Patrick Forsyth’s work has spanned many industries, and countries. He has worked in most countries in continental Europe, including Eastern Europe and also works regularly in South East Asia.
He has has written over 100 titles and has books translated into 24 different languages. He also writes articles (for a variety of journals such as Better Business and Professional Marketing), training materials and, more recently, for several web sites.
His work also includes a plethora of other involvements. He has acted as: a series editor for an international business publisher, training advisor for the Meetings Industry Association, advisor and presenter on two BBC television programmes on marketing and management matters, served on the editorial board of a management journal, acted as mentor in the TEC small business advisory service and reviewed books for The Good Book Guide and Amazon.
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First job: As a management trainee in a large publishing company
Current job: Running my own operation - Touchstone Training & Consultancy
Home: Maldon, overlooking the River Blackwater
Favourite book: One? – Impossible, I am a voracious reader
Favourite film: A classic I can see again and again, “Groundhog Day”; a recent one, “Avatar”
Favourite music: Jazz, Stacey Kent’s voice is a tonic
Favourite gadget: nothing (yet) bests my computer
Favourite website: Amazon
Best holiday: Thailand is my favourite destination, but a recent trip through Burma was awesome (and is documented in my travel book "Beguiling Burma")
Career highlight: Starting out “doing my own thing” in 1990 (and making it work!)
Career lowlight: With hindsight, not doing my own thing sooner
Normal working day: No such thing (I’m glad to say) – I might be writing a book or conducting a training course in London … or Singapore
Downtime: I have no trouble switching off and relaxing: travel, and holidays are great – warm weather, a nice beach, good company and a good book are a treat.
Best piece of advice: I have always loved a quotation from Samuel Johnson: 'The one serious conviction a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously'. Not a bad motto for life, it seems to me.