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Finding Your Inner Voice

I was coaching someone recently who described their first day at school when they were 12 years old. He said, he was a skinny kid with a terrible stammer and the teacher asked his name in front of the class; he couldn’t get it out of his mouth, in terror he ran out of the … Continued

Communication – The Keystone of Business

Communication skills are perhaps the most important assets a leader can possess, not only in business but in any other field too. In 2014 an independent advisory body headed by Professor Sir Roy Anderson concluded that there needed to be more emphasis upon, “team working, emotional maturity, empathy and other interpersonal skills” in secondary education … Continued

Speeches That Shook The World

Anaphora, alliteration, allegory, all these might be found in a great speech, and Speeches That Shook The World is just about that – what makes a good speech? In the BBC piece, Simon Armitage examines some of the most important speeches in 20th and 21st century Britain and looks at the tools the speechwriters and … Continued

The Power Of Emma Watson’s Speech

Much has been said in the past week of Emma Watson’s speech at the UN, concerning gender equality. I thought it might be interesting to post the speech here and say a few things about it from a communication standpoint. Firstly, Watson was obviously nervous, something we all are familiar with when giving presentations; and … Continued

Intercultural Communication – High and Low Context Cultures

Psychologists have long accepted that semantics (the words we choose and the meanings they connote) can have a big effect on the psychological state of both individuals and groups.  Businesses certainly take word-choice seriously, some going so far, it seems, as micromanaging word use within their companies (e.g. discouraging the use of the word “problem” … Continued

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