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Oh, How I’ve Missed You!

Indeed yes!

As I go through the comments left 2 weeks ago (sorry I’m only answering now), I smile, and realise that I’ve missed this space and the people who make it richer – you, yes, you!

In the last 3 weeks, I’ve spoken 3 times at conferences and user groups, all out of town – number 4 coming up on Thursday. Not to mention the final scramble to finish my action learning project and exams and I feel like my time is not my own.

After December 2nd I am going to celebrate. Of course,  for a few weeks, I know that I’m going to feel a tad aimless and like I should be somewhere or doing something.

Fortunately, Christmas is coming up. As usual, we’re staying home, getting together with family and enjoying the summer weather around the pool. There is also home renovations that I’ve been putting off since May mainly because of my studies.

I’m hanging in there for a couple more weeks. I hope you will too. Thanks for still coming by even though there’s not much new content.

If you haven’t yet read these posts, try them and let me know what you think – oldies but still goodies…

This is my most read post, can you believe I wrote it in 2014 and it’s still top of the pops:

15 things that happened the year the internet was born – written on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

I delivered this piece as a speech at Toastmasters and then posted it here and on LinkedIn. I got some good views and feedback:

How to realise your dreams, aka the deaf frog – written in January of this year.

This post is one of my personal favourites. I was relaxed when I wrote it and it’s about what being South African is:

South Africa, my house, my home – proudly ZA! – it has music too.

I hope you enjoy them.

Cheers for now…

 

A to Z Challenge: Z is for the Zen of Public Speaking

This may be stretching the meaning of the word a little…

Much has been covered in this series. From dealing with nerves, to industry talks and general speeches, how to use words and language to good effect and tips on using your voice.

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A to Z Challenge: Y is for You and the Yin and Yang of Public Speaking

Much of what has been covered in this series (click here for all the posts) sounds logical and straightforward. With preparation and practice it is! One thing is reading and cognitively understanding. The other thing is to actually experience it.

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A to Z Challenge: X is for X-Men of Public Speaking

Try and find a word starting with an “x” to do with public speaking and…well…not easy! At the time of compiling the editorial calendar for this challenge I had just watched X-Men: Days of Future Past and an idea struck.

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A to Z Challenge: W is for Words

Communication is all in the language. Your message will be understood or not understood based on the words you use. This is pretty obvious. There are other considerations when choosing the right words to convey your message. This is what the rest of this post is about.

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