What a difference a day makes

On Monday in Helsinki the present president of the United States stumbled and fumbled through a speech variously described as humiliating, embarrassing and verging on treasonous. It was full of ego, pride and anger. On Tuesday his predecessor delivered a speech in South Africa that was articulate, funny, self-deprecating and profound. Barack Obama was delivering …

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‘Heart power’ is key to winning an audience

Latulippe says it's all about heart power

How do you captivate an audience and hold them from beginning to end? What makes a speaker, or a speech, memorable? There are as many answers to these questions as there are speakers. And that’s good – because it gives the rest of us options. For Martin Latulippe (above) the answer is to engage the magic of …

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Unplug yourself: take a break from busyness

July is a good time to unplug

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh. Your phone’s not ringing. Your calendar is empty. It’s July, heading into the heart of summer. Nothing’s happening. So what should you do?  Simple. Join the gang and do …

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Media interviews: accentuate the positive

Stay positive in media interviews

A popular Johnny Mercer song from the 1940s began: “They said we better, accentuate the positive… Eliminate the negative… Latch on to the affirmative… Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.” That’s great advice for anyone doing media interviews. Reporters are trained to ask challenging questions; CBC veteran Linden MacIntyre described his approach to interviews as ‘skeptical …

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