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A speaker’s nightmare!

One of the tips I pass on in my presentation/public speaking training courses is to always remain alert when you’re sharing a platform and to listen to what your fellow speaker is saying.  The consequences of not following this advice can be not only embarrassing but damaging to the speaker’s ‘brand’.  A client of mine learned this the hard way.   He was involved in a one plus two interview session at a major literary festival, promoting his latest book, alongside another speaker who was doing likewise.  Having asked my client a number of questions, the interviewer turned his attention to the other writer.  My client relaxed a…

Ebay – a communications master class

I confess I’ve become an Ebayer! I also confess that it’s rather addictive – there’s clearly something ‘elemental’ about the process of selling. But what interests me mostly about Ebay is the fact that the key to success is effective communication. And that, of course, is at the heart of everything I do for every client. Whether you’re selling ideas, insurance, good news/bad news or a dilapidated sofa, the principles are the same: understand your audience; hone your key messages; use appropriate language; employ strong visuals. It’s the ‘check list’ I use when I’m presenting on behalf of organisations large…

Cameron – classier insults please!

How sad that David Cameron had to resort to such a cheap insult against Ed Balls. A man of his education really should be able to do better. Here are some of my favourite examples of stylish and clever insults: “I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…. if you have one.” – George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second…. if there is one.” – Winston Churchill, in response. “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends..” – Oscar Wilde “He has…

Jayne presents ground-breaking software for University of London

Jayne has been chosen by Queen Mary, University of London to front an online video on new software aimed at combating plagiarism in student essays.  Steve Rowett who ran the project for the University said – “Jayne was a pleasure to work with, professional and courteous, and the end result is a set of videos that exceeded expectations.”

Edinburgh Book Festival Training

Jayne has been helping authors John Gimlette and Richard Moore prepare for their talks at the Edinburgh Book Festival. As always, the focus of the training has been equally on content and delivery. Jayne is confident that both will perform well and that their presentations will be engaging and memorable.

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