Monthly Archives: August 2012


You know these blogs are chiefly about speaking skills – how we look and sound as well as how we can win over others to our point of view? Well this one is different. It’s about decision making, but it’s … Continue reading

Behaving Badly

I was in Marrakesh last Thursday when the terrorist bomb went off on a roof terrace cafe, just like the one I was sitting in, only a few hundred yards away. The blast and noise from the explosion was enormous! … Continue reading


I have a tendency to stare. As a child I was always being told, ‘don’t stare’. I once found myself staring at the Queen. It’s a long story, but she did what everyone knows to do and gave me a … Continue reading

Alarming Alarms

I’m concerned. Actually, if I’m honest I’m more than concerned, I’m worried. A warning light has been lighting up on the dashboard every time I drive my car. It’s been coming on for months now. There it is, shining brightly … Continue reading

What’s in it for me?

Throughout the recent referendum campaign I was listening out for the simple comment from the opposing camps “well he would say that wouldn’t he?” It seemed obvious to me, but not to any of the journalists I heard or read, … Continue reading

Cut Glass Accents

I went to see Cause Celebre the other night at the Old Vic theatre; an excellent revival of a Terrance Rattigan play first produced in the 1970’s shortly before he died. It’s set in Bournemouth in 1938 and of course … Continue reading

Get on with it!

I’ve always told my clients to show plenty of their personality when delivering a presentation or talk. I’ve gone so far as to say their personality is their trump card. Isn’t it the case that the old adage ‘people don’t … Continue reading

Devilish Detail

Working with John Lewis Systems is always an odd delight. My jaw begins to slowly drop as they explain to me with such enthusiasm, their love of the technical. While they reminisce about a computer game they played and fell … Continue reading

Style over substance

The recent production of ‘The Damnation of Faust’ by Berlioz at the London Coliseum opera house is truly amazing – notably because of how it’s been staged by the former Monty Python Terry Gilliham. Gilliham needs no introduction from me … Continue reading

But how do you feel?

Our educational system doesn’t encourage us to reveal our own personal thoughts and opinions. The best you can do is quote what the experts think and perhaps hint at whether you agree with them. This was very much the approach … Continue reading