Five Easy Ways To Combat Pre-Speech Nerves

Toby Brown | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Toby Brown

Facing a sea of eyes is an intimidating feeling, one which harks back to our ancestors - if you're on the Serengeti with lots of eyes staring at you, chances are you're about to be eaten. Years later, your body still produces the same fight-or-flight reflex.

'Even The Cake's In Tiers' - How To Leave Your Wedding Audience Reaching For The Kleenex

Lawrence Bernstein | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Bernstein

So many clients approach us to make their speeches funny, but the key is all about balance. It's an emotional day, and the very best speeches will sprinkle the lighter stuff with some really touching moments.

How To Nail Your Groom Speech

Lawrence Bernstein | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Bernstein

I'm constantly warning clients not to use cut and pasted lines from the internet. However, an early use of "My wife and I....." gets everyone onside and gives a nod to tradition too. This one-liner is part of the wedding tradition fabric. It doesn't matter how many times guests have heard it before, it will always receive a warm cheer and set your nerves at rest.

How To Nail Your Best Man Speech

Lawrence Bernstein | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Bernstein

It's the ultimate challenge. A one-off opportunity to be a stand-up comedian in front of a roomful of happy people. A chance to put your best friendship and all it entails into words. But so many people get it totally and utterly wrong. And it's all so avoidable! Here's how to nail it in nine simple steps!

Queen's Speech 2017: 13 Things Missing From Theresa May's First One

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics

The Conservative manifesto was presented to the country as a strong and stable plan to steer Britain through a period of massive transition. And Ther...

The Eight Worst Mistakes Of Conference Speakers - And How To Avoid Them

Paul Sloane | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Paul Sloane

Have you ever been bored rigid by a conference speaker? How can you avoid that fate if you have to give a talk? Here are the worst sins that speakers commit. Be sure to avoid them.

Political Risk Is Back - Can We Deal With It?

Joe Mitton | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Mitton

A friend of mine has a wonderful job for a political addict - a global bank pays him to write reports analysing politics in countries around the world. If he thinks it's relevant, he can write about it, and since the bank operates everywhere, virtually all markets are relevant. My friend is as knowledgeable discussing Thailand's palace intrigues as he is discussing the nuances of the New Hampshire primaries.

Add Some Sparkle To Your Christmas Reading

Robin Kermode | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robin Kermode

Being asked to read at a Carol Service is a great honour, but for many it can fill us with dread! What tone should you take? How fast should you go? A...

Delays In Children's Centre Consultation Places Early Language At Risk

Bob Reitemeier | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Bob Reitemeier

As Chief Executive of I CAN, the children's communication charity, I am deeply concerned about the rapid rate at which Children's Centres are closing ...

Watch: Theresa May Channels Sam Cooke, And Repeats "A Change Has Got To Come" 8 Times

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Politics

"People voted for change and a change is going to come.... change has got to come" @theresa_may tells #CPC16 https://t.co/oVnlfF2MbD— DailySunday P...

The Alluring Language Of Donald Trump

Thomas Smith | Posted 28.09.2017 | UK Politics
Thomas Smith

Effective rhetoric is instrumental in achieving political success. One need only look back to ancient Greek times, and Plato's historical adage that r...

Early Identification And Intervention

Mary Hartshorne | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mary Hartshorne

Early identification is everyone's responsibility. With the increased requirement for all school staff to identify a child who is struggling and put the support in place it is ever more important that they have the skills and knowledge they need to be able to do so.

Previously Undiscovered Martin Luther King Jr London Speech Found

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

A previously undiscovered Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr recording has been recovered, featuring the activist speaking in London just days before he recei...

Madrasahs Are Simply About Inculcating Spirituality and Recognising the Rights of Fellow Citizens

Ismaeel Nakhuda | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Ismaeel Nakhuda

The Prime Minister's lumping of madrasahs within a three part strategy to tackle extremism at the Tory party conference on Wednesday problematises an ...

All Hail Queen Caitlyn

Talulah-Eve Brown | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Talulah-Eve Brown

Yesterday the world was talking about the momentous moment Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night.

What Is the Attraction of Nigel Farage?

Richard Newman | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Newman

Despite heavy criticism of Ukip and of their leader, Nigel Farage seems to be gaining in both momentum and popularity. So what is it that makes him appealing? To many he may seem repellent in his beliefs and his manner, but others are drawn to him. If you put politics to one side and simply analyse his communication style you can begin to understand why.

Political Speech Delivery - Style Over Substance

Richard Newman | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Newman

Recently I was on BBC Radio, discussing Ed Miliband's speech at the Labour Party Conference. As you may have read, he spoke without notes, without a lectern and sadly, as a result, without mentioning some critical points.

Have Some Manners, Please

Sian Elvin | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Elvin

What kind of world do we live in now that no one bothers to tell another human being to have a nice day? ... Good manners can make someone's day, so let's all just give it a go. I'm sure we'll feel much better about ourselves as a result, and the world will probably be much nicer.

Ten Steps to Giving a Great Best Man Speech

Robin Kermode | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robin Kermode

All Best Man speeches have to be funny. Right? Wrong! By all means go for it and bring the house down - but only if you're naturally funny, nobody wants to end up on YouTube or Facebook in the "Least funny Best Man" category!

Stand Up To Sexism Gala

Tiff Stevenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Tiff Stevenson

Here is a little speech I did at the Everyday Day Sexism Gala about this time last year. I promise there was laughter for 30 mins beforehand. I have ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'I've Changed My Mind'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 7 March 2013... 1) 'I'VE CHANGED MY MIND' Ed Balls has a new and important ally, as the consensus on...

Understanding Language with David Crystal

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

David Crystal has been unprecedented. Arguably the greatest linguistic shepherd, Crystal has a penchant for presenting language issues in a reader and listener friendly manner that will never leave you dry as you close one of his books or walk out of the hall where he has been lecturing.

Stage Fright: Practical Tips for Managing It

Charlotte Tomlinson | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Charlotte Tomlinson

It may sound obvious, but one of the most important aspects of keeping stage fright at bay, is to know what you are performing, and to know it really well. Don't kid yourself that you can wing it. Most of the time, you can't and it is wise to assume you can't.

iPad App Helps Brain Damaged Man Speak For First Time In 20 Years

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Tech

A man who was left paralysed and brain damaged in a brutal attack today said it was "great" to be able to communicate for the first time in 20 years. ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The London Speech

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 23rd January 2013... 1) THE LONDON SPEECH Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's David Cameron's l...