Is it because I have something worth saying, or just because I’m an incorrigible egomaniac? Either way, I love producing audiovisual content. Not to mention getting on stage and bothering a roomful of strangers under the guise of ‘public speaking’.
I produce, host and publish my own podcast called Wandering Desk – on the subject of living, working and generally hanging out abroad. Some of the episodes are monologues, and others involve guests.
I also appeared as a guest on the award-winning Colombia Calling podcast (2014) and Radio Katowice (2015).
🎤 Public Speaking
I gave a TEDx talk in 2014, entitled ‘Travel with a Narrative’ – on the idea of how you can turn a journey into adventure with the help of story.
I was the emcee for TEDxWroclaw for one year in 2013, including a headline event in front of hundreds of people, as well as smaller ‘salon’ events.
I’ve also helped others, training the host of the TEDxWroclawWomen event one year, as well as coaching various TEDx speakers. More recently (2018), I helped five aspiring entrepreneurs improve their pitches as part of the Shesnnovation programme in Poland.
🎙️ Voice Work
In 2016, I recorded a 1h30m-long audiobook about Colombia, which is available on Audible.
I’ve also done quite a bit of commercial voice work in my time. People seem to like my accent. As the Futurama meme goes: “Not sure if smart, or just British”.
This work has included:
• A series of explainers for a media streaming company (Nadaje)
• Short web promos for, variously: an online construction marketplace (Buildoo.eu), a presentation web app (Everyslide), an online video project, a Polish e-learning company, a video production house (Quetzal Studios), and a B2B electronics trading service (Handelot)
• A business English course – thousands of words and phrases (for a Polish e-learning company)
At present this has mostly been limited to making shorts for my Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/c/neilbennion).
In 2014 I was an actor in videos for an online business English course, for a Polish e-learning company.