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May 24, 2017
Good comedians drag you into their world using some very simple 'connection' tricks.
What they want is for you to come out of their gig thinking ‘that was hilarious because it actually happened to me too!'. Why? Because that means they’ve connected with you – you’ll lau...
April 19, 2017
That ‘gregarious’ person at work you always dump pitches, presentations and/or public speaking gigs on – do they really love it? Or did you just assume so?
Many years ago, mainly because my friends and my mum said I was funny, I completed a stand-up comedy course with t...
March 28, 2017
A few years ago, I qualified as a Certified Laughter Yoga leader/instructor with United Mind. ‘What on earth is that?!’ I hear you say…
Laughter Yoga is a non-bendy, non-intrusive, all-inclusive, fun ‘workout’ that helps individuals manage and deal with stress. Originat...
March 9, 2017
I once worked with someone I found most confusing. Until I realised it was me, not them, that confused things (light bulb!). So I thought I'd write about it.
At the time, I was young and inexperienced – fearful of very senior people and very keen to make a good impressi...
February 23, 2017
'Phubbing': the practice of ignoring one's companion or companions in order to pay attention to one's phone or other mobile device.
So, ‘phubbing’. This is a thing. Have we all done it? Perhaps. Probably. Not intentionally, maybe, but it happens.
Over the years, I’ve bee...
February 20, 2017
Let’s consider the following conversation, taking place in an elevator between two colleagues from different departments:
DOORS TO ELEVATOR OPEN – PETE ENTERS ELEVATOR:
Pete (seeing Molly in the corner of the elevator on her smart phone): Hi, how’s it going? (immediately...
February 9, 2017
“Steve, seriously, there’s no way I can make this topic interesting to deliver, believe me…”
I don’t believe it. Sorry. It’s not that you’re being dishonest. It’s that you’ve forgotten the reason you’re delivering technical information to others at work.
Let’s be clear a...
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