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Developing Leaders & the ‘It’ factor

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Blog, Consultancy & Training, Effective Communication, Featured, Mentoring, Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Developing Leaders & the ‘It’ factor

Recently I had the fantastic privilege of being a judge at UTS for the Clayton Utz Intervarsity Negotiation Competition and also to present training on Developing your Personal Presence for NSW Young Lawyers at their mid- year assembly. Both very rewarding and fun for me.  Being in the observation seat of so many talented speakers and presenters was great. It’s always fascinating to me to see who has the ‘It’ factor. What is the IT factor? The ‘It’ factor is more than a speaker’s ability to speak clearly and professionally, which of course definitely provides a strong foundation...

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Paid to Post

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Legal Services, Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Paid to Post

by Kayte Lewis & Chris Chow Chris Chow Creative Lawyers Way back in 1999, before the bloggersphere, some of you may remember the infamous outcry about “cash for comment”.  In short, (those of you under 25 can see this as a history lesson) it was realised that talk back radio shock jocks Jones and Laws were being paid to make favourable comments about products and services on air. The payments were in cash but also in provision of hospitality services. It came up again in 2004 and there was an inquiry and sizeable fines were imposed by the Federal Court as the payments were not...

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Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Blog, The Studio | 0 comments

Diversity Makes Us Smarter

Classes at the Acting and Communication Academy are offered to individuals, duos and in ensembles. Our ensembles are usually comprised of individual of mixed ages, often genders and participants of varying levels of experience. Ensemble is the area of focus for this article. While private tuition has it’s obvious merits and is right for some students for a time, the benefits of group work are far reaching and even more so when those groups are filled with diverse individuals. At least some group work is a must for all students of acting and communication for students to get the full benefit...

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3 Keys to Improving Your Personal Presence

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Blog, Consultancy & Training, Effective Communication, Mentoring, Speaking Engagements, Upcoming Courses | 0 comments

3 Keys to Improving Your Personal Presence

Have you ever noticed that when some individuals speak everyone listens. This can be frustrating when you feel you have something important to say and may feel you have trouble being heard or making an impact. If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation then consider the following keys. The 3 most important things to understand to improve your communication are: 1. It’s not what you say but also how you say it. The tone of your voice, the variety and interest you create and your vocal quality are fundamental factors in how you come across to others. 2. Body language tells your...

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Do you work in a sophisticated workplace?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Blog, Consultancy & Training, Effective Communication, Legal Services, Mentoring, Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Do you work in a sophisticated workplace?

Bullying and harassment have serious consequences for individuals and workplaces. It is up to everyone to change this and create a productive culture in which people feel safe and do their best work. As an effective communication consultant I have experienced and studied the direct relationship between communication skills and productivity in the workplace. On the 1st January 2014 specific legislation came into force allowing the Australian Fair Work Commission to deal with bullying and harassment complaints. Accompanying the release of the legislation, it was stated that it is time for...

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Every ONE can make a difference

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Blog, Consultancy & Training, Effective Communication, The Studio | 0 comments

Every ONE can make a difference

This week I have been delivering public speaking workshops to teens. Year 8 girls in fact, over 120 year 8 girls and it was great fun. Lily and I left each workshop feeling excited and talking about how different each one was, even though we were delivering the same content. The most refreshing part about it was their enthusiasm and honesty. I work a lot with adults, corporate types, and it always amazes me how much more content you can cover and how honest the teenagers are. I hope they are able to keep that honesty. Being self aware, or honest with your self is the first step to making a...

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