Thoughts & Insights

Desert Island Discs at 75 (Tom’s picks)

Desert Island Discs at 75 (Tom’s picks)

We’re huge fans of Desert Island Discs and to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the iconic show in 2017, we are casting away a different member of the PS Programmes team each week to the far-flung shores of the BBC’s mythical desert island, never to be seen again....

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Desert Island Discs at 75: A PS Programmes tribute

Desert Island Discs at 75: A PS Programmes tribute

Eric Coates’ By the Sleepy Lagoon orchestral and the sound of seagulls have, since 1942, been transporting radio listeners to the far-flung sandy shores of a mythical desert island where more than 3,000 guests have been cast away. Seventy-five years since Desert...

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The Power of Charisma (Part 3) – Hints, Tips & Tricks

The Power of Charisma (Part 3) – Hints, Tips & Tricks

In our third and final instalment of our series on charisma, we’re going to give you some tips and tricks on how to inject more charisma into your stage presence and suggest an approach to speaking that may be new to you. The story so far… We’ve explored what makes...

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The Power of Charisma (Part 2) – What is charisma?

The Power of Charisma (Part 2) – What is charisma?

In our previous blog we set a series of questions to find out whether you might need help building your charisma, and if you haven’t read the article, take a look at our 'charisma help' questions. Let’s return to the last question on that list: ‘Are you suspicious of...

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The power of charisma

The power of charisma

We are nearly three weeks into 2017. How many resolutions have you kept? It's easy to make a bold proclamation about doing more exercise, being more careful with money or quitting a bad habit on New Year's Eve (we blame the champagne) but if you don't know how to do...

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Stand up for Women in Comedy

This week, I chaired the Royal Television Society (RTS) ‘Women in Comedy’ event at ITV Studios in London. The panel included Sophie Taitt (Head of Production, Comedy, BBC, about to move to a new role for Netflix in LA); Saskia Schuster (Commissioning Editor, Comedy,...

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Unlucky Number 7 for Samsung

Unlucky Number 7 for Samsung

The writing was on the wall for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and I had an inkling that all might not be well when I returned from the Sibos financial conference in Geneva last week. As the plane prepared for takeoff, the cabin crew advised passengers that ‘all...

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Is the art of political oration a thing of the past?

Is the art of political oration a thing of the past?

After a summer of political upheavals, parliament itself could be about to move. Yes, the dingy, ‘asbestos-riddled’ Palace of Westminster is in need of a refurb and current proposals would see MPs dispatched to Richmond House and Peers moved to the QEII Conference...

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‘Insider Secrets’ on Clinton vs Trump

‘Insider Secrets’ on Clinton vs Trump

It's not in the remit of this blog to take party lines, and so we are approaching the US elections with, if not cool detachment, then certainly warm fascination. Donald faces Hillary in November, and depending on your pollster you can find the election predictions...

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Come fly with me: without disruption or delay!

Come fly with me: without disruption or delay!

The more complex the machine, the more likely it is to go wrong. And with that thought in mind, we’ve been through a forehead-furrowing number of airports in the last few months as conference season really gets underway. As millions of people go through the system,...

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Coming Up Down Under: a new ICC for Sydney

Coming Up Down Under: a new ICC for Sydney

The punishing heat of the long Australian summer has given way to a cooler slant of sunshine, punctuated by downpours in Sydney, NSW, but nothing that could stop the crowds of tourists from hopping between the cafes around Darling Harbour. Darling Harbour, if you...

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Hotpoint: hung out to dry?

Hotpoint: hung out to dry?

As a million advertising and sales gurus will tell you, 'instil fear in the customer and you’ll create demand'. Whether you find being given the hard sell intimidating or an imaginary audition for QVC, this sales technique doesn't float our PS Programmes boat anywhere...

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How to be politically neutral until the EU referendum

How to be politically neutral until the EU referendum

The date for the UK’s historic referendum on continued membership of the European Union has been set, and those of us who are politically neutral by profession are going to have to watch our mouths closer than usual. Neutrality is sometimes an uncomfortable place to...

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Dealing with a crisis – one size doesn’t fit all

Dealing with a crisis – one size doesn’t fit all

Dispatches from the Gorkana & Eventopedia Crisis Media Management Masterclass – February 2016 - Nadine Dereza, Media Director, PS Programmes Nadine and Ian took a PS Programmes team trip to the Langham Hotel in London on Tuesday 9 February to deliver a crisis...

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Bowie remembered

Bowie remembered

David Bowie wore many outfits, but the one that never really fitted was nostalgia. Posted on social media timelines following the news of Bowie's passing were endless YouTube videos from a long career, including a recent performance of Heroes that (leaving aside that...

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3 Golden Principles of Public Speaking: #3 – Authenticity

3 Golden Principles of Public Speaking: #3 – Authenticity

To mark the first anniversary of our book, ‘Insider Secrets of Public Speaking’, we are looking again at the core advice we’ve given. This week: AUTHENTICITY. Authenticity provides the crucial third dimension to any speaker’s toolkit, although ‘being yourself’ isn’t...

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3 Golden Principles of Public Speaking: #2 – Authority

3 Golden Principles of Public Speaking: #2 – Authority

To celebrate the first birthday of our book, Insider Secrets of Public Speaking we are looking again at the core advice we’ve given in the light of our time spent presenting, hosting, speaking, coaching, and sitting in audiences watching other people on stage in the...

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3 Golden Principles of Public Speaking: #1 – The Audience

3 Golden Principles of Public Speaking: #1 – The Audience

It has been over a year since our book, ‘Insider Secrets of Public Speaking’ hit the shelves, and in that time we’ve delivered dozens of workshops, training programmes, speeches and coaching sessions off the back of it. In the run up to Christmas, we thought it would...

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