Friday, February 27, 2009

How To Overcome The Giggles On Air

London, UK

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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

How To Combat The Fear Of Public Speaking

London, UK

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

How To Be A Top Public Speaker

London, UK

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

Alan Carr At The Brits

London, UK

More from the LSQ TV "fan-cam". Here's comedian Alan Carr arriving:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kylie Minouge At The Brits

London, UK

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

An Evening With Geoff Burch

London, UK

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.

The Battle Of Britain

London, UK

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

Tweet-A-Thon - February 19th

London, UK

Will you be participating in the Tweet-A-Thon next week? Lots of celebrities and presenters taking part but precious few from the UK!

Friday, February 13, 2009

How To Give A Really Bad Speech

London, UK

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.


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.

Start badly
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
End poorly

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"

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jonathan Ross On Leicester Square Television

London, UK

The LSQ "fan-cam" was at the BAFTA'S and caught up with presenter Jonathan Ross and his wife Jane.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Jonathan Ross At The BAFTAS

London, UK

Presenter "Wossy" made his Twitter pledge at the BAFTAS last night. This from PA:

How To Be A Versatile Radio Reporter

London, UK

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

Screen Nation Awards on LSQ TV

London, UK

My two gorgeous co-presenters at Leicester Square Television, Catherine Whale and Claire Bueno were at the Screen Nation Awards last night. Here's the clip

Clarkson - "Brown is an idiot"

London, UK

Clarksongate rumbles on. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson may have apologised about the Prime Minister's loss of sight in one-eye and his ethnicity but not for the "idiot" remark.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

How To Contact A Famous Presenter

London, UK

On Twitter of course. Top presenter Jeremy Clarkson may prove to be more popular than Wossy and Stephen Fry.

David Beckham Will Be Missed In L.A.

London, UK

David Beckham will be missed in L.A. according to Perez Hilton


London, UK

Something to enjoy this weekend:

Friday, February 06, 2009

BBC Presenter In Gaffe

London, UK

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.

Jeremy Clarkson

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

BBC Sack Thatcher

London, UK

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

Sacha Bennett On Leicester Square Television

London, UK

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.

How To Present Technology

London, UK

Hermione Way's Techfluff TV appears to be getting it right. Her daily updates are certainly worth watching.

Monday, February 02, 2009

BBC Presenter on Twitpic

London, UK

Another well known Twitterer(@ruskin147)and BBC presenter, Rory Cellan-Jones just added this photo to Twitpic a few moments ago. As you can see Rory is in the studio.

Communication Is The Key

London, UK

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

The Awesome Power of Twitter

London, UK

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.

Presenter Centre

London, UK

For some time I, along with other presenters, use the Presenter Centre as an effective way of self-marketing.