27
Nov
2014

Smells like entrepreneurial spirit

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The inhabitants of PS Programmes Towers have had entrepreneurship and freelancing on their minds of late: Tom has been to the National Freelancers Day event at LSO St Luke’s, and Ian has been talking about the ups, downs and sideways of being a freelance writer to students at SOAS and the Jo Richardson Community School. (more…)

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27
Oct
2014

Out of the shadows: Monica Lewinsky speaks

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Monica Lewinsky’s speech to the Forbes Under 30 Conference this week coincided with a trip by Ian Hawkins, one of the PS Programmes team to New York City. Lewinsky, even today, is something of an enigma. A public figure - who hasn’t spoken in public for over a decade. Although she had a profound (if unwitting) influence on politics, she’s…

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12
Oct
2014

Insider Secrets of Public Speaking Book Launch – Kings Place London October 2014

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This serious-minded and business-oriented blog may be your first port of call for thoughtful discourse on the current trends in communications and public affairs, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to let our hair down, and this week, we had a great reason to do so. 'Insider Secrets of Public Speaking' is officially out - and we had…

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25
Sep
2014

A Roaring Silence

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By a strange coincidence, the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband faced the nightmare that according to our recent survey, most terrifies people: he forgot a key part of his speech. Normally forgetting your words isn't a big deal, we tell clients. Only the speaker knows what's missing - unless of course, you're a party leader making the most…

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15
Aug
2014

Our Survey Says…

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'Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.' Alfred Austin, Poet Laureate. Surveys - be they on issues of vital importance or profound triviality - are a seemingly endless source of intrigue: are you in or out of step with how others feel about the EU, do you hold the majority view on capital…

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31
Jul
2014

About Face

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Politics, the old joke goes, is showbusiness for ugly people. But that joke might be on the way out: if you have a great face for local radio, that might no longer be enough if you aspire to hold public office. (more…)

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20
Jun
2014

Commentators: a commentary

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"That was only a yard away from being an inch-perfect pass." Murdo MacLeod It's the World Cup, and at PS Programmes Towers we are very excited by the drama and spectacle of the Beautiful Game. We don't expect everyone to share our passion, but we had hoped that Phil Neville would be on our side. His 'monotonous' and 'dreary' style…

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04
Jun
2014

Losing the Script to Find the Audience

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Speaking to a group of students, we were asked what qualities were necessary to be a writer. The library in which the event was taking place was intimidating: shelf after shelf of books from anthropology to Zoroastrianism, millions of minds contributing from antiquity to the latest Tweet. What connects them all? 'You won't be a writer,' we agreed, 'until you're…

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26
May
2014

No such thing as bad publicity?

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So what do we in the media make of the significant gains UKIP have made in this week's local and European elections. It's a big achievement for a small party - and even more impressive when you look back through the recent UKIP appearances in the media and notice that they attract bad stories with the gravitational pull of a…

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06
May
2014

Spot the difference

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Whatever you think of Jeremy Clarkson and Russell Brand, a significant minority of young people think either of them would make a better Prime Minister than Nick Clegg, though it's hard to imagine any of them getting the trains to run on time. (more…)

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