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

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

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

Media Mayor

The One Mayor   The high point of the month was seeing the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim on The One Show. Mind you I would rather they weren’t wearing robes but no doubt the producers thought they would look more “mayoral” in their robes.   What I thought was interesting

Takeshi Araki: Mayor of the Month

August is Mayors for Peace month. At the start of the month we marked the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sadly, some politicians failed to notice this as they were too busy posturing about their nuclear prowess.   I can only hope they see some sense and learn some lessons from

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.

Bright Mayor vs Night Mayor

“You’re the Mayor guy, right?”   I hear this every now and again and it makes me smile. It means people have remembered what I do, which is nice. But it also means that I’m about to get a story about a civic leader they’ve met. And they’re not usually complimentary.   Which is a