Audiences, authenticity and attention to detail

Having run lots of events I know how hard it is to pull a successful ‘do’ together. Booking performers, managing ticket sales, bringing in catering and often sweeping up afterwards. It’s a stressful business. Today, I’m fortunate that all I have to worry about is performing but experience has taught me a successful event doesn’t…

Man Up? Time to talk about Mental Health

“Man up, sit downChin up, pipe downSocks up, don’t cryDrink up, just lieGrow some balls he said,Grow some balls..” Powerful lyrics by IDLES on the topic of toxic masculinity. They make me think about the impact that language like this has and it’s why I’m supporting Emma-Jane Taylor by compering her event on male mental…

Ten Tips for Writing a Speech Without Slides

If you’re writing a speech to be delivered ‘sans slides’ (as I’m currently doing for a client – thanks TED Talks for striking fear into everyone who’s not a professional speaker) I find the following works: 1. Create some stepping stones (it could be a classic ‘start middle, end’ of a story or a five…