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If you have nothing to say – say nothing

“Verbal expression is the mirror of the mind. Clear thoughts become clear statements, whereas ambiguous ideas transform into vacant ramblings.  The trouble is that, in many cases, we lack very lucid thoughts. The world is complicated, and it takes a great deal of mental effort to understand even one facet of the whole. Until you experience an epiphany, it’s better to heed Mark Twain: “If you have nothing to say,…

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Trump v Clinton – body language & speech analysis

What type of leaders are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – based on their spoken messages, style, look and body language? Is there anything they need to do to win over voters? When voters make judgements on whom to vote for, they ask themselves questions such as: ‘Do I like the candidate?, Do I trust the candidate?, Can I emotionally identify with the candidate?, Does the candidate have integrity?, Does…

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Are you marinating in conventional wisdom?

“Thinking for yourself means finding yourself, finding your own reality. Here’s the other problem with Facebook and Twitter and even The New York Times.  When you expose yourself to those things, especially in the constant way that people do now—older people as well as younger people—you are continuously bombarding yourself with a stream of other people’s thoughts. You are marinating yourself in the conventional wisdom.

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8/10 for Morrison’s budget speech delivery

Scott Morrison delivered a credible performance in his Budget speech last night. Here is the link to the footage  Leaving aside the value of his ideas, from watching the opening and closing of the speech, I rate Morrison’s performance as 8/10 – against the benchmark of a credible, visionary, inspiring Treasurer of state

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Is the knowledge you espouse – your own?

“After receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918, Max Planck went on tour across Germany. Wherever he was invited, he delivered the same lecture on new quantum mechanics. Over time, his chauffeur grew to know it by heart. “It has to be boring giving the same speech each time, Professor Planck. How about I do it for you in Munich? You can sit in the front row and wear…

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Is an ‘Action Bias’ costing you?

“In a penalty situation in soccer, the ball takes less than o.3 seconds from the player who kicked the ball to the goal. There is not enough time for the goalkeeper to watch the ball’s trajectory.  He(she) must make a decision before the ball is kicked. Soccer players who take penalty kicks shoot one third of the time at the middle of the goal, one third of the time at…

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Executives: Do you have conviction of a higher type?

“He appeared ‘awkward’ at first, in his shirtsleeves with no collar. “He began in a slow and hesitating manner,” the reporter Horace White noted. Yet, minutes into his speech, “it was evident that he had mastered his subject, that he knew what he was going to say, and that he knew he was right”. 

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End your meeting – as well as you start it

In a workshop I conducted for the CEO Institute a year or two ago, one of the CEOs commented that he had been in the audience where a conference speaker started his presentation very well,  grabbing the attention of everyone, but then trailed off – in effect abusing the attention of the audience.

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