I was recently invited to join the Fellowship of the Royal Society for Arts (RSA). The grounds mentioned were a) my employment as a Research Fellow at Cranfield University in Operational Research and Natural Resources, and b) my potential to contribute to the field of agriculture and environmental sustainability. For more on the Fellowship see … Continue Reading ››
As we approach the end of 2017 the combined age of the household has passed 133 years old. The children surge through their pre-teen years whilst the parents settle down to being fifty somethings. We started the year with children at three schools but they are now at two with Cornelius leaving Tickford Park to … Continue Reading ››
I joined Cranfield Speakers in September 2011 to get regular practice at presentations and to improve. I kept renewing because I also valued the non-singles scene social connection it provides as well as the regular pleasure of achieving recognized bite-sized speaking and leadership challenges. I am also a charter member … Continue Reading ››
We continue to settle into 2 Blythe Close where we enjoy the extra space and proximity to schools. More so since Aunty Antonia visited and reorganised half of the kitchen into the nearest dump or charity shop!
At the UniversityDaniel has continued to work on developing methods and researching the environmental benefits and burdens of … Continue Reading ››
Closing your presentation with a humourous story ensures the audience remembers you, lets you reaffirm your message, signals the audience that your speech is over, and lets you exit with flair. The story must reemphasize the main point of your speech. Remember, humour must be unexpected. A successful humorous story leads your audience … Continue Reading ››
Fact finding reports are used to present information your audience need to make a good decisions. Keep the report focussed, explain the sources of your information, present the facts clearly and quickly. Close with recommendations for action. Often these reports will be followed by a question-and-answer session, so anticipate possible questions and … Continue Reading ››
Toastmasters Advanced Manual: Speaking to Inform (2006) 2 - Resources for Informing (5:00-7:00 min)
Presentation at audience's level of knowledge; Major points supported by explanation, examples and information gathered in research; At least one visual aid effectively used to enhance the audience's understanding.
Good fun last night and sit back and just listen to a meeting rather than help deliver it.
I was grunt counter and found the ah counter form very useful to structure my listening. I did notice the usual ah..umm..err, but also dragged word like "soooooooooooooo we all need to stop over thinking", which under pressure … Continue Reading ››