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Event Hosting & Toastmaster Services

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Hi James! Greetings from the Seychelles!! It has been our absolute privilege to have you preside over our celebrations last Saturday at Syon Park. Managing our 300+ guests appeared effortless. Your good humor and calm manner certainly helped us to enjoy our big day! We hope you had fun too!

We cannot recommend James highly enough.

Samit Unadkat

Thanks for everything James! We couldn’t recommend your services enough and after our pre-wedding Skype conversation all Rob and I could say was how glad we were that we’d found you online and how much more relaxed we felt about the whole wedding day. Having you there on the day was brilliant and for any couples considering whether or not to have a Master of Ceremonies or considering James for the role, we would wholeheartedly recommend both having someone to coordinate things and specifically James. He was brilliant both in the run up to the day but most importantly, on the day itself, enabling us to relax and enjoy ourselves with our guests. Thank you!

Flick Polson

James – we loved you and everything you did for us on our wedding! 5 star service! Would highly recommend you to anyone and everyone! Thank you so much!

Rasna Kaur Virdee

At 18 years old I took complete charge of planning my brother’s walima reception, a decision I very nearly regretted! The stress and complexity of planning a wedding is definitely underestimated and I must say I could not have got through the day without James’ help (and the fantastic support from Greenleaf & the Northumberland Ave events team!).

James took all the hiccups of the day in his stride, from organising 70 groups photos in 90 minutes (with a poor sound system and very loud group of guests!) to helping ensure that the day’s timings didn’t go completely out of the window!!!

A toastmaster is a wedding necessity! If nothing else, James will keep you sane on the busiest day of your life!!

Thanks again James!

Hajarah Chaudhry

I recently engaged James to co-ordinate a Civic luncheon at Guildhall and he was superb. Unflappable, charming, helpful and organised, James did a fantastic job and helped to make the event one to remember. I would not hesitate to book him again or to recommend him.

Jane Wharam

Dear James,

Thank you again for all that you did for us on our wedding day. Not only did you do your ceremonial roles perfectly but whenever something was about to go wrong all we had to do was give you a nod before you’d jump in and save the day.

It’s not easy coralling 120+ guests around a venue as big as Froyle Park, but we managed to have 2 weddings and a great evening reception run like clockwork thanks to you.

My family has had the pleasure of your service and company at 2 of our weddings now and I am sure given your stellar reputation amongst our community that we will see each other again.

All the best and thanks again for all of your hard work.

Vijay & Shree

Vijay RC

We wanted a toastmaster-type person for the event of the 25th anniversary of our firm. The Managing Director found James on-line and immediately we knew he was the one for us! Flexible, talented and really good value for money. When we spoke to him, he was self-assured which made us feel that ‘at least someone would know what they were doing’ – there was so much for us to do on the night! James exceeded all expectations and was exactly what we wanted. I would highly recommend him!

Adele Jameson

I don’t think I could put into words what I’d like to say about James. What a fantastic day we had with you making everything run so so smoothly and allowing us to relax and enjoy the day. We are both so grateful for everything you did leading up to, and on the day and the beautiful words you said about Dad. Thank you for everything. We will never forget it. Love Jess & Richard

Jess Downs

Best decision we made!

Thank you for being part of our wedding day at 8 Northumberland Avenue on 19th March 2016. It wouldn’t have been the same without you. As quite an organised yet realistic person, I’d have to advise that it is near impossible to pre-empt and plan for every eventuality on your big day. James was there to iron out the inevitable hiccups. Both Atul and I were able to take a back seat and enjoy our day to the max, knowing that James had our best interests at heart. Our families couldn’t agree more. Best wedding decision we made!

Narinder and Atul

Narinder Dhanjal

Dear James

Thank you again for all that you did for us on our wedding day. Not only did you do your ceremonial roles perfectly but whenever something was about to go wrong all we had to do was give you a nod before you’d jump in and save the day.

It’s not easy coralling 120+ guests around a venue as big as Froyle Park, but we managed to have 2 weddings and a great evening reception run like clockwork thanks to you.

My family has had the pleasure of your service and company at 2 of our weddings now and I am sure given your stellar reputation amongst our community that we will see each other again.

All the best and thanks again for all of your hard work.

Vijay & Shree

Vijay Ray-Chaudhuri

James was the toastmaster at my daughter’s wedding. He was absolutely brilliant! Everything went so smoothly because of him. So many of our guests were really impressed with him, that soon after 2 of our guests who were to be married a few months later hired him for their wedding ! We were organising another a Charity function and we all had to have James again! I strongly recommend James for any big event that you are organising. A toastmaster experience not to be missed!

