College of Public Speaking Blog

It’s just so hard to vary your voice and make it sound interesting.

One of the things that I come across is people’s reluctance (they would say inability) to vary their voice. 

“It seems so unnatural to speak louder than I am doing, or to speak slower for emphasis, or even to pause to allow people to absorb what I’ve just said – so I don’t do it,” say delegates.

I then ask them – have you ever been angry about something? 


Fear vs Anxiety - what's your poison? A gentle distinction

In my classes I discuss the distinction between Fear and Anxiety because it’s a really slippery fish.

Fear is a good thing. It's an evolutionary mechanism designed to save your life and in so doing, help to preserve the species.

Fear is about a very real physical threat on your life and on your body.

It invokes the fight or flight response - the sympathetic nervous…

What are you doing right now?

'May you live in interesting times' says an old Chinese proverb/curse (allegedly).

Well the last ten years has certainly seen some turbulent events.

In the last 12 months we've had a referendum campaign.

It took 9 months to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and now we're having a 'snap' general election as the government 'aims' to strengthen its…

Muscle Memory

My old East German ‘Cello teacher used to say to me that I need to know my pieces so well that he could wake me up at 4 in the morning, stick a ‘cello between my legs and before I am even awake,
I would be able to start playing.
Just to reassure you – he never actually did it.
I think he was just trying to make a point.

A golden rule in speaking and training…