presenting - Bilston Rotary Club Wednesday 6th September 2006 - Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fife - Scottish Police College Mars & Venus @ Work Saturday 19th August 2006 - Nottingham - Supporting Gifted & Talented Young People, an Accelerated Learning Workshop at the 'ONIT' PARENTING THE BLACK CHILD CONFERENCE Monday 10th July 2006 - Wolverhampton Enterprise Conference @ Patshull Park - Keynote entitled "Sustainable Networking"



Twitter: @mdonsmith
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Skype: don_smith
Website URL: http://www.p2020.org
Blog URL: http://thoughtsofchairmandon.blogspot.com/

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Georgina Lester

"What a great guy! In March this year I attended a day workshop "Bullet Proof Presentations" with a small very select group of individuals each of whom had good reason to feel confident that they were already good at what they do. It was a fantastic day that saw their expertise shine through because their abilities to talk to an audience improved immeasurably.. With what seemed little effort Michael-Don managed to get us talking about our subjects with ease, humour AND without notes. Awesome!! With a great deal of care, compassion, enthusiasm and encouragement he made a massive difference to my confidence and abilities in doing presentations. My main objectives were to survive being in front of an audience and if I could do that then I figured that I would have learnt something. I did not expect to get what I got - which was that I would actually begin to look forward to doing talks and presentations. I have some way to go yet to develop the kind of brilliant confidence and enjoyment that Michael-Don so clearly demonstrates himself, and so I fully intend to attend future workshops that he plans to run. Get on his mailing list. Join one of the courses or workshops. Even if you don't want to actually specialise in doing presentations, the benefits of taking part has a much wider impact on how we convey our message regardless of whether it is to one person or to many. "

Ian Moncrieff MacMillan

"The top Black Star in BlackStar! Great knowledge, expertise and wisdom. One of the main reasons I joined BlackStar - I was so impressed by his confidence and presence during an insightful presentation he gave, I thought "I must be part of this group". Don't miss out - get to know Don soonest."

Vicki (The Property Mermaid) Wusche

"Just experienced Michael-Don's Bullet Proof Presentation Course - wow can I say? ..... Pause ...... Hello my name is Vicki Wusche ......... Do you want to make a dramatic and powerful impact on your business through effective speaking and presentations ? ....... pause wait for question to sink in ...... I have had training before ----- even been on 7 days courses .... I still had lots to learn and Michael-Don's style and structure has really helped me to integrate what I learnt in an easy and natural way ( well lets see what my future audiences think ;) ) Don it was a great course and I really enjoyed the easy and fun way you helped me improve my speaking skills - thank you. I highly recommend and commend Michael-Don to you :)"

Mark McCulloch Success Coach

"Absolutely amazing to have connected with you here on ecademy. Your profile really does look very good and you seem to be very professional, please keep the hard work going always. Mark McCulloch http://www.CoachOfSuccess.com"

Adiel Solomon

"Hi! I'm honored to be connected to your network on ecademy. I look forward to a closer friendship and mutual business relationship in our businesses. Adiel S.K www.tours2eastafrica.com "

Ismael Kaaya

"Hi! It's very nice to be connected with you on ecademy. Let us build a mutual business relationship in our businesses. Best Regards, Ishmael Samuel. www.tours2eastafrica.com. "

George Joseph

"Dear Don, Thank you so much for accepting me as a network partner. I am happy to have found YOU, as a person not only interested in your life and profession but also interested in the life struggles of others. I am confident that you will one day visit us. In the meantime, please visit our website for a better understanding of my life and work: http://www.csatrust.com With much good wishes and looking forward to networking with you in the days to come. George "

