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So why Talking Stick? The story goes something like this… Read more

what is a talking stickOur ancient forefathers (the word ‘ancient’ used loosely) often met to debate and discuss the issues of the time. Picture UK Prime Minister’s Questions in the Parliament House of Commons…histrionics, disorderly at times and generally a loud cacophony of noise! Well, legend (and history, although ‘legend’ sounds better) has it that it was during these gatherings that the “talking stick” was introduced aka Mr Speaker in the Commons. He or she who held the talking stick held the sacred power of words and determined who could speak. Nobody could speak during the debate unless they were holding the talking stick. Needless to say, mute fights broke out to get hold of the stick, but we digress!

Simply put, Talking Stick Marketing & Communications believe in holding onto the stick for the benefit of our partners. We will get your message across succinctly, professionally and most of all, through the cacophony of noise.

Meet Our Team

Marc Reading: Director

Account Director for Africa and Asia

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Marc Reading: Director

Tel: +44 1278 661 592 | Skype: marc_reading | Email: [email protected]

Marc, originally from Wales, moved to Southern Africa in the 70′s where he was actively involved in the development of hotels, lodges and adventure tourism products in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and throughout Africa. Marc then turned his focus to Sales & Marketing and became responsible for Thomsons Africa Sales and Marketing in Europe and North America and accumulated an intimate knowledge of these areas along with an excellent reputation.

Marc moved back to the UK in 2007 and setup Talking Stick Marketing in the same year, with promoting bespoke properties in Africa being the primary focus. Marc’s wanderlust travel spirit took him travelling to Asia, where upon his return, began the development of marketing strategies for clients in Asia. Marc is now a well known personality within the travel industry, with over 25 years of experience and has sat on the Board of the Southern Africa Travel Organisers Association (SATOA) in the United Kingdom, where his input was invaluable to the organisations success.

Talking Points: Marc has a love for mountaineering and high places, a qualified ski instructor and has worked for the international school of mountaineering, climbing Mt Kenya, Kilimanjaro, Ol Donio Lengai and the Ruwenzoris of East Africa

Byron Shirto: Director

Representation & Events Director

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Byron Shirto: Representation & Events Director

Tel: +44 (0) 1242 506 444 | Email: [email protected]

Byron has a wealth of experience in the travel industry, having spent many years with leading inbound ground agents in Africa dealing with adventure travel, photographic safaris and incentive and event management. He then spent many more years involved with Sales, Marketing and Product Development for Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa with leading luxury Tour Operators in the UK.

Byron is a former Chairman of LATA, an association that promotes travel to Latin America, creating and running Experience Latin America for 5 years. Byron is now Event Director for Experience Africa and Brand USA Travel Week, two leading travel events in Europe dedicated to the USA and Africa respectively.

Talking Points: In 2007, Byron broke the Guinness World Record for playing the longest football game, a staggering 35 hours.