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This is my Blog Page …

… but I call it “News room secrets” because “Blog” sounds a bit tedious. My aim in each post is to give you a pithy little tip on productivity that you or your colleagues might find useful in your own workplace — a secret from my thirty years’ experience facing hourly deadlines as a BBC reporter and presenter.  Sometimes I save you the trouble of reading them by turning them into sixty second video “Vlogs”.

And Finally … I only post once or twice a time a month, and keep each written entry to six short paragraphs.  That’s because I don’t like being bombarded or bored either.  If you enjoy them, do spread the word!

How To Avoid Being Pompous At Work

Are you nervous of speaking your mind at work? Here's why it's good to comment on things you might...

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Why Agile Leadership means letting your standards slip

I took this photo of Chris Browne OBE, COO of EasyJet, after interviewing her on my phone. Five...

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A bottle of after-shave, a misplaced key, a life lost — why detail matters in storytelling

Storytelling is all the rage for business comms. But it's easy to get it wrong.

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How to Stay Grounded With Your Team

Leadership is about still doing things your team does.

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In House Training? Yawn? Three Ways to Make Dull But Important Training Stick

RIP, BBC News Running Orders 1998-2019. Now we're being trained in a new system. It's a bit scary.

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What a small pink newsreader’s earpiece can teach us all about communicating with clients

Do newsreaders hear all the noise in the control room via their earpiece, or not? Read on to find...

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What ‘Bodyguard’, ‘Press’ and ‘House of Cards’ tell us about building relationships at work 

If you recently texted somebody at a desk on the other side of the room, this may come in handy

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A Bit Nervous about Public Speaking? These Three Secrets Might Help

Everyone gets nervous when they speak in public. But here are three ways to succeed by staying...

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A Really Easy way to Impress at a Job Interview

If you want someone to give you a job, give them something in return.

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How to please your customers and clients — Doctor’s Orders!

A common-sense doctor stuck to his guns and defied medical conventions. Here's how that can help...

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