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Slow and steady wins the networking race networking Jun 12, 2020

How do you network when you can’t leave the house? Michael Hughes knows how.

Michael Hughes is North America’s undisputed networking guru. For over 25 years he’s taught executives and professionals how to accelerate their...

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Are you a victim of Zoom fatigue? We have the remedy body language video calls zoom Jun 06, 2020

Has Zoom fatigue set in yet? If it has, don’t worry; you are not alone. A lot of people are reporting feeling unnaturally tired or stressed after a video-conference session, whether it’s Zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype.

Instances of...

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Webcam Tip #4 webcam tips Jun 06, 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, and what to wear.

Today, for the fourth in this series of six...

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The bigger the crisis, the smaller the words you need crisis communications writing Jun 05, 2020

If you want your words to have impact, keep them simple. A great article in the Harvard Business Review brings this home wonderfully, by looking at some of the messaging around Covid-19.

When New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued the order that...

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Where does a powerful speech come from? Jun 02, 2020

Where does a powerful speech come from?

It doesn’t come from power. If it did, Donald Trump would deliver powerful, empathetic speeches instead of the empty, divisive rhetoric delivered in all-cap Tweets.

It doesn’t come from wealth....

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Is this the speech a nation has been waiting for? Jun 02, 2020

It’s been described as pitch perfect, a great speech, and ‘what a president sounds like’ when addressing a national crisis. But it didn’t come from the President.

Former vice-president Joe Biden, the presumptive challenger...

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Why you should treat your Zoom calls 'like a date' on camera zoom May 21, 2020

If you’ve been a top-flight sports broadcaster for ten years, a little thing like a Zoom video conference shouldn’t be a problem. And so it proved, when Doug MacLean was guest speaker at a Canadian Association of Professional Speakers...

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Tips to boost engagement during virtual sessions May 16, 2020

By Gerard Murphy, President, Barefoot Facilitation Inc.

What if people left your virtual sessions celebrating the outstanding experience they’ve just had?  That would be amazing, right?

I’ve attended countless virtual events since...

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Webcam Tip #3 webcams May 13, 2020

I've been sharing a series of short video tips on how to look good when you are using Zoom or any of the other video-conferencing apps. The first tip was about how to change your computer position to give a more flattering picture of you. (If...

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Why nation’s Covid-19 message fails its people messaging May 13, 2020

It’s surely no coincidence that two of the governments having most difficulty bringing Covid-19 infections under control are governments with disastrous communications strategies.

Both the UK and the US governments were slow off the mark,...

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Are people seeing a different 'you' because of Covid? May 12, 2020

We have Covid hair, Covid nails, Covid beards. We have Covid houses, prone to be messy as the weeks of lockdown tick by and homes turn into offices and classrooms and gyms.

Many of us work from home now, if we’re lucky enough to still have...

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Creativity blossoms amid Covid crisis creativity May 12, 2020

Creativity is a silver lining during this dreadful pandemic.

Just look at the impromptu musical performances from balconies in Italy and France, or the speed with which virtual concerts were put together to support front line workers, or the...

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