Winkie Pratney just suffered an aneurysm last week and "apparently is not doing very well." His speech is slurred and he might have some memory loss. Quite a shock for a guy who speaks to half a million youth each year. I heard Winkie speak in Portugal last May - a wonderful, dynamic warm-hearted speaker, although a little obsessed with stories of his medical tragedies. I am sure this one will become a story also.
One of his communication secrets, he told us, was to win the trust of his audience through personal stories. Most of the time in his presentations is devoted to stories of his life and his actual challenges are very short, but memorable and life-changing.
And Winkie wants everyone to know that, despite his unusual name, he is NOT a gay teletubbie!