Poet Simon Armitage stresses the importance of effective delivery quoting the great orator and scholar Demosthenes. On the stage of a West End theatre, Simon is given expert advice on presentation skills and practical tips on how to deliver a speech by Shakespearean actor Charles Dance. Energy is a crucial ingredient, to be carefully controlled and released, as if using a pressure cooker. Pauses and silences are useful in allowing audiences time to digest and prepare for the next idea. Pace should be varied for impact. Clarity of diction is key to effective communication as are volume and pitch. A confident physical stance is also a vital component when making audiences listen.

First broadcast:
6 November 2013

This be used as preparation for delivering individual presentations or talks. The class could list key presentation skills mentioned in the clip and identify them in any striking example of oratory.