Talks

If you would like me to come and talk to your company, school, club, society, etc please get in touch. Click here to send me an email to discuss a suitable date and time. There are currently four presentations to chose from, each one illustrated with plenty of colour slides and lasting from 30 to 50 minutes:

1. Setting and Achieving your Goals
How do you get from having your great idea to actually realising it? Using the planning and execution of the Trans-Siberian Cycle Expedition to illustrate this process, I will show what's involved.

2. Cycling across Russia: St Petersburg to Vladivostok
Hear the story of the five-month expedition across the biggest country in the world.

3. Cycling through the Heart of Australia: Mountains, Tropics and Desert
Surviving the rigours of the Outback, exploring the Great Dividing Range, and enjoying Aussie hospitality - all from the saddle.

4. Organising your cycling expedition
Find out about the practicalities of putting an expedition together.

To date, these presentations have been given at the following places (scroll using the button bottom-left):

The Cycle Touring Festival - May 2015
Sustrans - Long-distance Cycling presentation - Nov 2014
Lunchtime talk, British Hospitality Association - Nov 2014
Stanfords map and book shop, London, 2013
Marlborough College 2013
Telegraph Adventure Travel Show 2013 and 2014
Shaw's Corner Literary Society
Bishop Wand C of E Sports College, Sunbury
Reigate and District Young Farmers Club
Ewell Probus Club
Molesey Thursday Club
Cranleigh Probus Club
Cambridge Tutors' College, Croydon (two presentations)
Probus Club of Molesey
Sir William Perkins's School, Chertsey (two presentations)
Bike Night - Kendal Mountain Film Festival, 2007
Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show, Birmingham NEC, 2007
All Saint's Wives Club, Hampton
New Barnet Literary and Debating Society
Durham Gilesgate 6th Form Centre (two presentations)
Fettes College, Edinburgh
Claires Court School, Maidenhead
Royal Overseas League, London
Putney High School
La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls' School, Balham
Kingston Grammar School, London (two presentations)
Queen's College, London
The Lady Eleanor Holles School, London
The Dragon School, Oxford
Marlborough College, Wiltshire
Benenden School, Kent
Greycoat Hospital School, London
Streatham Hill and Clapham High School, London (four presentations)
Burntwood School, London
Felton Fleet School, Surrey
St Martin-in-the-Field's High School for Girls, London
Archbishop Tenison's High School, Croydon (two presentations)
Winchester College (two presentations)
Imperial College Russian Teachers
Sutton Russian Circle
Globetrotters Club, London
Guildford Travel Club
Maidenhead Rotary Club
Maidenhead Wives of Round Table
Cotswold Camping, Shepherd's Bush, London
Independent Traveller's World, 1998 and 1999
Bike '98 exhibition
Cookham Dean - public presentation
Cookham Rise - public presentation
Milton Keynes - public presentation

Don't take my word for it (scroll using the button bottom-left) ...

"Wow - what amazing trips across Russia and Australia and I think you perfectly summed up that a long trip is only like a short trip but longer! Thanks so much for all the time in preparing for the event. All the audience loved it." LH, Sustrans, London

"Many thanks for coming to tell us about your amazing trip across Russia. Everyone found your experiences really interesting. Just as you were recommended to me as a speaker, I am very happy to pass your name on to other groups. I am sure that what you achieved will encourage others to have a go and believe that any dream of an adventure can become reality if you go about it the right way." S Fuller, Reigate and District Young Farmers Club

"...a superb and breathtaking presentation. Greg's talk was well supported with some high quality graphics and indeed a video of some of the highlights of the tour." Probus Club of Ewell

"Well, you could see how your talk was received by our members today - they were absolutely enthralled from beginning to end. They stopped me afterwards to say how much they had enjoyed it. You presented it in a very professional but gentle way. Thank you very much for talking to us."
D. Lanaway, Speakers Secretary, Probus Club of Molesey

"As I am sure you could tell from the warm reaction of the pupils, your focus was just what was needed and the way you approached it was engaging and beautifully judged."
A F Reeves, Assistant Head, Fettes College

"Thank you very much for your most interesting talk, together with your magnificent slides... Everyone I spoke to afterwards was most impressed."
B. Keen, Chairman, London Group, Royal Overseas League

"Last year you came and spoke at our school about your cycling trip across Russia. This talk really inspired us and prompted us to plan our own trip around the slightly smaller country of Italy this summer."
AL and JS, The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton

"Thank you so much for coming to speak. The boys really appreciated it and we've had some very good feedback. Your talk has given them confidence and a dynamic base to explore from."
L. Nevin, Careers Dept., Winchester College

"Gregory's presentation was excellent,... well-prepared, interesting and professionally presented....I can highly recommend him as a speaker for sixth form audiences."
H. Yorston, Head of Careers and PSHE, Queen's College, London

Comments from pupils at The Lady Eleanor Holles School:
"Inspiring; such a big achievement."
"Practical, realistic and very informative."
"He was very honest about the hard times ... he endured to overcome obstacles and achieve his goals."
"A spectacular display of courage, dedication and human achievement."

"Greg gave an interesting and inspiring well presented talk which ensured that the girls left full of ideas and ways in which to execute them."
Mr. Casley, Head of 6th Form, Putney High School

"Many of our students found the talk fascinating, especially those with either a keen interest in cycling, or (more importantly) those with an interest in the world around them. One girl described it as 'fascinating....amazing how 'normal' (her words!) people can achieve so much, if they put their mind to it'. It certainly left a lot of them feeling that they would be capable of achieving, and benefiting from, such endeavours."
A. Langdon, Kingston Grammar School

"The Club President has particularly asked me to write on his behalf ... to thank you most sincerely for finding the time to come along and keep us in such rapt attention with your narrative and slides."
E J Hitchiner, Hon. Secretary, Rotary Club of Maidenhead

"I can't thank you enough for the talk you gave here about your journey across Russia. The girls were delighted and fascinated by all that you had to say and we have had many conversations about your travels since your visit to the school. During the course of your talk I suddely became very aware that I had always visualized Russia in black and white, as a country without colour and yet your slides told a very different story."
T Macpherson-Smith, Head of 6th Form, Benenden School

"The illustrated talk which you gave on your Trans-Siberian tour was the best talk which we have had in years. It was exceedingly interesting in content and splendidly illustrated. I do hope that one day you will consent to address us again."
Professor C Drage, Imperial College Russian Teachers

"Thank you very much indeed for the marvellous talk you gave. It was a super way to end our autumn term and made the festivities all the more enjoyable. I am very grateful to JS who first put us in touch with you - she knew how well-received your amazing story would be."
L Dommett, Secretary, Russian Circle, Sutton College of Liberal Arts

"I have received lots of positive feedback from our sixth formers. Several students felt empowered by your talk and have therefore set aims such as participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and working harder at their studies."
D. Edun, Speaker's Prefect, The Grey Coat Hospital, Westminster

"Greg provided a really interesting talk ...on his cycling expedition across Russia. It was of interest to all, especially those studying history, politics, sociology and geography. I am happy to recommend Greg to you as part of any tutorial programme."
J. Parrish, Head of Sixth Form, Archbishop Tenison's High School, Croydon