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Office Work, Speechwriting & Presentations /
Can Web 3.0 Help Me Learn, Speak and Play?

I’m determined to wrestle the concept of Web 3.0 to the ground over the next few weeks. If only to see if it can apply to public speaking and presenting. My understanding of Web 3.0 is that it is a person to person connection…

Office Work /
👉 Here’s What My Team Did When I Told Them I Wasn’t Always in a Good Place 👈

I had an exciting and uplifting series of experiences this week when I did a welfare check with my team. It’s simple to ask how they are faring, but the response is always a stoic one. The team is reluctant to give feedback on…

Office Work, Speechwriting & Presentations /
White Spaces Matter

Well-designed magazine layouts use white space to draw the eye to the main message. Great web pages do the same. Look at Google’s home page. Uncluttered, clean, and easily digestible. Plenty of white space. The same with well-crafted speeches. By creating pauses of silence,…

Speechwriting & Presentations /
😰 😰 Do You Get Nervous Speaking to An Audience? These Three Tips Worked for Me 😰 😰

It’s hard to keep a level of perspective when you’re stressed. Public Speaking is a stressful task for many people, and speaking to an audience feels stressful because the sense of perspective is lost. The event in front of you can look bigger and…

Speechwriting & Presentations /
To all Keynote Speakers, When You Give a Speech, How Long Can You Hold a Pause?

A powerful question needs to be followed with a pause. A powerful statement is emphasised with a pause. Just about every key moment in a speech is best followed by a pause. A silent pause. The more pauses there are, the more impactful the…

Office Work /
Is It Friyay Yet?

At the end of the week, it’s not unusual to be greeted with an email that we’ve made it to Friday (scathed or unscathed). There is a sense of relief or a subtext that things will be better tomorrow – Saturday – when we…

Indigenous, Personal /
Depends on Your Perspective

My first linguist job was at Strelley Station during a Uni vacation when I spent three-plus months living in a remote community learning the indigenous language. It was a hot summer in the outback – no air conditioning, rudimentary shelter and water had to…

Humour /
We Thought It Was A Prank

A part of us all thought the Will Smith-Chris Rock event was a prank. There are fewer of us now, but some still believe it was. The Oscars is a dying genre, so it needed a bit of pep, and after all, any publicity…

Humour, Office Work /
🎉 April Fools Day Has Been Cancelled 🎉

You don’t hear about office pranks much these days. There used to be a bit of fun having a clever office prank. What’s happened? Probably because the fun was one way and office pranks typically have a victim. (They’re described as hapless.) It’s a…

Office Work /
What Did You Say?

Want to know my number one Team Leader issue?!? It’s something that I need to fix just about every week. It is …… How people speak to each other. Often, it’s just the tone. Sometimes it’s a harsh sentence, or it could be an…

Office Work /
Wartime | Peacetime Leaders

There are wartime leaders and peacetime leaders. A Curtin versus a Whitlam. A Julius Caesar versus an Augustus. Wartime leaders appear to need a high degree of organisation, cooperation and appeasement. Peacetime leaders appear to need mildness and a sense of clemency. (Source: Sapiens…

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