Speakers from around the world; Galileo at the West Wing; BBC archives; John Grisham; What doesn’t make an exceptional speech; How re-bookable are you?; Unique content can be priceless; An interview with Tim Campbell; Music from Dawn Langstroth
Friday, October 10, 2014
Professional speakers gather in London; Early BBC; Virtual speaking; Harry Smith; John Lewis boss hates France; Lest we forget; Put yourself on air; How to use Twitter to enhance your event; An interview with Simon Jordan; Music from Ainsley Diaz Stevens
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Party conferences continue; Virtual Speaking; Lynsey de Paul; Sainsburys; it’s not what you have, it’s what they need; You don’t have to be big to be noticed; How to con people with social media; An interview with Patricia Fripp; Music from Ashton Lane
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Rather than find his case studies on the heath, he sought a Normandy veteran, who received a huge standing ovation early in the speech, which set the tone of patriotism that ran throughout. It was clearly a pre-election speech, sounding not unlike a manifesto, with a number of promises, including a large increase in the tax-free allowance, to help that political meme "hard-working people".
Naturally, he had a jibe at the opposition leader for forgetting to mention the deficit with a nice piece of self-mockery about things he'd forgotten himself. As usual with politicians, he doesn't do humour very well.
He has a tendency to drop into a soft monotone just before delivering a strong phrase. I detect some coaching there, and I'm not sure it quite works.
In a remarkable section on education, he accused Labour of "hypocrisy". A bit of pot and kettle there, methinks. He also talked of the Tory party as being a "trade union" for many different groups. That played well in the hall, but the reaction on Twitter was not so warm. He referred to Twitter too, in a quip that fell flat.
As ever, as do all politicians, he employed a number of triple phrases with rising emphasis, or "clap-traps" as speechwriters call them. They worked well, especially since he emphasised them with a double-handed gesture, which produces almost Pavlovian applause. He's not as adept at applause-surfing
He became emotional in a section about the NHS, receiving a standing ovation, more for the way he spoke than what he said. Quite unusual for a political speech.
There was but one reference to UKIP, played out in a gag about "going to bed with Nigel Farage and waking up with Ed Miliband". Best laugh of the whole speech.
He's not one of the great political orators, coming across more like a competent CEO than an inspirational leader. However, maybe that's what people want. He definitely outperformed the Labour leader, and threw down a gauntlet for the election campaign. Time will tell if he judged it correctly.
I'd say it's his best conference speech so far. Eight out of ten.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Scotland - Independent?; Two launch events; Bob Crewe; Gerard Depardieu; Start at the End; It Ain’t over ‘til it’s over; Twitter or down the pub?; An interview with Frank Furness; Music from Ron Hipp and Carol Statella
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Friday, September 05, 2014
Not quite autumn; Warren Evans; Comedy Store Players; Kate Bush; The Russian Space Agency; Four more rhetorical devices; Can you give us a few words?; So what do you like?; An interview with Otmar Kastner; Music from Geoff Gibbons
Friday, August 29, 2014
A tribute to Warren Evans; Storming off a Bake-Off; Killing a dinosaur; Believe it, Say it, Do it; Trouble, Trouble, Trouble; Sticking together on Social Media; An interview with Susan Luke Evans; Music from Lost Hollow
Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Predicting the future; The Lion King flash mob; Something completely different; Dump the sandwich; Monitor your media coverage; Getting the social media X factor; An interview with Hayley Foster; Music from Henrik
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Copy, emulate or originate?; JustPark your Mini; Wikipedia and a monkey; If you must use powerpoint; You should see what our rivals do; Three content curation tools; An interview with Bob Mills; Music from Ainsley Diaz Stevens
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Sunshine on Carnoustie; No more silly stories; A bit of jailhouse rock; Usain Bolt; Three wise speakers; How should I behave on TV?; Don’t worry about the numbers; An interview with Stephen Harvard Davis; Music from Mick Terry