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April 5, 2021
There are three versions of any story

Which of these images is a true reflection of reality? This isn’t as strange a question as you might think when you consider we’re looking at the world every day, making a choice about our reality, and then acting as if we’re right. These images were taken to demonstrate a few of the different perspectives […]

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December 13, 2020
Are your assumptions correct?

I remember very clearly a series of conversations with clients and colleagues where I had been told that the strategy they were suggesting we use was what the client/ stakeholder/ team member needed - ie it was tailored to suit the other person's preferences. The interesting thing, to me anyway, was that often different people […]

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September 25, 2020
Why do you ignore experts?

Post from the 2017 archives: Someone asked on LinkedIn "why are managers reluctant to ditch their bullet heavy dull slides." ie why do they ignore best practice? Why do people think they can do something better by themselves, and not need the support of those with expertise. As a PowerPoint surgeon and presentation coach the […]

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September 17, 2020
10 things to remember when communicating

Post from the 2017 archives. I turned up at the garden centre yesterday to realise we hadn't agreed whereabouts in the garden centre we'd meet. I'd not met the person before, and whilst we both did have a LinkedIn profile picture to refer to, in a busy garden centre that wasn't going to be of […]

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September 9, 2020
It's like talking to a brick wall

Post from the 2017 archives. You have to be careful what you say in front me - especially if you're describing a situation you're wanting more insight on, or wondering what to do next about. I have a belief, that the words we use to describe challenges we're facing also contain the solution. You might […]

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