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Alan Stevens
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Please keep your language simple. Thank you.
Communicating can be tough sometimes. We know what we mean, and we say what makes sense to us. But sometimes it makes little sense to our audience. I work a lot with speakers and company spokespeople to help them deliver clear, simple messages. I often find that they use buzz phrases that are both cliches and complex ways of saying something straightforward. While it's easy to use over-complicated  language that some audiences don't comprehend, i...
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Event Planners - should you hire a professional speaker?
 Professional speakers? They're expensive, aren't they? Sid from Marketing can probably do a few jokes and keep the crowd happy, can't he? Well maybe. But if you were ill, you'd go to a doctor. If you were really worried, you'd go to a specialist. That big event you're planning could be the most important event of the year. Your reputation (and maybe even your job) hangs on it being a success. The cost of hiring a professional to entertain the au...
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Cameron v Miliband - what did we learn?
To begin with, we learned that a debate is sometimes not a debate. Perhaps political leaders these days have to be isolated from each other in case they catch something. Both faced a grilling from an increasingly world-weary Jeremy Paxman, along with a seri...
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Alan is Past President of the Global Speakers Federation director of MediaCoach. He is also an author and journalist, and has been both a TV presenter and expert interviewee. In the latter capacity, he has been involved in over 2000 radio and TV interviews, so is uniquely placed to give insights ...
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George Galloway in the Lions' Den - did the BBC get it wrong?
George Galloway was a guest on BBC Question Time last night. The programme was recorded in Finchley, North London, former stamping ground of Margaret Thatcher, and is the constituency with the largest Jewish population. Mr Galloway was clearly not destined ...
George Galloway was a guest on BBC Question Time last night. The programme was recorded in Finchley, North London, former stamping ground of Margaret Thatcher, and is the constituency with the largest Jewish population. Mr Ga...
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Does social media help conspiracy theories to flourish?
There have always been conspiracy theories. In living memory, the assassination of President John F Kennedy and the moon landings have filled millions of column inches. In recent years, there seem to be more and more conspiracy theories (and what's worse, m...
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For me, there's one defining characteristic of a great speaker. They provide value to their audience. That's why professional speakers get paid, because the change they cause is more valuable then the fee they earn. Even if a speaker is unpaid, their primary objective should be to provide something of value and benefit.Unfortunately, some speakers approach their time on stage quite differently. They have a story they want to tell, or a message th...
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Did you see the non-debate debate?
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Julie is an inspiration. Please sponsor her for a pound or two.
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Was George Galloway set up for a row on Question Time?
George Galloway was a guest on BBC Question Time last night. The programme was recorded in Finchley, North London, former stamping ground of Margaret Thatcher, and is the constituency with the largest Jewish population. Mr Ga...
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Published this a while ago, but still relevant.
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My selection of MediaMugs and MediaMasters of the year. Do you agree?
In my regular ezine, I highlight superb media performers and absolute dunces for a weekly accolade. Now that 2014 is at a close, I've been reviewing the fifty selections to find the top three star performers and those who sho...
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  • University of East Anglia
    Ecology, 1970 - 1973
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Reputation specialist, speaker, author, media coach, journalist, PR, event host, MC, facilitator
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I'm a speaker, author and media coach working with individuals and organisations to build and protect their reputations.

I offer keynotes, workshops, seminars and after-dinner speeches and act as a facilitator at events round the world.

I'm Past President of the Global Speakers Federation, and work around the world with fellow speakers and companies.

My professional qualifications include - MCIPR (Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations), FPSA (Fellow of the Professional Speakers Association) and PSAE (Professional Speaking Award of Excellence)

For the past 25 years, I have appeared regularly on BBC TV News, Sky News, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live as well as in every ITV region and dozens of local radio stations.

My most recent book, The Exceptional Speaker, co-authored with Paul du Toit, was published in September 2013.
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Past President, Global Speakers Federation, Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, Holder of Professional Speaking Award of Excellence
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Speaker,Author, Media Coach
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  • MediaCoach
    Speaker,Author, Media Coach, present
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