Gardening for happiness

A young woman was dissatisfied with her garden. She didn’t find it pretty. One day, she stumbled upon the local garden centre and went inside. Hearing her unhappiness, the garden centre employee proposed: “Why don’t you add some flowers?” So the young lady bought roses and begonias, daffodils to plant and many other varieties of colourful […]

5 Modern Day Stresses To Avoid At All Cost

We live in a fast-moving, ever-changing VUCA world. Stress, depression and burnout symptoms are more apparent than ever before. Our long lives are filled with all sorts of stress. Fortunately, the 5 things listed here are easy to avoid…   STAYING UP LATE LEADS TO SLEEP DEPRIVATION I have a friend who is always staying up late […]

Turn horrible text driven PowerPoint slides into awesome big bold visual messages

During Presentation Skills training, we learn all about the 4 pillars of an effective presentation: Message, Structure, Content and Style. In content and style, we also look at how visual supports are used to support and message and speech: What would be the minimum effective dose when it comes to discussing a certain topic? Is […]

MED – today’s most important effectiveness principle

I went to the doctor the other month with a headache and he hit over the head with a plank of wood. Wrong solution. Made things worse. I went to another and he gave me 500mg of Ibuprofen. Right solution, but not enough to calm the symptoms. I went to third doctor and he prescribed […]

Authentic Learning in “The Guardian”

In the film “The Guardian” with Kevin Costner, there is a nice example of Authentic Learning which highlights the Minimum Effective Dose principle I wrote about in my initial blog post on the subject.   Costner’s character Randall is due to teach the effects of hypothermia to students of the US Coast Guard “A” school. […]

Make a presentation in 5 steps (5): Content

There are lots of different types of presentation content and its important to treat it all well. Focus on the minimum effective dose. This post explains how. (If you haven’t aleady seen the overview blog-spot for making effective presentations, read this first)   Develop content in order to deliver the minimum effective dose Now it […]