In all I do, I hope that my desire to help others live on purpose shines through.
I love to make people laugh, but I also love to make people think about how to grow in confidence and competence so that they can make a difference. Through story, real-life application and rigorous preparation, I always try and bring something new and something that will inspire and encourage people as they reflect on their life, their skills, their relationships, their faith and their potential.
I know how much it matters getting the right speaker for your event. It genuinely matters to me to be able to bring my best to add value to what you are doing.
Also, I just love coaching others one-to-one or training groups in their communication skills. Sometimes this is a one off, and sometimes it is a long term coaching relationship. Nothing pleases me more than to help others develop into all they have been designed to be.
Do contact me if you would like to ask further questions, to check my availability or to talk more about whether I might be able to help you with the event you are planning.
Here are some highlights:
Communication Skills. Research says that public speaking is the number one fear out there – even more than death! But all of us have to present ourselves every day. We cannot not communicate. Our body language, our voice and our content shape the impression others receive of us – so it’s worth getting to know ourselves better and improving our skills. Public speaking, presenting and preaching are skills that can always be developed – and no asset is more sought after in the workplace than good communication skills. This subject can be one session – but preferably with time for interaction, half a day or a whole day.
Family Life. It is quite possible in this day and age of competition and hard work to forget just how important family life is. Being a mother and a wife deserve my very best efforts and a large dose of humour! It is as we are honest about our failings and our joys that we can encourage each other that we are not alone and that our role in our family is the most crucial role we will ever have. I have spoken with my husband, with other husbands not belonging to me, with various female speakers including Katharine Hill (UK Director of Care for the Family) and Diane Louise Jordan (TV and radio presenter) and on my own in various seminar and conference settings.
Resilience. When the going gets tough, the tough need hope like the rest of us. (And possibly chocolate… ) Stuff happens. It just does. That diagnosis, that redundancy, this difficult relationship, those unanswered prayers… What is interesting is how different people respond to the obstacles and disappointments of life – how their faith, their self-belief and their outlook become affected. I share honestly about some of the setbacks in my own life, including my husband losing his sight through a genetic condition and I remain convinced that learning resilience in the classroom of life is fundamental to contentment wherever we find ourselves. This subject matter is suitable for a variety of settings.
Influence. Some people think that authority or experience are the tools you need to change the world. But smart people know that everybody has influence – whether you are a mum in the playground or a manager at work. The question is how do we recognise and leverage that influence for good? When we understand the impact of integrity, showing initiative and gaining insight where others only see obstacles, then we begin to influence the arena we have been given. This subject matter is suitable for a variety of settings.
The Bible. This library of books in a book is a never-ending pool of wisdom and insight and it is a privilege to be able to serve churches and events by speaking about God’s word and the role of his church in a way that will hopefully make people laugh, enable them to think and then respond in a way that is meaningful and appropriate to the event.
Cathy is a stunning and compelling communicator who’s serious about encouraging each and every one of us to unearth our hidden potential. Possessing that winning combination of talent and diligence, together with unflinching commitment, Cathy is certainly a woman with a plan. Cathy walks the talk – she’s living proof that it is possible to improve your circumstances and she wants to share the good news!
What I think I admire most about Cathy Madavan is her big-spirited generosity. Cathy genuinely cares about people flourishing to their full capacity; she really does want to contribute to improving lives.
Diane Louise Jordan
TV and radio presenter
Cathy is one of the best communicators that I know. She is vivacious, engaging, authentic and passionate. When she speaks I get the sense that I am listening to someone who has worked hard at what she is saying and has deliberately chosen to be honest and open. At one moment her words pack a punch that send you reeling with their power and at another, her words are the reassurance that you need, reminding you that despite the fact you make mistakes, you’re not the finished article yet and there is always hope. I’ve also been privileged to speak alongside her and as a part of a team she is equally outstanding. Gracious, generous, clear, prepared and ready to engage with the people who are listening. She’s a rare breed – an excellent speaker, well prepared with a servant heart.
Chairman of Spring Harvest Planning group, Pastor at Gold Hill Baptist Church, author and speaker
Cathy is an able communicator with a real passion for connecting with an audience. She will prepare diligently, deliver creatively and always keep her listeners awake!
Co-Director, Bless Network
Cathy uses her humour to engage the audience and then encourages them to think and reflect on their lives. She is an exceptional speaker and is clear, concise and creative in her abilities to bring messages alive. You don’t forget a Cathy talk. I have high standards and Cathy always over delivers. I would highly recommend her as a speaker for any event because she is both motivational and inspirational.
Founder of Free Range Chicks
Cathy is a lively and engaging speaker who connects well with any audience.
UK Director, Care for the Family
I can highly recommend Cathy as an excellent communicator. If you want someone to get a lasting message home to your organisation, look no further.
Projects Director, BEng CEng CEnv MIOD
Cathy knows how to communicate – she powerfully connects with all sorts of people and takes them with her to new realisations and better understanding, and she does it with great clarity, wisdom, honesty and fun.
Spring Harvest Event Director, actress, speaker and author of The Word of the Wives
As an Associate Director of ‘Equipped to Lead’ – training people from a range of charity and business backgrounds – I worked with Cathy Madavan over an extended period. I found her communication skills to be comprehensive, working in large audiences, small group and individual settings. She combined a sense of humour with an ability to convey important information effectively, bridging the gap between speaker and listeners with great accomplishment. Her enthusiasm for seeing others developed was tangible.
CEO Links Internations, Copwriter and Speaker
Cathy designed and delivered a 10 week Communications Course at Moorlands College. She was very attuned to the needs of both the college and the students, and delivered her lecturers in a professional and engaging manner. She was able to draw from her considerable experience in presentation and communication to a very wide range of audiences, and this was very well received and much appreciated.
Lecturer in theology, Moorlands College
Cathy Madavan is a down to earth, humorous, gifted, insightful and wonderful communicator. She delivers an engaging and powerful message that will have a profound impact in all kinds of contexts. Book her today!
Director of Mission/England – Evangelical Alliance
Compelling, purposeful and meticulously prepared, Cathy is a brilliant speaker in a range of different contexts, with the repertoire and discernment to bring not only appropriate data, stories and illustrations to bear but the right tone for the occasion – she’s funny but not for its own sake and is very good at engaging people emotionally either in personal change or a wider cause.
Executive Director London Institute for Contemporary Christianity