JEREMY NICHOLAS: WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
theSpace @ Surgeons’ Hall V53
August 2nd to 24th. 20.25
⭐⭐⭐ (3 stars)
This is a man who has won awards for public speaking. Not surprisingly, he brings to the stage a relaxed and nonchalant manner, and very quickly has his audience in the proverbial palm of his hand. He talks to us about a variety of approaches to presenting yourself. We are asked to mouth various sounds and the vowel sounds, and we learn breathing techniques. All very practical, and I am sure I will find these ideas useful when I am next preparing to present my own work to an audience.
Very few of us do not have to present ourselves at some form of public occasion these days, not just at weddings and funerals, but at work, in focus groups, in a myriad of situations – no marks to the politician who took Speaking and Listening out of most young people’s exam requirements. This guy should be going round the country’s schools pepping up these abilities – or maybe the TED talks he mentioned could be shown in all educational institutions.
This is a very relaxed hour at the same time as one that involves some participation – but this is brought in so persuasively and with charm such that it is no bother to any of us. And some audience members are very keen to join in. Questions are welcomed, as are interruptions, and the man says that questions purely at the end is not the most sensible way to proceed.
At one point our hero is shown facing a large crowd in Mansfield – I have worked there, and I am sure they were very glad to have such a notable local heroine, whom Jeremy was introducing – get along to the show and find out or remember who this is!
Jeremy’s show is to be recommended as an enjoyable as well as instructive one, with a good few laughs, and some ideas and techniques that may well prove more useful than you had expected.