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Review – Spooks: The Greater Good (2015)

The BBC’s long-running espionage series moves from TV to the big screen, this time trying to save Britain’s home intelligence service from a CIA takeover in the face of a Pakistani revenge-terrorism campaign. All the clichés of latterday pop-TV terror plots mix with old fashioned Le Carre legacy; the question is can it open up … Continue reading

How-to: Conference Confidence

High stakes event coming up? Conference makers and breakers coming up next … Do your sound/PowerPoint check before they come in. ‘Is this thing on?’ isn’t a question for the audience.

Review: CSI Cyber Season 1

Show runners Zuicker, Mendelson and Donahue give up on CSI-cities (they missed CSI Cricklewood) to give themselves free reign with the FBI’s glossed-over cyber-crimes team. Two lurid opening episodes fail to produce anything other than another glossy TV franchise behemoth assembled in expensive kit-form. Including yet another theme tune by The Who. The CSI Cyber … Continue reading

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

In a relentless drive to up the ante in Marvel comic-book sequels, it’s only Joss Whedon’s sense of humour that saves this noisy, CGI-laden behemoth from crash, bash and smash tedium. The script is a load of portentous twaddle about artificial intelligence, monsters, mayhem and extinction-level events, or, put another way, any excuse to run … Continue reading

How-to: ‘brainfriendly’ tips for successful learning and development events

Article originally appeared on social media; Philippa Hammond ‏@TalkingSpeaking, Jul 17, 2015 Learning and Development events: go to many? Deliver many? Find that many disappear into a black hole when they’re over? Think ‘learning’ not ‘training’ – learning we do for ourselves.

How-to: Ten tips for effective communications

Article originally appeared in social media, Philippa Hammond, ‏@TalkingSpeaking, June 2015 Communications strengthen relationships and productivity are in the top three employability skills. Ten tips for effective communications coming up: Tone of voice = the personality of the organisation or writer should come through House style = the organisation’s dress code Grammar = final touches, … Continue reading

Opinion: Top Ten Commuter Crimes

Oh yes, I’ve got a little list. The Brighton – Wimbledon morning commute has thrown up ten classic hates that I think we can all relate to. In no particular order: Lunatic luggage wielders – enormous indiscriminately violent backpack bludgeoners and pilots of gigantic suitcases the size of a wardrobe … Get off! Spend two … Continue reading

How-to: Engage or Enrage? Powerpoints to Remember

Originally posted Sep 18, 2014 via LinkedIn Pulse – Engage or Enrage? Powerpoints to Remember. “Power-Point is only a glorified slide-show; the point of power in the room should be the speaker.” Thomas Everchild Powerpoint for presentations, briefings, speeches, pitches … friend or foe? The pros and cons, and how to get the best out … Continue reading

Review: Entourage (2015)

Comedy with no laughs, drama with no dramatic tension and satire that contains no criticism or comment on its subjects, Entourage is a vacuous, pointless, sexist parade of leering, letching and contempt for at least 50% of the population. This is Hollywood as the land of naked ambition and consumerism filled with shallow, vain, self-serving … Continue reading

Review: Dredd (2012)

While Pete Travis’ (Vantage Point) bloodily excessive re-boot of Judge Dredd exorcises the horror of Danny Cannon’s 1992 Stallone pantomime, it simply doesn’t re-boot energetically enough despite an Alex Garland (Ex Machina) script. In a post-nuclear Mega City One, the 800m citizens sprawl across an area from Boston to DC that looks all too close … Continue reading

How-to: Team Building the Inclusive Way

Team Building used to consist of everyone piling into a room, death by PowerPoint from our Glorious Leaders and thinly veiled threats of what would happen if we didn’t shut up, get on with it and meet the expected Mission Impossible revenue/savings/productivity/overtime targets. These days we have to be more inclusive. How do you balance … Continue reading

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