What communicators need to know about space

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Space has always been of interest to me. Not in the Star Trek sense, although I admit a certain penchant for Star Wars Episode V. I’m interested in the physical space used by professional speakers. In this definition, I include Continue reading What communicators need to know about space

Need more charisma? Here’s how

Charisma

Charisma. Who has it and how do you get it? Harley Street therapist Richard Reid knows the answer. Interviewed in The Times yesterday, he says Boris Johnson and Tony Blair have it, and it’s not a problem if you don’t have Continue reading Need more charisma? Here’s how

Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

The Graduate

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again and the best communications advice for lovers must be to speak from the heart. When we speak from the heart it’s as if we’re saying what we really mean or feel – a Continue reading Speak from the heart – and not just on Valentine’s Day

The power of names over numbers & why WordPress wants to be known as Benny

WordPress

WordPress has released an updated version of its blogging platform but instead of just giving its latest version a number (to become WordPress 4.0) they also gave it a name – Benny. This is in honour of Benny Goodman, a Continue reading The power of names over numbers & why WordPress wants to be known as Benny

Could colour psychology improve your communication?

Colour Psychology

What colour are the Niagara Falls?… This is a trick question because the Falls are illuminated in different colours depending on which charity has been successful in getting their special request approved. Yesterday they were green and today they’re red. Continue reading Could colour psychology improve your communication?

The art of rhetoric and ordering coffee

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I was in a café in a garden centre in Sussex recently when I ordered a coffee which was advertised as ‘medium’. This suited me as ‘medium’ was the middle of three options and the name suggested it was neither Continue reading The art of rhetoric and ordering coffee

What babies can teach us about non-verbal communication

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I’ve been thinking this week about the importance of non-verbal communication, its origins and its place in communications. I was talking to my young nephews this week on Facetime. One is only 19 months old, however, so the conversation was Continue reading What babies can teach us about non-verbal communication

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

Simon Armitage

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’

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