Media Mayor: September 2017

Sadly missed   This month saw the passing of Jerry Williams, first black mayor of Camden. We should never forget that as civic leaders we stand on the shoulders of great mayors. In his day Jerry modernised the role and made it more relevant to his community.   We should remember pioneers like Jerry.  

Bang that drum

  Banging your drum. Blowing your trumpet. Sounding your horn.   Call it what you like, PR gets results. From selling tickets to getting support to spreading awareness the right kind of PR can have a big impact on what you are doing.   But the way most people set out to do it is

Vote for a vision

Devolution is not the only way to vote for a mayor.   I was asked to vote on a series of visions created by aspiring civic leaders. I was impressed. They all had clear aims to tackle a particular issues and had developed effective, low cost ways of implementing doing so. They had done all

Post holiday crunch

It’s September. You’re back from holiday and all you want to do is flop.   Taking a holiday is great. It relaxes you, it refreshes you and it has a massive effect on your general wellbeing. But how do you get back up to speed after all that time off?   Having just spent three

Are you born a great public speaker?

This is a fantastic question and it comes up quite often. It gets to the heart of the matter, are people good at something because of natural talent or hard work.   What a debate! Find out my take on it in this video.

How do you prepare a speech when you’re short of time?

You have loads of time on your hands, right? You are just sitting round twiddling your thumbs waiting for stuff to happen?   No? In that case you’ll like this. It is my simple guide to preparing a speech when you haven’t got much time.   P.S. to save you time it put it on

What’s your system for developing speeches?

What is your system for developing speeches? Write it on the way to the event and read it from a crumpled piece of A4?   After six years of speaking professionally I’ve developed a system for preparing my speeches. I’d like to share it with you in this video. I hope it helps.   Here

The Chain

A mayor is a symbol and a public face of what a city bureaucracy provides for its citizens. John Hickenlooper, former Mayor of Denver.   It’s tempting to think that American Mayors are very different from their counterparts across the pond. In some ways they are, they tend to have more political power.   But

The Mayor of Hard Times

It’s tough being Mayor.   You have a lot to do, a lot of conflicting pressures and a lot of big decisions to make, it’s hard. But then you can also suffer from employment problems, health problems or family problems.   It’s not what you need during the busiest year of your life but I’ve

What do you do if you go blank on stage?

  You’re in the middle of your speech and then…   Disaster, you go blank. What do you do? Panic? Run off stage? Spout something you do remember like twinkle, twinkle little star?   Maybe not, find out my strategies by watching this video.