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The Man in the Red Coat

London, London

(28)
2 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
The Man in the Red Coat logo
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The Man in the Red Coat

London, London

(28)
2 hires on Bark
‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

About

Professional Toastmaster, Master of Ceremonies, Event Host, Moderator and Facilitator as well as Charity Auctioneer

For events to run smoothly and to time generally not only requires meticulous planning, but expert facilitation to make sure that delegates and guests are guided slickly and with ease throughout.

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Reviews (28)

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Jainish Patel

31 August 2019

James was the perfect toastmaster at my wedding and reception. He takes away a lot of the stress of the day and keeps things flowing and really does know how to keep the crowd in order. His energy and enthusiasm entertains the crowd well and we cannot recommend him enough. Thank you James for hosting an amazing day for us. More...

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Martin Langdon

15 August 2019

I know James through our speaking club. He is the real deal, up for all challenges, passionate about public speaking yet retaining that non-starchy human quality that others lack.

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Amran Hussain

30 June 2019

Well what can I say about “the man in the red coat” that hasn’t already been said by his former clients. We invited James Hassler to act as a toastmaster and master of ceremonies at my sisters Asian wedding. We didn’t have the easiest of events to run, with many complex parts coming together and with over 1000 guests, (clearly not used to keeping to time!) only James could have helped us deliver it in the special way we hoped for. James mesmerised all with his rapport with our huge array of guests and not only kept everyone moving to the right places but kept everyone glued to all of our ceremonies. After seeing the number of photos and videos circulating amongst our family of James, he was most certainly one of the popular aspects of our wedding! From the moment I got in touch with James till the day of the wedding, the communication and service was truly above and beyond anything I could have expected. I already know many of our guests are looking to book the him for their events and I hope many others out there get a chance to have his valuable services onboard during their events Thank you so much James! More...

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Poonam Kirpal

17 September 2018

James was an amazing asset for my daughters wedding at Addington Palace in August 2018, we would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an amazing toastmaster to take control of there wedding day.

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Josh Catlett

10 September 2018

A must have for all weddings. James, you made our day! Thanks

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Stephanie Harewood

30 July 2018

James was an absolute superstar at our wedding, we had a lot of different types of entertainment, a few surprises and a very tight timeline and he made sure everything ran smoothly and to the times we had planned, which is no mean feat. We didn’t have to worry about a thing as he had it covered which meant we could relax and enjoy our day! Can’t recommend James enough. More...

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Rasna Virdee

23 July 2018

James - we loved you and everything you did for us on our wedding! 5 star service! Would highly recommend you to anyone and everyone! Thank you so much x

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Jane Wharam

23 July 2018

I recently engaged James to co-ordinate a Civic luncheon at Guildhall and he was superb. Unflappable, charming, helpful and organised, James did a fantastic job and helped to make the event one to remember. I would not hesitate to book him again or to recommend him. More...

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Hajarah Chaudhry

23 July 2018

At 18 years old I took complete charge of planning my brother's walima reception, a decision I very nearly regretted! The stress and complexity of planning a wedding is definitely underestimated and I must say I could not have got through the day without James' help (and the fantastic support from Greenleaf & the Northumberland Ave events team!).

James took all the hiccups of the day in his stride, from organising 70 groups photos in 90 minutes (with a poor sound system and very loud group of guests!) to helping ensure that the day's timings didn't go completely out of the window!!!

A toastmaster is a wedding necessity! If nothing else, James will keep you sane on the busiest day of your life!!

Thanks again James!

Haj
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Adele Jameson

23 July 2018

We wanted a toastmaster-type person for the event of the 25th anniversary of our firm. The Managing Director found James on-line and immediately we knew he was the one for us! Flexible, talented and really good value for money. When we spoke to him, he was self-assured which made us feel that 'at least someone would know what they were doing' - there was so much for us to do on the night! James exceeded all expectations and was exactly what we wanted. I would highly recommend him! More...

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Rebecca Stephenson French

23 July 2018

James is WONDERFUL! So friendly, patient and very kind; he was a fantastic addition to our day and really helped everyone to feel relaxed and happy; he even managed to sweet talk my guests into taking part in the mannequin challenge (which was hilarious) and was unfazed when I said that my shoes were a little too difficult to take off for the shoe game (I was represented by butterflies instead.) He was even happy to jump about making silly faces to attract the attention of my smallest flower girl so that she was smiling in our photos. He truly was ready for every eventuality. All of my guests adored him. Thank you James; you were, and you are, a star! I hope that you enjoyed yourself as much as we did. More...

