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Amanda Zwarts

Presentation and public speaking skills trainer and writer.  Good all round communicator with an eye for detail and effective people skills.

Work experience

20132014

Public speaking/presentation skills trainer

Various ~ NHS / ACA / TMI

Training sessions for conferences and company in-house training programmes. Building presentations and delivering content to groups  seeking employment.  Training and judging school public speaking/debating contests.

20042014

Member/mentor

Epsom Speakers Club, part of Toastmasters International

Currently President of ESC,  working with committee to enhance the  smooth running and efficacy of the club.  Mentor to new members of a public speaking club, guiding and evaluating their progress. Deliver public speaking and presentation skills training. We have recently set up a new club nearby.  We plan meetings, give speeches, evaluate speakers and present educational sessions for members.  Judge and presenter at division and district level. This is all on a voluntary basis.

19871990

Copy writer /Admin

Artigraph Ltd, Beverley, East Yorkshire

Administrative assistant/copy writer/ proof reader/ directory collator for advertising agency in Beverley, assisting Designer/consultant on print campaigns, and local directory design.  Copy writer/ client liaison / proof reader.

Jan 1979Jan 1985

Copy writer / Proof reader / Account executive

Cape Argus newspaper, Braby's Directories, McCann Erickson SA

After school and Commercial Art Degree in Cape Town, worked at Argus doing classified ads/ROP copy, admin and copy writing for directories at Braby's, account executive work on advertising campaigns at McCann's, admin and copy

Education

19992001

MA English

Royal Holloway, London UK

Masters Degree in Postmodern Literature and Philosophy

Jan 1995Jan 1999

BA English (1st class with honours)

Brunel University, London UK 

Skills

Property development
Procurement and refurbishment of properties over 3 decades, part or full refurbishment for rental or sale.  Working with builder and teams for house and garden makeovers.   Planning/budgeting/buying materials/project management of building/renovation projects.  Good organisation, planning and negotiation skills.

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