LESSONS FROM THE BIG BEASTS OF THE JUNGLE

There are vital things to learn about communications - and also about personal and business survival - from the big beasts of the jungle…   One lesson comes from a particular hippopotamus in Kenya who decided that I represented a threat.   Another lesson comes in...

Make Your Point In The Time You Can Make Toast

It’s been estimated that the number of emails sent each day around the world amounts to 205-billion!   If you’re anything like me, it probably sometimes feels as though you’re receiving most of them!   Add that to the 87-bIllion texts sent every day…   Then consider...

Lessons From Prime Ministerial Failure

The British election has provided a treasure chest of learning points that we can use to help us become better communicators.   This is mainly by doing the opposite of what the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been doing over the past few weeks of campaigning.  ...

Doing What James Bond Would Do

Can you imagine James Bond receiving a call from his boss, M, and reacting like this?   M: “Bond, there’s a massive crisis. Your country needs you. The world needs you. Are you ready to leap into action?”         Bond: “Nah. I know it’s a crisis threatening our very...

Tap Into The Power Of Stories

Tap Into The Power Of Stories Stories have the ability to captivate audiences.   As children, fairy tales scare us and delight us.   Whether its wicked witches casting evil spells or big bad wolves disguising themselves as grandmas, they grab and hold our attention.  ...

Be Inspired By The Flying Ostrich

Be Inspired By The Flying Ostrich   With the early election campaign underway in Britain and the French presidential contest moving into its climactic second round, you might expect to spot flying pigs as political candidates parade their promises.   But on...

Can You Pass The Seemingly Impossible Question Test?

One of the favourite techniques journalists use to put interviewees under pressure is to ask a seemingly impossible question.   Often they do this is by deploying the words “Can you guarantee…?” in the question.   These appear in questions such as “Can you guarantee...

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