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A picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words

I know I’m basically a wordsmith. I am quite capable of getting into a fight over the placement of a comma versus a semi colon and have been known to channel Stannis Baratheon from Game of Thrones by murmuring “Fewer!” at the television news when someone says, “The...

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Old dogs and new tricks

Old dogs and new tricks

One of the attitudes I find myself coming up against as an older worker is the idea that only Gen Z “gets” technology. Several times I’ve been asked if I know what Microsoft Office is, or have I ever seen how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to make a video? It makes me feel...

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Speak it like you mean it

Speak it like you mean it

How often have you sat down to hear someone give a speech at a conference or business meeting with a sense of dread in the pit of your stomach? It’s going to be boring, right? So many of these things are. You’re going to have to pretend to be awake and interested and...

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Plain English – or why we should eschew obfuscatory verbiage.

Plain English – or why we should eschew obfuscatory verbiage.

Are you “leveraging your synergies” and “achieving buy-in from key stakeholders”? Do you “engage best-practice methodologies” in order to “build consensus around our vision statement”? I know many people are, I can see it in annual reports, speeches, internal...

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