What did you struggle with when starting out as a speaker?

  I spend a lot of time speaking about speaking. That’s why I’m great fun at parties.   In a recent conversation this question came up.   I know you’ll find my answer interesting so here it is in a shiny new video.

Podcast #1 with Mark Harris

Show notes   The first exciting episode of 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 Big Interview Be More Like…   Network News   As we’ve just

The casting vote

Amazingly a mayor used the casting vote to survive a vote of no confidence.   What’s even more surprising is that I think it was the right thing to do.   Find out if I’ve lost the plot or not in my latest video.

Speaking with a spark

One of the few bonuses of winter is a roaring open fire. All that warmth, all that life, toasty.   And to think it all comes from a little spark.   If you ask me, making a great speech is like those burning logs. It should have some fire, it should have some warmth and

New year new blog

It is an exciting time. I got some new toys for Christmas to make my videos that bit more Hollywood.   That’s not even the most exciting part.   Watch this video to find out about the exciting things happening on the More Than a Chain blog in 2018.

New Year New Blog

Some people make new year’s resolutions about exercising more, some make them about eating less.   Not me. My new year’s resolution is to improve this blog. To that end I’ve made some big changes.   Here’s to the new 2018 blog   The big change is the name. The blog will now officially be

99% mayor

You might think 99% was a good strike rate. You might consider 99% a good result. You might be happy being a 99% mayor.   But you shouldn’t.   Check out this video to find out why being a 99% mayor is not enough.

Media Mayor Christmas special

Christmas is a time of giving and a time of celebration.   All over the country civic leaders give messages to their local paper. These help to fill up the pages, so the journalists can spend that bit more time celebrating!   All joking aside, Christmas is a great time to get your message across.

How do you become conscious of unconscious mannerisms?

We all have unconscious mannerisms. I fiddle with my wedding ring, which is annoying.   If you become conscious of them then you can learn to control them.   Find out how in this video. And watch me try to stop fiddling with my wedding ring.

Civic Class of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close it is undoubtedly a time for reflection. That means media outlets across the globe will be summing up 2017 in a weird and wonderful selection of countdowns and roundups.   As Mayor of the Month has now run for a full calendar year I can finally indulge you with