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16 April 10 10:40 GMT

The Magazine's experts who are picking and chewing over the prime ministerial debates.

THE PUBLIC SPEAKING COACH - DR MAX ATKINSON

Dr Max Atkinson is a former fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and visiting professor at the Henley Management College.

Since then, he has been writing and running courses on public-speaking and presentation skills for organisations in the public and private sectors.

He has run workshops for presidential speech-writers in the White House. His latest book, Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy, was published in 2008.


THE TV WRITER AND CRITIC - ANILA BAIG

Anila Baig had her first column published in the local newspaper at the age of 16. She studied English at university, trained as a teacher and then joined a newspaper training scheme at the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.

After four years she moved to the Yorkshire Post where she worked as a district reporter, feature writer and columnist. She was awarded the Regional Press Gazette Columnist of the Year and Yorkshire Columnist of the Year in 2004.

She joined the Sun soon after, as a feature writer, and also presented a documentary about Islam in Britain. She has written columns, general features and was also a TV previewer for the paper.

THE STYLE EXPERT - CERIL CAMPBELL

Ceril has a degree in Fashion, Merchandising and Design and started out her career as a buying consultant for store chains in the USA. She then established a career in styling.

She has worked with celebrities including Jane Seymour, Ringo Starr, Richard Branson, Darcey Bussell, Serena Williams, Shakira Caine, Anna Kournikova, Danii Minogue, Cat Deeley and Zara Phillips.

Ceril now runs "Discover the New You" masterclasses where she helps to make women and men to look and feel their best through personal coaching.

THE DEBATE COACH - JASON VIT

Jason has been taking part in speech and debate competitions for over ten years, starting aged 16.

For the last two years Jason has worked for the English Speaking Union (an educational charity) first as the competitions officer and currently as head of speech and debate.

Jason and his team organise a range of national speech and debate competitions for school and university students.

THE BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT - DR HARRY WITCHEL

Dr. Harry Witchel is a body language expert, trainer and psycho-biologist researching at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

He has consulted for multinationals including Honda, Nike, DHL and Nokia, and his writings have in appeared in The Times Higher Educational Supplement, Total Politics Magazine and The Financial Times.

His regular appearances on radio and television include shows ranging from USA Discovery Channel's The Secrets of Body Language to BBC 2 television's Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman. In 2004 the British Science Association awarded him their annual Charles Darwin Award Lecture.

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