As a highly experienced public speaker, Philip Downer is available for conferences, seminars, networking events etc.
Philip can provide an external perspective on retail strategy or operational matters, or talk on broader issues around publishing, digitisation and the changing retail scene.
He can address business professionals, students or literary/arts gatherings.
In May 2012, he spoke to the World E-Reading Congress on the impact of globalisation on the book trade – his address is reported here and here.
He spoke on”The Changing Face of Retail Bookselling” at the Tools of Change conference in New York City in February 2012, and chaired a session at the FutureBook Conference in December 2011,
He spoke at the Tools of Change conference, running at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2011. A digest of press comments can be found here.
In September 2011, Philip Downer joined the Publishing Advisory Board at Kingston University, and has lectured MA students on “The Pace of Change: Publishing and Bookselling in the Digital Age”. In May 2012, he spoke at to MA Publishing students at London’s City University on channel changes within bookselling and publishing; he has also addressed BA Business Studies students at St Mary’s University College on broader challenges around change and new technology.
Previous speaking engagements include:
- Retail Week Conferences, London
- Eksmo Publishing Conferences, Moscow
- European Publishing Conference, Paris
- Society of Bookmen, London
- Vital Kingston – retail/business development
- Occasional broadcaster on book trade matters, including BBC Radio 4 “Today” and BBC One TV “Working Lunch”
- Multiple company conferences and training programmes
Philip Downer’s ebook, “A Year At Front Of Store” is available from the Amazon Kindle Store in all major territories.
Philip can accept commissions for articles on retail and publishing topics
His regular blog on books and retailing is also called Front of Store. The blog has hundreds of followers, including retail commentators, business leaders and academics.
Philip has been published in print/online at:
“One of the best-to-read writers on retail in 2011. Rich insight, clear thinking and real opinions”– Richard Hammond, author of Smart Retail: Practical Winning Ideas and Strategies, pub. Prentice Hall
You can also follow Philip on Twitter and LinkedIn.