Off to Vancouver; A proud Clydesider; Tom Daley speaks out; Boris Johnson on IQ; To what do you refer?; Come out with your hands up; Is your business really social?; An interview with Adam Shaw; Music from Kate McRae
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Reality shows keep going; Is Wales really sexy?; A Professional passes on; A daft burglar; Play from the baseline; Life’s a pitch; Digging deep in Twitter; An interview with Carl Leighton-Pope; Music from Lisbee Stainton
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
you know who's been in tears about their looks in "I'm a Celebrity.." ?
What did you think of "Day of the Doctor"? What's your view on
Jonathan Trott's return to the UK? Do you agree with Russell Brand's
call for a revolution?
These are the sorts of questions that
your audience members will be discussing. It's popular culture, and my
view is that speakers should know what's going on in these
conversations. I'm often surprised when I hear speakers say on stage "I
don't watch television - it's all rubbish" or "Sport is boring". That
may be your personal view, but it doesn't help to make a connection. I
prefer Borgen to Corrie and I'd rather read The Guardian than The Sun,
but I still know the storylines in the soaps and the headlines on the
I'm not suggesting you should spend hours each day
watching Holly and Phillip or browsing the Mail Online's sidebar of
shame. But you should at least know who or what they are. For me,
connection is about referencing things we have in common, whether we're
on stage, answering questions, or chatting before and after the gig.
We're communicators after all. Shouldn't we be aware of what popular communication is about? What's your take?
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Gettysburg Address; The first ever Klout-a-Thon; Lost in IKEA; A tea party with a lion; The intellectual outlaw; Text yourself on air; Twitter up your event; An interview with Lesley Everett; Music from Lisbee Stainton
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Exceptional Speaker; An online course for brilliant speaking; Harold Percival; A UKIP wreatht; Pendats Unite!; Bait your Hook; Don't throw fuel on the fire; An interview with Sean Weafer; Music from Cory Fox-Fardell
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
1) Be very, very good at what you do. That's a given, but many bookings come on the back of a great delivery. Your speaking is your best marketing.
2) Maintain a constant presence. You need to be front of mind for anyone who might book you or refer you. That means being visible. (If you don't know how to do that, call Dave Avrin)
3) Tell others what you do. Yes, blindingly obvious, but if it's hidden in a cryptic title or vague jargon, no-one will understand it. Clarity please.
4) Ask for more business. Your best chance of a booking is from a client you already work with. They love you already. Just ask them what else you can do to help.
5) Eat well. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner with colleagues and prospects (thanks to Matt Crabtree for this tip). Good food fosters good relationships.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Reality shows hare climaxing; How to deliver a brilliant speech; A champion jockey; The Mayor of Toronto; A speech is a two-way thing; Let’s hold a press conference; Hanging out on Google +; An interview with Jim Lawless; Music from Lisbee Stainton
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Do you copy, emulate or originate? Some would say that it's impossible to be original, since there are no new ideas, and concepts are simply recycled. I'm not so sure, though it's certainly not easy to be original. It's also arguable that no-one else has your unique take on things, so in one sense you really are an originator.
someone else in detail can lead to accusations of plagiarism, which is
unprofessional and the opposite of original thought. Most of us are
emulators, taking elements from the people we meet, the books we read
(to paraphrase Charlie Tremendous Jones) and what we encounter on the
I make no secret of my admiration for two of my heroes in
particular - journalist Alistair Cooke (who presented 'Letter from
America' weekly for 58 years - the longest-running radio show ever) and
photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (whose style was coined "the decisive
moment"). I base my weekly web radio show on the former, and try to
embody the spirit of the latter in my speeches. It's my homage, not an
attempt to copy.
It seems that popular chanteur Gary Barlow
has decided that emulation is a great idea too, and though he's denied
it, he's clearly been listening to Mumford and Sons before releasing his
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The media on trial; How to handle a social media crisis; Farewell Lou Reed; Remember remember Katie Hopkins; Four things exceptional speakers do; Ten people you meet in the media; Is twitter useful for speakers?; An interview with, and music from, Robbie Boyd
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Thumping a self-checkout; Don’t pay for radio; The singing policeman; Boris falls foul of Twitter; My friend Mike; Five more ways to get international publicity; Two-screening it; An interview with Jeremy Jacobs; Music from Robbie Boyd
Friday, October 18, 2013
Reality shows - where next?; Plain English; Churchillian Insults; Laughing at Brucie; Drink in or Take Away; Five ways to get international publicity; The Oxford Circus Syndrome; An interview with Shelle Rose Chavet; Music from Shantalla
Thursday, October 10, 2013
New website; New book; Fun and games at Old Trafford; Carrie in a Cafe; Bridget or Del boy?; Who are those people?; Listen with your body; A casual glance; An interview with Allegra McEvedy; Music from Mick Wilson
Monday, October 07, 2013
There's an avalanche of social media advice dished out every day on the web. Some of it is helpful, some neither here nor there, and some is, in my view, just plain wrong. Yes, I'm aware I'm setting my self up by offering advice here, but I've never been one to duck controversy.
Here are three bits of advice that I think are very questionable.
1) Automate your posts There are all sorts of tools for posting messages when you're offline or doing something else. It can be a good way of reaching people in different time zones. Alas, some people take things too far and automate everything. It soon becomes obvious that someone is sending and not receiving, because they never become part of the conversation. Even if you do automate some of your posts, be prepared to deal with the responses, even if it's a few hours later.
2) The more "likes" the better On the face of it, this seems pretty good advice, since if people are liking your Facebook page, it must be a good thing. That's why companies use competitions where the entry requires you to like their page. The trouble is, people are liking it just to win something, and they couldn't care less about your business. OK, so they have to visit your page, but the real prize for you is to get them engaged and talking about you. That's a much better metric.
3) Delete negative comments Again, this is something that appears to be a good idea. It isn't. Removing criticism is guaranteed to set off a storm of protest. Instead, respond to any criticism so that your point of view is also seen widely. Remain respectful and deal with the issues raised. If you're seen to be handling a problem with care and concern, your reputation will be enhanced.
Friday, October 04, 2013
The conference of the year; Leader’s speeches; Dance your resignation; Paul Dacre; As I really shouldn’t have said; Use your opponent’s strength; Is your post worth reading?; An interview with Tony Hawks; Music from Mick Terry
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