Internal Vacancy:  Champion for Critical Thinking (CT)

Internal Vacancy: Champion for Critical Thinking (CT)

Dear Executive, What’s your view about Critical Thinking? Would it be correct to say that internal criticism of your company would only be acceptable if it were initiated by management. It’s difficult to imagine a situation where an employee would proactively aim a...

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Meet Yourself

Meet Yourself

Dear Reader, I want you to meet someone you already know but I’m not sure if you’ve been formally introduced to. You may allow yourself a nod and a smile occasionally but you’ve never sat down and properly got to know…yourself. I’m talking about...

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The Listening Muscle

The Listening Muscle

When it comes to Communication Skills…’Listening’ is underrated. It’s considered to be passive. Our attention is focussed on what we’re saying. With Presentations, a lot of value gets missed because if the audience are listening it probably means the Presenter is...

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Emotional Resilience: A 5 Minute Take

Emotional Resilience: A 5 Minute Take

Life doesn’t always go as we expect, have you noticed!?  The unexpected can be major and have widespread consequences or it can be personal and affect only us. To complicate things, the way we humans communicate with each other about what’s going on isn’t...

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An Enquiring Mind: have you got one?

An Enquiring Mind: have you got one?

The application of the human brain drives us to seek knowledge. It’s a mindset that leads us through an enquiry process something like this… 1. we notice that we’re interested in something (‘hello…what’s that going around in my mind?) 2. we register that enquiring in...

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Shiny, Happy People … Engaging!

Shiny, Happy People … Engaging!

‘If we end up working from home for, say, half the week, the fall in commuting would slash emissions, pollution and rush-hour traffic while boosting … happiness’ Simon Kuper, FT Weekend             How will we work after Covid? It’s a question being asked now by the...

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Make Friends with Time

Make Friends with Time

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future’‘Fly Like An Eagle,’  The Steve Miller Band                                                                                         Coming into my third week working from home, Steve Miller’s 1976 take on Time...

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Home Sweet Office?

Home Sweet Office?

When the coronavirus first hit, a friend conducted a survey to see which of her staff would be interested in working from home. Three of them said they would agree to switch, a response rate of less than 50%. The others said they would rather stay in the office citing...

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Engaging with the Audience – The Why & How

Engaging with the Audience – The Why & How

Recently, I asked 27 Presentation experts from 6 countries to share their top tips for success. The suggestion which came up most often? Engage with the audience. For many presenters, engagement – stopping and encouraging others to speak - isn’t always appealing. Just...

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