“You’ll be fine, you’ve got clean shoes.”

Funny thing, nerves. Sometimes they appear when you least need them - like when you're about to get up and speak! Three years ago I stood at entrance to a school hall full of high school-aged boys and their parents and teachers at a school in Canberra, as guest speaker for their commencement assembly for the year. I'd been to the school countless times as part of my role for work and had a cup of coffee with the headmaster beforehand. We then walked down to the hall and he went on stage. I...
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PowerPoint-less?

It's not personal at all. I am a good Word for Windows person. Autocorrect and I have had a strong, close, mutually beneficial working relationship for years - mind you when you're writing 'organisational communication' often for your degree, you'd hope so! I have got Excel to the point where my personal and work budgets work (well, the former kinda!); and in a galaxy far far etc a long time ago, I used Access databases, too. But I have a confession. A confession of a speechwriter, who wrote ...
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Lead or respond – why Twitter is a must-have for NGO CEOs

Having been in non-government organisation (NGO) management roles now for six-ish years (with a period of speechwriting in between my first and second gigs), a comment I had from a colleague the other day stunned me. It was a relaxed, note-swapping chat over a coffee; a relatively young NGO head talking with a far more experienced private sector colleague about organisational values and the mechanics of a new leader coming into an organisation. We were talking about how the organisatio...
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