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Listen to Robin Kermode, one of Europe’s leading communication coaches, talk about how to become a confident and successful speaker

Leo von Bülow-Quirk, Europe MD for Chartwell, is joined by Robin Kermode, one of Europe’s leading communication coaches, for Chartwell’s latest podcast. Robin is the author of “Speak So Your Audience Will Listen: 7 steps to confident and successful public speaking” (2013); the book includes specific exercises at the end of each section for the reader to practice.

In this podcast, Robin talks about presentation training and what it means today’s modern world. He discusses how he helps people connect with their audience, whether it is a one to one session, a board meeting, or a large conference keynote. Robin believes that, in whatever form the talk takes place, the overall goal is to deliver a key message in a conversational way; authenticity and naturalness are fundamental qualities in achieving this. He also shares a top tip for conquering nervousness during public speaking. Tune in for more!

For more information on how to book Robin Kermode as a keynote speaker for your conference or client event, please get in touch with Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call on +44 (0) 20 7792 8000.

A simple guide on how to give a best man speech by motivational speaker Robin Kermode

Robin Kermode speakerPenning his first article for Huffington Post, communication coach and public speaker Robin Kermode outlines 10 steps to giving a great best man speech.

Robin believes that the most important thing to remember is to “be yourself. You have to feel relaxed and you certainly won’t be relaxed if you’re saying things that feel unnatural or trying to be someone you’re not. Just say it like you mean it and you’ll probably be home and dry.” Here are a few more top tips:

  1. Make it your own – something only you could have said or done.
  2. Start well – write down all the things that you’d like to say, then stand back and decide what your most interesting thought or story is and start your speech with that.
  3. Use a prop – can work well but if your speech relies on a prop then don’t forget to bring it with you!
  4. Humour – don’t borrow jokes from the internet – the audience will spot it a mile off and, if you do tell jokes, make sure they are relevant – everything in your speech must be about the Happy Couple.
  5. Length – I generally advise speaking for no longer than 5 minutes.

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To find out more about Robin Kermode, or to book him as a speaker, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000 or at

Robin Kermode demonstrates the key to effective communication

Robin Kermode spoke brilliantly on the secrets of effective communication today, as part of Chartwell’s ongoing events programme at the RAC on Pall Mall, London.

An actor and writer with extensive experience in theatre, TV and film (he recently appeared opposite Meryl Streep in the Iron Lady as John Major), he demonstrated various techniques to help you speak commandingly and authentically, whether it be giving a speech or presenting at a meeting.

Robin has worked with a host of business leaders and business teams throughout the UK and Europe on improving their presentation skills. See him in action here.

To find out more about Robin Kermode, or to book him as a speaker, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000 or at

Robin Kermode: A Brilliant Communicator

We rate Robin Kermode very highly as a conference speaker on the art of communication, exerting leadership and getting across a message. Robin is an actor by training (he played John Major in Oscar-winning The Iron Lady). He is also a gifted coach, with a thriving board-level practice helping business leaders improve their communication to internal and external stakeholders. Robin helps his clients ‘centre’ their voice, making them sound real and authentic; he believes we can all be more physically dynamic, and at the same time open and relaxed, so that the end result is believable, friendly and charismatic.

We’ve had tremendous feedback from audiences who have seen Robin in action. And everyone who works with him – us included – feel him to be an unusually fun and supportive presence. Highly recommended.


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