by Gareth Woods
Gareth is a YouTuber, comedian, eSports personality, gym owner and part time human being.
While following his ambitions as a speaker and comedian, Gareth’s “day jobs” have been in sales, marketing and procurement at companies such as Unilever, Brandhouse and Takealot.com and these have afforded him the rare experience and skill set of being on both sides of the negotiation table.
“As a buyer and sponsorship manager, I’ve honestly sat in over 1000 pitches anything from multi million rand sponsorships and events, to ambassador programs to portable cell phone chargers and it’s a tragedy how many times good ideas are sold poorly”
What is the point of a good idea if you can’t convince anyone of its merits?
“As someone accustomed to selling ideas to incredibly varied groups of people (just try making a group of strangers laugh for an hour) I felt it was about time that I shared my expertise. There are a lot of salesmen training salesmen on how to sell to buyers. Why are there no buyers training salesmen on what it is we are looking for?”
Gareth is an accomplished Toastmaster having placed 3rd in Africa for the International Speech Contest in 2012 and some of his comedy accolades include 3 one man shows at the National Arts Festival and opening for Trevor Noah on his debut Daywalker tour.