Julie has thirty years’ experience in international communications training, business development and management. A former language school Director of Studies and IELTS examiner and a Toastmaster past President, she has created and managed several successful businesses, including residential language courses for French students and property development, interior design and professional lets.
Julie joined Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! during its pilot scheme in 2006 as a trainer and regional coordinator and subsequently held the role of Programme Director from 2009-2011. She brings with her commitment, focus and passion and the desire to see everyone recognise and realise their full potential.
“The ripple effects – academic and professional, social and emotional – of confident communication are profound and often life changing. It is a privilege through my work with Speakers Trust to be part of such vital personal development on such a wide scale.”
Julie’s Top Tip:
“The power of the pause gives the speaker an air of calm, control and authority, builds anticipation and is the most essential skill in great story telling and humour.”
Frankie Rushton is the Speakers Trust Programme Director. Frankie has extensive experience coordinating and leading programmes across the public, private and charity sector, both internationally and in the UK. Having previously worked for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in South Africa, she delivered high profile events and visits and led on human rights policy.Read more
Frankie is passionate about young people and encouraging opportunities for them to fulfil their potential. She was Programmes Director and Chair for a development NGO that delivered global citizenship training to UK schools between India and the UK. She has also worked as an Account Manager for a design agency and in India delivering a youth entrepreneurship programme in rural Rajasthan.
Frankie’s Top Tip:
“Be yourself and speak from the heart”
Katie is inspired by the power of words to change the world. She has worked extensively in the cultural sector, including as a fundraiser on the capital campaign to relocate the Design Museum and as the manager of Cambridge Literary Festival. Her willingness to get to know people and find out what motivates them runs across all of her work.Read more
Katie is passionate about engaging people through stories and heritage. She looks forward to seeing what skills young people will need to succeed twenty years from now; she doesn’t have a crystal ball, but she is sure that communication will be essential.
Keep it simple. As George Orwell wrote, “If you can cut a word, always cut a word.”
Victoria has a robust background in education, youth work and public speaking – as well as a degree in History from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She loves to meet and work with a variety of people. Victoria strongly believes that everyone should have a voice to speak about whatever it is that is important to them.
“Keep to a strong structure. Not only will it help you remember what you want to say, but it will also help your audience follow, understand and ultimately remember your speech.”
Anna arrived at Speakers Trust with an eagerness to tell our story and promote our work. She believes that being a confident and clear communicator makes life easier, most likely because it is one of the harder things to achieve.Read more
With a background in PR and marketing, Anna is always looking for new ways to express the importance and utility of strong communication through public speaking training.
“The hardest part is willingly putting yourself outside of your comfort zone. Before you psych yourself out, sign up, say yes – make whatever that first move is – and don’t look back. You’re doing this for you, so don’t get in your way.”
After graduating from university, Becky spent nearly ten years at EMI Classics gaining valuable experience in the Business and Artist Contracts department. For the last two and a half years, she has been working in a secondary school supporting children with special needs which, although at times challenging, has been very rewarding.Read more
Becky is pleased to be returning to Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! after spending five years working there between 2008 – 2013.
Eye contact! It’s so important to engage your audience.
After travelling to Australia, Charlotte worked at Lonely Planet’s Head Office in Melbourne for three years. In 1991, she returned to England to set up LP’s UK office – which she ran until June 2002. Since then, Charlotte has worked on several Lonely Planet guides; The Career Break Book, The Gap Year book, The LP Guide to Travel Writing, Australia, Mediterranean Europe, Walking in Britain, England and Britain. Her travel photos also appear in publications all over the world.
Working in this field offered Charlotte the opportunity to speak in public at events, fairs and conferences. To help hone her speaking skills, she found a love for speaking when joining Toastmasters, in turn, leading her to Speakers Trust. In admiration of their work, she became a trainer with them, working on Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! in London.
In 2015, Charlotte re-joined the Speakers Trust team working part-time at HQ. She is absolutely delighted to be back.
Public speaking is like a muscle. The more you use it the better you become so do take every opportunity you can to speak.
Hilary joined Speaker Trust in March 2014. She has worked as a communication skills trainer, mentor and voice coach for over 17 years.
Her background in the Performing Arts, as a professional actress and theatre director, provided the skills and experience to create a series of personal development courses, which she shared with groups around the world.Read more
Hilary enables people to gain confidence in themselves so that they can successfully speak in public. She is a core asset to our programmes for adults and young people including the RSA, VInspired, University of Westminster, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! and National Citizen Service.
Hilary’s Top Tip:
Take your time (speed kills).
If a speaker is well paced, all of the other tips will fall into place as you will have absolute control over the delivery and will be able to think ahead.
Having graduated with a Management degree and having attained CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting, Vedyamala has worked for several years in the private and third sector. She has also been actively involved in charities as a voluntary treasurer for the last eight years.Read more
“Public speaking is not the same as having a regular conversation. Speakers Trust helps young people and adults learn the art of public speaking and become good speakers. It helps people make things happen and it can help you not only change your own life but the lives of others.”
Vedy’s Top Tip:
“Keep it simple” – Tailor your speech to your audience. Communication is about connecting and sharing.
Wasn’t sure what I’d signed up to! But found this really helpful and easily transferable.
4) Keep It Simple
Communication is about connecting and sharing – tailor your speech to your audience so they can relate to what you are saying.
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