How to ask for a favour

It sounds easy doesn’t it?   But there is much more to asking for help than you might think.   In this video you’ll find a complete process that is easy to follow and will almost guarantee people say yes.

Episode number four

    Its story time on More Than a Chain, the podcast for civic leaders that aren’t just in it for the buffet. Your host Duncan Bhaskaran Brown will bring you all these great features: Network News Civic Role Model The hot Interview The BIG thing   Network News   It’s time to share your

Happy birthday blog

Every year we celebrate the birth of this blog.   I know, I know, you get invited to a lot of celebration events but this one is different. It’s short and you’ll learn something.   Find out what by watching this video. Buffet not included.

Thikra Alwash: Mayor of the Month

When Thikra took office in 2015, she became the first female Mayor of Baghdad. In fact, she became the first female leader of any capital city in the Arabic world, quite an achievement.   The downside is that she became mayor of one of the most dangerous cities in the world with one of the

How not to treat a grieving pensioner?

Too many civic leaders make it into the news for the wrong reasons.   In this video I’ll share an example of what not to do.   And in return you can restore my faith in local politicians.   Thank you.

Open body language

No one tries to look dishonest. So it is a big surprise that many new speakers adopt a pose that is down right deceitful.   They don’t do it deliberately but one of the most natural reactions to being asked to speak is to wrap your arms around yourself as a kind of defence mechanism

Mayor of Dune

It’s not easy being the mayor of Dune. There’s lots of political machinations, it’s a big planet and it’s in an entirely fictional universe.   So, it would be better to take a valuable lesson about being a civic leader from Frank Herbert’s sci-fi classic.   Find out how to avoid the trap that many

Media Mayor March 2018

Here’s all the civic leaders that are making headlines.   New York has a night mayor   New York has appointed someone to encourage and develop the city’s night life. In a rather imaginative gesture they’ve called her The Night Mayor.   Beneath the distinctly average pun is great initiative. It not someone to get

Why you need to get out of your parlour

You are comfortable in familiar surroundings. You like to be on home turf.   But that doesn’t make it a good idea.   Here is a fantastic tip from Crewe Town Council: Get out of your parlour and into your community.

Episode number three

  Welcome to More Than a Chain, the podcast for civic leaders that aren’t just in it for the buffet. It’s hosted by Duncan Bhaskaran Brown and includes all these great features: Network News Civic Role Model The hot Interview The BIG thing   Network News   We’re getting stuck into planning this year’s Unchained