Media Mayor: November

It has been another packed month for civic leaders in the press. Here is your indispensable round up.   The Lord Mayor and the looted picture   It’s not often stolen Nazi art makes into media mayor but in one of his last acts as Lord Mayor of The City of London Andrew Parmley returned

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.

Canterbury home of…

You think Canterbury, you think cathedral. Every year huge numbers of people visit Canterbury’s beautiful cathedral. It’s even a UNESCO world heritage site.   But it doesn’t impress me much.   I think Canterbury, I think charity.   That’s because Canterbury City Council has a fantastic approach to their civic charity appeal.   New model

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.

Seven Quotes for Remembrance

One thing that struck me at Remembrance Sunday last year was part of one of the prayers. “All who bear the burden and privilege of leadership” really stayed with me.   For me that sums up what it’s like to be a civic leader. It is an honour and a pleasure, but it is also

Do you have any advice for disabled speakers?

This is the most interesting question I’ve been asked while delivering public speaking training. When I thought about it I realised the answer gets to the heart of what being a great speaker is about.   Find out why by watching this video.

Media Mayor: October 2017

It’s another packed month for civic leaders in the news   I comb the media so you don’t need too. Here are the highlights.   Timely awards   Mayor of Salt Lake City Honours LGBTQ activists   A mayor handing out an award is no big surprise. Maybe the fact that the Mayor of Salt

Don’t be productive

A lot of people will tell you to be productive. They are wrong.   You shouldn’t be productive. In this video I’ll tell you what to do instead.

Have fun with PR

Public relations is laugh a minute stuff.   OK maybe not, but that doesn’t mean you can have fun with it. In fact, you should have fun with it.   Find out why by watching the video.

Go Na No Wri Mo

What are you talking about?   No I haven’t spent so long talking to my daughter that I’ve reverted to baby talk.   Na No Wri Mo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a programme that encourages budding writers to spend time in November writing a novel. Simple really.   And what has