The popularity of the The King’s Speech film seems to have
influenced conference organisers’ votes for the Conference and Hospitality
Show’s ‘People’s Choice’ seminar competition.
It’s not just stammering kings who find public speaking a trial. Over
80 per cent of us hate the sound of our own voice, according to the show’s
organiser Emma Cartmell.
Mine’s A Pint – How to
Get What You Want proved the most popular
seminar slot at this year’s show, which takes place at the Royal Armouries on 17
March. Jane Oakshott MBE, a voice and performance coach based in Leeds, will demonstrate how a good speaking voice and
confident presentation can lead to success in the work place.
Oakshott agrees with Eddie Izzard’s
oft-quoted view that how you sound counts more than what you actually say.
“Imagine a squeaky voiced Obama, or a nervous-sounding Darth Vadar,” she says.
“Whether down the local or pitching to a
multi-national, your voice can be a complete turn-off or your secret weapon to
get the result you want,” she says. “My interactive session offers quick simple
exercises for speaking powerfully to the hearts, minds and pockets of your
listeners. I am thrilled to have been chosen as the People’s Choice this
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