‘Variety has been the Spice of My Life’
This is the title of my presentation of a life that has been well and truly lived!
I have managed to cram my life story into an inspiring 45 minute talk. I’ll make you laugh and cry, but send you away knowing that anything is possible, if you only believe.
After suffering a heart attack and triple bypass operation in 2012 I decided to move to the beauty of Cornwall to concentrate on developing an idea for a novel that had been building slowly in the back of my mind for several years. Following the untimely death of my eldest daughter shortly after making the move, I threw myself into bringing my novel to life. I discovered that writing is an extremely therapeutic and enjoyable pursuit as the characters become alive and their story begins to unfold.
Over the years i have been asked to present a talk to various groups about my varied life experiences from top management to a life in theatre and all the comical situations in between. So, having completed my first novel I decided to extend my presentation by talking about my professional life in more depth, to inspire younger business people to think differently, to have the courage of their convictions, to dare to bring their dreams to life.
My story begins with tales of growing up in Sheffield. I was a junior player for Sheffield United but due to the arrogance of youth and my lack of commitment to the game I failed to make it as a professional. It was a hard learning curve but I made sure I learnt from it and went on to pursue a high flying career in Sales, Marketing and Management before becoming Chief Executive of a Physiotherapy Insurance Company. During this time I became aware of how difficult it was for charities to raise both funds and awareness in a tough economic climate. I realised there could be a way for charities and businesses to work together and I worked tirelessly for my company to become a major corporate sponsor of The British Red Cross, which involved me working alongside, on occasion, Princess Diana, Sir Cliff Richard, Angela Rippon, Lord Tony Pandy, DJ Mike Reid and Gary Lineker amongst others.
My talk includes hilarious tales from my time as a film and TV extra, appearing in popular TV soaps such as Casualty, Peak Practice and Hollyoaks. I also went on to create a Murder Mystery Company and an International touring stage show ‘Back to Broadway’, which was linked to Musical Theatre Summer Schools.
My experiences in Business, the world of football and charity work coupled with my love of ‘Thrillers’ gave me an ideal starting point for my first novel. I understand what happens behind the scenes at a football club and of the situations that the fans never hear about.
The book is laced with intrigue and romance, corruption, crime and football. It imagines how a Football Club and a Charity could work together for mutual benefit . The story is set in Northamptonshire where I lived for over 20 years. During this time I was Chairman of a local radio station and regional director of The British Red Cross. My knowledge of football is built on a lifetime of experience, starting when I was a junior player for Sheffield United. As an adult I have been Chairman of Corby Town FC and was a main sponsor of Kettering Town, Rothwell Town and Rushden and Diamonds FC’s.
I have drawn on the experiences I have had, the people I have met and my successes and failures in life, to create both my novel and my talk.
I have been overwhelmed by the amazing reviews my book has received. Equally I continue to be moved by the positive remarks people have made following my talks.
Long may it continue!
Michael Bearcroft: Author - Guest Speaker - Actor