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Creative solutions to WFH Sep 14, 2020

For environmental activist Steve Masters, working from home means working from a tree house. Since May the tree house has been both his home and his base for campaigning on environmental issues.

He’s using a laptop tethered to his mobile...

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The Virtual Speaker online course now available virtual presenter Sep 14, 2020

I’m so excited to tell you about the launch of my new Virtual Speaker online training course.

With so many people working from home, the virtual meeting has become an integral part of the work day. In fact it’s so familiar, a lot of...

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What makes for a compelling media interview? media interviews Sep 11, 2020

A popular business-oriented program on the BBC in recent years has been CEO Secrets. For five years the show has invited business leaders to share their inspirational advice in short videos.

On the show’s fifth anniversary, and with 200...

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Leaders "still reluctant" to embrace the power of story storytelling Aug 17, 2020

We just posted an article on this blog about how the World Economic Forum regards storytelling as a key part of ‘flattening the curve’ and enabling hospitals to cope with the influx of Covid-19 patients when the pandemic was at its...

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Why our brains struggle with virtual meetings virtual meetings Aug 16, 2020

One of the big drawbacks about communicating in the virtual world is the lack of feedback. In particular, the screeen-to-screen format neutralizes our ability to pick up the cues and clues of body language we depend on in face-to-face encounters.

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Introducing the Virtual Speaker course Aug 16, 2020

Not so long ago as a speaker you just had to worry about your content and making a connection to your live audience.

Oh, and maybe you worried a little about your slides looking good.

Now you have to juggle all of this, plus worry about your...

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Speaking styles need to change in virtual world virtual meetings Aug 16, 2020

I’m just putting the finishing touches to my new online presentations skills course, The Virtual Speaker.

As I’ve been researching and creating the four lessons in The Virtual Speaker, it’s been interesting to see just how much...

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Combining story and data to save lives storytelling Aug 16, 2020

The World Economic Forum has published an interesting article on lessons the Covid-19 crisis can teach us about communicating important topics to a wide audience when the information you are sharing could be seen as dry data.

The article says...

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Adapting speaking skills to the virtual world speaking virtual events zoom Jul 14, 2020

Speaking to a virtual audience is different from speaking to a live audience.  To be successful in the virtual world, you need to understand that world, and how it differs fundamentally from the live world.

Here’s the most important...

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Virtual meetings fail without real connections virtual meetings zoom Jul 13, 2020

We had two conversations with executives in the last few days, one in the UK, one in Canada. Different characters, different businesses - but both complained about the same thing: Zoom fatigue.

Both said they routinely would have five or six...

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Webcam Tip #5 - All about lighting virtual meetings webcams Jul 13, 2020

So far, in this series of short video tips about how to look good when using a video conferencing app, we've looked at how to set up the computer, how to avoid distracting backgrounds, where to look and what to wear. Today, for the fifth in...

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Are live conferences dead? Jun 30, 2020

I have seen the future and it is virtual. Recently, I participated in a virtual leadership conference on a platform called Remo. It was as good as being at a live conference. Actually better, because there were no lineups to the washrooms.

Remo...

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