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5 meeting personalities who can hijack your agenda 

First posted February 2012 Fortunately companies these days are cutting down on internal meetings – they eat up time and therefore money. It will be some time, though, before face-to-face gatherings are a thing of the past. Until that happens,

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5 words doomed to be big in 2012

First posted February 2012 Shortly after posting 5 words to ban in 2012 a reader pulled me up short. Rather than “ban” words, she suggested, perhaps I should name five words that will be a hit. I love a challenge,

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Advice for presenters: ignore all other advice

At least once a day some words of wisdom (often nicely packaged in a list) turn up in my social media streams on how to be a better presenter. My advice: ignore all other advice. This post is going to

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Advice for Big Penis: take note of the entire message

Originally posed September 2011 I’ve had a lot of email offers in the past week for “gentleman’s enlargement”, a truly delightful euphemism. And since I am a sucker, and not too security conscious, I actually opened one this morning. The

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Perpetuating grammar myths

Originally published April 2012 It seems that over and more than, and around and about, are pretty much interchangeable. That’s the problem with English, I keep discovering that the hard and fast rules I grew up with are more often

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If in doubt leave it out

It might sound hackneyed but the journalistic stand-by “if in doubt leave it out” remains solid advice. While referring to fact checking in the media world (after all defamation costs dearly) corporate communicators would be wise to apply it on

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Stakeholder engagement is more than getting buy-in

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A lot of people confuse stakeholder engagement with stakeholder buy-in. True engagement continues long after you have tacit agreement for whatever you are pushing. It’s this constant engagement that often spells the difference between success and compromised achievements. Most people,

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