Luan de Burgh

Luan de Burgh is a professional public speaker and presentation coach.

Rhetoric that works: projecting logos

Rhetoric is at the heart of the battle for power in at least 64 countries which go to the polls this year – an extraordinary year in politics. While the Ancient sandals may have been swapped for Oxford brogues, Aristotle’s rhetorical pillars of ethos, pathos and logos have never been more relevant. Just where is […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: Projecting Pathos

What a timely moment to be looking at the role that pathos plays in signifying authority and credibility. If you are in the UK, then this month’s general election campaign provides an excellent opportunity to journey through the anthropological safari park and observe potential leaders up and down the country stake their claim. Meanwhile in […]

Rhetoric that works: Projecting ethos

There’s an expression which seems to be passed down from generation to generation which says that you know you’re getting older when police officers are looking younger.  This reminds us of our own mortality and is no real reflection on the heavily armed twenty something protecting us from known or unknown peril, however, there is […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: Projecting authority

Regardless of your politics, few would be betting against today’s Prime Minister not returning to Downing Street or even Parliament after the next general election. The smart money is on Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, taking the keys to Number 10 sometime this year. So how does it feel to be PM in waiting? It is […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: Look into my eyes… more effectively

So let’s start this article with a teaser! According to ‘the internet’ should you find yourself in a situation when you are facing off with a stalking tiger, an angry lion, a snarling leopard or the news presenter Kay Burley, which should you stare down and which should you look away from? I’ll give you […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: How are your social skills?

The month of January is not a month best known for its social highs certainly in the Northern Hemisphere. After the excess of the festive period it’s back to business, with a focus on health, wealth and escape from midwinter. So you may not feel in the best mood for exercising your social skills. Nevertheless, […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: Are you overthinking your conversations?

What are you thinking about? A recent study estimates that the average human being has over 6,000 thoughts a day, a feat that was achieved by studying ‘thought worms’, or the points where our brains jump from one thought to another. The research inevitably makes the point that those thoughts range from the incredibly profound […]

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Presentation skills for lawyers: Know your pace

The great thing about quotes is that they hang around, just waiting for the right occasion! So I’m going to lift this one which I will use to illustrate the theme of this month’s article. It comes from a certain John Martins Jr; “Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: How quiet people can still be heard

Once upon a time there was a vogue for stoic and silent types, based on characters which sizzled on the screen while rarely saying a word. Typified by Clint Eastwood and Bette Davis, who could hold an audience with a simple change of expression, more recent years the likes of Tom Hardy in Mad Max […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: Recognising the need for speed

A recent research study has suggested that we increasingly have a need for more speed in how we consume content. Does this suggest that there are lessons to be drawn about how we communicate, particularly there is a mix of generations in the workplace? According to a study by YouGov, there is a cultural shift […]