After 27 years with the BBC and other lesser broadcasters, Jeremy Nicholas now works with companies and individuals to help them communicate more effectively.
Jeremy runs Talking Toolbox Ltd in west London, teaching businesses how to engage their audiences using techniques from TV, radio and comedy. He works with international speakers to add humour to their talks.
He’s a keynote speaker on communicating with impact and this summer his show about the mistakes business speakers make ‘What Are You Talking About?’ ran for 23 shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Jeremy cut his teeth as a broadcaster on student radio before doing a postgrad in radio journalism and then working as a news and sports reporter. He joined the BBC in 1987, going on to work as reporter and presenter on TV and radio, both locally, nationally and internationally on the BBC World Service.
He won a Sony Radio award for his breakfast show on BBC Greater London Radio as well as a New York Academy Award for his live commentary at the Hillsborough Disaster.
Jeremy always likes to add personality into his broadcasts and is well known for the quirky style of his news features. He’s shared his ideas on creative storytelling with other reporters in special sessions for the BBC Academy of Journalism.
He’s a highly regarded chat show host having interviewed the great and good from politicians and entertainers to adventurers and academics. He’s coaxed stories out of sports personalities, even when they’ve had very little personality to work with.
On television he’s reported on the face of Elvis appearing in the blue veins of a Stilton cheese, the Moscow State Circus husband and wife crossbow act who were getting divorced but still had eighteen months left on their contract and Speedy the tortoise having an artificial leg fitted. Tragically pigeonholed as an end-of-bulletin man, he never gets the lead story.
He devised the TV sports quiz ‘Sick as a Parrot’ which he presented on Channel 5 and also on BBC Radio 5 Live. He’s hosted five series of ‘You Cannot Be Serious’ on BBC Radio and appeared on TV shows such as ‘Noel’s Telly Years’ and ‘Call My Bluff’.
He’s a recipient of the highest award in UK speaking, the PSAE – Professional Speaking Award of Excellence, only the fifteenth person in history to receive it. He’s a past president of the Professional Speaking Association, London.
He also co-owns a chocolate making business. Bianca Marton Chocolates is an award-winning artisan manufacturer in Brentford. Jeremy mainly just tests the chocolate, especially the sea-salted caramels, which require constant review.
In 2018 his one man show ‘After Dinner Stories From My Disastrous Broadcasting Career’ was a success at the Edinburgh Fringe, enjoying a month long run at the Gilded Balloon.
Jeremy is the voice of the announcer on 11 global best-selling football video games FIFA 06 to FIFA 16. If your children have this game, you will know this man’s voice, perhaps a little too well. In real life he served sixteen years as the stadium announcer at West Ham United FC, announcing West Ham’s goals very loudly and the opposition’s very quietly.
West Ham United FC
Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
Ellen MacArthur book tour
Institute of Sales and Marketing Management
Academy for Chief Executives
Best Business Events
Rugby Football League
Property Investment Network
Good Funeral Awards
Ideal Death Show
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Association of Serviced Apartment Providers
All Wales Medicines Strategy Group
University of Nottingham
Petrol Retailers Association
Diverse Academies Learning Partnership
Emlyon Business School
Leeds University Business School
Hull University Business School
ACE Newspaper and Magazine Awards
UK Business Awards
UK Employee Experience Awards
Customer Experience World
UK Customer Experience Awards
UK Financial Services Experience Awards