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Emotion and relationships in TED Talks

Emotion and Relationships Move People.

This is one of my favourite TED style talks. For a few reasons. Firstly, how I first saw it. A guy who had worked on and off for me for a few years sent the clip to me via Facebook with the message “This woman reminds me of you.” I watched it and had to dry my eyes. Who would not want to be compared to this woman?

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TEDMED Speaker Coach

How to talk like TED? Be likeable

What is the most important factor in giving a successful TED style talk?

Many clients increasingly ask me “How do I talk like TED?” or “I want to talk like TED”. That is often why they come to me – they have read books and blogs and watched the videos but now they are looking to do it themselves and they are looking for a real SpeakerCoach who has actually coached people whose talks have appeared on TEDMED and TED.

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Interview coaching works

Interview coaching works. Fact.

Just ten minutes ago I was writing a blogpost on women in leadership positions. Then the phone rang. It was a client I coached last week and over the weekend who had a job interview yesterday with one of the best law firms in the world. I froze. I always do. A call from a client the day after an interview demands one of two things from me. Commiserations or congratulations. They either get the job or they don’t. It’s binary. Nothing vague about it. My only hope was that because it was the day after the interview it was good news.

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Business stories are often about the people that run them

Rudi had the energy and build of a scrum half. He bounced into my office and thrust his hand out to shake mine. He had teeth and over the ear hair that advertisers dream of. But he wasn’t smiling that day. He was a customer and he wasn’t happy. By a strange quirk of fate I had ended up running a group of companies in Germany. One of them made wooden windows and doors. Rudi and his small team of 5 were resellers – they sold windows and doors in a 150 mile radius, bought them from our company and fitted them for a day rate and a small premium. The problem was – the margins were so small that you if you had to go back to fix something you would make a loss. If you had to go back twice it soon became expensive. And he was having massive problems with our products that were costing him money.

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Debate Prep for the Leaders Debate

Leaders Debate

At last the Great Debate or the Great Bore-a-thon is with us. Guy Bentley has a useful rundown in City AM on the format and the logistics for the night, who stands where, who speaks first etc.

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The Guido Fawkes Awards

Guido Fawkes AwardsThe Guido Fawkes Awards night was on Tuesday night and I was delighted to attend. I have lived in countries without a free and fearless press and I firmly believe that every country needs at least one Guido equivalent. Politicians should be scared of transparency. Transparency and accountability are good for democracy.

I have been friends with Paul Staines, aka Guido Fawkes, Harry Cole, WikiGuido and the gang for years and this promised to be a great night – and it did not disappoint. Boris gave a great speech and Michael Gove and David Cameron sent video messages. My old boss Francis Maude won an award for his work against tax-payer funding of Union representatives. I saw lots of old and good friends there including Matthew and Sarah Elliott and Aidan Burley amongst many others. Christian May was a brilliant Master of Ceremonies and Harry and Paul conducted the awards themselves.

Unusually for an awards ceremony – the food was good, the drinks were plentiful, the speeches were fun and brief and there was just the right number of awards. The night rattled along brilliantly (not like some awards ceremonies!) and ended too soon – saved or rather enhanced by two great after-parties!

I have attached the videos from the evening – I hope you enjoy them!!!

Getting selected using storytelling – a 3 minute speech

ID-100113699The 3 Minute Speech

I have been talking to lots of clients recently about 3 minute speeches. Selection speeches for clients wanting to become parliamentary candidates.  The speeches used to be 10 minutes before the 2005 election. Before the 2010 election they were all dropped to 5 minutes. Most associations now ask for 3 minute speeches. Or sneakily they say there will be no speech. Until the hopefuls arrive and the Association Chairman asks them to speak for 3 minutes about why they would be a good candidate. So a 3 minute speech.

Introductions have to be short and grab the audience. Personal stories need to be slimmed down to the essentials. Humour and passion and great delivery are usually mandatory. Beginnings and endings need to be practised. Of course local knowledge needs to be displayed too – without it clunking around as a tick-list.

Crafting a Speech

Churchill famously said something along the lines of being able to give an hour long speech off the cuff, a ten minute speech needing a day’s preparation and a five minute speech needing days of work. If Churchill conceded he needed days for a 5 minute speech – normal people will need more work to craft a winning 3 minute speech.

This 4 minute TED.com speech by Mark Bezos shows you how to pause and enjoy rather than rattle, how to smile and engage, how to be self-deprecatingly funny, how to take your job seriously but not yourself and how to use a personal story to make a powerful point. It is brilliant in every way and deserves the standing ovation and the cheers at the end. It is a lesson in storytelling – politicians and business people should watch and learn.

(Praise should also be given to ted.com for their collaboration with WordPress making embedding a video easy enough for me to do!)


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