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My stadium gig

I So we’re up and running again. It was great to be at the Boleyn for the pre-season friendly against Deportivo La Coruna for the SBOBet Cup.  Even better to win it on penalties.Avram Grant has won silverware in his first home game. It was a hot day. I could have done without wearing the tie to be honest. Outside the ground beforehand, everyone was smiling. I think there’s a

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Meeting the viewers

I’ve spent the day meeting the public in the centre of Leicester. I pulled on a large red BBC East Midlands Today tee shirt and an even larger smile and joined up with my colleagues to meet real people. That may not sound scary to you, but trust me it is. In general I really enjoy meeting them. Most of them are lovely, but it’s the questions they ask. Because

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Speaking oop north

It’s good to be back in the land of the long vowel sounds. I’ve just spent the week on the road oop north where baths and paths are much shorter than I’m used to. On Tuesday I was in Nottingham reporting on the British Open Wheelchair tennis for BBC TV.It’s just the same as abled bodied tennis, except the ball is allowed to bounce twice, and there’s not as much

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A free chapter from my book

I’ve co-written a book called MediaMasters with my good friend Alan Stevens. The aim of the book is to learn how top sports stars, performers, business people, politicans and others in the public eye, use the media to best effect. Below is a free chapter about one of my footballing heroes, Brian Clough. We didn’t always get on, but he was a brilliant manager. His teams played attractive football and

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Mr Moon has left the Stadium

I’ve started a new blog about my life as the West Ham United announcer. You can find it here All previous writing about football and West Ham has been moved across to the new site, leaving this site for speaking and broadcasting. Jem – London – 5th July 2010

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Putting the ‘U’ in Humour

One of my most popular talks is on how to use humour effectively when you are speaking in public. As a professional speaker I use humour a lot.  It helps keep the audience engaged. If they are being entertained, they are less likely to switch off and stop listening.  It’s so much easier to put your message across if your audience are still listening! I’m rarely the slickest speaker at

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Talking Toolbox training sessions

Talking Toolbox will make you a great speaker. Have a read here if you would like to learn how to make more impact in your business presentations. Or how to use humour in your public speaking to help your message make more impact. Or perhaps you are just looking for tips for a Best Man’s speech?

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Splitting my trousers on stage in Johannesburg

I’m smiling in the picture above, but a few hours earlier I wasn’t feeling as comfortable. I was in Johannesburg at the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa’s international convention. It was held at the very swanky Emperors Palace, so swanky it doesn’t have an apostrophe. I was honoured to be the only European to be asked to speak on the main stage at the three day event, but there

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Press to get on TV and radio

If you want to get your message into the media, you need to approach journalists. If you wait for them to approach you, it will take a lot longer, maybe the rest of your life. My advice is to write a one page press release and send it to your local newspaper.  Local papers are always crying out for good stories, so if you make it human interest, you will

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