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Samantha Sathiadas

23 July 2018

I cannot recommend James enough... absolutely fantastic!!! He ensured our wedding day ran smoothly and on time and kept all our guests in order and came up with some awesome ideas! Our day could not of been what it was without the help of James the man in the red coat! Thank you so much James :-) More...

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Flick Polson

23 July 2018

Thanks for everything James. We couldn't recommend your services enough and after our pre wedding Skype conversation all Rob and I could say was how glad we were that we'd found you online and how much more relaxed we felt about the whole wedding day. Having you there on the day was brilliant and for any couples considering whether or not to have a Master of Ceremonies or considering James for the role, we would whole heartedly recommend both having someone to coordinate things and specifically James. He was brilliant both in the run up to the day but most importantly, on the day itself, enabling us to relax and enjoy ourselves with our guests. Thank you! More...

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Sophie Cleveland

23 July 2018

James is polite, funny, courteous and warm. I loved every second of having him around organising everything so it all ran smoothly, he is such a joy and I couldn’t have been without him. I highly recommend him in every respect! � thanks so much for being with us ��� More...

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James Hasler

23 July 2018

I have to admit at being somewhat biased towards leaving a 5 star review as The Man in the Red Coat is me by another name! However, if you want to know what others think you can see reviews at The Man in the Red Coat's main website under endorsements or look back through some of the posts on this page which have had replies. More...

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Samit Unadkat

23 July 2018

Hi James, greetings from the Seychelles!! It has been our absolute privilege to have you preside over our celebrations last Saturday at Syon Park. Managing our 300+ guests appeared effortless. Your good humour and calm manner certainly helped us to enjoy our big day! We hope you had fun too!

We cannot recommend James highly enough. - Reena & Samit x
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Kenechukwu Iwugo

23 July 2018

James - so sorry this is coming so late. 7 weeks already, and it still feels like yesterday. Don't know what we can we say about you that hasn't been said before. Well James, you're not just the man in the red coat, YOU ARE THE MAN! PERIOD! We'd just like to thank you for making our wedding day extra special. You were a wonderful addition to our day. You went above and beyond, and we can't thank you enough. We will continue to recommend you at every given opportunity. Many of our guests still speak of how wonderful your running of the day was, and how quick you were to resolve any issues (table plan *cough*). You are fantastic at what you do - Anyone that runs an Afro-Caribbean / African fusion wedding to schedule the way you did certainly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. God bless!

Kene & Lisa aka The Iwugos
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Holly Eghator

23 July 2018

James was absolutely brilliant at our wedding day!! He made sure everyone knew the plan for the day, and that people were where they needed to be at all times. We were able to relax from start to finish, all made possible by James's great organising and planning skills. It wouldn't have been the same without him.

We would recommend James to absolutely anyone and everyone, he's brilliant at what he does, and he also adds elements of fun and laughter into the day too! Thanks again for being our MC, you truly made it a memorable day not only for us, but for everyone that attended!

The Eghators. X
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Kenechukwu Iwugo

5 November 2017

James - so sorry this is coming so late. 7 weeks already, and it still feels like yesterday. Don't know what we can we say about you that hasn't been said before. Well James, you're not just the man in the red coat, YOU ARE THE MAN! PERIOD! We'd just like to thank you for making our wedding day extra special. You were a wonderful addition to our day. You went above and beyond, and we can't thank you enough. We will continue to recommend you at every given opportunity. Many of our guests still speak of how wonderful your running of the day was, and how quick you were to resolve any issues (table plan *cough*). You are fantastic at what you do - Anyone that runs an Afro-Caribbean / African fusion wedding to schedule the way you did certainly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. God bless! More...

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Holly Eghator

15 October 2017

James was absolutely brilliant at our wedding day!! He made sure everyone knew the plan for the day, and that people were where they needed to be at all times. We were able to relax from start to finish, all made possible by James's great organising and planning skills. It wouldn't have been the same without him. More...

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Vijay RC

29 May 2017

Dear JamesThank you again for all that you did for us on our wedding day. Not only did you do your ceremonial roles perfectly but whenever something was about to go wrong all we had to do was give you a nod before you'd jump in and save the day. It's not easy coralling 120+ guests around a venue as big as Froyle Park, but we managed to have 2 weddings and a great evening reception run like clockwork thanks to you.My family has had the pleasure of your service and company at 2 of our weddings now and I am sure given your stellar reputation amongst our community that we will see each other again. All the best and thanks again for all of your hard work.Vijay & Shree More...

