How to properly ‘raise a toast’ this Christmas

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Picture this: you’re sat with work colleagues enjoying your Christmas dinner when your wine-induced exuberance gets the better of you. You push your chair aside and raise your glass in the air to propose a toast. It seemed like such Continue reading How to properly ‘raise a toast’ this Christmas

Kick in the Pants Award 2013 goes to Leicester City Council

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The Plain English Campaign singled out Leicester City Council today for its celebrated Kick in the Pants Award 2013. The council won the award for its woeful use of plain English. The special recognition was for its public notices on dog Continue reading Kick in the Pants Award 2013 goes to Leicester City Council

What did President Abraham Lincoln ever do for communications?

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What did President Abraham Lincoln ever do for communications? Well, quite a lot actually… He was in the news again yesterday as Americans celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Gettysberg Address – one of the most famous speeches of all Continue reading What did President Abraham Lincoln ever do for communications?

TV explores speech-making: the ‘art of persuasion’

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Speech-making is the art of persuasion, says poet Simon Armitage in his one off-documentary on Speeches that Shook the World. For internal communications professionals and public relations practitioners alike the rhetorical principles used to persuade are as relevant today as Continue reading TV explores speech-making: the ‘art of persuasion’

Could marmoset monkeys hold the key to successful conversations?

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Could marmoset monkeys hold the key to successful conversations? Scientists from Princeton University have been exploring the evolution of human conversation and have turned to the marmosets for inspiration. It’s often thought that our conversation evolved from gestures, as evidenced Continue reading Could marmoset monkeys hold the key to successful conversations?

Get the ‘write’ feedback

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I’m currently running writing skills workshops to assist people with the overall persuasiveness of their business documents. During the first session one point came up repeatedly. The issue was, how did employees know if their documents were well designed, and Continue reading Get the ‘write’ feedback

Longest word

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Break open the bubby – the longest word in Germany has been abolished! ‘Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz’ was a 63-letter word referring to the “law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling”. Fans of effective communication will be disappointed to know, however, that Continue reading Longest word

Walk up to a man and knock him down…

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“ …walk up to a man and knock him down. You will probably discover that, when he regains his feet, the talk he delivers will be well nigh flawless as a gem of eloquence.” Thus wrote Dale Carnegie, the godfather Continue reading Walk up to a man and knock him down…