Max Atkinson's Blog

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Blog Tags:speaking, presentation, conversation, communication, media, political speeches, visual aids, body language

Jottings about public speaking, presentation, conversation and anything else that occurs to me about communication.



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One of the greatest achievements of Labour prime minister Harold Wilson was to keep the UK out of getting involved in the Vietnam war.Here he demonstrates how to deal with a heckler when making a speech at a rally during the 1966 general election cam...

During the day, I spent more time than is good for anyone watching proceedings in the House of Commons and took to Twitter a few times to note that her voice was going, going...and at this rate might soon be gone.By the time, hours later (a...

Ski-holidays revisitedIn an earlier post on 19th January), I wrote about the annual Ashdown-Atkinson ski-tours and the large number of LibDem activists - including M.P.s, peers, at least one knight and lots of ordinary members like me.

Paddy AshdownStanley AtkinsonOn 27th February every year, I always think of two special men, my father and Paddy Ashdown who shared the same birthday.Then on 24th June every year, I always think of two special women with the same birthday, my mother...

I used to be a BBC TV Newsnightoholic, but hardly ever watch it these days - except when there's something really interesting happening in the news - like the defection of some rather sensible MPs from the Labour and Conservative parties.One of three...

7 becomes 11 - including 3 ToriesOvernight we heard that another Labour MP, Joan Ryan had had enough of Corbyn's leadership of  her party and his feeble response to anti-Semitism - and that she's has the group of 7 independents who quit the part...

Gang of Four, 1981The original 'gang of four', Jiang Qing, Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Kenyan and Wang Hongwenan were prominent in orchestrating Chairman Mao's cultural revolution, 1966-76. So when four leading figures in the Labour Party set up the SDP in 1...