All About Me
I first visited the Czech Republic in the summer of 1989, 5 months before the Velvet Revolution. After the revolution I continued to fly / drive there two or three times a year and made many good friends throughout the country, which I still have to this day.
In 1992 I left England to go and work in a private language school in Czechoslovakia, run by a couple I had got to know a few years earlier. They had based their offer to me on the fact that I had taught my Czech sister-in-law to speak English fluently in only six months. I based my decision to go because of how good the beer was! The school was Hampson in Mlada Boleslav, 50km east of Prague.
My second year teaching English in the new Czech Republic in 1993 was at MKM language school in Brno, the capital of Moravia. Of course I had some great experiences living in a new democracy, travelling throughout the Czech and Slovak republics and seeing how a country gradually changes. I guess I should write a book about the many things I saw, enjoyed and was involved in throughout my years visiting, living and working in the Czech Republic, and maybe I will one day.
Partnership and Self-employment
I stopped teaching when I returned to England in 1994 and started working with my brother, who had his own software computer company. I trained as a computer programmer for the next two years.
Having ended our family business partnership, I started my own business: importing glass crystal and porcelain from the Czech Republic. I organised everything for the business very well and had a good profit margin but my sales technique let me down and I couldn't sustain the volume of regular sales I needed to make this a full-time and long-term business.
Airline and the new Millennium
Another change of career came when I started working for Monarch Airline, based at Luton airport. I was working in logistics and this gave me an insight into the airline industry; helping to broaden my business knowledge.
At the turn of the new millennium, I moved on to work for the Whitbread Beer Company, and then Interbrew. All of my previous business experience helped me as I changed their working practices to save the company over £50,000 per year.
Going back to school
I always felt I could do better for myself. I'd enjoyed being an English teacher in the Czech Republic so, at the age of 37, I decided to stop working full-time and went to university. Of course it was hard going "back to school" after 20 years and living without money like most students but being focused, my three years passed quite quickly and I found myself with a first class honours degree. I then went onto train as a teacher at Oxford University, specialising in teaching adults and older children.
Having spent two years teaching in a boy's school, I decided to complete the certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
So, not only am I a world travelled man with a vast and varied employment history, but I'm also very well qualified through life itself. I'm delighted and willing to pass on my experience to you; improving your English language and business skills at the same time.