Archive | November, 2009

Chocabana Smoothie

(definitely from the Good Food Diet) Kick-start your day with this delicious, nourishing smoothie. Or pack it into your lunch box (make it the night before and keep it in the fridge) and enjoy as a meal-on-the-go during a hectic day. Guaranteed to give you an instant energy and nutrient boost! The big bonus is […]

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What’s all the fizz about?

“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it when I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” This famous quote from the legendary Mme […]

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Leaders create hope in difficult times by telling stories

Last week I had to thank the leader of a non-government organisation for his contributions over the past five years. But I had to do it in such a way that it motivated the 150 volunteers and leaders present and get their buy-in for the road ahead. I decided to use stories. Do you have a year-end […]

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Holiday stress?

Drs Holmes and Rahe do research on the stressors in life that make people ill. Holidays are actually listed as a stressor on their scale! Why would that be? Because people change their routines, sleep different hours and usually drink more and eat less healthily. Family members spend more hours together than usual (a very […]

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Giving Empowering Feedback

We are all required to give feedback in a business context, maybe on a colleague’s performance, on the products or services of a supplier or on how to streamline a company’s processes by filling in a questionnaire.  Feedback can be a very useful tool as it offers others a glimpse of how you experience them […]

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How to kill PowerPoint karaoke or why bullet points make you powerless in communication

Kevin Smith, a manager at Dell, says: “The audience showed up to hear the expert (that’s you) talk about a solution to a problem that’s causing them pain, not to hear you perform ‘PowerPoint karaoke’ by reading off PowerPoint slides.” The point of a presentation is to move people to new action or thoughts. Although PowerPoint […]

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How to understand yourself and others interpersonally

If you’ve been struggling to relate, manage or connect with someone, you have probably been dealing with a Storming Bulldozer, a Moaning Shark or a Pleasing Goody Two Shoes. Or maybe with a Grounded Grower. Which one are you? Where do your colleagues, family members or friends fit in? The Dimensional Model of Behaviour is […]

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