Entries by Luan de Burgh

Working with time and not for it

My question this month is ‘how do you spend your day?’ As the UK enters another stage of loosened lockdown I appreciate that there will be a differentiation between a normal day (pre) and a new normal (the past couple of months), however the question remains pertinent. For all the talk of ‘things being different’ […]

Digital Fatigue Strikes in Lockdown Zoom World

In 1986 something happened to television in the UK. It went from being a regulated daily dose, interspersed with frequent ‘trade test cards’ to being a 24 hour broadcasting affair. Around the same time mothers would frequently rebuke children for soaking up all that extra TV with the beration- come-warning that they would end up […]

Have You Adjusted Your Video Mode?

“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything,” once said American liberalism advocate, John Kenneth Galbraith, and yet the meeting is an ingrained component of modern day business. It is a component that has had a drastic makeover in recent weeks with the number of meetings and conferences now conducted via video soaring. […]

Why Presentation Rehearsal Makes Sense

Think you’re good enough to roll up to the podium, or take the floor in the seminar room and embark on a cold launch of a presentation or speech? Many people think they can do it, but let me assure you there are very few who are actually capable of pulling it off. Sorry to […]

Time to Tear up the Script?

The opposite of spontaneity is rigidity. It’s how most of us live our lives – through a combination of rationality, hard work and a devotion to format. There is nothing wrong with rigidity in terms of getting the job done, but it is hardly a formula to get to get you noticed. If you are […]

Make sure your audience understands you

When did you first hear the word ‘prorogue’? While the occasion may not be up there alongside the likes of other great life events (JFK, Watergate, the Spice Girls splitting), if you are not familiar with the distinctly quirky terminology of the UK Parliament you may well have checked its meaning online only to find […]

Rehearse Now, Present Effectively later

Once asked about how he prepared for a film role, Daniel Day-Lewis replied, “I don’t rehearse at all in film if I can help it. In talking a character through, you define it. And if you define it, you kill it dead.” On the surface this may be interpreted as ‘Oscar winning actor doesn’t rehearse […]

Beware the Pitfalls of Spontaneity

All it takes is a few seconds. One-time Labour leader, Neil Kinnock called it a ‘rush of blood to the head;’ the point when all good sense appears to go out of the window and a well planned speech stumbles down a calamitous path of spontaneity… It is perhaps no coincidence that Boris Johnson’s lead […]

So, Um, Er Stop! Avoiding common presentation pitfalls

“SO! Before I begin, I’d like to start today by saying thanks to everyone for coming. Today I’m going to talk to you about… is this thing on?… Oh yes. Before I begin, can everybody hear me ok?… I’ll take that as a yes. So, let’s crack on as I know some of you are […]