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Simon de Cintra Judging the Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge!

My First Trainer’s Simon de Cintra has been asked to join the Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge judging panel in Croydon’s regional finals on Thursday, 27th of April 2017. This event will see around 16 to 18 year 10’s from Croydon state schools have a “speak off” and talk their way to the top.

The Jack Petchey’s Foundation and the Speakers Trust are two causes that Simon is an advocate for, as it aligns with Simon’s mission in helping people find their confidence, feel comfortable with their voice and enable them to share ideas in public speaking or a business environment.

For those who are unfamiliar with both of the charities, the Jack Petchey foundation, which was founded in 1999 by Sir Jack Petchey, has long been helping young people aged 11 to 25 by investing money into projects that helps them boost their self-esteem and evolve their skills.

Over the past few years, the foundation collaborated with the Speakers Trust, a public speaking and communications training charity. Both of the causes have created Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” challenge, which has been an annual event for the past eleven years. The Speakers Trust trainers encourage young people to get involved in their workshops across London and Essex, so they can develop their public speaking abilities.

“Through the “Speak Out” Challenge! we have the joy and privilege of working with over 18,000 young people a year,” Frankie Rushton, the Programme Director of Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge explained. “It is inspiring to see their confidence grow as they find their voice to speak up and speak out. Having prominent judges at our Regional Finals is an important part of our programme and helps ensure that these young people are heard. We are delighted Simon will be joining our judging panel at the Croydon Regional Final on 27 April 2017.”

Simon will be one of seven judges and be offering his expertise on communication and public speaking. He will be sat with: Ava Brown, Trainer, Consultant, International Speaker, Champion of Gender issues and Mumpreneur, Kit Smith, Freelance Actor, Musician and Corporate Trainer, Donald Forde, Head of Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation, Clare C Denty, Helping Young Corporate Women To Step Up, Speak Up & Build Confidence To Boost Their Careers and Helena Horlick, Chief Cheerleader at Helping You Shine.

The youth judge this year will be Anthony Vundi who was the runner-up at the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Croydon Regional Final 2016 and the presentation ceremony will be done by the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor. 

“I’m excited to be involved in the Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge, as I fully support what they do for young people by teaching them new skills and celebrating their achievements,” Simon de Cintra explained. “I know it’s difficult for young people to get their voices heard, whether they are shy or lack confidence in public speaking and that’s why the skills they learn from the Speakers Trust training workshops can be life changing. It enables them to deliver their ideas with conviction and clarity, which is an essential ability that will benefit them for later on in their academic and working lives.”


With a career spanning over 25 years, Simon de Cintra has coached and mentored a variety of people with different expertise who have needed to create extra impact at work. Simon specialises in helping people improve their public speaking skills, teaching leadership communication and he offers seminars to help companies deal with change initiatives.

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