Reena Chakraborty

James is by far the best toast master / MC i have worked with.
Friendly, amiable and polite, but able to command a room too make sure all your guests are in the right places at the right times, no matter what the event.
Always a pleasure to work with.

Mark Chivers Photography

James Hasler was Toastmaster at our Wedding at the Royal Berkshire Hotel in Ascot on 22nd August 2015, we first met him two months prior to discuss the requirements, both my wife and I felt in safe hands from the word go. James is professional and extremely well prepared with great guidance and support during the lead up to the day.

On the day James was at our venue well before guests arrived from the church to ensure all was ready for our arrival. We arrived at the venue in the wedding car to see James meeting and greeting guests and in turn which made us feel very special. He was absolutely amazing on the day and took all the stress away, we felt in safe hands. All the introductions and sequencing were fabulous and he was our point man for all the guests.

So many of our guests that we spoke to in the evening and after we returned from honeymoon were so complimentary of James, we could not have asked for better.

I would recommend James to anyone who has a wedding coming up as he just makes everything run like clockwork and his presence and involvement makes for a wonderful day for the bride, groom and all of the guests.

Thanks so much James

Tia & Terry Saunders

Tia & Terry Saunders

James acted as toastmaster for our wedding at Northbrook Park, Farnham on 7th November. He was absolutely fantastic and ensured the day went very smoothly! I would highly recommend James to anyone, our day wouldn’t have been the same without him.

Emma Cole

James confidently and competently managed a somewhat noisy room of over 1000 mortgage industry professionals and made sure that he had everyone’s attention when necessary. I look forward to working with James again.

Agi Donovan

James performed the role of toastmaster at our recent civil partnership. He looked the part and played the part brilliantly. He was calm, confident and very professional and exerted exactly the right amount of authority at the right moments. Knowing that James would be managing the smooth running of our day took all the pressure off us and meant we could focus entirely on hosting our guests and enjoying the day. Having a toastmaster at your wedding really makes the day special. Having James Hasler as your toastmaster is extra special. Thank you, James for doing such a brilliant job.

Amanda Russell & Claire Shepherd

The moment I saw and heard James running a trade show I hired him to host our most important event of the year, the LS symposium. He is a fast learner and acted as if he had been in our industry for years and he performed a great job of keeping the deligates from getting carried away with the time. He ran the event in a very professional way, making a great connection with all the speakers and most importantly with the audience.

Ariel Lasry – Manager for Life Sciences Industry Sales, EMEA Region, at Rockwell Automation.

I don’t know where to begin to thank you for the excellent Master of Ceremonies work you did for us once again at the Revels dinner dance which made the evening such a success. Your calm professionalism attending to all the timings and keeping everyone in order enabled the evening to proceed without a hitch. So, on behalf of everyone, many thanks for the enormous effort you put in.

Geoff Pitcher – Chairman of the Peppard Revels.

James had amazing presence, absolutely great attention to detail, and he made us both feel extremely comfortable all throughout our wedding, as he went out of his way to ensure it ran smoothly.

Roshan Bharwani & Mathew Kandathil.

It took over 30 years of running the Vintage Festival to get James in. All we can say is, we wish we had done it sooner. An MC to fit any occasion, James injected personality, clarity and professionalism to our event to the benefit of our 4000 customers, 80 producers and us.

Anna Leach – Laithwaites Wines.

So much more than simply announcing and done with such finesse too. James pulled an exceptional crowd and exceeded all our expectations. He integrated seamlessly into the “eve brand of distinction” and our endeavour. I wouldn’t hesitate to book James again. I thoroughly recommend The Man in the Red Coat.

Helen Spencer – Founder & Designer at “eve spencer”.

Thank you so much for making our special day, extra special. You arrived early to make sure everything was in place and made us instantly feel at ease. You were professional throughout and very efficient. You organised our guests and did everything we could have asked for and more. Thank you.

Sallie & Paul Stevenson.

We couldn’t have done it without him! We can’t recommend him highly enough for his organisation, multi tasking skills, professionalism, and politeness. Our wedding wouldn’t have been the success it was without the support of James, The Man in The Red Coat, the best there is!

Samir & Helen Ahsan.

We couldn’t thank James enough. Following his great performance several of our friends have now professed an interest in becoming Toastmasters – We guess there can’t be higher praise than that for the brilliant job he did

Ed & Lorna Day.

