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“Power resides only where men believe it resides… A shadow on the wall yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”
– George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
How do you know somebody possesses power?
What does it look like?
Frank Underwood rises behind his desk in the oval office.
John Travolta struts down a New York street.
Murphy Brown squares her shoulders and stares down the lens.
Is there any point in public debate in a society where hardly anyone has been taught how to think, while millions have been taught what to think?
Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art.
It’s election season and we are called upon to have our say. But, based on what?
The voter is constantly bombarded by messages in multiple forms, using multiple media. Campaign tactics abound as speeches, debates, interviews, sound bites, advertisements, vox pops and testimonials.read more
I’m not a procrastinator, I’m a pressure prompted completer!
Procrastination is the act of postponing.
It is a behaviour and like all behaviours we can change it if we choose. We can act differently. We can make an immediate change. We can choose action over delay.
But to solve for the long term we need to work out WHY.read more
As a presenter, your role is to manage the impression that you create. For your message to be heard, you need credibility, clarity and connection. We have compiled the top 10 presentation mistakes that we see time and time again.
They are all easily made, but easily avoided.
Here are the rookie mistakes that may be impacting your credibility. Which are you guilty of?read more
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
David Morrison, the former Australian Chief of Army has been awarded 2016 Australian of the Year. Morrison is recognised for his commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusion. As Australian of the Year he will work to champion this cause on the national stage.read more
Storytelling is a hot topic in the field of business communication. A quick google search will reveal a glut of information:
empirical academic studies in the field of neuroscience
proclamations from experts
‘how-to’ guides and templates for creating stories
The concept, however, is as old as humanity itself. Cave paintings were created to pass on wisdom, guidance and knowledge in the form of a story. As long as human beings have engaged in communication we have intuitively understood the power of the story.read more
That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
It is not enough to rely on your positional power when delivering a message. It is not enough to dazzle your audience with witticisms.read more
The musings of Tim Minchin are genius. Irreverent, foul-mouthed and derisive, but genius.
Minchin bestows his advice on a group of graduates at his alma mater, The University of Western Australia. This is a familiar engagement for many celebrities including; Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Natalie Portman and even Kanye West. These are usually presentations worth watching – well crafted, polished, insightful and thought provoking.
But none are quite like this.read more
A conversation is the crucible of a relationship.
This is where they take shape and develop – for better or for worse.
All conversations, even the tough ones, should advance the relationship in some way. They should be productive and dynamic interactions.
That doesn’t mean they are easy.read more
Fillers — What are they?
The most common filler sounds are: ‘um’, ‘ah’, ‘oh’, ‘huh’, ‘mmmm’…
Then we advance to filler words, including: ‘yes’, ‘so’, ‘basically’, ‘absolutely’, ‘obviously’, ‘literally’…
And, for the experienced players an array of filler phrases: ‘you know’, ‘moving on’, ‘I think that’, ‘I guess’, ‘I’m just saying’, ‘to be honest’.read more
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