Presentation Delivery

Online Communication

GPB’s Guide to Online Spoken Communication Effective and persuasive spoken communication is a primary requirement in most job roles. Sometimes we also have to deal with the added complications posed by online or telephone contact, especially during the current Coronavirus-driven restrictions. You might need to prepare for an online interview, meeting, presentation, AGM, webinar, or […]

Neologisms (new words), 2014 onwards

GPB has for a long time had a tradition of collecting new words, or neologisms. Whilst we have fun and a bit of a laugh doing so, it was not until the end of 2014 that we decided we should start to collate and publish them. So, with a little fanfare (“tra-la”), here is our latest list, […]

Wedding speeches

Alastair Grant gives some advice on ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’ during a wedding speech. For many years, I have been advising and coaching others in affective business presentations and pitches. I tend to avoid helping those who are making a speech at a wedding. Although, there was one occasion where I […]

Plan and Prepare to Maximise Audience Motivation

Lynda Russell-Whitaker explores how to appeal to different learning styles when presenting Depending on who your audience is (and whether you will know this prior to your presentation) you might want to think about how to be inclusive in the presentation that you’re giving, for a number of reasons, but for the purpose of this […]

Gestures – the good, the bad and the rude by Ewan Pearson

Some gestures offend, others inspire, and there is an enormous range of good to bad, genuine to fake, small to large and different types of them. Where to start… We use a simple categorisation of gestures at GPB, into these 6 types: Iconic – for information Prosodic – for emphasis mainly Deictic – for pointing […]

The mental simulator, by Lynda Russell-Whitaker

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”   Sir Winston Churchill Churchill may have been referring more broadly about ‘attitude’; here I’m going to write about it quite specifically as it relates to spoken communications. I am sure, however, that attitude does make a big difference. The attitude, or in Neuro Linguistic Programming […]

The rise in demand for Public Speaking, by Lynda Russell-Whitaker

The British Events industry was worth £39.1 billion in 2013 and £19.9 billion of that came from conferences and meetings. (Source: Business Visits and Events Partnership.) There has been healthy growth in the conference sector over the past two years and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. As Nigel Cooper, Managing Director at P&MM, […]

Ho ho um ho, by Alastair Grant

Most of us suffer from a few umms and errs as we speak. They are a type of disfluency, and sit alongside other impediments such as words and expressions that add no value, for example ‘you know’, and ‘like’ or simply repeating words or phrases. They are all ‘vocal fillers’. There are many more! How […]

What you see is what you get, by Ewan Pearson

It is said that the eyes are the ‘window to the soul’ and that facial expression is the only universal language spoken by mankind. It is also said that Facial Expression (FE) is one of the major elements of visual communication; it is supposed to display our emotions (or lack of). It is also said that […]

Plain talking, by Patrick Macdonald

How CEOs use ‘Pub English’ rather than “Managerese” to communicate well to key audiences Do you call a spade a “spade”, or do you call it a “manually-powered digging apparatus”? All professions use jargon. Doctors and surgeons sprinkle every conversation with references to obscure ‘conditions’ that the rest of us call illnesses. Lawyers love throwing […]