Author Archives: Marlene Hopkins

Getting your ideas across – from concept to fruition

Alternate Title: Making your ideas happen – in five easy steps Printable version of Post Ideas » creativity » innovation Ideas are the force behind creativity – they usually begin with a concept. Innovation occurs when an idea is developed and the concept becomes a reality – i.e. it is brought to ‘fruition’ (I am … Continue reading »

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Voice AND vocabulary – keys to your success

Alternate Title: Your ‘vocal image’ affects your credibility Printable version of Post Voice and vocabulary To start, let’s define the terms: Voice – the sounds made when we speak or sing. Vocabulary – the range of words we know and use. Our voice is one of our most recognisable features – it is a central … Continue reading »

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Don’t let subconscious behaviour damage your brand

Alternate Title: Subconscious behaviour can hurt your personal brand Printable version of Post Subconscious behaviour Have you ever found yourself doing something without even realising it was happening? We all do many things without any conscious input. Some of these are just part of being alive (breathing, maintaining our balance as we move, scratching an … Continue reading »

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The art of asking GREAT questions

Alternate Title: GREAT questions uncover fresh ideas Printable version of Post What is a GREAT question? Let me tell you what I mean by “GREAT question”. There are ‘questions’, there are ‘good questions’, and there are even ‘great questions’. When I use the term GREAT, I am meaning a question that causes serious engagement between … Continue reading »

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Keys to teamwork success – focus and strategy

Alternate Title: Successful teamwork needs focus and strategy Printable version of Post Why focus and strategy? Have you ever observed a really good team in action? Whether it’s sport, business, military, or even politics, there are two things that set a good team apart from ‘the rest’: they have a ‘focus’ (i.e. they know what … Continue reading »

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What drives employee loyalty?

Printable version of Post Alternate Title: Workplace loyalty – how does it work?   Employee loyalty and Gen Y Every now and then there’s a headline telling us that employee loyalty is on the decline.  Often it is noted that Gen Y is at the forefront of this trend [See Note 1].  Does Gen Y … Continue reading »

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Seven Personal Skills that Employers want Most

Printable version of Post   Alternate Title: The skills you need to get that job!   Personal skills that are in demand Each one of us has a set of ‘personal’ skills and personality characteristics that either limit or enhance our job opportunities and career prospects.  When we are seeking a new job, or looking … Continue reading »

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Everybody wants Highest quality, Lowest cost, Shortest time

Printable version of Post   Quality, cost, time Quality, cost, time – these are three things that affect almost everything we do:  how well we do it  how much it will cost to do  how long it will take to do Is this important?  Yes, absolutely it is – because everything we do will affect … Continue reading »

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Ready or not, disruption is here – NOW!

Printable version of Post The word is ‘disruption’ The word is ‘disruption’ – something that is happening now in almost every industry and across every nation. There appear to be few, if any, barriers or borders to disruption. It has happened to me, and if it hasn’t yet happened to you, chances are that it … Continue reading »

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Power presentations that create WOW (in 4 easy steps!)

Printable version of Post   About power presentations A power presentation is one that ‘captivates’ its audience, holding their attention throughout. WOW is when an audience is greatly impressed and responds enthusiastically to the message. A power presentation that creates WOW is almost certain to produce the intended result (i.e. something is agreed, approved, sold, … Continue reading »

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