Jonathn Nolan and J.J Abrams’ Post-911, high-concept, high-tech, high violence, vigilante, conspiracy-Western, cop-show powers on thanks to the charm of its cast and the lightness of tone, which levens otherwise dark material. The Machine now has its artificial intelligence nemesis in The Samaritan; the PoI gang of Reece, Finch, Fusco, Shaw, Root (and Bear the … Continue reading
Article originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, February 2015 Five key tips for success. How you sound affects how your message is received. Taking control of the way you speak will help you to capture and keep attention and deliver that message with ease.
Article originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, March 2015 Your natural voice quality plus the way you use your voice can affect your audience’s response to your message – and to you. Imagine a cross section through the world, from the clouds right down to the sea bed. Where does your … Continue reading
Article originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, April 2015 Our reactions to stressful situations tend to happen in a repeating cycle of habits: A – An Activating event happens B – This triggers your Beliefs about it C – The Consequence is your physical response; how you feel about what you’re … Continue reading
Article originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, August 2015 Speaking well in public is a vital business and social skill, so it’s important to be aware of the impact you have when you speak. Here are three voice habits to beware and avoid when you’re speaking in public, to your colleagues, … Continue reading
We all know some ridiculous percentage of email is actually unwanted spam that clutters the world’s mailservers. Normally you don’t see most of it, don’t give it a second thought; it’s straight in the junk folder and deleted. The quarantine server at the current client, however, sends you a list of the junk mail in … Continue reading
Article originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, July 2015 Redundancy – getting laid off – is now a fact of life, whereas a few years ago, in many sectors, it just didn’t happen. Now it does, and if you aren’t ready when the unthinkable happens, you may go under. Even if … Continue reading
Web user: I hate ads. They’re annoying, intrusive, distracting, they suck up bandwidth, delay my page loads, scam me with fake content and click-bait, and show me and my kids offensive and inappropriate content that is NSFW or home and bypass my privacy and parental rights. Advertiser: That’s my revenue stream you’re talking about. That’s … Continue reading
I recently watched a series of presentations and was struck by the variety of the speakers’ personal styles. First the leader, chatty, warm and amusing, talking big themes with gentle assurance and a deceptive simplicity. Next, the expert, reading out a formal scholarly paper with laptop and lectern, with entertaining TV clips in memorable contrast.
Do we need another TV cop show? When it’s as brilliant as the BBC’s River, with it’s London-based Scandi-noir feel and a stunning central performance from Stellan Skarsgaard as the grieving, ghost-whispering detective, the answer is definitely yes. From the outset, River is the Sixth Sense detective, with Skarsgaard’s (Thor, Pirates) John River speaking with … Continue reading
Proving my old adage that you haven’t made it on TV ’til you have your own cop show, this time it’s Ann-Marie Duff’s turn to play detective. Unfortunately this earnest attempt at a female-led cop show to rival the Danes goes off the rails inside three minutes. Duff (Shameless, Suffragette) is retired constable Claire Church, … Continue reading