My travels around the internet universe this week took me to the topic of writing. I’m reading Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft‘ and that is the best I’ve read on the topic. 📚📚 If nothing else, it highlights that writing stuff down clarifies thoughts and teases out nuances. I feel that I know a lot and have experienced a lot and should be able to let that manifest somehow. And it’s not until I document whatever is preoccupying my mind do I find a theme and a connection and does it make sense. ✍️ ✍️ And
I’d been presented with a challenge this week working with a client to translate an aspect of their intellectual property into a presentation. The challenge was I just couldn’t work out what was in their mind. I heard all their words – I couldn’t grasp their import, I couldn’t translate it into something – anything! 👔 To me, much of what they said was cliched business-speak, which I’ve heard a thousand times. To my embarrassment I couldn’t share the client’s enthusiasm for the initiative – I faked it, but I think that was obvious. Which was not good. It was
A lady messaged me the other day to ask me a question. She was actually a friend and knew that I had something to do with helping people present to audiences and wanted to ask a favour. I got in touch and asked her: “What’s on your mind?” “Malcom, you know, I’ve done a few presentations about my new book, and everyone seemed to enjoy it, and I sell a few books at the end.” (Never mind the book sells less than what the author paid to get it printed, but she was happy to offload a few copies.) “It’s
It’s all smirk and mirrors. – Federal Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese Budget reply speech from the Opposition Leader included this zinger. Depends on what side of the political fence you sit on, which will determine whether it is relevant or not. But whichever way you look at it, it seems pretty clever. The Opposition Leader’s speechwriter is a fun guy to follow on Twitter – I’m presuming this phrase came from him. Even if it didn’t, it’s the sort of wit that he writes and shares. Follow him @James_Jeffrey
Anyone who has done a photography course, or is good at photography, will know that it about how you look at a scene is the key. I’ve been over-focussing on the techniques involved and how to master them, when all along it was how to view the world. Angles, diminishing points, proportion, shapes, light, balance – all of these – make the photo. Even when I’m not holding a camera, I seem to view the world quite differently now that I’ve started look at things photographically. Make sure that if you are doing a photography course, that these aspects are
Does your child have an upcoming speech that may need some support? Are they entering a competition that needs some finessing? Well, first, congratulations to them for putting their hat in the arena! What a brave decision to stand in front of peers and judges and to share your views and thoughts. Bravo. Speechmaking is an important skill that makes a huge difference to everybody’s career, and if this skill is mastered at school, then success in their career is well assured. Every job, every workplace is full of people that would rather not speak in front of others, so
Post-Workshop Surveys are often unintentionally intended to ensure that everyone was happy with the workshop and generally had a beneficial day. Organisers probably expect one or two suggestions of improvement, but after all the effort they put into the event, they expect the positive to well outweigh the negative. In fact, if there is any trending below ‘Well Done’, it’s human to feel a bit deflated. After all, you’ve tried your best, and really you are offering either what was asked of you, or what your experience has told you. That’s why Surveys are often called Happy Sheets. Often, they
Toastmasters is a great organisation that has taught me so much about leadership and communication. Its meetings are like mini-laboratories where I can try out things, get feedback and then try them again. I practice all my major presentations and speeches in club meetings and the enhancement that provides impacts my performance in the real world – for the better. Here is an example of speech I did at one of the club meetings – before I did it elsewhere.
There has always been a school of thought that employees are motivated by reward or acknowledgement. A congrats, a thank you, a well done, even a medal. But the sort of employee you want is the type that rewards themselves, through their own self-motivation.