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Review: Blackhat (2015)

The question is, can master of style over substance Michael Mann (Heat, Miami Vice) overcome the worst movie title this decade as well as make computer hacking gripping and exciting? The answer is – no. So instead he churns out a third-rate Bond movie in his his favourite cop-show format. Redoubtable Chris Hemsworth (Rush, Thor) … Continue reading

How-to: The Elevator Pitch – ten top tips

Article originally appeared as The elevator pitch – ten top tips  at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public The elevator pitch: Your fascinating, graceful and – above all – short answer to ‘and what do you do?’ My top ten tips for creating and using an effective elevator pitch for business and social introductions:

How-to: Survive a fashion show

Article originally appeared as How-to: Survive a fashion show at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public Appearing in a fashion show may not involve speaking – but it’s still a performance for an audience who want to be intrigued. Here’s how to make the most of a great opportunity to shine, often in a good … Continue reading

Review: Lucy (2014)

Favourite bonkers French bloke Luc Besson (Fifth Element, Lockout) steps straight from Nikita into Transcendence via 2001: A Space Odessey and with his latest sci-fi thriller of big guns, big brains and big ideas. The science may be specious, but the action is frenetic and stylised. In typical Besson style of throwing everything at the … Continue reading

Review: Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Ascending is the latest extravaganza from the Wachowskis – spoiler alert! Mila Kunis’ (Ted) Jupiter Jones leads a hated poverty-trap life cleaning other people’s loos with her Russian immigrant family in Chicago. A chance decision to sell her own eggs to an alien-infested fertility clinic lands her into the chaotic realisation that she has … Continue reading

How-to: Post-It Notes

Article originally appeared as Post-IT Notes at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public Training, facilitation, meetings, planning, designing, writing, games, memos, messages, even paper sculpture … from postage stamp to flip chart size, like so many of the best ideas, the Post-It note is staggeringly simple – and yet its uses seem to be limitless. … Continue reading

How-to: Rehearse the Team Pitch

Article originally appeared as How to rehearse the team pitch at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public You’ve attended the meetings, created the PowerPoint, written your part and said it to yourself in the shower… but sooner or later you’re going to have to get up and rehearse it with the team. And standing up … Continue reading

How-to: Three tips for the best man’s speech

Article originally appeared as Three tips for the best man’s speech at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public If you’ve been faced with making the best man’s speech at your best mate’s wedding – you may be feeling a bit nervous. It’s natural; there’s a lot of expectation with the job, and you want to … Continue reading

How-to: facilitate a public meeting

Article originally appeared as How to facilitate a public meeting at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public Public meetings tend to happen because something’s gone wrong. They can be volatile and difficult to get right, as people want to know what’s happening and emotions can run high. As the facilitator, your role is to stay … Continue reading

Movie Catch-up: Silver Linings Playbook (2013)

Before American Hustle was David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, a rom-com-drama about life, love, loss and mental illness. Russell’s messy, semi-improv style, coarse script and star casting hides an immortal 1940’s plot-line, a will-they, won’t-they romance with added dance competition and anti-depressants. With it’s feel-good title, oddball hero, kookie leading lady, a football game, … Continue reading

How-to: Beat The Fear And Speak

Article originally appeared as Beat the Fear and Speak at Philippa’s site Speaking well in Public Public speaking, interviews, acting, difficult conversations … they all have one thing in common: nerves. And for so many, the physical and emotional effects of anxiety can be overwhelming. Here’s a simple three step plan for dealing with those … Continue reading

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