This could happen if your faced with interviewing somebody with an unusual or silly name as highlighted on the BBC this week
Although I wasn't on air at the time, I did meet a Doctor Doctor (I kid you not) fairly recently and found it a bit difficult not to laugh. One way of overcoming the giggles is to carefully bite the inside of your lip. I wrote about this in a post over on my other site in 2007. Read the post here.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
A re-post from April last year:
You may have seen the various posts on my other site in relation to the fear of public-speaking.
This morning at a business breakfast, I gave a talk about how to overcome those nerves! Most of you will have an idea on how to achieve that. There's plenty of blogs out there, Eric Feng, the brilliant Lisa Braithwaite and Nick R Thomas to mention just three, who can give you plenty of tips, but you may want to delve deeper. You see, in my view, fear of public speaking doesn't really exist. What does is a fear of being found out, a fear of looking foolish or even a fear of feinting.
Just what is it that makes you nervous in front of others?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
One way is to have the opportunity to listen to and emulate Geoff Burch. Geoff, who presented the BBC2 hit series "All Over The Shop" last year, is probably the funniest business speaker around.
Ed. Geoff was outstanding at Communicate With Clarity last December.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
It wasn't all about Duffy at the Brits last night, here's Kylie making her entrance. The footage was taken by our resident capturista at Leicester Square Television. There's more to see at the LSQ TV site.
Ed. There's a clip of Girls Aloud at The Brits over at my other site here.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Internationally acclaimed business-speaker and guru Geoff Burch can be seen "Up Close And Personal" in Cheltenham, on March 3rd.
Many of you will have seen Geoff last year on BBC2 television. His show, "All Over The Shop" attracted two million viewers for each of the eight programmes shown.
During the early part of 1969, the blockbuster, "The Battle Of Britain" starring Michael Caine, was filmed in part over the Margate/Ramsgate area. Here's the opening credits and an amusing piece a few minutes in:
Ed. It was amazing to see Heinkel's and Dornier's in the skies above East Kent on the Spring of 1969. I was taken to the cinema later that year at Dreamland, Margate (near to R.A.F. Manston) to see the film. Still have the special R.A.F. Manston history booklet as issued that evening.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
For the past couple of years I've posted a number of items concerning public-speaking, or rather "how to be better at giving a speech". Along with Nick R Thomas and Lisa Braithwaite, The Media Coach, Alan Stevens, often gives brilliant advice on how to put your point across in public. His short article posted in his weekly e-zine today is no exception.
HOW TO GIVE A REALLY BAD SPEECH
As Yogi Berra used to say "You can learn a lot from watching". Well I've been watching people make speeches for over thirty years, and many of them were fantastic. Some were just average. A few were - well, utterly dreadful would not be too harsh a description. So I've come up with a checklist of how to give a really bad speech. Here it is.
Not know how to use the microphone or other technology
Have a confusing message (or no message at all)
Patronise the audience
Read from a script
Turn your back on the audience
Try to tell jokes
Use jargon or technical language
Run out of time
No prizes for guessing what you have to do to give a really good speech.
"This information was written by Alan Stevens, and originally appeared in "The MediaCoach", his free weekly ezine, available at www.mediacoach.co.uk."
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
This story reminds me of the time I had to deliver a voicer from a train for Capital Gold some years ago. The reason - signal problems at Swindon.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
BBC TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has made another gaffe. At a press conference in Sydney (where he's filming) he suggested that Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a "one-eyed Scottish idiot". You may feel that's a fairly unpleasant thing to say about the PM and he rightly apologised afterwards.
So another BBC presenter says something he shouldn't have. Why can't people handle themselves with a bit more dignity instead of behaving like unruly schoolchildren? Perhaps the BBC would be better off with a presenter whose up-and-coming.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The Carol Thatcher story appears to be turning into a major fuss and you can read about it here in the Mail on-line.
Iain Dale will be discussing the matter on BBC Radio 4 in a couple of hours time. He's already written this blog post on the subject.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
My co-presenter at LSQ TV, Claire Bueno interviewed the writer/producer Sacha Bennett. His latest film "Tuesday" has a DVD release on February 23rd. Tuesday is all about a heist that goes wrong and stars Philip Glenister and Kevin McNally.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Business Magazine has run an article about Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP. In it Sir Martin outlines the importance of communication on a business and personal level. He says:
To be successful you need to know how to handle the difficult stuff. It’s easy to make money when the tide is rising. In the 1990s you could be a success by simply walking into the office and standing up. It’s not like that now. Some people have the desire to start a business. Others are passionate about growing a business but it’s unusual to be both things. But that’s what I’ve done.
Sir Martin has featured on this site before. Read this.
Ed. My father worked for Sir Martin's father many years ago.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Here's a picture taken just a few minutes ago (23.05) of comedian David Walliams. He was just leaving the Jonathan Ross household, apparently. The BBC presenter is certainly enthusiastic about Twitter.