Archive | June, 2009

Knowing what to do next – A life story exercise

Susan Boyle’s YouTube video skyrocketed her to worldwide fame. This ordinary woman surprised everybody in Britain’s got Talent by singing the audience, the judges and later the rest of the world into tears. Why is it that we were all so intrigued by this ordinary woman showing her “other side” to the world? I wonder […]

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Friends don’t let friends (mis)use Powerpoint

We have all been at the receiving end of (mis)used PowerPoint Presentations.  How do I know if my presentations have the same effect on other people?  Take your last (or next) PowerPoint Presentation and ask yourself the following 12 questions: 1. Why did I use it? The best advice with PowerPoint is – don’t use […]

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Indian Butternut and Apricot Soup (Gluten-free)

(from the Good Food Diet) Turn up the heat a notch or two on a chilly evening and serve this smooth, warming Indian soup, spiked with ginger, curry and cumin. Balance it with a cool Lemon Lassi (see below) on the side. Indian Butternut and Apricot Soup is: heart-friendly diabetic-friendly vegetarian-friendly fibre-rich gluten-free dairy-free (just […]

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Elementary, my dear…

The questions some people ask regarding wine never cease to amaze me. I was at a braai a while ago when somebody hauled out a bottle of wine and asked my opinion.  The person then told me about the unique production technique used by the specific winery:  “They put some grapes in the tank, then a […]

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How to handle red flag anger

People do different things with red flags. Some people sidestep them: they are afraid of getting hurt or they don’t want to cause pain to other people. Others see red and storm the flag without thinking of the consequences. A third group of people always wear red flags. They are never without a flag, and […]

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What is the source of your power?

Some leaders drag a team of horses behind them. The horses are all pulling at their bits and struggling in different directions. Other leaders are running with their horses. The horses don’t have bits in their mouths, and they are all moving in the same direction. The difference lies in the leader’s source of power. […]

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Red Couscous

(from the Good Food Diet) Various shades of red add to the bold appearance of this dish. Red kidney beans, red pepper, tomato, red onion and sweet chilli sauce are combined with couscous for a moist and flavourful dish. You can prepare it in a flash and keep it in the fridge for three days. […]

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Creating red-hot presentations

A red-hot presentation is like a good joke: captivating, fresh and well told. Good presentations have a takeoff, a climax and a short, crisp landing. This format creates anticipation and helps people stay with you during the presentation. It also helps them remember what you have said and encourages them to re-tell it to others. […]

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