Write lines: improve your business writing
08 / 05 / 17
Can e-learning survive (even thrive)?
Is e-learning really in a perilous state? There are some who are suggesting its death knell has all but rung. And you might believe it too, if you saw the provocative LinkedIn Pulse post entitled ‘RIP online learning …?’. Its author, Laura Overton, founder of learning and development advisory service Towards Maturity, had asked LinkedIn […]
06 / 04 / 17
What we learnt from our first two years using Slack
If you’re not yet using a chat system to collaborate with your colleagues at work, you probably will be soon. Apps like Slack (the most popular) are rapidly redefining how we communicate. And the market for such tools was estimated at a staggering $4.5 billion last year. But do they actually make life better for […]
21 / 03 / 17
The rise (and fails) of report robo-writers
In the 1991 blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the time-travelling Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) reveals in deadpan tones how artificial intelligence (AI) put in charge of America’s weapons will deliberately trigger nuclear Armageddon. ‘The system goes online August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defence. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It […]
15 / 02 / 17
Poor communication is crippling business. Can we talk about that?
Most people think their driving is above average. That’s a statistical impossibility, of course, otherwise it wouldn’t be an average. Still, it’s what we believe. In one study, no fewer than 93 per cent of Americans questioned placed themselves in the top 50 per cent of drivers. This is an example of what psychologists call […]
09 / 02 / 17
End of the line for the full stop?
What is a full stop (period) for? Well, surely it’s how we tell one sentence has ended and a new one is about to begin. To many people, that would seem straightforward enough. But could there actually be a more sinister meaning lurking behind this small, seemingly innocent piece of punctuation? ‘Punctuation mark may be […]
27 / 01 / 17
How Monica Lewinsky conquered her public-speaking demons
In March 2015, Monica Lewinsky walked into the world-famous spotlight of the TED stage in Vancouver, Canada, to deliver a presentation called ‘The price of shame’. She was, of course, already world famous herself. Everyone ‘knew’ her story – her affair with former US President Bill Clinton, which had hit the headlines some 17 years earlier. […]
18 / 01 / 17
A catalogue for transforming communication skills
Writing is one of those work activities that we just assume we can do. So much so that it’s not even something we tend to give much thought to. Yet in the last decade or two, it’s silently taken over our working lives. Email alone accounts for a staggering four hours of an average worker’s […]