How to make it about them

We all know someone truly boring. All they do is talk about themselves. We all know that is boring.   It makes you wonder why so many speakers fill their speeches with stuff about themselves.   If you want to be a great speaker you need to watch this video. You need to make it

Marion Barry: Mayor of the Month

He was the first prominent civil rights activist to become mayor of a large American city. That is impressive. Yet there is a lot more to Marion Barry than that. Boy is there a lot more to him.   In many ways Marion Barry is not a great candidate for Mayor of the Month. He

Follow the Lakota way

You can harness the ancient spiritual wisdom of the Lakota people.   OK so that might sound a bit cosmic or new age, but trust me they have a valuable leadership lesson for you.   Find out what the Lakota way can do for your council in this surprising video.

How to give great feedback

It’s tough being a leader. It’s a demanding job with many challenges. One of them is having difficult conversations.   The temptation is to avoid them but as leaders we need to face up to the tough jobs. And one of the toughest things you’ll ever have to do is give feedback.   Feedback is

How do you deliver a eulogy?

You’ve been asked to deliver a eulogy. You’re not sure what to say or how to say it. You are understandably nervous.   In this video there are a couple of solid tips to help you deliver a eulogy that will fit the tone and hit the mark.

Media Mayor February 2018

Ski jumping mayor   The BBC’s coverage of the winter Olympics was excellent and I’m not just saying that because it featured an inspirational civic leader.   Before the start of the women’s ski jump they ran a piece on Deedee Corradini. Deedee was the first female mayor of Salt Lake City and a big

The weird secret you can learn from tea

I made my wife a cup of tea recently and I discovered a startling secret.   Find out what it is and how it can make you a better civic leader.   All will be revealed in the latest video from More Than a Chain

Episode number two

  Welcome to the second 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   We’ve already started

Do you need to be a good chair?

The one thing mayors are legally obliged to do is chair full council meetings. That means they should make being a good chair their priority.   Wrong!   Here is one very good reason why mayors and council chairs don’t need to be good at chairing.

Toby Eliot: Mayor of the Month

Toby Elliot did things differently.   But that shouldn’t surprise anyone because he’s from Frome. They do things differently in Frome.   Frome is home to Independents for Frome. In 2015 they took control of the town council by winning every seat.   They did that by doing things differently.   Flat Pack Politics