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Why Summer Reading Lists Give Me Sturm und Drang

Why Summer Reading Lists Give Me Sturm und Drang

Now is the time of year when newspapers publish their summer reading lists. The Financial Times, The Economist, and The Guardian will all have pages of elegant and succinct reviews of books published in the last six months. These recommendations first inspire and then depress me. Richer and wiser Initially, the FT summer books list … Continued

Building Capacity Systematically: 12 Steps towards designing and delivering training collectively

Building Capacity Systematically: 12 Steps towards designing and delivering training collectively

It’s one thing to be a trainer. It’s quite another to explain how you do it to other people. Here is what I have learned from trying to pass on training skills and knowledge to other people. Key message: Be systematic 1 Be systematic in your approach to training needs analysis, design, delivery, evaluation, and follow-up. … Continued

Four ingredients of a successful training programme

Four ingredients of a successful training programme

Many trainers use acting skills to get their message across Growing up in Scotland, I was fascinated by the eponymous heroine of Muriel Spark’s novel ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ which is set in an Edinburgh girls’ school. Miss Brodie gets her pupils’ attention by telling stories to bring history to life and – this … Continued

Serendipity: or how going with the flow can lead to happy discoveries

Serendipity: or how going with the flow can lead to happy discoveries

“What is serendipity?”, said the handsome young Dutchman. It was the waitress who decided I should sit at his table. I would not have dared to speak to ask him, myself. He was really too good looking. “Serendipity,” I hazarded, “is a coming together of random events that produces unexpected and happy results. “Our meeting,” … Continued

2013 Transitions

2013 Transitions

January Taking myself to market This is a blog about how I made the transition from employed to self-employed. According to Dan Pink, to sell is human. So I took myself to market and I sold! I try to sell myself quietly, and I also notice how other people sell themselves to me. One day, after a … Continued

How to give a good graduation speech: a tale of three speakers

How to give a good graduation speech: a tale of three speakers

In my time, I’ve taken part in quite a few graduation ceremonies, including the one where the guest of honour told her audience to stop singing, and listen to what she had to say. I’ve made speeches, handed out certificates, smiled, shaken hands, and mispronounced names. Fortunately, graduations being a time to celebrate achievements with … Continued

The Pixar Pitch and Other Sales Tips from Dan Pink

The Pixar Pitch and Other Sales Tips from Dan Pink

If you need to brush up your selling and influencing skills, Dan Pink’s new book ‘To Sell is Human’ has some practical suggestions. Though I would not recommend all of them to all of my friends. Because selling is very personal, and you have to be yourself to engage people. As I found out. But I’ll tell you about that later.