STOP-Don’t Compose that e-mail…. Pick up the Phone!

e-mail: “It’s not a replacement for the phone, it’s not a means to get in touch with someone immediately. Yet the expectation is that it is – or should be.” – Mike VardyFor several years now I have been concerned about how we are getting further and further away from personal contact. When what you do centers [...]

What really IS a Meeting?

"When you go to meetings...and you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It is simple but true." - Paula Abdul So here are a couple of meeting definitions: 1. The act of coming together. 2. A body of persons present at an assembly. Note the emphasis on the body of persons being together. A worrying terminology [...]

Can you Time a Presentation to Perfection?

“Make slides that reinforce your words, not repeat them”. - Seth GodinI have just started following Paul Johnstone, who is a a Management Communications Speaker and this article he authored links nicely with my recent blog on 'Making PowerPoint more Effective'. I have reproduced in it's entirety below...great hints and tips for anyone presenting...Probably the [...]

Solve Relationship Problems By Choosing What You Say!

I'm a big fan of Sam Owen, who is a Relationship Coach based in the UK. She recently posted this article (6-February, 2013) and I have reproduced it here in full. Ever say something to someone only to regret it later?  Did you ever say something to be helpful or honest and realise that sometimes, honesty [...]

Making PowerPoint MORE Effective!

“Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited. If all you want to do is create a file of facts and figures, then cancel the meeting and send in a report.” - Seth GodinIf you read  my article titled 'Has Powerpoint Killed Discussion', you will [...]