Category Communication

How to Make a Country Rich, Build Attractive Cities and Become a Better Person (in 27 minutes)

Three wonderful short videos from The School of Life youtube channel, total duration 27 minutes: How to Make a Country Rich If you were setting out to make a country rich, what kind of mindsets and ideas would be most likely to achieve your goals? We invent a country, Richland, and try to imagine the […]

3 Ways Negative Self-Talk Damages Us

Psychologist Martin Seligman explained that there are three ways in which our internal beliefs or narratives  become damaging: we make them personal, pervasive, and permanent. Personal: I failed, so I must be a failure.  Pervasive: I failed in this instance, so I’ll probably fail in every instance. Permanent: I failed once, so I’ll probably fail […]


How I Stopped Email Overload

“Inbox zero?” I haven’t seen anything near zero for a decade. I think email is a hugely useful tool, and also a massive black hole that can suck up my time and energy.  I haven’t tried to manage email for the last few years on the view that almost nothing of great value ever arrives or […]

[Infographic] The World as 100 People

The world has 7.323 billion people living on it (as of 20 June 2015, source Worldometer). The World as a Village of 100 If the world was a village of 100 people, 48 live on less than $2 a day.  21 are overweight and 16 are hungry.  12 speak Chinese, 5 spanish and 5 english.  49 […]

Iraq Explained — ISIS, Syria and War

I came across a wonderful series of explanation videos on youtube this morning (sometimes random internet clicking has its benefits!).  Kurz Gesagt, a Munich based design studio founded by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether in 2013 creates 5 minute animated explanations on some of the most complex topics there are.  Here are 4 of my […]

Improve your Stories: use more “therefore”s and “but”s

“What if a writer is trying to tell a story and nothing much happens, nothing is resolved…” How to Tell A Boring Story Use: “and then this happened”. The essential ingredient of a boring (it is going nowhere) story is the “and then this happened”…  “and then this happened”…  “and then this happened” structure. There […]

Kevin Spacey’s Three Key Elements to a Compelling Story

Today I am sharing a post from John Zimmer… There is a small group of blogs that I always read.  One is John Zimmer’s Manner of Speaking.  This week he shared a video he found of Kevin Spacey (the actor) talking to an audience of online marketers. Kevin Spacey talks about 3 ingredients of compelling […]


7 Letters To Write Before you Turn 70

Email has almost completely replaced the written letter.  This creates an opportunity.  Written letters are so rare that they really stand out.  You can really benefit from this special attention, but maybe nobody ever taught you the art of good letter writing.  Here is a short guide… The blog “The Art of Manliness” has some comic […]


How to Build Credibility

The Myth of Mad, Mad Cassandra Cassandra lived in the time of greek myth, before we put numbers to the years.  She was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of the city of Troy.  She was a strong willed, beautiful red head.  Her beauty was so great that she is considered the second […]


How are my neighbours doing today?

There is a wonderful tradition that was described to us by Sandiya of Storytrails this morning as we walked through the backstreets of Chennai, India. Every house we passed had a chalk-like drawing on the pavement in front.  I asked Sandiya “what are these drawings?” (my new shoes are visible in most of the pictures!) […]

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