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The Twelve Days of An Office Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my office sent to me: a cold caller on the phone   On the second day of Christmas my office sent to me: Two missed calls and a cold caller on the phone   On the third day of Christmas my office sent to me: Three paper jams Two missed calls and a cold caller on the phone   On the fourth day of Christmas my office sent to me: Four Windows updates Three…

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First Impressions Part 2: What Does Your Profile Picture Say About You?

In my last article, When Does a First Impression Become a Last Impression?, I discussed what aspects we judge people on when they make first contact with us and the fact that we have to use this very limited information to decide whether we want to connect with them. In part two I will be focusing on professional profile pictures and what kind of impact different types of pictures might have. For each type of profile picture below I’ve looked…

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When does a first impression become a last impression?

This week I’ve been thinking about first impressions. Even though most of us like to think we don’t judge other people, our brains automatically form an opinion within the first few seconds of meeting someone. In our digital world first impressions are often formed by reading an email, a tweet or looking at a profile picture. Once we have the first impression we then need to decide whether we want to take that next step to include that person within…

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The Art of Achievement

After reading an interesting article by Dr Travis Bradberry on procrastination, I began wondering how much of our day we really spend on procrastinating and ‘doing other things’ instead of working towards the things we really want to achieve. Look back over the last 24 hours. What did you do? You’ve probably listed things like: went to work, had dinner, took the children to school, sat in the car, cleaned the kitchen, watched TV, checked Facebook, delivered a presentation etc.…

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Stop. Think. Communicate.

Stop. Think. Communicate. Lyn Calver You would probably agree that much of the communication we do now is in written form whether it be email, text, on social media or even in a letter. When you write a letter, you probably take the time to check it through for mistakes or ask someone else to check it for you but can the same be said of the rest of your communications? In our fast paced society, many people are expected…

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Networking – is it really for me?

Networking – is it really for me? I’ve been attending quite a few networking events recently and it’s been interesting gathering various points of view about whether networking is really a useful tool in business. Nobody can deny that you get to meet many other small business owners. This is where the case becomes controversial.  Some wonder what the point is of meeting other people in the same situation as yourself when it will be rare that they want to…

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If we can’t have it now, is it worth having?

If we can’t have it now, is it worth having? Western society is travelling at breakneck speed to becoming an instant society. We are becoming used to everything being instantly available whether it be food, information, gifts and entertainment. How many of you have given up on finding the answer to a question because it didn’t come up on the first page of Google? Studies show that 50% of us give up on waiting for a video to play if we…

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Six Easy Steps to Improve Your Presentation Skills

Six Easy Steps to Improve Your Presentation Skills Do you feel nervous about delivering your first presentation? Do you wake in up in the night worrying about how you come across? Do you feel that you could improve your skills but aren’t sure how? The tips below should help you improve your confidence in presenting. 1. Find out what your ‘distract’ is When they present, many people unknowingly distract the audience with a repeated trait. This might be constantly using a…

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