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Too many books?

I don’t know about you, but my book shelves are stuffed to over flowing. And that’s just my shelves. Then there’s the bedside table, and my work area … perhaps I should stop there. You get the idea. We love books in our house and I often feel guilty that …
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Do you scribble on books?

Do you scribble on books?  When I went to school this was considered to be very bad form but as an adult I find it essential.  Taking notes in the margins of books I want to learn from: underlining key phrases, turning over corners and generally making a mess of …
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Do facts change minds?

Changing other peoples’ minds is central to having influence in business, however in his new book Atomic Habits James Clear offers some new insight into this vexing challenge. He starts by referring to two notable minds which point in the same direction: J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice …
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Do emotion and business communication mix?

I recently ran a webinar called Getting To The Point Without Being Blunt which included a Q&A time for the participants. One of the great questions that came out was about the use of emotion in business communication. Download this and the other five Q&As here, or read on. I …
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‘Pitch it in 10’, or Branson’s not interested

Now, that’s uncompromising. Ten words is not many, and yet this week a client told me they and a colleague had spent most of the weekend prior preparing a major presentation to their leadership that was summed up in just 10 powerful words. Despite all the weekend work, which included …
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