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.
James Pearce delivered a brilliant after dinner speech that gave our conference audience a fascinating insight into the world of the sports correspondent. A funny and fast paced session that revealed the pressures, near misses and occasional catastrophes that can go on behind the scenes when sport is reported on our TV screens. You’ll never look at a sports reporter in the same way again! Great entertainment, and not just for the sports fan.
“I attend numerous conferences, and James Pearce’s talk on communications is the single standout speech from all that I have ever seen. It’s not often that you leave a conference with your mind opened up to a whole new way of thinking. This is going to improve the way that I communicate with clients and colleagues, and I am so excited to be able to put some of these ideas into practice.” Louis Howarth, Howarth Timber and Building Supplies
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