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What the powerful want

“Most people with power would like to use it wisely, if someone believable would tell them how. They know that any proposal having to do with their business can be stated clearly and completely in less than one minute”. Robert Townsend from p 21 of Further up the organization.

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“Beginnings are so important”

“Beginnings are so important. My most important contributions for a project is at the start – setting the vision.” These words were spoken by Todd Coates, CEO of Sydney Bridge Climb, at a breakfast seminar I recently attended.

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Thinking is work

“Thinking is work. In the early stages of a man’s career it is very hard work. When a difficult decision or problem arises, how easy it is, after looking at it superficially, to give up thinking about it. It is easy to put it from one’s mind. It is easy to decide that it is insoluble, or that something will turn up to help us.

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Angela Catterns Voice Lesson 4

Michael Kelly “Angela, what interviewing ideas do you have for the non-professional interviewer?” Angela Catterns “Well for me I think the secret to interviewing is actually listening. So you can just start off with one question – and if you listen to the answer . . . I’m also writing down something someone has said when I’m interviewing them . . . and that’s where I get my next question.

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Angela Catterns, Voice Lesson 3

Michael Kelly “Where do people let themselves down when speaking?” Angela Catterns “I believe you can work on (developing) your voice. I think that a quiet voice is a disadvantage. I think you have to project – you don’t have to shout – it’s important to speak with confidence, so people are be able to hear you, otherwise what’s the point?

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Angela Catterns, Voice Lesson 1

Michael Kelly “Angela, of the voices you like, which ones stand out for you and why?” Angela Catterns “John Laws had a good voice and Bob Carr has a very good voice . . . I don’t think Tony Abbott has a good voice . . . and I was only thinking the other day that Tanya Plibersek, the deputy Opposition Leader, who I really like, I think she could…

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Choice Voice Lesson 3, Bob Carr

Michael Kelly “Bob, of the voices you like, what are the features that make them attractive? Bob Carr “I think what you wrote recently about Obama’s voice was very significant . . . you focused on the pacing, and his voice gathers pace and groups words together so that he holds our interest . . .

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Choice Voice Lesson 1, Bob Carr

Michael Kelly “Bob, if you had to choose three lessons on what makes a great speaking voice, what would those lessons be?” Bob Carr “I think the first lesson is to separate yourself from the text and look the audience in the eye . . . and that animates a voice.

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