My Curious Journey

I have been curious all my life, I asked ‘why’ so often it got me in trouble at home and school. This curiosity trait led me to live life with sense of adventure, fullness and to have some amazing experiences. Taking me from London’s gritty east end to the west coast of Canada.

It led me to learn public speaking and then travelling and training/facilitating people in Australia, US, UK and Canada to train others in public speaking at University of British Columbia, Canada where I now live.

Today I am still curious, I believe what you leave behind speaks louder than any bio, Geoffrey.

2000. After 20 years of study, and practice I am a dedicated student of ZEN and its knowledge and power to bring natural and profound change. I use what I have learned in the study of ZEN to facilitate and transfer knowledge. My coaching practice based ZEN and its power and knowledge.


2002/2003: I was the speech coach for the Canadian Olympic Bid Team. I coached the team in Vancouver, BC Canada so the ‘Olympic Evaluation Committee’ could evaluate us to see if Canada would host the 2010 Winter Olympics. I coached the Canadian team in Prague, Czech Republic for the final presentation, and Canada won the Winter Olympics.

P1995/2004 I was a workshop leader/lecturer at the “Sauder School of Business” – in the MBA program – I also led Presentation Power for Executive Education, UBC and Sales Talk for Executive Education.

I am the author of the book “Presentation Power”.

1993-2000: I led Presentation & Public Speaking workshops and Video Training (for media) Our client list included: BCTV, Electronic Arts, Tourism Vancouver, VanCity Credit Union, London Drugs and Sandwell Engineering and many graduates of our public version of the workshop.

Zen Way

I participated a series 5 day residential programs at the Haven, with the long-term goal of becoming a therapist and to support my work leading the Pursuit of Excellence. As I was getting close making the decision to commit to the next, I had a conversation with founders of the Haven Bennet Wong, M.D., F.R.C.P. and Jock McKeen. MD Lic. I then decided to be a coach/mentor and lead the Pursuit of Excellence – thank you Ben and Jock for your coaching.

1985 I took the 5 day The Pursuit of Excellence and I was inspired to make a difference and lead the workshop.

After 2years of training, I led the Pursuit of Excellence for 10 years travelling across Canada from Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary and Victoria. As a facilitator and program leader I was involved in Curriculum Development & Training. Training over 10,00 people.

leadership development program
public speaking coach

 My Public Speaking career stared with REDKEN a cosmetic manufacturer and distributor. I led the Challenge of Success – Salon Success – Canadian Tour and the US Regional Seminar. I was a Motivational Speaker across Canada, Australia and in the UK.


1968/1985 I became a partner with Lisa Kerfoot. Together we ran retail and service (hair & cosmetics).

 We became known as am innovative and artistic hair design studio.

Moods Hair Technology with locations in: Pacific Centre, Vancouver BC. When I sold it in 1986 I took the 2year Facilitator Training Program with CTC.

Geoffrey X-Lane School

1966 I emigrated to Vancouver BC Canada. When I arrived in Vancouver BC I could not find any movie related work. For 6months I worked for a Vancouver based cosmetic manufacturer. I travelled across western Canada selling it to small pharmacies and outlets – it was a wonderful way to see Canada.

1966/1964 I worked at MGM Film Studios in the UK I worked on the war movie “The Dirty Dozen”. I worked in the Property dept, basically I was a “gopher” it was lots of fun.


Geoffrey X-Lane School
Geoffrey X-Lane School

1961-1963 South West College of Education, UK 2-year Diploma program Cosmetology & Salon Management

1961 Graduated from Campions Secondary School (General Certificates of Education). I was the School Athletic Captain, Senior Prefect

1945 Born in Plymouth Devon and raised in London UK.