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Samit Unadkat

25 April 2017

Hi James, greetings from the Seychelles!! It has been our absolute privilege to have you preside over our celebrations last Saturday at Syon Park. Managing our 300+ guests appeared effortless. Your good humour and calm manner certainly helped us to enjoy our big day! We hope you had fun too! More...

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Nick

7 June 2016

A pleasure to see TMITRC in action at a luncheon for the Aldgate Ward Club yesterday. Splendid work!

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Emma Cole

29 May 2016

James acted as toastmaster for our wedding at Northbrook Park, Farnham on 7th November. He was absolutely fantastic and ensured the day went very smoothly! I would highly recommend James to anyone, our day wouldn't have been the same without him. More...

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Mark Chivers Photography

29 May 2016

James is by far the best toast master / MC i have worked with.
Friendly, amiable and polite, but able to command a room too make sure all your guests are in the right places at the right times, no matter what the event.
Always a pleasure to work with.

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Terry Saunders

29 May 2016

James Hasler was Toastmaster at our Wedding at the Royal Berkshire Hotel in Ascot on 22nd August 2015, we first met him two months prior to discuss the requirements, both my wife and I felt in safe hands from the word go. James is professional and extremely well prepared with great guidance and support during the lead up to the day.On the day James was at our venue well before guests arrived from the church to ensure all was ready for our arrival. We arrived at the venue in the wedding car to see James meeting and greeting guests and in turn which made us feel very special. He was absolutely amazing on the day and took all the stress away, we felt in safe hands. All the introductions and sequencing were fabulous and he was our point man for all the guests. So many of our guests that we spoke to in the evening and after we returned from honeymoon were so complimentary of James, we could not have asked for better.I would recommend James to anyone who has a wedding coming up as he just makes everything run like clockwork and his presence and involvement makes for a wonderful day for the bride, groom and all of the guests.Thanks so much JamesTia & Terry Saunders More...

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Reena Chakraborty

29 May 2016

James was the toastmaster at my daughter’s wedding. He was absolutely brilliant! Everything went so smoothly because of him. So many of our guests were really impressed with him, that soon after 2 of our guests who were to be married a few months later hired him for their wedding ! We were organising another a Charity function and we all had to have James again! I strongly recommend James for any big event that you are organising. A toastmaster experience not to be missed! More...

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Agi Donovan

29 May 2016

James confidently and competently managed a somewhat noisy room of over 1000 mortgage industry professionals and made sure that he had everyone's attention when necessary. I look forward to working with James again. More...

Q&A

Every event I do is different and so as such I never get bored of the process. The best bit though, is that I get to work with such a wide variety of people which not only enriches my life, but means I get to have fun at work.
Doing what I do is a bit like flying an aeroplane. Most of the time you are cruising on autopilot, but there are always take offs and landings that need to be controlled as smoothly as possible, not to mention the occasional turbulence. However, flying is exhilarating and so is doing what I do.

A chance meeting with a man called Dan! Following an informal conversation he sent me to work for him for a week in Germany, fronting a show. Whilst there people came up and asked me what I was doing the following week. And so it began.
With over 25 years working for someone else doing jobs that just paid my bills I came to the conclusion why don't I do something that I enjoy and earn money at the same time. I now get to choose who I work with and when I work.

Coming from a customer service and performing arts background I have the ability to adapt my delivery to just how you would like it. Many in my profession treat every job the same with regards to delivery. However, clearly a City dinner is not a wedding and should not be presented in the same way. I am tall, personable, warm, energetic and when required authoritative. I have the ability to pronounce and deliver difficult names with confidence and I am also a little younger than most of my peers, but not so young as to lack experience. I enjoy what I do and take pride in doing it to the highest standards. If I am smiling and happy, so will your event or training programme be. Added to all this I have just been awarded Toastmaster of the Year 2019.

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Services

Running a successful charity fundraiser can rely on several things. Firstly those invited to be part of it need to be in a position to dig deep for your cause. Secondly if there is a live auction you need a lively and experienced charity auctioneer to help raise the bids to maximise your efforts. James Hasler was introduced into the world of auctioneering as far back as 1984 and has the energy to encourage all to play there part. However, what sets James apart is that he will not just run your live auction, but he will run your whole event for you, saving on employing 2 people.

Whether you are an individual whole wants a refresher or an organisation who values your employees and wishes to give them greater confidence in presenting then James Hasler of HaslerHill consulting and The Man in the Red Coat is just the person you need to inspire that confidence. Using experiential techniques James coaches the best out of teams and individuals to lift their abilities and give them greater presence and as such confidence in those places that they may otherwise feel are "unfriendly" or just a bit "scary".