How to more effectively use feedback to develop your new presentation

One risk to testing a new talk is that you get feedback you’re not able to deal with. After seeing two speakers overwhelmed by suggestions from well-meaning friends and colleagues, here are some tips to help you use comments from a test audience – strategically and effectively.

Through the eyes of a clown: the art of facilitation

A Perth version of Clowning for Facilitators will be running on January 12.  For a word that wasn’t in use not so many years ago, facilitator gets bandied around a bit.  In this workshop we use the art of Clown to get you, the facilitator or communicator, connected with the intangible part of your work.Continue reading “Through the eyes of a clown: the art of facilitation”

Capitalism is the new activism: big business and media lead the way to social and environmental change

Much maligned as the antithesis to sustainability, advertising and media are finding their place in the new world of urgent social and environmental change, offering what is generally lacking in environmental purists and social activists: the understanding that hard facts and finger pointing aren’t enough to yield results; you need to understand people, to appeal to values and to emotions and you need to get the right message out in the right way to lots and lots of people. Strategic sustainability communications hits Donella Meadows’ most effective system intervention points – creating a paradigm shift and the power to do something about it.

What happens when you attend a digital media conference with an old-school mobile phone?

FutureGov’s Gov 2 Gov conference at Canada House had superb chandeliers, live tweeting, and an opportunity to discuss social media as a tool for government engagement. Given it was a conference on digital media, it’s not surprising everyone I spoke to was surprised I didn’t have internet access on my old-school Nokia. What did IContinue reading “What happens when you attend a digital media conference with an old-school mobile phone?”