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Be Kind: Who Would Have Thought?

3 April 2017

Prince George of Great Britain will, in September, start at a school whose most important rule is ‘be kind’. What about your business?

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It’s the Gift That Counts?

27 January 2017

I saw an advert in one of the local shops over Christmas. It read, ‘It’s the gift that counts’. And I thought not now, surely? All year round, every advert screams at us: ‘It’s the gift that counts.’ It’s the outward show that matters. It’s the latest model, it’s what people see, it’s the ‘look’.…

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Business lessons from a three-year-old

1 September 2015

Simply Communicate is three! What a privilege it has been to do what I love these past three years and to share my passion. I have met some wonderful people, sat in a host of delightful coffee shops around KZN and drunk barrels of coffee. I have been privileged to journey with a variety of businesses and people…

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Networking advice from a ‘clown’ – 2

2 December 2014

In my last article I quoted advice from corporate comedian Rodney Marks, who responded to someone trying to break into the market. Marks’s advice would be helpful to any independent consultant in any field, whether new to the game or an old hand. The first article contained Marks’s first three suggestions. Here is his fourth…

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Networking Advice from a ‘clown’

27 November 2014

Well, not a clown but a comedian. Rodney Marks is a professional corporate comedian who runs the LinkedIn forum Corporate Comedy. He recently gave some helpful business advice on the forum. An aspirant corporate comedian asked, ‘How did you approach your first customer, who did you talk to, what service sells……….etc.’ Marks’s response contained sound advice…

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Simply Communicate? What can they do?

26 June 2014

How do you introduce yourself and your business? A poetry effort last year won me a free lunch at the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business. I decided to expand on the effort when introducing myself at the Chamber’s recent Bizz-Link Network. I won another lunch. (Don’t worry, I shan’t be putting my training material into poetry…

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So, what do you do?

11 December 2013

Various people have asked me what I do. It is much easier to describe a position — I’m a Training manager; I’m an HR manager — than it is to describe one’s activities. And usually one only has 30 seconds (some say 60 or 90, but most agree it’s the length of an elevator ride).…

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