69: How to become a brilliant speaker - BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas

In this episode of 'Grow Your Own Career' podcast,  I interview the BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Nicholas. Jeremy teaches media training techniques to clients that he’s acquired from thirty years on TV and radio, and is also an accomplished host of business events working for clients such as IBM, Carling, Ericsson, Boots and Samsung. I met Jeremy at the Professional Speakers Association (PSA), which I joined last year. Fourteen years ago when I lived in London I joined Toastmaters,...


Money: fixing the biggest obstacle to making a career change

The biggest obstacle to making a career change The other day a piece of research from the Nationwide Building Society floated across my screen. What’s the single biggest barrier to doing the things we want to do? Money. Okay, maybe that’s not a massive revelation. If we all had more money we’d have nicer stuff, go on more exotic holidays, all that kind of thing. But I don’t think it’s strictly true that money itself is the problem. It’s not always money that stops us from pursuing...


A quick boost if you've just been knocked back!

© Marilyn Barbone | Dreamstime Stock Photos Even the most successful people have failed.  I was amazed to read recently that Nobel prize winner Sir John Gurdon who created ‘Dolly the sheep’ was given no encouragement to pursue a career in the sciences, if anything he was actually told that it would not be a good idea. His teacher said, “ I believe he has ideas about becoming a scientist. On his present showing this is quite ridiculous, if he can’t learn simple biological facts...