Lucky Sadkong

"Sawasdee Ka Thank you for connecting with me here on the Ecademy network. My boss Julian Stanley is a marketing guy and he knows the power of networking. He has told me to concentrate on recommendations; they are the best form of advertising. He tells me nearly every day that if every person you know has 10 friends that they recommend you to and those 10 friends then recommend you to their 10 friends. That would mean that for every friend that trusts your recommendations, 1,000 people would know about you, Think of the possibilities. We currently market several projects here in Thailand. 1; A condo project with low capital cost, high ROI. 2; High quality serviced retirement homes. 3; High Tech Vehicle tracking systems.4; Exclusive high end sea view apartments. I look forward to networking with you in the future. Best regards Lucky lucky@condospattaya .com "

sarah strudwick

"Hi Don Thankyou for the welcome and add. kind regards Sarah www.youtube.com/user/noordinarylife7 www.noordinarylife.biz"

Muhammad Siddique

"Glad to be connected and that you are part of my circle of friends. You are a valuable part of my network, and thank you for being part of ecademy. Sincerely, Siddique Writer at TRCB.com http://www.trcb.com/author/siddique.htm"

David "stretch" Hyner

"Integrity, passion, honest, loyal and professional. Don is a captivating speaker who evokes change in people. He moves them to action with conviction, knowledge and belief in his message. He is a speaker who connects with his audience and leaves them wanting more. You can't help but want to get to know him more. Keep rocking Don"

Rama Sethu Ranga Nathan

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Ronald L. Taylor

"It is an honour to be connected with you on Ecademy. I look forward to our networks being of mutual benefit to one another."

A Andrea Turcsanyi HELPS!

"Honest welcome to my fast growing network! I rated you good! I'm very happy to see you in my network! We are strong together! See you in Budapest, Hungary - heart of Europe! God bless you! Andrea Turcsányi Fly Then Smile Dental Service"

Victor Marques

"Thanks DON for being in my networking team...i wish abundance for you and the ones that you love...Kindest regards from Douro Valley.! Victor Marques"

Mariéme Jamme

"Don is my legend! So privileged to have him in my network! Brilliant guy! "

Graham Hill

"Don and I have have recently touched base again and I would like to congratulate him for having the foresight, drive and determination to develop his Social Enterprise Awareness Group. He is a thoroughly decent man and deserves all of our support. We are delighted to be working with him and wish him great success. Best wishes Graham "

Robert WoW De Souza

"I am glad to be part of Don's network for many reasons. First he is a Giver who loves to share his insight and wisdom. I look forward to learning more about his amazing work and talent as many of my friends have confirmed. I wish Don every success."

Cora Stam #4

"I know Don for his passionate love for poetry, literature and philosophical issues. He is generous and kind, in short a great support :) Highly recommended. "

Cosmas Zamangwe

"One in a million, excellent motivator, speaker, whether its business, professional or social, highly recommendable that means not a time waster! Thanks Don ."

AJ "Digital Coach" Silvers

"An excellent networker! Don helped put me in contact with a client in less than 24 hours. A real star and someone I believe is absolutely genuine in his desire to help others both on a personal and a professional level. I am looking forward to future interactions. Best regards, AJ -- AJ Silvers Nexus Coaching: Sales and Business Development Coaching http://www.nexus-coaching.com "

Thomas Power

"Immense power and aura from a giant of a character. Have you had a BIG Conversation with Don Smith yet? If not you have missed out. Highly recommended. Well read. I like that. Rare. "

Rajesh Semrete Selassie Aggarwal

"I have never had the pleasure to meet Don, but I very much look forward to our meeting. I liked and appreciated his Positive message and he has much wisdom to share and contribute to help us all. God Bless You Don. Best regards Rajesh Aggarwal Semrete Sellassie - The Will of the Trinity www.connectingroutes.co.uk raj@connectingroutes.co.uk r.aggarwal@ntlworld.com +44 (0) 1785 256797 07837 895052"

Erica Williams

"Simply, I like Don. He has been very giving of his time and advice in helping me with my part-time relocation to Wolverhampton. Don is open, communicative and a true sharer and I hope to get to know him better. "

Mindy Gibbins-Klein

"Don is an incredible speaker and even better trainer. He has helped me improve my professional speaking with lots of great ideas and a lot of caring. If you are thinking of working on your speaking, there is no one better to hold your hand and help you get to the next level than Mr Smith!"

