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Be A Poser: build your power in 2 minutes

“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.

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Don’t Be Fooled – 3 Rhetorical Techniques Revealed

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?

-Peter Hitchens

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.

– Aristotle

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.

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JUST DO IT! Procrastination: self-defense or self-sabotage?

I’m not a procrastinator, I’m a pressure prompted completer!

-JJB

Procrastination Defined

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.

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10 Presentation Mistakes to Avoid

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?

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Courageous Authenticity Rewarded – David Morrison Named Australian of the Year

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

-Elie Wiessel

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.

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A Storytelling Lesson from Venus Flytrap

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.

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How to present advice like Tim Minchin

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.

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um, er, ah, oh… 5 Steps To Rid Your Presentation of Filler Words

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’.

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