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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PowerPoint: don’t let your slides make you redundant

Tips to improve Powerpoint and Keynote presentations

What’s wrong with this picture? I’m in Barcelona, looking at the remarkable work of iconic architect Antoni Gaudi… and I’m thinking of PowerPoint and Keynote.  One of the perils of PowerPoint came to mind as I toured Casa Vicens, the first house designed by this ground-breaking architect who fused nature and functionality into a riot …

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Energy: an essential tool for speakers

Energy is essential for speakers

Someone once said “energy is everything.” And it is. Without energy, we are lifeless. Our speeches and presentations are boring. Energy is an invisible, magical cloak enveloping us. Nobody can see it, but they can feel it. It’s magical because it attracts things. Positive energy attracts success and other good things. Negative energy attracts problems, …

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8 tips for staying calm in a job interview

As a recruiter, I see well-qualified candidates undersell themselves in job interviews because they let their nerves get the better of them. For some, their nervousness is minor – like experiencing a dry mouth or shortness of breath. For others, it is more noticeable like trembling hands,  a shaky voice, or an inability to think …

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