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The other day one of my clients observed how incredibly difficult and time consuming it was to prepare a 10 minute speech for a conference. It reminded me of what Churchill said: ‘‘If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if an hour, I am ready now’. The next day I… View Article
December 12, 2016
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  “Quiet Revolution. Is it better to be an introvert?” is a piece from last Sunday’s Telegraph, exploring what it means to be an introvert in a world often designed around extroverts. It’s centred on author Susan Cain, who spent 7 years in happy solitude writing her first book on the subject, then a whole year… View Article
June 2, 2016
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A good, short read from HBR with practical tips to help you handle conflict, along with a list of useful phrases to get you into the swing of things.  “The minute you accept that the conflict is productive and that the person you’re in conflict with is worthy, the nature of the conflict will immediately change… View Article
May 24, 2016
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If politics is your thing, then 2015 has been an interesting year. After the hype of the General Election earlier this year, there were numerous resignations and latterly the surprise election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Whatever your politics it seems that the new leader of the opposition has struck a cord with the… View Article
November 5, 2015
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We all understand or recognise the concept of our inner voice and most of us would concede that our inner voice is usually critical. The recent advertising campaign “One Beautiful Thought” by Dove France shows how powerful that inner voice can be and how destructive. When the thoughts captured by ordinary women are overheard, being… View Article
May 21, 2015
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Why do we have presentation nerves? In surveys of what people fear the most, “death” comes a surprising second. Often the number one fear is “public speaking” (called glossophobia) and then comes death, rejection, ridicule, and loneliness. So we fear standing up in front of people and speaking more than death itself? That’s irrational isn’t it?… View Article
June 19, 2017
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I went to a particularly raucous Burns Night. We made speeches, read poems, cracked jokes, told stories, sang around an old (slightly out of tune) piano and we laughed….a lot. What struck me about the evening was how much human beings relish this kind of activity. We’ve entertained each other for thousands of years using… View Article
February 4, 2015
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It is traditionally the time for New Year’s resolutions, the beginning of another year, a time to reflect on what we would like change, improve, stop or start. However, there is lots of research that shows this annual quest for self-improvement is a waste of time. Apparently 50% of us make New Year resolutions but… View Article
January 16, 2015
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The Christmas story is one that we all grew up with and as the festive season approaches, Christmas is everywhere. On our TV screens we can watch the annual battle for the best Christmas ad, UK adland’s equivalent of the super bowl. The contenders for the crown, based on being talked about (and YouTube views)… View Article
December 9, 2014
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