I'm delighted to be a judge at the Speak Out Challenge at the Mermaid Theatre this evening. Eighteen hopeful 14-year-olds from London and Essex will be competing for the top prize of five thousand pounds. It's a real pleasure to be part of it.
Bearing in mind that public speaking is the most widespread fear, and young people are not always confident, a competition like this is very important. Next year it should go nationwide, and I hope that every school gets involved.
If I'd had a competition like this when I was at school, i might have become President of the Professional Speakers Association by now. (you are, you twit - Ed)