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Brexit: we need a People’s Vote that genuinely brings People together

I was at the UK Liberal Democrat Conference last weekend. While there, I was invited to speak at a rally to drum up support…

MACRON IS ONE OF A FEW EUROPEAN POLITICIANS WHO CAN DELIVER A POWERFUL METAPHOR

Here’s a fabulous metaphor from French President Emmanuel Macron in which he evokes war, pain, inter-generational suffering and ultimately connection and renewal when arguing…

A quick trick for young women who want to be taken more seriously when speaking in public

We can take it as gospel that everyone wants to come across as authoritative when speaking in public. But a recurring feature of my presentation…

My top 5 books to help communicators think more creatively

People often ask me what books they should read to improve their spoken communication and messaging skills. Below are the ones I find myself…

Facebook should tone down the missionary language if it wants to win back trust

Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg have finally made public statements and done a round of media interviews in which they address (if not exactly…

A New Way To Convince Sceptical Colleagues To Tell Stories

As it’s my birthday here’s a post about parties and storytelling. It’s a familiar scene.  You’re at a party, someone comes over to talk to…

We need to talk about EU jargon (again)

It feels a bit cheap to be complaining about EU policy jargon AGAIN but I do think communications throughout the Brussels bubble would get…

Want your EU policy message to stick in people’s brains? Craft an image

Shortly after the Brexit referendum my mother and I had a conversation about the reasons why people we knew had voted to…

How To Talk Like Emmanuel Macron

There’s a fair bit of Macron mania sweeping the UK at the moment after the French President did an extremely accomplished and engaging interview…