The Art of Public Speaking

A well written speech is essential, known well enough by the speaker to let the words spring into the mind as if freshly thought – using written notes or autocues only as structural/time support.
Humour – nothing smooths anxiety away and opens ears like a good joke, especially when the joke is on the speaker (in the UK – this isn’t true of all cultures).
The confidence of conviction. Believe in what you’re saying and trust that it can be heard easily and timed correctly to be well absorbed by your audience.
Sharing inspiration. Take your audience into the journey that has brought you to this moment. It could be anecdotes, it could be quotes from leaders who’ve inspired you.
Was Jeremy Corbyn’s speech successful at the Labour Party Conference? Yes. His speech had all of the above and he delivered it in a compassionate manner (voice). Those who know him well say he’s the genuine article – certainly there was no trace of the self satisfaction of someone who does good to satisfy their ego. 62,000 have joined the labour party since Jeremy Corbyn was elected – many of them have just reached voting age. Fierce arguments may lie ahead within the Labour party. However Jeremy Corbyn appears to know how to turn the academic into action. Most of all he says he will not be rude and seeks to bring human values into parliament. His voice stood up well for the most part, very occasionally he was caught between breath and voice (Diane Abbott’s habitual fish out of water way of speaking). He gave the impression of being a Headmaster – a headmaster who would listen to everyone who had a valid point but ultimately would make his own decisions.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party

Does Charisma Show in the Voice?

Does charisma show in the voice? Definitely. Your voice expresses the whole of your personality and if it isn’t fully present then people’s perceptions of you are diminished. Charisma is the confidence of wanting to be where you are absolutely in that moment. Charisma doesn’t have to be loud or showy, but it does not shy away from the appraisal of others.
The 2 great actresses of the 19th century Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse were both charismatic but completely different vocally. Sarah Bernhardt was of the larger more declamatory style of the theatre of the mid 19th century whereas Eleonora Duse while being very present, was more natural in her use of voice.
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Michelle Mone OBE
Michelle Mone OBE

When to Use ‘ON’ and When to use ‘IN’

Frivolity is for the summer and before the winter of our discontent it’s time to sort out the ins from the ons….
Taken from Rose Wild Feedback @TIMESFEEDBACK
“Have you noticed the increasing prevalence of the preposition ‘on’?” asks Cyril Pavey from Camberley, Surrey.  I’m not sure I had, to be honest, but Mr Pavey has been collecting preposition offences.
“A leading article has redevelopment ‘on’ the Strand” instead of ‘in’.  ‘In the weekend’ is ousting ‘at’.  We no longer play in the front row, or sit in the third row of the stalls: it’s ‘on’.  Will you not export this unwelcome innovation back across the Atlantic whence presumably, it came?”  I’m always doubtful of the practicality of returning Americanisms to their source, but I wouldn’t mind repatriating “on the week” for a start.
Rose Wild