Browsing Archive: April, 2016

Why People Aren't Listening To You When You Present

Posted by Norman Bailey on Tuesday, April 26, 2016,

Every presenter’s nightmare is spending ages crafting what seems like a perfect pitch that doesn't achieve the desired results.  People seem bored, talk amongst themselves, or they don’t buy into what you have to offer.

So what’s going wrong?  Well, if you’ve spent more time working on the words you say rather than the way you deliver them you’ll keep coming up short.  Why?  Mainly because the words you use, in your carefully crafted speech, only accounts for 7-10% of how people ...


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Pitching - How to keep it real

Posted by Norman Bailey on Tuesday, April 26, 2016,

In almost every picture you see of Richard Branson giving a presentation he’s smiling. He seems happy, in control, charismatic and totally convincing. With seeming ease he’s managed to convince people to change the way they travel, bank and listen to music. He even managed to convince the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio to part with millions of dollars to back Virgin Galactic, without them even knowing if it will ever get off the ground.

In the light of all that it’s easy to believe that he...

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Ice Cream Or A Story. Which One Would Children Choose?

Posted by Norman Bailey on Sunday, April 10, 2016,

Being a storyteller I know that children and adults love stories.  But I wasn’t prepared for what I found out today.

I’ve just taken part in the Play Day at Somerford Grove, Tottenham, London, UK.  A great day of fun in the sun.  This was part of my time delivering drama and storytelling workshops with Northumberland Park Primary School on their Summer Transition Programme.  

The best thing about this storytelling day was that I had now acquired a troupe of little helper to help out.  A loy...


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Should you train Your Body And Mind In Equal Measure?

Posted by Norman Bailey on Sunday, April 10, 2016, In : Personal 


I read an interesting article by Sir Ken Robinson, PhD. Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business.

In the TES magazine article, Cha-cha-change the balance in schools, he puts forward the argument that dance classes in schools should be given the same priority as maths and the sciences.

His argument is that It’s just as important for children to learn to use their bodies as it is to use their m...


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Why Your Fitness Routine Should Include Singing

Posted by Norman Bailey on Saturday, April 9, 2016, In : Singing 



How much keep fit gear do you own?  Is the thought of doing exercises or even the idea of actually going to the gym tiring you out?

Then maybe you should consider joining a choir instead.

Experts are lining up to convince you that when it comes to giving you a top-to-toe tune up there’s nothing better than a good sing-a-long. For example, do you know how singing can reduce your stress levels or how good it is for your heart and lungs?   And if being able to tone your upper body and sorting ou...


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Don't Judge a Library By its Cover

Posted by Norman Bailey on Saturday, April 9, 2016,

I’d like to join the friends of Birmingham Central Library in mourning the passing of this highly emotive city landmark.  The building has sat empty since 2013, having been replaced by the Library of Birmingham, which is situated in nearby Centenary Square. Despite all protestations, campaigning and calls for alternative uses for the building the bulldozers have finally come to put the old place out of its misery.

The Birmingham Central Library building has always courted controversy and di...


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Art will feed itself


Life-long creative. I have one goal in life and that is to live from my creative endeavours, That what my motto 'Art will feed itself' means. this.