Bill English my Media Communicator of the Year

Posted December 15, 2017

Bill English’s greatly improved media skills were a major reason why National won far more votes than any other party in September’s Election and why he is my Media Communicator of the Year.

Why was he so much better?

In two words, Body Language. I must admit that I had my doubts when he became leader. I always say that your leader needs to be the person with the best media skills and I didn’t think English was that person. He could be quite dry and not come across as very passionate.

But this all changed as the Election campaign rolled around. His biggest change was that he started to gesture far more with his hands. This made him come across as genuine and passionate about what he was saying. Few people realise that when you don’t gesture with your hands, your voice sounds very monotone. This is what English used to sound like, but it changed dramatically on the campaign as he started to gesture more.

What does this mean for you?

English showed us how dramatically someone can improve their media skills with a few adjustments. He has always been good at focusing on the message he wanted to get across, but sometimes that didn’t register with people because his body language didn’t grab their attention. It does now.

What this highlights is that you can also dramatically improve your media and presentation skills with a bit of work. You never know when you may need them.


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