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

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

The art of rhetoric and ordering coffee

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I was in a café in a garden centre in Sussex recently when I ordered a coffee which was advertised as ‘medium’. This suited me as ‘medium’ was the middle of three options and the name suggested it was neither Continue reading The art of rhetoric and ordering coffee

How to properly ‘raise a toast’ this Christmas

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Picture this: you’re sat with work colleagues enjoying your Christmas dinner when your wine-induced exuberance gets the better of you. You push your chair aside and raise your glass in the air to propose a toast. It seemed like such Continue reading How to properly ‘raise a toast’ this Christmas

What did President Abraham Lincoln ever do for communications?

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What did President Abraham Lincoln ever do for communications? Well, quite a lot actually… He was in the news again yesterday as Americans celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Gettysberg Address – one of the most famous speeches of all Continue reading What did President Abraham Lincoln ever do for communications?

TV explores speech-making: the ‘art of persuasion’

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Speech-making is the art of persuasion, says poet Simon Armitage in his one off-documentary on Speeches that Shook the World. For internal communications professionals and public relations practitioners alike the rhetorical principles used to persuade are as relevant today as Continue reading TV explores speech-making: the ‘art of persuasion’