Communication Skills

How to Speak like William Gladstone

10 July 2023

What could you learn from one of the most influential politicians of history? Despite his less-than-PR-friendly stare, William Ewart Gladstone was elected Prime Minister four times during a political career which stretched across six decades. His legacy is that of a figurehead of eloquence, an unwavering spirit and above all, an influential leader. A staunch…

Navigating Difficult Questions: A Politician’s Playbook for CEOs and Executives

4 June 2023

Although it’s often better to answer difficult questions head on, sometimes you need to stall for time. Politicians are experts at dodging difficult questions and that’s why The Politician’s Playbook, if wielded judiciously and ethically, can be a powerful tool in your arsenal towards avoiding embarrassment before your peers. Sailing Against Stormy Seas Picture yourself…

The Many Myths About Your Voice

30 April 2023

The voice and speech coaching industry, like all others, has its share of myths surrounding the voice and how to improve it. Here are some common misconceptions and the facts behind each myth: Myth: Certain foods, drinks or pastilles can ‘heal’, ‘improve’ or ‘protect’ the vocal cords. Fact: While maintaining good overall health and hydration…

Why you don’t need a radio voice to speak well

16 April 2023

Imagine for a moment you had a grand piano in your living room. Looking upon it you see your smiling face reflected in its deep black lacquer and finest French polish. The keys are porcelain white and its castors are rolled with gold. It sits there as the centrepiece of your room. Approaching it, you…

How to Tell a Story

3 April 2023

Telling a story for business and pleasure is far easier than most people realise. Here are three ways to improve your telling of tall tales for persuasion, entertainment and enterprise.

Twelve ways to identify dangerous political rhetoric

11 March 2023

In the wrong hands, political rhetoric becomes a weapon, a tool of oppression and a divisive wedge wielded with merciless precision. You must always be vigilant to recognise the insidious tactics employed by those who would use our language to deceive and manipulate ourselves and others.