Monday, June 30, 2008

Mamma Mia World Premiere

London, UK

Tom Hanks, Pierce Brosnan, Meryl Streep and others were in Leicester Square for the World Premiere of Mamma Mia. Check out this from Leicester Square Television:

Jeremy Jacobs was in the Square tonight with the stars including Meryl Streep, Pearce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Tom Hanks, Benny, Bjorn, Anna-Frid, Elaine Paige, and Christrpher Biggins. Plus some words from the fans who'd travelled far and wide to be here.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

How not to exhibit yourself

London, UK

Yesterday I was at well known exhibition centre in West London. Within a few minutes of my arrival, I was in critique mode. Why oh why do people ask closed questions? You know the sort of thing don't you. Here's a list of what was asked of me yesterday:

1. Do you have responsibility for buying at your company?

2. Can you fill out this survey form?

3. Can I "zap" you first? (they then attempt to place an electronic implement upon your bar-coded delegate badge)

4. Would you like to try our sweets? (I was taught never to take sweets from strangers)

5. Would you like a brochure?

Then there's dress mode or rather the lack of it! I highlighted this in a post in April

Sometimes I despair!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Buddy Holly on Leicester Square Television

London, UK

Some more footage here from West End Live. From the show "Buddy" -

See more West End Live clips at LSQ.TV

I'll be presenting a very special show next week for LSQ from the Hippodrome. It's all to do with the "Guru"

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Boris Johnson on LSQ TV

London, UK

So "Bo Jo" has now made it on to Leicester Square Television. Boris and other dignitaries were in Leicester Square for WEST END LIVE
In fact, so important was this gig that the top man himself, none other than Ian Maddison, was the presenter.

He didn't do too badly did he?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Meeting the greats

London, UK

A while ago, I had the pleasure of chatting to Denny Laine, formerly of Wings and the Moody Blues. Here he is fronting the band in 1964 with "Go Now"

But did you know the song was first recorded by US soul singer Bessie Banks. Here's her version:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Presenting Thailand at Trafalgar Square

London, UK

Last Saturday, I was at Trafalgar Square presenting for Leicester Square Television. The event was Thai@Trafalgar Square. Great food, great beer and great people!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Films - Female Agents

London, UK

This thriller isn't being covered by us at Leicester Square Television but it looks a great film. It stars Sophie Marceau.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Look Professional at presenting and public-speaking

London, UK

This piece is taken from the website of Simply Speaking, a consultancy who offer voice and presentation training.

Look Professional: Body Language Speaks

Body language is just as important as words when it comes to getting a message across. But what should you do with your hands when you're talking in public? And how should you move your body?

Do you ever feel physically uncomfortable not knowing quite what to do? Should you gesticulate frequently or keep gestures to a minimum? Should you wander around or stay stock still?

A convincing speaker uses powerful body language, including strong, defined movements and stillness. But unless you are taught to use your personal body language effectively, it can be really hard to know what to do.

For your speech to have impact, your body language must reflect your words, and vice versa. We will teach you to match these comfortably so that your audience can simultaneously see, hear and understand what you mean.

"Won't I feel uncomfortable changing my body language?"

We try to make the process as pain free as possible. We will take you out of your comfort zone a little, but you will be in a safe environment where it doesn't matter if you make a mistake. We are here to support you.

The body speaks very loudly, but many people don't know exactly what their non-verbal communication is saying to their audience. We will give you expert feedback on your body language and gently encourage you to try new techniques.

However, we realise that your body language is part of your personality and as everyone is different, the body language that works for you will be very individual and we won't suggest doing anything uncomfortable or unnatural.

Making eye contact

Another vital part of public speaking is making eye contact with your audience. This draws people in and makes them listen because they feel you are addressing them personally.

But although it sounds simple, lots of people find it difficult to make appropriate eye contact, particularly with a big audience. There are lots of misconceptions about what to do, and we will clear these up for you. We will show you how to make effective eye contact, increasing your authority and audience rapport and establishing a professional presence.

For more details about Simply Speaking call 08456 800 456

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

What to do when things go wrong

London, UK

As a corporate host or presenter, could you get back on track after what happens here to this Swedish tv presenter?

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sports Broadcasting Tips

London, UK

These tips went down well at a tv presenter course I attended last year. Easier said than done on some occasions -

Friday, December 15, 2006

Top Tips for Sports Broadcasting on Radio (3)

As you'll be likely to work for long stretches at a time, ensure that

1. You've had a good night's sleep beforehand, and

2. Eat properly.

Remember, you are a performer. Think and act like such.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Popular TV Presenters

London, UK

French TV news reporter Melissa Theuriau has been an internet phenomenon for some time.
She's had millions of hits on You Tube and elsewhere and is considered by some to be the world's most beautiful woman.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Working an Audience

London, UK

Last year I posted this over at Jeremy The article highlights some of the methods you can use to "work your audience". Quite often when I'm speaking at my Toastmasters Club, I get members of the audience to get involved in one way or another.

Dealing with the Audience

• Here are some rules of thumb:

1. For everything from questions to eliciting comments to getting volunteers for crazy group activities, don’t spend time dragging someone who is clearly more comfortable not being in the limelight.

2. When crafting interactive exercises or activities for a seminar or presentation, consider the audience:

* have they seen this kind of thing before?
* Is it too advanced? Too juvenile? ? Too creative? Not creative enough?
* Too verbal? ? Does it require special skills?
* Will it embarrass people beyond where the audience will be comfortable?

3. Interact with your audience through elicit responses to questions you pose. To get answers, don’t merely say, for example, “Can anybody tell me something about their negative experiences in public speaking?” A more sure way to get responses might be to be more specific: “has anyone here ever had terrible speaking experience when called upon to?” Inevitably someone will nod. Gently ask someone who nods if they will elaborate and the conversation will begin. Others will be glad to give their comments if someone starts the ball rolling.

4. Bring people into your world. Ask them to help you by reading lists, or points you have pre-printed, or ask them to write on a flip chart. Give them prizes.

Keep your eyes peeled for more tips.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Success on Camera

London, UK

This guy is uplifting, inspiring and he's a real success on camera. You really ought to attend one of his seminars.

This is presenting at it's best.