Preparing for a speech – which way works best for you?

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Some people like to do it in the dark and others prefer a mirror. Some like to do it in private while others prefer someone to watch. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the best way to rehearse before giving Continue reading Preparing for a speech – which way works best for you?

What communicators need to know about space

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Space has always been of interest to me. Not in the Star Trek sense, although I admit a certain penchant for Star Wars Episode V. I’m interested in the physical space used by professional speakers. In this definition, I include Continue reading What communicators need to know about space

8 communications tips from HR and behavioural science

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There is much that communications specialists can learn from HR colleagues. That’s why this week I’m taking my communications inspiration from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The CIPD recently held a conference called Science of Human Behaviour at Continue reading 8 communications tips from HR and behavioural science

Need more charisma? Here’s how

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Charisma. Who has it and how do you get it? Harley Street therapist Richard Reid knows the answer. Interviewed in The Times yesterday, he says Boris Johnson and Tony Blair have it, and it’s not a problem if you don’t have Continue reading Need more charisma? Here’s how

Derren Brown offers inspiration for communicators

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If you look carefully (and I mean very carefully) at this photograph taken by Derren Brown, you can spot me in the audience. I’m watching Derren deliver a show as part of his current ‘Miracle’ tour. As usual, it was Continue reading Derren Brown offers inspiration for communicators

Can ‘blue’ really be the world’s favourite colour?

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There is a strong chance that if you are reading this then your favourite colour is blue. You’re probably even wearing blue right now. That’s not surprising as, according to a new YouGov survey, blue is the most popular colour Continue reading Can ‘blue’ really be the world’s favourite colour?

Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is upon us once again and the best communications advice for lovers must be to speak from the heart. When we speak from the heart it’s as if we’re saying what we really mean or feel – a Continue reading Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

Creative communication on the high street

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During the pre-Christmas retail frenzy companies think of new and innovative ways of reaching potential customers. And retailers have a wide range of communication tactics to deploy to convince shoppers that their products are the ones you must buy. While Continue reading Creative communication on the high street

Professor Brian Cox and why good communication requires perspective

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Professor Brian Cox described this week how perceptions of our planet have shifted over time, in his new BBC series Human Universe. The physicist explained that for most of history the Earth was thought to be motionless and positioned at the centre of the Continue reading Professor Brian Cox and why good communication requires perspective