SPECIAL AGENT: Sylvia Tidy-Harris
In the latest Special Agents feature, we caught up with the MD of The Speakers Agency Sylvia Tidy-Harris. The feture delves into the life of one of our amazing agents to find out why they are so fantastic at what they do!
Sylvia runs TheSpeakersAgency.com with her husband Fred
They started the business in September 2001
Q. Hi Sylvia Tidy-Harris, as you are clearly a ‘Special Agent’ yourself, which actor is your favourite James Bond?
A. Dare I say I must be the only ‘Special Agent’ who isn’t a huge James Bond Fan. That said I like the films which starred Roger Moore. I went off them after that. Octopussy, Live and Let Die and For Yours Eye Only are my favourites.
Q. Tell us a bit about The Speakers Agency and your role there.
A. The Speakers Agency supplies speakers, awards hosts, presenters panel moderators and conference chairs to clients across the globe. I’m very much hands on each day with my colleagues Holly, Jennie and Fred booking out our Industry Leaders, Celebrities, Experts, Motivational and Inspirational Speakers, After Dinner Speakers, Comedians and TV Presenters
Q. Name the type of events do you work on?
A. We supply the aforementioned to international conferences, teambuilding days, after dinners, awards ceremonies, industry specific events, corporate internal events. No job is too small or too big. And of course, because everything is virtual at the moment, we are find the range of events ever expanding.
Q. What do you love most about your work?
A. I genuinely love working with great colleagues and finding the right speaker or host for the client. Furthermore I also love the impressive repeat business element which we generate. This makes me very happy as it demonstrates how well we are all doing and that our clients enjoy working with us.
Q. How could clients benefit from working with you – what do you guys do better than anyone else?
A. We genuinely welcome every inquiry. In addition we work very hard to match the right speaker or host to each brief rather than field the most expensive option. We are also cost competitive and also enjoy finding speakers who people haven’t had access to before. Our service is always personalised and our expertise is evident from the word go.
Q. Describe yourself at work in 5 words
A. Workaholic, Caring, Daft, Happy, Patient
Q. And finally – the quickfire round!
• For breakfast – full fry up or continental? Continental
• Favourite Movie? Avanti with Juliet Mills and Jack Lemon
• Gym or comfy sofa? I should say Champneys Springs which is our gym but I do love my comfy sofa
• Rollercoaster or Hook-A-Duck? Hook A Duck for sure
• Dawn or dusk? Dawn
• Black tie party or pub with friends? Both
Q. If anyone wants to find out more about you and the team at The Speakers Agency how can they do it?
Tel: +44 (0) 7970646872 or +44 (0) 1332 810481
This interview was published by The Delegate Wranglers. This organisation has over 20,000 events professionals and was set up to support and showcase event organisers and suppliers. It has become the event industry’s most engaged community.