Why news alerts are not giving you the whole story

Your phone just pinged and you checked the news alert. You may be up-to-the-minute, but are you well-informed? The question is prompted by some research done this month in the UK, into how people have been keeping ‘informed’ about the election that just ended in a crushing win for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. Millions of us …

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When you need a shift, you need a story

Stories are all about shifts. Shifts from loser to victor, from oppressed to liberated, from lost to found, from unloved to loved. That’s why stories are such effective tools for communicating a vision of change, for persuading people to think or act differently. From time to time we still run across business leaders who disparage …

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Tired of political bluster? Try this antidote

If, as speakers and presenters, our only source of inspiration came from politicians, our spirits would be plumbing the depths. It’s easy to think that public discourse these days is dominated by bare-faced liars, cheats and dissemblers. Any speech from them, we can safely guess, would be an amalgam of bluster, bravado and self-aggrandizement. Thankfully, …

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Lessons for all presenters from three strong speeches

3 strong women, 3 strong speeches

Three powerful women; three powerful speeches. All delivered on the same day. Very different occasions, very different styles – but they demonstrated qualities that all speakers and presenters can learn from. There was US soccer captain Megan Rapinoe, picking up a FIFA award as footballer of the year. Her powerful speech focused on the racism, …

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What story choice tells you about political promises

We are depressingly familiar with politicians changing their stories. Doing flip-flops. Making U-turns. But now, it seems, politicians are changing their stories in a different – and dark – way. Dr Nick Morgan is a communications expert whose opinion we value highly. In fact Nick has been an occasional contributor to this blog. Now he’s …

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How to avoid your writing getting ‘all messed up’

writing starts with focus and structure

Today’s writing tip comes from the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, when Christopher Robin said: “Organization is what you do before you do it, so when you do it, it’s not all messed up.” When it comes to writing, organization starts with focus and structure. Both focus and structure are vital if you are to avoid getting …

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