David Atwell: Mayor of the Month

One of the joys of my job is that I meet a lot of interesting people with interesting stories.   I think David tops them all.   David had a brain tumour while he was Mayor of Newport. Most people would wave a little white flag and hand back the chain. Not David.   Six

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

Michelin Star Mayor

I’m dedicated to this blog.   I go out of my way to bring you interesting things. Recently, I went on a serious research trip to gather important information just for you.   I went to The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.   I can tell you’re impressed. You’re the discerning type, you know that

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

Are you cheating?

  Life’s not fair. Other mayors have more skills that you. Other council chairs have more contacts than you. Other civic leaders receive more support than you.   They’re using their unfair advantage. They’re cheating. Why aren’t you?

Sebastian Field: Mayor of the Month

The Singing Mayor.   Some called him The Singing Mayor because he’s a professional singer. Some called him that because he sang at many of his charity events.   Not me. I call him The Singing Mayor because he spent the year singing Gloucester’s praises.   With his wife Vicki, also a professional singer, as

1st citizen 1st impression

When you’re mayor or council chair you often only have one year to achieve your aims.   You don’t have a second chance at being a first citizen. So you need to make it count. Just like first impressions. You only have one shot at it.   And if you want to be a good