Mark Lee – latest news

This extra page on my website is intended to explain where I am and what I’m doing in these unprecedented times.

Speaking business

My main speaking business has dried up. Bookings cancelled, conferences postponed and no immediate likelihood of things picking up.  I’m disappointed but I really feel for the organisers of events and conferences who have been working hard to arrange these and have now had to pull the plug.

I know dozens of other speakers, trainers, and magicians in a similar position. Fortunately I do have a couple of small retainers, limited outgoings and some savings. So I’m in a better position than many.

At this stage it seems that my most recent speaking gigs may be the last ones I do for a while. This is such a shame as the feedback I’ve had in each case has been even more positive than ever before.

Hopefully things will return to ‘normal’ later in the year and I will be booked to address more partner/manager events and conferences for accountants and finance teams.

In the meantime I’m available to present virtually and remotely 😉

Webinars and remote presentations

I’ve offered to create personalised online presentations for the delegates  booked on to each of the upcoming events that have now been cancelled

I have done plenty of this in the past and can advise on the options and different tech solutions for such events. They are never as much fun as being in the same room as the audience but for now they are a viable alternative in suitable cases. And at least I know how to maintain interest and attention – unlike some less experienced presenters.

Collaborations

I also intend to explore the possibility of collaborating with software or other suppliers to the accountancy profession. I know that may of them are having to reconsider a number of their marketing initiatives – especially given the deferment last week of the Digital Accounting show and of Accountex.

I’m hoping to be engaged to speak or lead on webinars etc that both entertain and inspire attendees but that also provide an opportunity for the sponsor to boost their brand – much as they would otherwise have done at live events.

Other online activities

From my perspective the virus crisis means I am having to reconsider my intention to focus on speaking at events, at conferences and at partner/manager days in 2020.

It was all going so well and the year was looking promising. But that’s all changed – literally within the last week! So I shall be planning some new online initiatives – more info in due course.

I want to help those people I can by sharing ideas about how to weather the storm. I anticipate offering a degree of free advice – over the phone as well as via virtual/video meetings. To an extent this is not different to what I have long done with accountants who wanted to pick my brains.

Equally I need to find ways in which I can generate income to replace that which has disappeared from my projections. I’ll be looking at more collaborations to mutual benefit. Fortunately I am experienced at delivering webinars and virtual presentations, coaching and training sessions. I can put these skills to good effect and I have experience of promoting, pitching and pricing these too.

I may even offer some ad-hoc mentoring and business-support sessions. let me know if this might be of interest.

Podcast interviews

I’ve done a number of these over the years and am open to doing more if you feel my insights and views could be of interest to your audience. Typically that will be accountants (in finance or in practice), lawyers, financial advisers and other professionals who need to work with accountants and/or to secure referrals or simply prepare themselves for the future.

You’ll find links to those I’ve done before on this page of my website >>>

Regular activities

I am continuing to write a fresh blog post on this site each week. And to promote this alongside tips, advice and insights in my weekly ‘Magic of Success‘ email.

All are intended to be of use and value to accountants interested in securing their futures as regards their practice, department or career.

1-2-1 support and advice

For me this is not a time for selling additional services, rather a time for extra humanity. I appreciate that not everyone wants or feels able to take that approach.  And some people just haven’t considered this yet.

I have reserved some time in my diary for anyone who wants to pick my brains, seek my guidance or get some pointers. There’s no charge for this and I won’t be trying to ‘up sell’ you either.  IF you feel it might be helpful to have a chat, please book a time that suits us both using this facility that links to my diary.

Last updated: 17 March 2020