3MT Ulster University Winner
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Get this one thing right – and your 3MT® talk will be a winner!

Ulster University has had great success in the prestigious 3MT® competition. In 2018, Temilola Olanrewaju secured a top 12 place in the UK-wide competition, followed quickly by Oluwashina Akinsanmi winning the UK People’s Choice Award in…
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Presentations too long? Try pecha-kucha!

When you next present to a group, here’s something for you to try.  Ask someone in your audience a week later what they remember from your presentation.  Try it – you’ll find it’s an interesting lesson in key messages.  Did they…
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How to be a brilliant lightning panellist

Lightning panels are a rapid-fire event format designed to introduce an audience to a topic that they may not know much about. As an expert speaker, you’re invited to sit on a panel to share your knowledge – in a short space of time.  A…
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Business Eye press coverage

We're pleased to feature in the November 2018 issue of Business Eye magazine.  We've worked with over 1,500 people in our three years in business so far - it's nice to see that number in print!  Thank you to all the wonderful clients that…
David Meade TEDx
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Lessons from TEDx - trust me, they're not nerves that you're feeling ....

So the day of TEDx was upon us.  The sense of occasion in the great hall during the speakers breakfast was palpable.  There were twenty or so of us there ready to share our ideas. We were ushered into the senate chamber for a comprehensive…
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Does your audience listen when you speak?

You've been asked to give a presentation at your next staff meeting.  Do you think: a) “I have so much to say, I just don't know how I'm going to fit it into a five minute slot” b) “My topic is really boring…. no-one is ever interested…
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Lessons from TEDx - how can you enjoy your speaking more?

Sometimes after getting invited to do something we get that sudden excitement followed by the realisation - “Oh no I have to actually do this now!”  That was certainly the case after I got invited to speak at TEDxStormont in 2014.  I needed…
FLeD Goals
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One simple tool to help your next presentation or talk

What’s the first thing that you do when you're asked to give a presentation? Do you spend weeks putting it off, and finally sit down the night before to pull it all together? Or maybe you want to whip out a blank piece of paper and start to…
Richard Wasson TEDx
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Lessons from TEDx - it's not all about you

Firstly I’d like to say I have the upmost respect for anyone who stands up to speak in front of a group of people.   If you’re nervous about speaking, I completely understand. The reason I know what you’re going through is because…
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How top speakers manage nerves

Managing nerves when you're asked to speak in public is something that you might struggle with. And you're not alone! One of our favourite discoveries at Bespoke Communications is the Harvard commencement speech from the great American tv host,…
Nerves, Relaxation
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Nerves when presenting - how to cope

What’s holding you back from stepping out and making that speech or presentation? For many people, it’s fear of fear itself! Nerves when presenting are common and - believe it or not - necessary for a good performance! But if your nerves…
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Ethos, pathos and logos in a TED talk

As public speaking partners to TEDxStormont, we’ve been lucky enough to hear talks from a variety of innovative and creative speakers. .  We've heard about everything from innovation (David Meade), women in science (Jocelyn Bell Burnell),…