With Christmas only a week away, we here at TAOC think the Christmas celebrations are a great time to practice public speaking skills with the pressure off.

There are loads of opportunities to subtly practice speaking skills over the holidays; you could read The Night Before Christmas out loud to your kids in your best Ian McKellen voice, sing Good King Wenceslas with gusto (breathing from the diaphragm) and perform the family Christmas lunch speech with plenty of varying pace, pitch and emphasis.

We believe public speaking should be a joy not something to fear so why not take the opportunity to speak aloud when you are around family and friends. Plus a brandy or two always makes everything feels a little easier right?

Happy Christmas from TAOC.