Monthly Archives: September 2009

24th Edition

In this Edition: “Look me in the eye!” Gaze aversion? Ewan Pearson makes sure that you know when it is appropriate to look your fellow human being in the eye. “Imperfect pitch” Exasperated by regularly hearing her train neighbor speak in an unnaturally high voice, Sarah Cottam tackles vocal pitch. “Make me a deal…” Tim […]

23rd Edition

In this Edition: “To obfuscate or elucidate?” Ewan Pearson comments on and resolves spoken clarity issues with ECB’s head honcho, in the first of a series of articles. “Frying the Vocal Cords” Sarah Cottam discusses vocal fry and it’s use in Mongolian Höömij singing. “How motivation can make or break a deal” Tim Farish enables […]

22nd Edition

In this Edition: “Jumping on the bandwagon” Sarah Cottam joins the mob of commentators on the popular subject of David Davis and his presentation, highlighting the lessons that we can learn. “Kippers or Kippered?” Andy Berry offers Sir Rupert some advice in the event of a rudely interrupted breakfast. “Mind your body Language” Alastair Grant […]

21st Edition

In this Edition: “The IPO Market” Ewan Pearson examines communications techniques useful to companies due to float. “The 2 Ers, Presenters and Leaders: Do leaders have to be good Presenters?” Ewan discusses the Contribution of Speaking skills to good leadership. “Exploring in the Commercial Jungle” Alastair Grant shows how to overcome the discomfort of engaging […]

Special Edition 2005

In this Special Edition: London wins bid for Olympics in 2012…” Here’s a Speak-up Special as Ewan, Alastair and Sarah discuss the reasons that the London 2012 team presentations were so successful. GPB Journal Special 2005

20th Edition

In this Edition: “What did the Romans ever do for us” Sarah Cottam completes her series of three articles on oratory with passing references to Cicero and Monty Python. “So your being interviewed” A Freelance TV news reporter with 25 years experience at the BBC and Channel 4 News gives some insights into how to […]

19th Edition

In this Edition: “Abe Lincoln appreciated the power of point” Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg address is discussed by Ewan Pearson, and updated with today’s presentation technology “A rhetorical interlude” As an aside from the series of articles on Oratory, Sarah Cottam sets the Christmas quiz – can you match up the rhetorical trope with the […]

18th Edition

In this Edition: “It’s all Greek to me” The second in a series of three articles on oratory in which Sarah Cottam introduces the principals of rhetoric and Cicero’s art of persuasion – oratory. Sarah also finds that Management Consultants can trace their ancestry back to the Sophists of classical philosophy! “PowerPoint gets a better […]

17th Edition

In this Edition: “Let me entertain you” Sarah Cottam explores the art of entertaining, capturing and communicating with an audience during a presentation, in the first of a series of three articles on oratory. “Networking – a pleasure or a necessary evil?” Alastair Grant gives advice and top tips on how to become a good […]

16th Edition

In this Edition: “Can you spot a fake smile?” Facial expressions are of paramount importance in business today. Beth Saunders explains how to distinguish between fake and genuine smiles. “Can you tilt a playing field?” Ewan Pearson explains the two important concepts of pitching; ‘pre-pitch contact’ and the ‘ladder of contacts’. These are designed to […]