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A Blogging Break

When I teach communications, one of my mantras has it that less is more.

So this week, a short blog, but an important one...

With a Merry Christmas theme!

The modern world grows ever busier.

We’re all under pressure with deadlines, demands, and deals.

It feels counterintuitive, but the strains of modern life means it becomes ever more important to take a break.

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Personalising Your Presentations

There is one guaranteed sure-fire cert of a way of turning an audience off from your public speaking or presentation.

It's to deliver an off the shelf, bog standard, seen it all before talk.

I’ve suffered this more than a few times, and watched the reaction of the audience.

It's remarkable how quickly they become aware, and equally rapidly start muttering, fidgeting, and playing on their phones.

But! There is a simple and straightforward way to avoid falling into this trap.

A little thought, and in a matter of minutes you can personalise your presentation.

For example…

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Well Paid, Well Appreciated, Wellbeing

Wellbeing at work is a big issue for many, but happily I’ve got a simple secret to help yourself feel good.

It’s all about being paid versus being valued.

I’m lucky in that I enjoy just about everything I do (although the paperwork concerned with being self-employed I shall pass no comment on.)

I love my writing, and my teaching, but there is one area which I treasure most of all…

And for me, that’s the secret of true well-being.

I’ve just come back from Guernsey, where I’ve been helping the finance sector with their communications. 

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Cracking Chairing

It looks simple, but - like so many things - it's not quite that straightforward. 

What am I talking about you ask?

Chairing a panel. 

I’ve been lucky enough to moderate some fascinating discussions this year, including with senior figures in Google, the world of literature, and science.

Happily, the feedback on my work has been kind, and people keep asking how to chair a panel successfully.

So, in the spirit of love and sharing, and especially as we enter the festive season, I thought I would set out my 12 chairing tips of Christmas in this blog.


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