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Networks, Networking & Interesting Stuff

Thoughts on the stuff that makes the world go round

Presentation skills in a nutshell

A gem I picked up recently – almost short enough to be a tweet!When making a presentation, bear three things in mind:1.    Simplify complicated ideas2.    Emphasize the benefits3.    Try to influence your audience to take action
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The power of gestures

Attitude is all-important. If you approach things with a positive frame of mind, there’s nearly always a useful ‘takeaway’ to be found. An example: Yesterday I went to a ‘free’ seminar on presentation skills which was, as I suspected, mainly a selling exercise. Since I run workshops and masterclasses for a living, I’m always curious to see what others offer. And there was one gem – a short exercise to demonstrate the power of body language.Try it and see. First, find a partner. Stand facing each other, and clasp your hands behind your back. Now think of a subject that you...
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Randomised coffee trials (aka, "having a coffee and a chat with a relative stranger")

When it comes to innovation, most of us under-estimate the power of serendipity and the importance of meeting new people.In workshops, I always stress the many and varied benefits that building a network brings. So I often talk about the importance of serendipity, and of meeting new people – and it is heartening to find that the news is spreading. At a recent workshop which I ran for the Wellcome Trust, I mentioned the (strangely named, I think) Random Coffee Trials that are becoming increasingly popular in organisations as diverse as the Scottish government, the Red Cross - even the UK...
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Gathering: Lessons in professional networking from Finland

Just back from a stimulating weekend in Finland, presenting at the Hanken School of Economics Summer Summit (www.hanken.fi/en). I am always especially pleased to work in Finland. I have personal connections with the country (my mum was Finnish) and have been spending my summer holidays there since I was a small child. But it was more recently, when my ideas on approaches to professional networking were developing, that my Finnish connection came to the fore professionally. Much (most) of Finland is wild forest. Roaming in that forest is an enormously peaceful occupation…..and it was while gathering bilberries (or it may have...
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Musical Chairs

Another one of those chance conversations that lead somewhere unexpected... I've been a volunteer reader on our local Talking Newspaper for a couple of years. Never got involved in the committee, governance or management side of things, just did the read, put the USB sticks in envelopes and went home. A few weeks back, during our 'cake break' in recording, I happened to be chatting to our engineer and regaling him with the latest instalment about dealing with what are euphemistically called 'strong characters' in my role as Chair of another voluntary organisation. I didn't think any more about it until...
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