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.

How to warm up without a dressing room

What no dressing room?   We’ve all been there, you get asked to speak at a huge event and when you show up you realise you haven’t got your own dressing room. Nightmare!   It might sound like the behaviour of a complete diva but it isn’t. Warming up before you speak is important. A

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

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

The three Cs of listening

Sometimes you talk but you know the other person isn’t listening. That’s the first C of listening and it’s annoying.   Find out about all 3 Cs in this video. The best one will help you make people feel amazingly special.

The Christmas Diet

Don’t worry this isn’t all about the foods you should deprive yourself of over the festive period. This isn’t even advice about what to do in January.   No, I’m going to tell you to overdo it, I’m going to tell you to binge. My kind of Christmas diet involves going wild.   The right

New year new resolve

The new year is a time to set goals   Unless you’re a civic leader, then it isn’t.   Because it’s not really the new year. The civic year runs from May to May so you’re a little over half way through it.   Instead of falling into the trap of setting new goals that

If you enjoy speaking will the audience enjoy listening?

Everybody hates doing something.   Maybe it’s the washing up, maybe it’s the morning commute. If it’s public speaking, then you need to watch this video. It’s got some great tips on how to enjoy it.

What should you do immediately before you make a speech?

Athletes don’t run without warming up. Actors don’t go on stage without getting ready. Why would you go out to make a speech without properly preparing?   Watch this video and find out what you should be doing just before you make a speech.

168 hours

A week is a long time in politics. To be exact it’s 168 hours long.   If that sounds like a lot more time than you get each week, then you need to watch this video.