Cave painting offers clue to better presentations

A mere 32,000 years ago, man understood how to use PowerPoint. Cave drawings were our first form of communication. When our ancestors saw a picture of a Woolly Mammoth trampling a person, they knew what it meant. Since then our brains have grown, we’ve created symbols, given them meaning, and discovered the ability to parse …

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The hastily-scribbled lines that echoed round the world

Just three lines scribbled on a piece of scrap paper helped turn Jacinda Ardern into the embodiment of how a politician should respond to a crisis. New Zealand’s Prime Minister found herself thrust into the international spotlight after the massacre of 50 people in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. …

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Boost your writing: abandon two types of words

writing starts with focus and structure

Here’s a tip to give your writing more impact. Every time you write, you use eight parts of speech (the building blocks of grammar). Those eight elements are the verb, the noun, the pronoun, the adjective, the adverb, the preposition, the conjunction, and the interjection. Here’s the tip: abandon most adjectives and adverbs. In our …

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Prompters, scripts take sparkle from the best speakers

Prompters and scripts can break the connection with the audience

It’s supposed to be there to help. I’m talking about the teleprompter: the out-of-sight tool that scrolls a script up front of the camera for a television performer to read. Well the teleprompter didn’t seem to help some of the presenters at the Golden Globe awards for outstanding performances in film and television. What struck …

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Top writers share tips on writing

dump adverbs and adjectives

Here’s our Christmas gift to anyone who spends any part of their day writing. It’s a collection of tips from writers who have distinguished themselves with their clarity, creativity and style. If you are looking for advice on writing, a great place to start is Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft‘. …

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