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2020 Foresight: Climate change will force companies to switch to live webcasts

2020 Foresight: Climate change will force companies to switch to live webcasts

Blog posts   •   Oct 21, 2019 08:56 +08

Climate change is forcing organisations to rethink how they do business. Instead of sending their executives on overseas trips, companies will be “​flight shamed”. But business must go on, so many will turn to live webcasting. But are you ready to get in front of the camera?

Why teaching MBA students presentation skills is easier said than done
"Before I start"... well, you've already started, so just get on with it!

"Before I start"... well, you've already started, so just get on with it!

Blog posts   •   Oct 15, 2019 08:15 +08

Please can we retire "Before I start" from keynote presenters' vocabularies. Fact is, when you say these words, by definition you've already started! Here are some of the most egregious abuses of the phrase. And some replacement options.

2020 Foresight: How to compete with Artificial Intelligence

2020 Foresight: How to compete with Artificial Intelligence

Blog posts   •   Oct 14, 2019 08:54 +08

The 2020s will see more smart machines such as house cleaning robots, self-driving cars and autonomous drones. What are the implications for us mere mortals?

To succeed, digital transformation requires a communications transformation

To succeed, digital transformation requires a communications transformation

Blog posts   •   Oct 14, 2019 08:54 +08

So, apparently we're all going to be replaced by machines and Artificial Intelligence. Okay, maybe not so soon. But what can people do better than machines? And isn't it high time we learnt those skills.

Why people have accents, and how to lose them

Why people have accents, and how to lose them

Blog posts   •   Jul 08, 2019 09:00 +08

In a business setting, accents can hinder your message being understood and lead to ambiguity and misinterpretation. So, why do people speak with accents, and what can they do to lose them? HBM's Mark Laudi discuss the secret of clear communication with Saveria.

ConnecTech wrap up: Comms professionals must get ready for 5G and live streaming platforms

ConnecTech wrap up: Comms professionals must get ready for 5G and live streaming platforms

Blog posts   •   Jun 26, 2019 09:00 +08

If there are two takeaways for disciples of communication from this year's ConnecTech in Singapore, they are (1) the rise of 5G, and (2) the proliferation of live streaming platforms - with huge implications for communications professionals and their senior leadership teams.

Without further ado, please consign this eye-rolling cliché to history

Without further ado, please consign this eye-rolling cliché to history

Blog posts   •   Jun 11, 2019 10:50 +08

Without any further ado, can you please consign this eye-rolling cliché to history. It is now so common for on-stage presenters to wrap their opening or housekeeping remarks with this phrase that my eyes are rolling constantly.

Six communications skills to learn from John Bercow

Six communications skills to learn from John Bercow

Blog posts   •   May 03, 2019 08:05 +08

In the whole Brexit chaos, the person who has impressed me the most is the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. Communications Directors in Asia are unlikely to ever have to control a scrum of journalists like Bercow controls the House. But I have anyway distilled his edicts "from a sedentary position" into a set of learnings for business leaders and communications professionals.

Christchurch attack: Should live streaming be banned?

Blog posts   •   Mar 28, 2019 06:43 +08

In the wake of the gun attack on two mosques in Christchurch this month, one question being asked is whether live video streaming apps should be banned. Here is my answer.