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05/10/14 Inspiration , My Work #

Don’t fill the bucket …

Based in Rome, Italy I help companies and individuals improve their performance in all areas of business and interpersonal communication.

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19/04/17 Inspiration , My Events # , , ,

The PM’s Tales of the unexpected

So how long did Theresa and her team really plan this little escapade?

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02/04/17 Inspiration , My Events # , ,

Can you turn an expert into a trainer?

A familiar saying, designed, I’m sure, to belittle those in the teaching profession says: “Those that can, do. Those that can’t –  teach!” Ouch – go all the teachers.

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25/03/17 Inspiration # , ,

Is the nose touch a sign of lying?

Why does he touch his nose?

Do sports men and women tell the truth when interviewed on TV?

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14/03/17 My Events # , ,

Do meetings really help to build consensus?

Do meetings really help to build consensus?

Tools and techniques for facilitating participatory events.

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01/11/16 Inspiration # , ,

John Luther would make a great facilitator

John Luther would make a great facilitator

We know that being an effective facilitator is all about being neutral, listening and asking questions. But which questions?

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04/07/16 Inspiration # ,

House of cards speech writing secrets

House of cards speech writing secrets

Lovely piece in the FT on the man behind Frank Underwood. 

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12/05/16 Inspiration

Peter Kosminsky defends the BBC

I am often bored by or cringe at awards acceptance speeches but this measured and quietly passionate piece from Peter Kosminksy at this week’s BAFTAS is well worth watching. Why is it so effective?

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25/04/16 Inspiration # , , ,

Obama gives Dave a hand

Obama

Last week President Obama sent Brexit to the back of the queue. Watch his intervention.

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20/02/16 Inspiration # , , , ,

Cameron no Brexit

Brexit

A very tired David Cameron faced the press last night in Brussels.

Watch this short extract of his press conference and then we’ll see how he performed.

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06/12/15 Inspiration

Hilary Benn speaking on Syria

This is what is possible in a couple of minutes.

Analysis

First things to notice in this conclusion is the use of voice: slower tempo, variations in volume, enunciation (the way words are pronounced and syllables emphasised.
Then the body language: the audience is now his own colleagues. He turns and faces them, the wagging finger at the same time emphasising and admonishing. He looks down to check notes but the messages and head are up for delivery.

He draws on a biblical source (the good samaritan) for his analogy and calls for colleagues to show a sense of (christian?) duty.

Repetition: count the number of uses of the word “contempt”.

Voice – volume: “What we know about fascists is that they need to be defeated” (almost a whisper).

And then the finale building to his statement of support for the motion encouraging his colleagues to do the same.

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