Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy Christmas!

Are you looking forward to a happy Christmas?  If you are, that’s wonderful and I wish you joy. If you’re facing a difficult festive season, remember that so much of life (including public speaking and challenging Christmases) is influenced by your attitude to … Continue reading

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When it’s a gorilla!

If you’re reading this before you’ve looked at my previous post, When is an elephant not an elephant?, I suggest you take a couple of minutes to read/watch that one first – and perhaps the one before it as well. … Continue reading

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When is an elephant not an elephant?

Before I tell you when I think an elephant is not an elephant, I’d like to do a little experiment.  It doesn’t take long, it’s perfectly safe, it’s quite fun and it’s interesting, so please feel free to take part. … Continue reading

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The elephant in the room

Don’t ignore the elephant in the room.  This is good advice in public speaking: if something is calling the audience’s attention and distracting them from what you’re saying, it’s much better to acknowledge it than to pretend it’s not there. My … Continue reading

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What we can learn from Robert Peston

A client was talking to me the other day about the BBC journalist Robert Peston, who turns out to be a surprisingly controversial character.  A quick trawl of the internet reveals an astonishing (to me) amount of vitriol for the … Continue reading

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