A video of BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin shot by The Chester Chronicle featured on her show earlier this week.

Chief reporter David Holmes filmed Louise atop a double decker bus as she talked to the crowd at the Roodee ahead of the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday.

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Her BBC director insisted the video be played as part of an interview with Chris Anderson, curator of TED Talks – public talks available freely online about multiple topics under the slogan 'Ideas Worth Spreading'.

Louise, who lives near Chester, said after the clip was shown: “So, I’m embarrassed about that.”

But Mr Anderson, who is promoting his new book TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, was complimentary about Louise’s public speaking style.

Louise Minchin urges on the elite runners as the 2016 Chester Half Marathon gets under way
Louise Minchin urges on the elite runners as the 2016 Chester Half Marathon gets under way

He said: “You’re engaged, you’re looking at people, you are sounding relaxed, you are sounding yourself – what some speakers do, which you don’t do, is they hide their eyes, they bury their eyes or look up and project into some strange space.

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“You are looking at people and that’s the key really, that’s one of the keys. Of course the other even bigger key is to have something really valuable worth saying. We didn’t really see enough of that clip to get to that moment but if you’ve got something worth saying and you can just connect on a human level, often just in conversational language.

"If someone can sit around a dinner table with friends and tell them a story and people go ‘That’s interesting’, then you can give a public talk.”

Chester Half Marathon race organiser Chris Hulse with BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin at the finish in Town Hall Square
Chester Half Marathon race organiser Chris Hulse with BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin at the finish in Town Hall Square

Co-presenter Jon Kay responded: “With friends you feel comfortable. You’re in an environment that you know. People often say to us - we were talking about this this morning - ‘You’re in a studio, you must be able to do public speaking because you sit on telly’. But this feels very intimate. The sort of crowd that Louise was in front of the other day feels very very different, much more intimidating.”

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This is not the first time a video shot by reporter David Holmes has been shown on TV. His film of then Labour leader Ed Miliband being mobbed by a hen party in Chester during the 2015 general election campaign went viral.

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