Many thanks for the truly professional work you did for us at Jason and Becky’s Wedding. I have been at and held numerous events over the years and never have I received so many compliments about a Toastmaster as we have had for you. We look forward to you helping us again on other happy occasions.

Michael Gross.

James, our guests commented that you were a brilliant touch to our wedding day. Not only did you take the stress away from us (the couple), but with your personality and style you managed to keep the guests informed and remain patient (even with the delays that caused a late dinner!). You were fantastic and managed the photography shots brilliantly, which is always a headache to deal with, and our guests knew exactly what was going on during the event. Thank you very much!

Rubina and Marzan Ahmed.

We are all in agreement that having you there was one of the best decisions we made, you really knew how to work the room and you took the pressure off me so I actually got to enjoy the evening! We also think you did a fantastic job with the auction, it made more than double what we were expecting, so was a great success, especially with raising so much money from the £10 note you donated!

Katy Willmott Organiser of the Barratt Homes Princes Trust Rugby World Cup Fundraiser.

As a longstanding member of the Revels Committee and vice chair, can I thank you for your absolutely brilliant service as Master of Ceremonies for our Peppard Revels Jubilee Ball in early June.

It was by no means an easy job. You had to control a crowd of nearly 500 revellers in a marquee over a programme lasting 6 hours. You had to communicate information to keep everybody safe and aware. You had to phase the collection of food for 48+ tables from the kitchen to the marquee with professional and volunteer help – and the clearing of those tables. Then there was the dancing, the raffle, the bar and the fireworks all under your domain and you had to remain charming and entertaining throughout!

It was brilliantly done with a firm hand with lots of humour – sometimes not easy given the inadequacies of the PA system.

Many thanks and I hope you consider doing it again.

Barbara Laithwaite – Co Chairman of the Peppard Revels.

A huge thanks to you for all your efforts on our big day. What with the weather, the numbers involved, the terrible PA system, it was a difficult gig for you, but you handled them and the day really well.

You made it really special for us, and took lots of the pressure of organising away from us, which was just what we needed. I would definitely recommend you to friends, or consider you again for my own large events.

You held a great relaxed attitude throughout, but got things done and in good time. You certainly made a real positive contribution to a day that we’ll remember forever. Thanks again!

Chris and Kelly Hood.

James, what can we say that will do you justice?? You were amazing on our wedding day and were the glue that kept everything together. We hadn’t initially thought of hiring a toastmaster until the weeks immediately preceding our wedding, when everything planned seemed to be falling apart.

From that first conversation with you James, where you said what you could deliver, I knew you were what we needed.

You went above and beyond our expectations. All our guests spoke highly of you. You kept everyone informed (and there was a lot going on), you had amazing ideas, were always on hand and throughout the day we felt so confident with you around, that we were able to relax and enjoy our wedding ( and disappear a few times but you kept everything going lol).

You helped us have the day we always dreamed about. We will never forget you!

Shane & Nicole MacDonald.

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My experience of James has been a consumate professional who imparts his knowledge with generosity and enthusiasm. His training style provides valuable critique and coaches the best out of individuals. I would recommend James to any orgainisation including academic institutions who wish for their people to deliver improved results.

Gerry Brierley – Owner of Dial M for Marketing & UK4m (U-Klick for Marketing). November 10th, 2011

James is the most effective Public Speaking Coach I have ever worked with. His reassuring coaching skills and techniques combined with his own natural style quickly enables you to have a positive approach to public speaking. He ensures you are able to deliver with a high level of confidence that will have an enjoyable and lasting impact on your audience.

Sally Clements – Head of HR at Convio. June 6th, 2011
I hired James to coach and train six individuals at TLC with a diverse range of responsibilities, but all of whom needed to grow their confidence and style in situations of client interaction. The results were great, and each attendee benefitted immensely from the workshop on many levels. I would not hesitate to employ James again and to recommending his services to individuals or business owners who see the value in growing their people. The session was highly organised, professional and personalised.
Angela Farrugia – Founder and Group Managing Director of TLC – The Licensing Company. January 3rd, 2012
When I was faced with a difficult presentation and trying to find the right balance of information and entertainment to a technical audience, James’ skills proved to be invaluable. He was able to provide the guidance and motivation to allow me to deliver a very successful presentation. Highly recommended by me.
Andy Hudson – Engineering Director – AND Automation. August 21st, 2012
I hired James to assist me with guidance and the structuring of a Best Man’s speech. To anyone who has any doubt about what to say in a speech, James is the man to give you confidence. Very highly recommended.
Dave Page – Best Man. March 22nd, 2013