Speaker & MC
Scott is a highly experienced presenter and accomplished speaker.
He is a Past President of PSA Scotland (part of the Professional Speaking Association).
'Courtroom to Boardroom'
Bringing the Skills of the Legal World
into Your Business World
In Person and On Video
As an 'Escaping Lawyer' I've been transitioning away from my Employment Law and HR Consultancy work for quite some time. I don't think I'll ever become the 'Escaped' Lawyer as I still enjoy it and it's good to keep my hand in with all the skills I now teach.
What I have really enjoyed for the past 10 or so years is working more and more as a Speaker, Trainer and Executive Coach - or Presencivity Coach™!
On this page you will find out how I can speak for you, at an event or a team get-together - whether it's an interactive Masterclass or Bitesize Session, or more of a presentation-style keynote to motivate and inspire. There's also a video about being MC and I can facilitate challenging discussions and Board Meetings - where my Think On Your Feet work really is put into practice!
My speaking style is informal, engaging, facilitative, friendly, robust, systematic and 'outcome focused'. I want your team to learn - not just hear me 'holding court'.
A talk to inspire, educate or motivate your workforce or team.
A presentation of say 20 minutes up to 45 minutes - add in Q&A. Perhaps at an event or training course - or even just to start or close the day for your people.
Usually with limited interaction: not using breakout rooms or inviting participant contributions.
Will encourage use of the chat box for comments, questions and Yes/No interaction.
Also likely to involve interactive polls, 'hands up' and other available tools.
Masterclass and Bitesize Interactive Sessions
Learning through participation and knowledge-sharing.
Part presentation, part breakout and facilitated discussion.
Bitesize Sessions: great for team get-togethers
Start or End of the Day
Lunch n Learn
Masterclasses: deep dive and refreshers on particular topics.
Usually from 2 hours up to half a day (or longer, if you're sure your team haven't become all zoomed out!).
An event host or MC can add a professional 'feel' to your event.
Someone to focus on the smooth-running of the event and acting as a seamless (or fun or interactive) transition between speakers.
Sometimes it helps to have a neutral, skilled communicator to help people speak to each other in challenging situations.
For individuals (mediation) and groups.
This is a talk I gave at #DisruptHRGlasgow in June 2019. It's based on advice I was given as a Bar student, by the country's then most senior Judge!
'PAID FOR YOUR OPINIONS - NOT YOUR DOUBTS'
There are 20 slides, timed to advance every 15 seconds. You can't change it. It's called Pecha Kucha and it can really trip you up if you're not careful - or ready!!
I went for the 'entertaining with a bit of learning' approach for my 5 minutes. I was first speaker of the evening so had to set a high bar ('scuse the pun) - or maybe just lower the tone!!
In Person and On Video
Masterclass and Bitesize Sessions are designed to help your team 'learn by doing' - with an interactive approach.
Topics are essentially aimed at skill-building and thought-provoking issues affecting your workplace and your workforce, whether that is across the whole business or is more team-focused.
A Keynote is more of a presentation - with a degree of interactivity to keep attendees engaged and help the 'message' to stick.
Usually, this will be the Speaker sharing ideas and inspiration for perhaps 20, 40 or 60 minutes - and usually to impart or explain one particular idea or message.
We are, of course, still in challenging times whilst we await the vaccine to bring more normality to our lives. You may have a mix of employees at work, working from home or being on furlough - and your business, or that of your clients, may be experiencing a bit of a roller-coaster.
These following topics are based on my experience as an Employment Lawyer, HR Consultant, Courtroom Advocate and various Leadership and Management roles.
Personal Presence: Gravitas and Empathy to Inspire and Lead Your Clients, Colleagues and Team
The Personal Presencie Accelerator™: The Four Echelons of Presencivity™. The Art and Science of How to Project Yourself with an Impressive and Compelling Personal Presence - in person and on video
My Video Presence: how to make your conversations, presentations and interpersonal communications effective and engaging when speaking on video
Personally Robust - Resilience Strategies for Coping in Uncertain times
The ELITE Leader - my leadership model
Various Specific Aspects of Leadership and Management of People and Teams, Managing a Blended or Remote Workforce, Engaging Your Remote/Blended Team - call me to discuss
Presentation Skills for Inspiration, Motivation and Empathy
Managing, Avoiding and Reducing Conflict
Negotiating When There is Less to Go Around
In addition, I can speak on a range of Employment Law and HR topics which you can see more about at my separate Employment Law website here (opens in new window).
Event MC / Compere
In this short video I give a couple of suggestions as to the role of the MC - and then there's me actually putting them into action.
This was when I was MC for a breakout session at the Spring Convention for PSA UK & Ireland (Professional Speaking Association).
Scott Johnston, MC
PSA UK & Ireland
How often have you seen an event ruined by a bumbling idiot trying to introduce speakers and guests?
Or an awards ceremony go completely flat when the 'host' can't muster enough interest, let alone excitement?
And of course they run completely over time...
I can help your events run smoothly with a professional, yet informal, feel - and make it a bit of fun too!
Occupational Health Nurse
I attended Scott’s Conflict at Work session at my staff day. I found the session informal, informative and it made me rethink my approach when dealing with issues of conflict. I learned useful techniques like finishing a conversation on a positive and also the power of the word ‘BUT’.
I have already used some of the skills discussed during the session. Overall it was a very enjoyable workshop, and the speaker was very engaging.