Hugo Summerson is Founder of the British Institute of Voice and Language, and Director of Speaker Skills Training. He is a former Member of Parliament, and Past-President of Grosvenor Square Toastmasters International.

His clients include the BBC, Newlon Housing Association, BT, Stoke-on-Trent Theatres Ltd., and many private clients, including best-selling authors, the Treasurer of the Royal Albert Hall, the leader of the annual Star Trek Convention, and witnesses to Parliamentary Select Committees.

He has appeared on a number of TV and radio programmes, including Newsnight, The World Tonight, and Today.  He has spoken to audiences in Florida, U.S.A., at NATO in Brussels, and at the Kremlin.

Areas of Expertise

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Preparation and delivery of speeches and presentations for all occasions, both formal and informal (including audience assessment; material - syntax, grammar and choice of words; delivery - voice, body language, use of notes or script, eye contact).

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Chairing events

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Conversation skills

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Delivery

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Use of Voice

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Impromptu speaking

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Improvement of English

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Interview techniques

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Coping with nervousness

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Speaking on informal occasions (wedding, parties etc)

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Speech writing

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Media appearances

 

Qualifications

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Member of The Professional Speakers Association

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Fellow of The Industry & Parliament Trust

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Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

 

Current Roles

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Founder of the British Institute of Voice and Language

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Director of Speaker Skills Training

 

Not-for-Profit Work

Voluntary work on behalf of various organisations including:

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The London Junior Chamber  of Commerce

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The Romantic Novelists Association

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Cumbria County Council

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Children with AIDS Charity

 

Other Relevant Experience

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Former Member of Parliament

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Past President of Grosvenor Square Toastmasters International

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Lectured at Hollins College and The American University (London)

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Author of prize-winning essay on The Future of Anglo-Japanese Relations for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

 

 

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