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The how of a speech

In a recent post, I wrote about creating a elevator speech. While that post covers the what of a speech, someone asked me about the how of a speech. So here is a quick post on the how of a speech. … Continue reading

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Creating an elevator speech

A elevator speech is a short speech – usually of 30 seconds – that is a pitch to an accidental meeting in an elevator with someone whom one wants to make an impression on. The objective is to not to … Continue reading

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At least, he did not shit in my car – a stoic mindset

We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them. Epictetus, The Enchiridion (continued from previous post) One of the axiomatic phrases that I live by is – tomorrow this will be a funny … Continue reading

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Today’s thief, yesterday’s child – an empathic mindset

Men have come into being for one another; so either educate them or put up with them. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations A few weeks ago, I had parked my car on my street overnight and in the morning discovered that someone … Continue reading

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Must reads on writing for learners

Looking at employer feedback, one of the skills that they value highly is writing. This is for an obvious requirement in journalism, public relations, and other writerly practices, but it is also a highly valued skill for designers, advertisers, scientists, and … Continue reading

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Does sleeping matter to learners?


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I was reading this article on sleep coaches and performance athletes, and I thought – what about learners? There is a lot of research on the relationship between sleep deprivation and cognitive ability. Some researchers have argued that sleep deprivation … Continue reading

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#52books52weeks

Towards the end of 2014, I decided to attempt to read 52 books over the 52 weeks that are 2015. This idea came to me from several quarters – but as of most of the ideas, they came from colleagues, … Continue reading

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the excitement of an empty wall

When I have to get a project done, there are two tools that I just must have; butcher paper and a wall. I have just put to bed one project and am about to begin a new one. So I … Continue reading

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to dewey or not to dewey

I love books. I mean that in literally and otherwise. I have more than 800 books at the moment and I cannot help myself buying more. Many a weekend hour is spent in second hand booksops. While traveling in country … Continue reading

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making a standing desk at work

I am generally a fidgety person with a fairly short attention span. One of the things I really struggle with is sitting at my desk for hours on end writing lectures, marking, emailing and other computer based activities. I find myself wanting … Continue reading

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