Keith Lawrence

"Hi, I'm Keith Lawrence. I help people to improve both their businesses and their lives. But like many of you I don't like to seek help... However, I've been doing 'stand-up presentations' on and off for many years now, and felt the need for some refreshing critique and positive input. Today I found it! Wow! I've just spent the day at Don's Presentation Masterclass. Not only is he a fantastic and fun guy to chat with but he really does know what he's talking about! I have seen many 'presentation trainers' over the years - but Don takes it much, much further; he's a real COMMUNICATOR with a fantastically refreshing style (which is great when my style needs refreshing!) I learned a long time ago that while positive thinking is great, only positive action takes you forward... So TAKE ACTION NOW and contact Don... And if you can't think of a good enough reason why, just consider: - do you need or want to learn to give professional presentations with confidence, - do you want to be a great Ecademy communicator, getting your message across in all situations - do you want a friend you know you can trust, or - do you just want to know the best place for breakfast in Wolverhampton? Contact Don - he is The Man!"

Kevin Hever

"The Business Speakers Masterclass has helped me in my business. We all have a message we want to get across Don can help you deliver it."

BJ Cunningham

"Inspiring profile BJ"

Wouter Havinga

"Don is a man you can trust, who creates meaningful interactions, who will move you and make you reflect and with his core value, love, he is a shining example of a new generation of public speakers. www.lifeiswonderfulmakeithappen.com"

Alan Rae - Business Communicator

"I would second Graham's testimonial below Don has real presence and exudes a real feel-good / can-do atmosphere His 3 presentations at the event were exceptional, enjoyable and inspiring"

Michael McNulty

"Don is an inspiration. He involves his whole body, mind and spirit in what he has to say and you can't but help be carried along with his momentum. Don hosted an event in Birmingham which was a huge success - mainly due to the way that he introduced the day to us all. Great going Don. If you need to motivate you team get this guy in NOW!!!!!!!!!"

Graham Hill

"Don ran a 30 minute workshop on public speaking yesterday for Black Stars at our monthly gathering. His free hints and tips based on Five Fingers was inspiring.I have no hesitation in recommending anyone to pay good money to be coached by this charming and talented man who I hope will become a good friend in our community. Graham Hill Joint MD Verbatim the phone answering service .co .uk"

Rhiannon Waits

"I just love reading his profile ;-) - I am waiting on 99 ways to make a man love you forever *smiles* "

Judith Germain

"Don is a warm, genuine, and inspiring person to be around. He is always willing to help and works hard to find solutions to your problems. I had the pleasure of attending his 1 day Accelerated Presentation Skills Seminar and was astounded by his ability to convey such a large amount of information in the time available. Don's seminar is truly amazing. My only regret is that I didn't attend one of his longer ones! Don is a great speaker who is able to captivate an audience, making you hang onto every word and invokes an emotional response from you. Don is a rising star and one to watch!"

Mike "Freddie" Gordon

"Do not let his profile picture mislead you ... this is a big man .. body, heart, soul !! But He Ain't Heavy ... He's My (sorta) Brother xxx"

John Cave

"Integrity, power and charisma. That's Don. Had the pleasure of a few lunches together - great conversation, great energy, great ideas (oh... and great food - trust his choice!) I look forward to really getting to know Don over the coming years"

I am Chris Green

"Don has been a friend and a mentor for the past few months. Over that time my methods of doing business and the vision of my future business potential has greatly increased. I've also had the privelage of seeing Don in action in a speaking training senario. His passion, commitment are phenominal. And even greater than that is his determination to develop and equip people in a short period of time."

Jill Mytton

"Don is an inspirational, energetic speaker, warm, charismatic and pragmatic. On the subject of soft skills and their benefit to customers he is passionate and knowledgeable."

Geoff Cox (of BoB clubs)

"Don has proved to be a great member of the Wolverhampton Business over Breakfast Club. He also took on the role of Chairman a few months ago. Thanks to his commitment, enthusiasm and guidance he is making the club a great place to be to meet other business people and do business at. He is also VERY well connected, a real CENTRE OF INFLUENCE and a natural networker who loves helping others get business and succeed. Thanks Don "

Marieke Hensel #4

"Don you are a terrific & energetic man! It was great working with him to prepare the BlackStar Brussels event!"

