Simon Hughes is known throughout the cricketing world as ‘The Analyst’, for his unique work across TV, Radio and Newspapers.
His groundbreaking talk ‘Reaching for the Stars’ pinpoints the ingredients for success that he has identified from the famous sportsmen he has played with, interviewed and analysed. He remembers his naiveness as a young sportsman and wants to pass on these successful traits to people in the business and sports community. Presented in a lively, self-deprecating way and filled with anecdotes, it is compelling and revealing in equal measure and will make the audience think completely differently about their work.
“I haven’t set the world alight. But I have hung around with people who have.” This is Simon Hughes’s catchline, reflecting a 15 year career playing cricket and 25 years in the media, sharing dressing rooms and commentary boxes with the great and the good – people such as Ian Botham, Viv Richards, Mike Brearley, Geoff Boycott, Michael Vaughan, Michael Atherton, Phil Tufnell, Andrew Flintoff, Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar.
Being in close proximity with these stars, before, during and after their performances, and closely analysing their talent and approach, has enabled him to understand how and why they are so successful and why he often failed as a cricketer despite obvious talent and early triumphs. He has assimilated the lessons he has learnt into his own media work, contributing to various achievements – including national book prizes, and a string of major TV awards.
As well as his broadcast and newspaper work he has written nine books on cricket, including the award-winning A Lot of Hard Yakka.
As The Analyst he has forged a reputation as one of the most insightful and engaging sports pundits on national TV. He also records a weekly podcast – The Analyst Inside Cricket – and has a Twitter following of 80,000. He remembers his naiveness as a young sportsman and wants to pass on the successful traits he has identified to people in the business and sports community in his talk ‘Reaching for the Stars.’
He is an innovator who is unique in the sports world in the way he uses video and stills to explain a complex subject and, with humour and insight, he elicits a deeper engagement from his audience than most pundits.
Kruger Cowne Speaker Awards: Highly Commended.
Simon Hughes gave one of best and most revealing talks I have ever heard
Chief Executive, MCC
Fantastic, penetrating analysis by 'The Analyst’