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Top Tips for preparing and delivering a Manuscript Speech

Giving a manuscript speech – those commonly known ‘Check against delivery’ - can be a huge challenge, even for the most experienced presenters. The key to such a speech is that every word must be read. Many, if not most public speakers with a manuscript to read, can be described as bobbing heads, desperate to get to the end of their speech. Quite often, they will even pick up pace half way through as they race for the finish.

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George Ellis

Europe by Satellite - Insightful or just painful?

I’ve been rediscovering the ‘EBS’ – Europe by Satellite online, which “consists of a mix of live events, news items, stockshots on EU policies and issues.” It really is both awful and wonderful. I’ve always sort of wondered about the small talk made by politicians when they greet each other before they get out their public speaking voice and carefully crafted scripts.

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Sophie W.

The Nazi word

Within the last week political big wigs have twice invoked the monster of all put-downs – the (unspoken) Nazi word. First of all Viviane Reding compares the French decampment of Roma’s to the ‘situation’ of the second world war, and now the Pope gives Britain a stern warning on its secular tendencies, reminding the godless that Hitler too was an atheist and look where it took him.

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Sophie W.

Ode to the Octopus

And so it ends…. In a slightly fudgey final that was both frustratingly sterile and viciously chaotic, but that eventually ended with the right victor before penalties (phew!), thanks to Inesta’s awesome strike in the 106th minute.

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Sophie W.

How to blow your own trumpet

Well we might as well start with the punchline: Gellis has just won an IABC Gold Quill award. Naturally we want to tell everyone – it’s a great opportunity to talk about what we’ve been doing and raise our profile in general. But how does one select the right channels for such obvious self promotion and how can we talk about it in a way that makes people actually want to read it?

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Sophie W.
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