We're pleased to announce that Miles Davis is now on the speaking circuit. His story needs to be told. It's as good as any motivational story you'll ever hear. It's all about getting out from behind the "8 ball".
Miles is also an outstanding MC, a very funny after dinner speaker and with his business background does a very good business keynote. He has proven that if you have a passion and don't give up you can achieve just about anything if you want it badly enough - while still being yourself.
His versatility is without question. He can be heard on the radio as host of a myriad of programmes ranging from hard-hitting news talkback to hard-line sports and everything in between. He has the ability to slice through complicated issues and couch them in common sense terms.
He has been described as a “A garrulous cockney" But his larger than life profile belies the story behind the man. For a start, he actually understands what "garrulous" means. Not bad for a Cockney who moved permanently to New Zealand in 1984.
You will hear Miles before you see him. His cockney extroverted personality makes him easily recognised in public, on television and of course radio where he has established a proud reputation. But scratch the surface and you find a man who had a tough upbringing, spent time on the wrong side of the law and along the way met some very interesting and famous people. He also showed what persistence and refusal to take no for an answer can achieve.
His first love is English Football and his beloved Westham United. He quite possibly knows more about football than anyone else in New Zealand. In fact, he brought the first football show on TV to New Zealand Hosting, produced, written 97 episodes House football 1998 – 2002
But Miles really knows a lot about sport - any sport. In 1992 the Wellington Rugby Union appointed him as their marketing manager. A quote from the WRFU yearbook.
“The union took on a full-time marketing man, one Miles Davis, now prominent for his outspoken-ness on talkback radio. The Englishman, says marketing subcommittee chairman Paul McKay, “brings an Arthur Daley approach to business problems and opportunities.” Sounded a bit like “Arfa” as well.”
But he is proudly English and refuses to bow to pressure to adopt New Zealand teams against England in any sporting contest. His on air "discussions" when England is playing are hilarious.
He has been the gravedigger, commodity exchange, bookmaker, pub work and finally, spent almost 5 years at Rotary International organizing their annual conference for 6,000 people and overseeing the formation all-new Rotary Clubs in Britain and Ireland. By contrast, the stories of his times with the British Lions touring teams are legendary and he tells them with great delight in his talks.
Oh and one final thing. It is best not to mention Westham United to Miles. Not if you want to get away any time soon.