Erin Flood

Erin Flood is an Economic and Political Policy Analyst. Erin describes being part of the judging panel to be an honour. What attracted her to be a College of Public Speaking judge is how “Being able to speak well in public can change a career and make working life so much more enjoyable - it can also take enormous courage to take the first step and stand up.”

The biggest lesson she’s learned throughout her career is to “communicate with your boss and peers in the ways that they best listen.”

What Erin loves about public speaking is the audience understanding the points and making informed decisions for themselves.

Erin hopes that contestants will have confidence to tell their story and to take the time to pause and engage with the audience.

Erin’s advice is to “breathe - learn the breathing techniques that can give you some control over the adrenalin and keep the structure simple - make one point at a time and illustrate this with a fact or example.”

1.Please describe your job in detail?

I monitor and analyse economic, market, and political conditions to identify risks and opportunities and develop policy positions to benefit the sector I am working for

2.How would you describe yourself?

Quiet and serious, intuitive

3.What attracted you to being part of the judging panel?

Being able to speak well in public can change a career and make working life so much more enjoyable - it can also take enormous courage to take the first step and stand up - being part of the judging panel would be a honour

4.What advice would you give to beginner public speakers?

Breathe - learn the breathing techniques that can give you some control over the adrenalin

Keep the structure simple - make one point at a time and illustrate this with a fact or example

5.What’s the biggest lesson you have learnt throughout your career?

Communicate with your boss and peers in the ways that they best listen

6.What do you love most about public speaking?

The audience understanding the points and making informed decisions for themselves

7.What are you hoping to see from the contestants?

Confidence to tell their story and to take the time to pause and engage with the audience

8.Have you had the opportunity to contribute to any magazines or national/local press?

No - I write on behalf of others

9.What do you feel is your contribution to the world of public speaking?

To date, very little as I am a novice

10.Are you a member of any specific speaking clubs and/or groups?  

No