Category Archives: Observations

Rebuilding after a disaster

Hurricane Sandy resulted in tragedy for many people. It’s always shocking and tragic to hear about the aftermath in these situations. But as awful as these disasters are, it’s still amazing to hear about what people are capable of when … Continue reading

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Using goal setting the SMART way

Over the last two weeks, we’ve gone over the importance of recording your goals. Now that you recognize and see how the recording of goals matter in order to help you achieve the outcomes you foresee, we’re going to move … Continue reading

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What makes a good speech?

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting a three-part series surrounding the value of a ‘good speech.’ So what is a good speech? What writing style should we use? How can we guide our audiences? Read on … Continue reading

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Fuel before a presentation: What to eat, what not to eat, and how to boost your mood

Ahhhhh cheeseburgers and fries. Delicious pastas with garlic bread. Blueberry pies and ice cream. And those funny, sweet little alcoholic drinks with the umbrellas tucked in. So good but soooo bad at the same time – and not in the … Continue reading

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Giving a reference

There are many forms of business communications; whether it’s employer to employee relations, employee to employee interactions or customer communications. One nice advantage of having a healthy work relationship with an employer – or if you’re the leader, an employee … Continue reading

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Pump up your audience: presentation tips

A couple blog entries ago I asked: what does lack of listening mean for us as presenters? It means we are competing for the audience’s attention. It also reminds us that most people (including our audiences) have short attention spans. … Continue reading

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How good are you at listening?

I recently saw a presentation on TED.COM  featuring Julian Treasure, who was discussing how well we actually listen. Studies have shown that while we spend 60 per cent of our communication time listening, we only retain 25 per cent of what … Continue reading

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