How to keep the audience attention during online presentations.

By Ian Hawkins If you are presenting to an audience on a virtual platform, you need to have a strategy to stop people dropping out. We have all been guilty of not giving a speaker our full attention, even when we are in the same room. This problem is magnified when...

Show Your Working

By Neil Coleman In this post we peek behind the scenes of the speeches over the last few weeks at Early Birds to uncover the creative processes that brought them to life on our stage. “20 Years is Enough” For 20 Years is Enough, Ernesto decided not to use a regular...
Cliche Corner: I’m Looking Forward To Your Next Speech

Cliche Corner: I’m Looking Forward To Your Next Speech

By Niels FootmanThis sentence doesn’t mean what you think it means.On the face of it, that seems an absurd claim. Anyone hearing that line could be in little doubt that its speaker has just heard a speech from someone within the club, has evaluated it, and has...
How To Stop Saying “Er”: Field Research

How To Stop Saying “Er”: Field Research

By Ian HawkinsIf your New Year’s Resolution is to improve your public speaking, you are probably one of the many people who struggles with filler words – the ‘um’s, ‘er’s and ‘you know’s that sap your credibility and confidence. Do you struggle with filler...
The Blessing – And The Curse – Of The One Hit Wonder

The Blessing – And The Curse – Of The One Hit Wonder

By Niels FootmanIn the summer of 1979, Norman Greenbaum walked onstage to a sense of expectation so great, you could almost touch it.Whoops arose from some faces in the crowd. Guitar strings were tuned. A bass drum pounded two or three times in quick succession.And...