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Speeches from the Women's March
Inspiring Speakers
23rd January 2017

Speeches from the World Wide Women’s March

On January 21st, public speaking came to the limelight in the Women's March. Some speeches were more passionate(?) fiery(?) profound(?) candid(?) than others. Some simply stated why they chose to march, others rocketed the crowd with their straightforwardness. Here are just a few of the speeches that shook up the Women's March and the world. Kerry Washington "We are in this situation because someone thought a character from television could fix our shit. This is not about Olivia Pope. This is not about anybody saving you, people! This is about you and me, standing up for our democracy and saying…
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Five totally terrific TED Talks from 2016
Inspiring Speakers
5th January 2017

5 totally terrific TED Talks from 2016

As we've said goodbye to 2016, let’s take a look back at the wealth of amazingness that was the past years brilliant TED Talks. From sex workers to cultural diversity, 2016 was the year of ‘awareness’.  Here are five TED Talks that rocked it, socked it, and clocked it! Which talks did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.   Reshma Saujani Teach girls bravery, not perfection We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge…
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Ginger Interviews Yang-May Ooi
Inspiring Speakers
17th August 2016

Ginger Asks The Experts: Yang-May Ooi

Yang-May Ooi is an acclaimed storyteller working across cultures and genres. Her books and theatre work explores personal empowerment beyond gender roles and cultural constraints. She is currently working on a new East Asian play in collaboration  with actor Julie Cheung-Inhin. The play, Butterfly in Blue Jeans, is an East Asian feminist take on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – to find out more, go to www.ButterflyInBlueJeans.co.uk As a creative coach/ consultant, she helps talented invidivuals become more inspiring leaders, speakers and experts through applied storytelling and creativity techniques Bound Feet Blues: A Life Told in Shoes Yang-May’s  sell-out solo stage performance of her autobiographical story, Bound Feet Blues,  used…
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Ginger Asks The Experts: Dave Linehan
Inspiring Speakers
13th July 2016

Ginger Asks The Experts: Dave Linehan

Dave Linehan is a communications blogger, public speaker, Toastmaster and electrical engineer. He launched ‘Communicate You’ blog in March 2015 to help others master the art of effective public speaking.  Here at Ginger we're all about cultivating relationships through communication. I'm pleased to say that Dave has been a constant source of information and inspiration. We met in the Twitter-verse and I'm consistently amazed at his passion for public speaking. His blog posts are wonderful and he always shares the very best that the internet has to offer on the topic of public speaking. Dave was gracious enough to ask…
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Susan Bennett - the voice of Apple's Siri
Inspiring Speakers
7th July 2016

Ginger Interviews Susan Bennett: The Voice Of Siri

Susan Bennett is a musician, voice talent, and singer.  You might recognize her best as the original voice of Siri.  Susan Bennett is familiar as the voice of the American female Siri – as well as the the voice of Delta Airlines. The original voice of Apple's Siri not only gives directions; she's the voice for many major world renowned brands. In June 2005, the software company ScanSoft was looking for someone to be their 'voice'.  The company inquired with GM Voices and selected Bennett, who happened to be present when the scheduled voice over artist was absent. She worked in a…
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Claire Lea
Inspiring Speakers
19th February 2016

Claire Lea: The Naughty Pixie

Claire was voted Judges Choice and People’s Choice award winner at our 11th Gala Finale. How did she do it? By ‘bringing out the naughty pixie’. Claire (as you’ll see from her talk) described herself as ‘not perfect enough to be a perfectionist’ and this was certainly true of her public speaking. She, like so many of us who really are perfectionists, do all our homework and tell ourselves it’s rubbish. We get up and impress everyone, but sit down and do nothing but criticise ourselves. We kick the fun out of it all, because we’re just not doing it…
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Why introverts make great public speakers.
Inspiring Speakers
3rd February 2016

Why introverts make great public speakers

Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them. The title extrovert many times is equated with being a rock star public speaker. I've found this isn't necessarily true. Just because someone feels at ease in front of others doesn't automatically mean they'll be a phenomenal orator. In fact, many of the greatest speakers of all time were introverts and managed to find their…
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Blog 10 minute talks funny
Inspiring Speakers
7th December 2015

Funny Inspiring Speakers Talks

We all know public speaking isn't the easiest. But how about if you're speaking and being funny? Here are a selection of some of our Inspiring Speakers Programme graduates best talks, which also have a good whack of humour in them. Enjoy... The Funny talks on this playlist are: "The surprising truth of musical chairs": Helen Thomas Whiteside  A masterful display of what's possible with a simple metaphor, a spot of vulnerability and brilliant eye for the quirk - Helen's talk is one of my favourites. “Why to bite off more than you can chew”: Mike Doidge A turning point in Mike's fear…
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Inspiring Speakers
7th December 2015

Amazing Stories: A selection of inspiring speeches

Stories are the bedrock of great communication and a brilliant tool for inspiring speaking. Our inspiring speakers programme graduates were invited to design their own talk completely from scratch; from finding their topic, to writing their speech to engaging an audience. This selection of speakers, who have never done anything like this before had particularly powerful stories to tell. Have a watch and see how you might use stories in your own speaking:     The Amazing Stories on this playlist are: "6 Kids, 1 Wife, 2 Weddings, a Stag-night and a Funeral": Adrian Cassidy From Olympic rowing hopeful at…
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Blog 10 minute talks nourishing
Inspiring Speakers
7th December 2015

Nourishing Speeches: A selection of Ginger inspiring speeches

There is nothing more touching and powerful than one human being sharing their hopes and fears with another. Yet when we think about doing that on stage, to an audience, our tenderness and humanity can disappear in a flash. Here are a selection of our Inspiring Speakers Programme graduates who dug deep into their hearts to build a speech that touches and inspires. And most amazing of all - they're all beginners. The nourishing speeches on this playlist are: “Dancing to the beat of your heart”: Irina Shigidina Irina shows her poetic gift in this affirming and sensual exploration of…
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