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Why you should talk-it-out Apr 16, 2022

Our TalkitOut Technique changes the way you prepare, the way you deliver and the way audiences respond to speeches and presentations. Here's a brief introduction to the technique, by its creator, Halina St James (pictured).

We all communicate in...

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It's the struggle that engages us story Apr 16, 2022

 When it comes to storytelling, Willa Cather’s quote says it all: ‘Success is never so interesting as struggle’. 

We’d just finished delivering a storytelling workshop in Halifax for the Atlantic chapter of...

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Empathy helps heal pandemic blues leadership Apr 15, 2022

One thing for sure has been demonstrated by two years of a global pandemic: truly empathetic leadership is more important now than ever.

It's always been an important skills for those who aspire to lead. But with more and more people experiencing...

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Are you a truly empathetic leader? leadership Apr 15, 2022

My eye was caught the other day by a headline: empathy is redefining the way we lead. It was the title of a webinar being offered by the Canadian Management Centre.

It caught my eye because just an hour earlier I'd been reading a blog by a...

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Words have to hit the ear right Mar 28, 2022

The words have to hit the ear right. The sentiment came from singer John Prine (pictured), talking about the craft of song writing. But isn't it just perfect as a reminder for anyone who has to make a presentation or give a speech?

Perhaps it...

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Are you wasting 75% of your potential? leadership Mar 14, 2022

How good a listener are you? We all like to think we are good - but the truth is most of us achieve only 25% of our listening potential.

That's because we're too busy, too distracted and too focused on what we're going to say when the speaker...

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Passion: the great leadership tool leadership Mar 14, 2022

If you get a buzz out of your job, and get excited talking about it to strangers, congratulations - you have one of the most important communications tools.

Your enthusiasm, your passion, will do more than almost anything else to get people...

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Why bullet points on slides don't work presentation skills Mar 14, 2022

It's time to dump those text-heavy slides from your presentations. A growing body of research in Europe, in the US and in England shows they simply don't work. 

A list of bullet points on a slide is not the best way to communicate. In fact...

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Time to think like a movie director Mar 01, 2022

Can you make your next presentation more like a movie? Not with dramatic car chases, or steamy moments. But can you build your next presentation so the structure is more like the structure of a movie, or a book, or any well-told story?

Think of...

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What Ted Lasso taught me Feb 18, 2022

I was watching a scene from my new favorite TV show, Ted Lasso, and the character Ted, played by Jason Sudeikis, was playing darts to win a bet, writes guest contributor Lea Brovedani.

Ted's opponent was a ‘full of themselves’...

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Don't leave introductions to chance Feb 13, 2022

You’ve been asked to make a speech or presentation. Someone else will have the job of introducing you. So how much thought and effort do you put into that introduction?

Many speakers leave the introductions completely in the hands of the...

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It's all about the first 5 seconds Feb 13, 2022

If I asked you how much a stranger could learn about you in just five seconds, you’d probably say ‘Not much.’ How could the stranger assess your personality, your values, your beliefs, your aptitudes, your kindness in just five...

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