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Why Zoom exhausts us - and how to fix it zoom fatigue May 11, 2021

Three interesting developments to tell you about in the debate about why online meetings are so exhausting.

1 - The CEO of Zoom admits he gets Zoom fatigue. Eric Yuan says he no longer schedules back-to-back meetings. One day last year he had 19...

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Strip out the clutter writing May 10, 2021

Don’t send a bunch of words to do the work of one.

‘Now’ is a simple replacement for ‘at this moment of time’. Why write ‘they had a meeting’ when you could simply say ‘they met'. 'Went down to...

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Why Stephen King would be horrified messaging writing May 10, 2021

I love Stephen King’s writing. And I love his advice to writers. The tip that I want to focus on today is particularly relevant to anyone who has an important message, and needs to share it with an audience.

Let’s start with a mini...

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Learning to love change May 08, 2021

One day, so the story goes, the Buddha was sitting under the Bodhi tree surround by his followers. After mediating together, one person broke the stillness with a question. 

“Oh Awakened One, you have taught us so many truths but what...

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Five tips to help you cope with Covid stress covid stress May 06, 2021

Shouldn’t we be done with this pandemic by now? And yet here we are again, more that a year later, in a third wave, with Covid variants racing around the globe. Stress levels are high.

May is Mental Health Awareness month. So I decided to...

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Are you ready to try the charisma checklist? charisma leadership Apr 14, 2021

How’s your charisma? A team of university researchers in Switzerland have come up with what amounts to a checklist for charisma.

They’ve identified 12 elements that could be at play in a charismatic performance. Nine of the qualities...

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Four days of free tips to ramp up your resilience Apr 14, 2021

If your leadership skills have been tested by a tough 12 months, it’s time to ramp up your resilience. And you can, at a free, four-day virtual summit starting on Monday, April 19.

Organizer Ravi Tangri says the Ramp Up Your Resilience...

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Amber Mac on why 'expectation of engagement' matters Apr 13, 2021

How are you managing your audience’s ‘expectation of engagement’ in virtual encounters? It’s a big deal for anyone who wants to be better-than-average in online presentations and speeches. It’s a question that global...

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Leaders know generosity should be a hand up, not a handout Apr 10, 2021

By Suzanne F. Stevens

Pre-pandemic, consumers demanded organizations take more responsibility to address social gaps. According to Nielsen Research, 40 to 55 percent of buyers in 60 countries, across generations, will pay more for a product or...

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Virtual speakers need to embrace more production values Apr 10, 2021

If you want to be a leader in the virtual space, you have to do more than simply turn up for a Zoom call and sit staring at the camera. According to one of the global leaders in online communication, many of us are simply not making the most of...

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Why story is 20 times better than bare facts Mar 18, 2021

The power and effectiveness of story lies in its ability to forge connections - between people, and between people and ideas. Stories are a great way to communicate shared values and aspirations. And there’s science to prove the...

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The complete speaker toolkit - all in one place Mar 10, 2021

Twenty years ago I took a gamble. I setup my website - podiumcoaching.com - and started delivering in-person coaching sessions in presentation skills and media skills.

Then people wanted to learn at home. So I created my signature online video...

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