Archive | August, 2009

Planning for the expected and unexpected

As this year speeds along the highway of time, we may sometimes wonder whether the rest of this year is long enough to complete all the business and personal plans we have. Taking time to put together a plan can help us to achieve our goals. Here are a few pointers to assist you in […]

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Corked or screwed?

“Come quickly, I’m drinking the stars”. These famous words were unfortunately never uttered by the Benedictine monk Dom Perignon, who is widely believed to be the father of champagne.  As a matter of fact, Dom Perignon spent the biggest part of his life trying to stop the second fermentation, which gives champagne its sparkle. But […]

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Powerful PowerPoint Presentations: Rule of Thirds

One of the simplest guidelines for visually powerful PowerPoints is the Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Thirds appears as early as 1797 (in a book by JT Smith) as a rule for good nature paintings. It is a guideline for composition that suggests placing key graphic elements along lines that divide your image into […]

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Understanding your personality

Take a few minutes to consider how the world has moulded you. Do you like what you see? We live inside our bodies, so we are supposed to know ourselves better than anybody else. Why, then, is it that personality tests and tools remain popular? What is it that we don’t know? Put differently, why […]

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Contains sulphites

Contains sulphites: these two words on the back label of any wine bottle spark many debates. Why start using it now, and why do winemakers use sulphur in the first place? The first question is easy to answer: even though rumour has it that sulphur was used in Roman times to preserve wine, the earliest evidence of […]

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Winning people over through action-inspiring stories

You are talking to people, inside or outside your organisation, and you want them to give time, energy and money to a cause – you want to win them over. What do you do? Tell them stories that help them to think, feel and care. All communication is storytelling. Stories tell who we are, what […]

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