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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...

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...

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...

WORDS FROM THE PREZ: Why We Make Them … And Why We Break Them

WORDS FROM THE PREZ: Why We Make Them … And Why We Break Them

By Niels Footman "The road to hell," Stephen King once said, "is paved with adverbs." If anyone should know what makes up the approach to eternal damnation, the most successful horror writer of all time is probably your guy. But this quote echoes a wider...

Soapbox: You’ve Tried Everything And You’re All Out of Ideas

Soapbox: You’ve Tried Everything And You’re All Out of Ideas

By Luke Pearce I've never considered myself to be much of a creative person. In school, my dreary art teacher wrote off my early drawing attempts as no more than "acceptable"; meanwhile I could never hope to improvise as well as that dope-infused jazz piano kid in my...

Cliche Corner: The Dead End of Journeys

Cliche Corner: The Dead End of Journeys

Earlier this year, on British TV sensation and cultural totem Love Island, Dr Alex reclined on a sunbed next to his on-again, off-again spoon-buddy Alexandra, and burbled: "I definitely have feelings for you but I want us to keep our options open. After all,...

Early Bird Speakers History – Appendices

By Neil ColemanAppendices YEAR 2007-2008Leadership TeamPresident – Hilary BriggsVice President Education – Shaun CurryTreasurer – Mark FritzSergeant at Arms – (Rotating) Charter MembersMark FritzMichael ArnoldLiam WallHilary Briggs   Francesco...

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