Malta’s business coaching company, UP Ltd, is bringing out award-winning international speaker Michael Dodd to run the session for business leaders who feel the heat from ever-tougher questions.

Dodd is a one-time political and  foreign correspondent who was trained in his native Australia to ask what they call Down Under “blowtorch-on-the-belly” questions.

These days, as a London-based communications-boosting speaker, Dodd helps  people around the world to give better responses to such questions.

The author of Great Answers To Tough Questions At Work will be running the  masterclass in St Julian’s later this month.

The Malta business leader behind the event, Julian Azzopardi, chief executive of UP Ltd, said: “People leading businesses of all sizes are under tremendous pressure these days to stand up to tough questioning from customers, financiers, officials,  members of the public and often from members of their own team.

“The digital age means it’s becoming ever-easier for questioners to dig up material from the internet – accurate or otherwise – to fuel their questions and seek to hold  leaders to account. 

“Our Malta masterclass will help equip attendees to give better answers than many are giving now ‒ so they can be both more helpful to their questioners and reduce the stress on themselves,” Azzopardi added.

Business leaders – and others taking part in the event – will be shown how they can enhance the content of what they say, the way they structure their answers and the way they deliver them.

Dodd said: “It’s splendid to have the opportunity to come to Malta to help  business people – and others – to reveal the methodology and techniques for  giving impressive, powerful and  enlightening answers.

“I’m looking forward to sharing the golden formulae for giving great answers to tough questions, nasty questions and tricky questions with audience members at the Malta event,” he continued.

“After I was trained to ask  blowtorch-on-the-belly questions  by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, I noticed that while some people  handled them with remarkable ease, many others would verbally collapse under the heat.

“I then discovered that those who did well had often been given some guidance in the art of answering them – and it was fascinating to learn and further develop those techniques myself.”

The Great Answers to Tough Questions public session will be held on Thursday, February 27, at Radisson Blu, St Julian’s.

For more information about the event, visit

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