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Business Writing – Getting Your Message Across

Take a look at this sign, which I recently saw on a wall in Wimbledon, South West London. Do you know what it’s trying to do?  Do you think it works as well as it could do?  The surrounding pavement was littered with cigarette butts, which suggests that the sign isn’t terribly effective. But leaving … Continued

Using video to help improve your presentation skills

O wad some pow’r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, An foolish notion… – Robert Burns, To a louse In the 19th century, when Burns was writing, seeing yourself as others see you was something you could only fantasise about. But these … Continued

Choose your words carefully…

We should all be aware of how important it is to choose our words carefully, especially at heated moments. We may never know what the former Conservative Party chief whip Andrew Mitchell actually screamed at a group of police officers as they stopped him cycling through the Downing Street security gates recently. What’s still exercising … Continued

Clichès? Avoid them Like the Plague!

This recent blog on that popular business cliché, ‘going forward’ is worth looking at. Here’s the link. Cliches are everywhere. The most popular and successful ones find their way into everyday speech with dismaying ease. I come across them all the time when I’m working with people on our communication skills or our effective business … Continued

Ed Miliband: Nose Job or “Vocal Makeover”?

So, the UK’s opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has finally undergone his long-planned operation to correct a deviated septum. According to his office, it’s intended to help cure his recently diagnosed sleep apnoea. But the more waspish political commentators (i.e. most of them) suspect that Ed’s op is more of an extreme vocal makeover, … Continued

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