Entries by Luan de Burgh

Christmas… But which version?

Ah the old Yule Tide! Christmas t’is the time of year when traditions and clichés fall thick and fast – a bit like that snowy Christmas card scene that for most UK dwellers is as alien as getting through the festive period without stacking on a couple of extra pounds. I must say it has […]

Business Dining Etiquette

Business parties, business lunches, business dinners, drinks and nibbles – all staged around a vaguely festive theme – will proliferate this December as diaries are wound down, decisions are delayed and appointments are rearranged for the new year. Dining etiquette for business is a topic well covered for good reason – nothing turns off a […]

Budget Speech Tips (and Tipples)

Spare a thought for ‘Friendless Phil’ this week. It’s that time of year when the Chancellor of the Exchequer reaches into the closet for his super villain costume and leaves Number 11 Downing Street to deliver another Budget. The only certainty of this week’s Budget is that we all have a grumble, of varying degrees, […]

Personality and Persuasion – New Seminar

We have launched a new seminar ‘Personality and Persuasion‘. This seminar examines how psychometrics are useful, why conscious self-awareness is important and how to persuade different personality types. Please contact us on 020 7416 6076 for more information.

The Stuff of Nightmares

Let me cast your mind back to a rather dreary day in June 2016. Then PM, David Cameron, had had quite a night. It began, according to sources, with a confident late night Downing Street dinner and ended with a rather sorry breakfast, after which he tendered his resignation. Sources report that Mr Cameron had […]

One year on – still Trump first

In October of last year, I wrote a blog entitled ‘What can Donald Trump teach us about speechmaking?’ Clearly, very little. At the time, Trump was languishing in the polls and reeling (a bit) from the leak of the tapes we all unfortunately all had to hear and many didn’t expect him to win. It’s […]

How to Talk Yourself Down

President Obama did it quite effectively. President Reagan did it quite effectively. President Bush even did it quite effectively. President Trump doesn’t do it all. To the British it’s almost a national sport although Michael Gove should definitely give it a rest. What am I talking about? Self-deprecation – the act (and sometimes the art) […]

Taking the Anxiety out of Networking

Poor old Theresa May was at it again last week – snapped at the EU summit looking uncomfortable sandwiched between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron covering their mouths to prevent journalists lip reading their conversation. Cue much internet hilarity at Mrs May’s expense. The scene reminded me of many I have seen before, a networking […]

How authentic are you?

“Would you buy a used car off this person?” That used to be a general rule of thumb when it came to the question of authenticity. It seems quite quaint now, a throwback to a more innocent time when greater stock went into reading a person’s face for signs of trustworthiness. Things are so much […]

A lesson in not over promising

Politicians beware. The media is always watching and once they sense a story they will run with it and not stop until we have all become bored. This may seem an obvious statement and yet the Catalan referendum coverage has once again showed us how exposed politicians are in the media glare. This time last […]