"Speak Up" Journals

“Speak Up” is GPB’s quarterly Journal of our latest thinking in our specialist areas. It shares some of our experiences in interesting and informative articles. From time-to-time we invite guests and clients to write articles on something topical, to add variety to the mix.


Speak Up: 19th Edition

Speak Up: 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 […]

Speak Up: 18th Edition

Speak Up: 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! […]

Speak Up: 17th Edition

Speak Up: 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 […]

Speak Up: 16th Edition

Speak Up: 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’. […]

Speak Up: 15th Edition

Speak Up: 15th Edition In this Edition: “Ten Years On: Death Or Eternity For The Presentation Coach?” Ten years older and ten years wiser, Alastair Grant and Ewan Pearson look back at the way people present, what has changed and what hasn’t over the last ten years. And what the future holds for GPB and […]

Speak Up: 14th Edition

Speak Up: 14th Edition In this Edition: “The “FBI” Pushes Our Hot And Cold Buttons. So What?” Are your benefits hitting Cold or Hot Buttons? Alastair Grant explains how to use the “So What?” test to work through the FBI (no, not American law enforcement!) miss the Cold and hit those Hot Buttons that win […]

Speak Up: 13th Edition

Speak Up: 13th Edition In this Edition: “Keep an Eye on Pace” Following on from the article in our last edition about getting the emphasis and intonation of your message right, Alastair Grant identifies the two other crucial areas of pace and eye contact and explains why they are so important. “Bullfighter – Free Jargon […]

Speak Up: 12th Edition

Speak Up: 12th Edition In this Edition: “Figures of Speech – The Final Word” All good things must come to an end and the debate on figures of speech was indeed good thing. A big thank you goes to all of you that contributed to this debate, which can be seen in full on our […]

Speak Up: 11th Edition

Speak Up: 11th Edition In this Edition: “A speech, a speech, my kingdom for a speech” Following the article in our last newsletter about preparing for a conference, Alastair Grant looks at the art of speech writing. The key point about speeches is that you are writing for the ear, not the eye. Guiding you […]

Speak Up: 10th Edition

Speak Up: 10th Edition In this Edition: “IPOs: Rarer than hen’s teeth?” We all thought that the IPO market had returned this spring. A wave of companies went public on their intentions, and a disorderly queue formed at the door of the stock exchange. The first in got mauled, and the queue fizzles out – […]

Speak Up: 9th Edition

Speak Up: 9th Edition In this Edition: “PRM & CRM” Most of us are aware of CRM (Client Relationship Management) as it was the business trend of the nineties, coving front pages of the majority of business magazines. However, have you heard of PRM? Ewan Pearson introduces you to Prospect Relationship Management and the link […]

Speak Up: 8th Edition

Speak Up: 8th Edition In this Edition: “Nerves – can you really overcome “The Fear”?” Of all human fears public speaking is the number one. Somewhat surprisingly, in many people’s mind it ranks higher than death! James McBrien gives a few practical tips and hints on what we can do to overcome our nerves and […]