Tom Evans

"Don is a marvellously relaxed, charming and entertaining facilitator and presenter - not a bad singing voice either !! I echo Shaun's sentiments below (just want to save some load on the Ecademy servers - every little helps)"

Melcom Copeland

"Don is true class act professional who can bring to the table more value than you can imagine based on his vast and diverse experiences. Having spent some time with Don, I have learned and observed how he carries himself, and his willingness to go the extra 9-yards in order to contribute to the excellence of others. A Professional Speaker coupled with expert Project Management skills, you can't go wrong having a gentleman like this on your team - solid!"

Pierre Leonard

"Don, An informal conversation with you next to the stairs turned into a roundtable, a loose idea turned into a well-structured and viable project. This happened in one hour's time - and you were the one who impulsed and leaded the whole process. With style ! I am pleased to know you and I am looking forward to working with you on future projects. Pierre"

Terry Toms

"Good to meet you. Terry"

Fay Olinsky

"I have met Don Smith twice now and found him a very sociable and helpful guy with a ready smile accompanying his motivating conversation. I hope to associate further in the future Fay Olinsky"

Lisa Bakker

"MASSIVE energy!!! Awesome timing! Charisma in action. N o one escapes his presence, garantueed... the messages comes across. What a vibrant joy to listen to this man."

Noel Austin

"Just had the opportunity of spending the afternoon with Don at Andrew Wilcox's Mind Manager Master Class. Don is certainly a master and an innovator - I learned a lot from him. Thanks Don"

Henrike de Ridder

"I have known Don for about 5 years. He was the one that really introduced me to project management. We worked together on a great Optical project in Denmark. He was a great inspirer and mentor for me on the project. And also very importantly, Don was a lot of fun to work with. Still today when I work on my projects and the stress levels go up and everything is not going as I had hoped it would go, I sometimes sit back and think: how would Don have dealt with this using his positive and calm approach. "

Robert Quaranta

"Don is obviously a giant within his field, and motivates us all to do better."

Tracey Hammerton

"Don is a very committed and passionate motovstional speaker and trainer. He is also great to work with. "

Hari Bala

"Don is a very interesting person who is extremely talented and a great communicator. Lots of things to learn from him.."

Andrew Wilcox

"Don Has been a pal since we worked together on deliverying MindManager 2002 Seminars in late 2001 and 2002. Bouncing ideas off Don has been great fun, very valuable and often mutual. Being a cricketer I would summarise it this way. Sometimes they are like slip catches: no time to think, just catch it. Others are more like a chase in to deep and catching it from behind you, making sure you do not step on the boundary and lose the opportunity. The important thing is to catch them and use them as a profitable link to the next wicket. I attended a Success MindStyle Seminar on a Saturday in October 2004 and left brim full of ideas and change goals. I am looking forward to the new twists on our relationship such as Black Star Membership and Joint Product Developments such as Magic Meetings. Becoming involved with Don is a Brearley and Marshall experience - Thoughtful, Motivating, Smooth and Incisive."

Patrick Moore

"A good word to describe Don would be "solid". Notwithstanding his heavyweight boxing pedigree, he brings a huge set of tools to any conversation, including mind-mapping, incisive questioning and the kind of integrity most people can only dream about. "

Phil Gordon

"I've know Don, over twenty years in this time I've watched him develop from the high flying Communications field in to a world class Public speaker, Motivator and Coach. Combined with is love of children's growth, he has made a massive contribution to numerous children, adults and business throughout the globe delivering Mindstyle educational courses, Mindmanager and Project Management courses. As professional he his dedicated, to business, persistent and sharp. His ethics and integrity are without question. As a Master NLP Practitioner, he spends a lot of time and energy selflessly encouraging others this is where is passion and enthusiasm lies.... "


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