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This is my Blog Page

I call it "Top Tips" because "Blog" sounds a bit tedious. My aim in each post is to give you a pithy little tip, nicked from my adventures in the newsroom, that you might find useful in your workplace.

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How to make a Dull subject sound Fun (with thanks to my two young nephews.)

A trick I often deploy as a journalist -- to ensure I understand something I'm about to explain to...

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Why giving work a miss might help you at work

Another idea nicked from the newsroom -- how cutting down on work might help you at work

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A Tip on Dealing with a Small Failure

Here’s the story of a little failure that lots of people saw because it happened live on TV.

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A tip on Getting Someone to Do Something Properly

This idea is nicked as much from the gym as from the newsroom, but bear with me.

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A Tip on Dealing with Change

You might think, as so many people do, that scowling journalists just don’t care much about the...

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My Latest Tip on Working Better

I’m at a networking breakfast. The scrambled eggs are being cleared away, I’ve drained my...

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When you promise a break, don’t break your promise

When the time’s right, I do enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee, and I’m sure you do too. But I...

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How a toddler can help your CV

I’m not a dad, so I can’t be sure of this, but I suspect that if you’re a young man of 17 and...

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That Oscars moment — and how we can all learn from it

So, where do you stand on the great debate of the day? Aching with sympathy for Warren, and...

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How a little modesty can help you deliver a workshop

The coffee was hot, the room comfortable and the numbers solid for the workshop I’d chosen to...

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