Author name: Fiona Brennan-Scott

I founded and ran Blarney Studio successfully from 2000-2003 in South Africa, re-opening as ‘M A D Studio – Making A Difference!’ in England and ran it for 13 years. Alongside working with charities and mainstream education, I continued with voice and speech coaching and founded BESPOKEN in 2017 where I have been training and coaching full-time. Since publishing Breathtaking Communication in 2023, I’ve been invited to speak as an expert in audience engagement skills.

A Space to Think: Is a Thinking Session the Same as Coaching?

In this article, I will firstly explain the ways in which I believe the Thinking Session is a genuine and effective coaching framework. I will then go on to explain what I believe are the features of the Thinking Session that are not usually found in other coaching approaches. Your thoughts are welcome. What do you understand […]

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Belonging

Do you have a high horse? I must confess I do. I should call him Riin, short for righteous indignation! But I’m not sure it’s always righteous if I’m honest. One high horse in a collection of hobby horses is a repulsion of the practice of othering because it makes people feel like they don’t belong. Imagine

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Rudolf Laban

Where Architecture, Dance and Process Engineering meet and kiss Where do you even start when writing about an extraordinary life? Have you ever tried to pick up noodles with a single chopstick? Each strand connects to every other strand and you find yourself faced with an impossible task. That’s where I find myself when I stand on

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Words

On January 1st I started reading a book called ‘Little by Little’. The first entry was about the effect of words. It got me thinking: I remembered back to when I attended a Patsy Rodenberg workshop in which she referred to the power of words. She recalled a relationship and how, one day, she simply said, “I’m

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Bespoken’s listening approach is changing the way people think

How often have you said to yourself that you need to give something more thought? Then parked it never to return, or spent hours going around in circles never reaching a conclusion? BESPOKEN Training Facilitation, Voice & Speech Coaching has launched a new service, Time to Think, which helps people to clarify their thinking, enabling them to

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Pitch Perfect

The Perfect Pitch – maximising your impact on the day! Recently, I was asked to speak as part of a panel of experts on the topic of Pain-free Pitching for an Oxford Independent Consultants event. The ambitious part of the invitation for me was to get a message across in just 5 minutes. What could I communicate

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Speaker’s Club First Certificate of Leadership is awarded – Feb ’15

With the kind help and support of John McGhee of the Swindon Speakers’ Club, Fiona Brennan-Scott has been able to set up a school club where she works in West Berkshire. The Downs School Speaker’s Club is therefore the first of its kind affiliated to the ASC. It has been running since September 2014 and has 12

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