Ian Hawkins

Speaker, author, conference moderator & coach


Speaker Coaching

Whose story now?

If the UK general election was ‘all about Brexit’ what does the current confusion tell us?

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Exam Results: an adult writes

As trembling teenagers the length of this land rip open envelopes with expectant fingers, I think it’s time to play Bad Uncle and reveal a small truth that is often denied to young people. Continue reading “Exam Results: an adult writes”

Practice What You Pecha Kucha: 3 real-world lessons

Theory is all very well gentle reader, but the saying goes that the best theory is no match for observed data. Beware, then, of those in the peanut gallery who tell you what you should be doing onstage without troubling themselves to stand in the spotlight themselves.

Mea culpa: I have just done exactly this. Almost.  Continue reading “Practice What You Pecha Kucha: 3 real-world lessons”

5 things you DO (and DON’T) say to the journalist on your doorstep

So your joke about the black one-legged lesbian did not go down well on the Today programme, and even though you rendered John Humphrys speechless, the media have found their voice and are camped outside your home right now demanding a statement.

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The 7 Stages of TwitterStorms

Today’s headlines are tomorrow’s chip wrappers. Careers have often been defined by the press they generate – from John Profumo to John ’two jags’ Prescott – and in a world of 24/7 social media, bad press is there for the taking. Continue reading “The 7 Stages of TwitterStorms”

#ISOPS out now!

I am delighted to announce a new arrival – Insider Secrets of Public Speaking is now available from Amazon. Continue reading “#ISOPS out now!”

Exactly 500 Words on How to Write

One of my favourite distractions from writing – the kind of distraction I actually embrace with a whole heart – is being invited to speak at schools, universities and colleges on my career as a writer. Continue reading “Exactly 500 Words on How to Write”


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Opening Joke

This morning, I was flattered by an approach from someone I like asking for a little coaching on a speech she was due to make the following day. As we were heading towards the same tube, I took the compliment and asked what the issue was. ‘I’m making a speech on young people and housing credit,’ she said, ‘and I’d like to open with a joke… Do you know any good ones on young people and housing credit?’

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