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Last month (Sept) Phillip Khan-Panni’s, a copywriter from Bromley, wowed an audience at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre, winning the first ever UK Business Speaker of the Year competition.

Caption: Ross Thornley (left) with this year’s winner Phillip Khan-Panni (centre) and Alderman, David Trenchard.

Caption: Ross Thornley (left) with this year’s winner Phillip Khan-Panni (centre) and Alderman, David Trenchard.

Wimborne-based branding, creative and digital agency, RT Media, sponsor of the first UK Business Speaker of the Year, has announced its support for the 2012 competition, now launched.

Last month (Sept) Phillip Khan-Panni’s, a copywriter from Bromley, wowed an audience at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre, winning the first ever UK Business Speaker of the Year competition with a motivational speech, “What it means to be second”.

The speech included stories about Mr Khan-Panni’s rivalry with an older sibling and how he overcame disappointments in life.

As well as sponsoring the event, RT Media founder and creative director, Ross Thornley sat on the judging panel. He said: “The whole competition was extremely well run, with the eight finalists selected from auditions posted onto YouTube. At the final, there was the added tension of the judges selecting just three contestants for the audience’s deciding vote.

“It was a great night - there are some really talented speakers out there and this competition is a real opportunity to be independently recognised. We’re looking forward to building the reputation and scope of next year’s competition.”

The event was devised by the UK Speechwriters’ Guild, which hosts its annual conference at the Bournemouth University Executive Business Centre. Professor Max Atkinson, one of the country’s leading public speaking experts, author of ‘Lend Me Your Ears’ and a much-acclaimed blogger, sat as Chairman of the Judges.

Khan-Panni, CEO of PKP Communicators, a training company that helps business leaders to speak in public without fear and in a way that makes others want to listen, said: “The UK Business Speaker of the Year is a splendid and worthwhile initiative that attracted some quality speakers. Much credit to Brian Jenner, whose idea it was, and to RT Media, the brand agency that recognised its potential. I was delighted to take part and honoured to have been voted the inaugural winner.”

Aspiring or professional speakers over the age of 18, with an unusual story to tell can register their interest to take part in next year’s competition at http://www.ukbusinessspeakers.co.uk.

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