Donald Trump has made many of us in the communications business shift uncomfortably in our seats in the last couple of years. When Trump became President, he pretty much took the standard advice of the speaker coach, screwed it up, and threw it back in our faces: be clear in what you mean, we said. Own your authority on what…Read More
Recently, the world lost Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General. I along with many others was saddened to hear the news of Kofi Annan’s death and felt extremely lucky to have met the great man - the ultimate diplomat. I interviewed him on a couple of occasions and was struck by his careful judgment and his strong moral conviction.…Read More
Though some of us will have seen the bawdy Prime Minister’s Questions every Wednesday at 12 noon, a lot of parliament’s work is done in select committees. A select committee is made up of a number of members of parliament, and deals with particular issues relating to the governance of the country. They are often investigative in nature, some are…Read More
Imagine opening the banking app on your phone and looking at the balance. It seems surprisingly high. You look more closely, and don’t recognise the recent transactions. Then you see the name: it is not your account. When you’re sorting out whether you feel the thrill of eavesdropping or the fear that you’ll get in trouble for somehow hacking into…Read More
At last week’s inaugural Business Book Awards ceremony in Central London, Lucy McCarraher said in her welcoming speech that she had set up the awards in partnership with Thinkfest, in response to changes in the business book market: ‘Business books themselves have increased in quality as well as quantity. Overall, business authors have become more sophisticated in the way they write…Read More
We have three golden principles when it comes to communication: authority, authenticity and audience. Usually, we apply them to speaking in public and giving presentations – but they work well across other communications as well. Forget about where you put your feet on stage and what font looks good on a poster; instead ask if what you’re saying (or doing)…Read More
Women are ‘in’ which comes as a shock to those of us who never realised we were ‘out’. ‘Feminism’ is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s Word of 2017. And the women who have broken their silence over sexual harassment are Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’. From the highest cultural markers to... the Celebrity Big Brother house. This year the reality TV…Read More
Birds do it. Bees do it. Even packs of chimpanzees do it. And we do it - sometimes. Sharing knowledge is what holds a community together, whether that’s warning of predators, advertising food sources or playing a game. When humans share knowledge, we codify and formalise and put it in a curriculum. What we learn tells us who we are; if…Read More
Automation has already touched every industry on the planet: whether it's sorting the rotten apples out of a harvest or customers scanning their own shopping at a supermarket checkout, machines are deeply entwined in our lives, whether we notice them or not. It's tempting, especially for those of us whose skill set falls in what might broadly be called 'the…Read More
The PS Programmes team recently delivered a masterclass titled ‘Speak Like a Leader’ for members of the Institute of Directors, at the IoD’s Pall Mall address in London. As it’s always a good way to engage an audience, and find out what it is that they expect from a workshop, we started by asking the audience what ‘Leadership’ meant to…Read More
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