What’s the point of your speech

I heard a truly awful speech recently   It was from a civic leader who has been around the block but seems not have learnt anything about public speaking.   The person just rambled on and on with no discernible aim on show. At the end the audience gave a limp clap and no one

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

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.

The speaking cake

Is your speech more interesting than the catering?   I was at an event recently and the catering was very distracting. I was trying to concentrate on the civic leader’s speech, but there was cake!   It’s hard trying to pay attention to a very average speaker when there is some very good cake on

Taking the mic

Some people don’t get it   I was MC at an event recently and the time came to introduce the local civic leader. I started to explain to him how the microphone worked. “I won’t be needing that” he boomed.   I patiently explained that it would be better if he used a mic. He

Get to tea on time

Time keeping matters   You don’t stand between the Women’s Institute and their tea. Somethings are sacred.   Imagine my dread when I thought I was going to delay tea at a WI recently.   I was speaking to them about my time in office. They had asked me to speak for an hour. As

Do you stand in front or behind a lectern?

  That is a seriously good question   Sometimes you need to stand behind it.   Sometimes you need to get out and roam around.   Which isn’t an answer. So you’d better watch the video and I’ll explain what to do when.