When we experience someone being genuine we believe them. Be that a politician, someone asking for help at work, or the member of staff in a store who genuinely seems interested in helping us. We notice when people are being real, when they forget about trying to impress but come from a genuine desire to connect with us in that moment.
For twenty-five years Andy Nyman has worked in theatre, film and television. As an 11-year-old boy, he sat in a Leicester cinema watching Jaws, "There I was, a stocky little curly haired Jew seeing a stocky little curly haired Jew playing the lead in a film, I released this isn't fantasy. I could actually do that."
In the last three week in my capacity as a public speaking coach, I contacted agents and tweeted BAFTA nominees. This was in a genuine effort to offer my help to them to create something other than the weak and formulaic, predictable speeches I saw some give at the Oliviers this year. Here's where it all went wrong and what we can do about it.
After an unfortunate encounter with a young French boy, I had sworn to myself I would garner some 'me time' and step away from the fray. So I am wondering quite how I seem to have the grand total of four young men, of varying degrees of eligibility, all vying to arrive down my chimney this Christmas.