Stories for powerful presentations – Nicholas Bate

As part of his Awesome Presenting 50 series, Nicholas Bate reminds us: More stories. Definitely more stories. Stories are memorable: they have links, flow, drama. They are easy to remember. Bullets are forgettable.   Remember! Read the rest, here.   Photo by Mark Rasmuson on Unsplash

The narrative arc described by Kurt Vonnegut

This courtesy of Nicholas Bate; Kurt Vonnegut describes the power of the narrative arc (or arcs): Nicholas’ post here The original post and video, on aeon, here Handy infographics designed from Vonnegut’s work, here And, more on the late, great Mr Vonnegut here and here.   Image: www.publishersweekly.com  

Better writing – Nicholas Bate #Writing

Seven tips towards better writing, from Nicholas Bate: “2. Re-read some of your favourite writers. Step back from the content and notice the form.” Read the full list, here.   Photo by Mike Tinnion on Unsplash

The Basics: Confidence – Nicholas Bate

Another in Nicholas Bate’s series of the Basic 7s. This one is interesting. Working independently as a freelancer, portfolio worker, sovereign professional or even as an individual contributor within a large organisation, it’s easy to have lapses in confidence. Here are seven basic steps to follow: “2. Read about those who inspire you and copy their […]

Meditation and creativity – essential basics from Nicholas Bate

Two more essential sets of basics from Nicholas Bate: Simple Meditation 7 A time to be not just do. … Sit somewhere quiet. Be quiet. Creativity 7 7. … practise the skill of creativity daily. Related? Quite possibly.

Writing and Reading with Nicholas Bate – #Writing

Two sets of seven basics, from Nicholas Bate: Basics: Writing 7 “1. Get up and write. Rain, snow, bad mood, flu. Tough: write.  2.Practise makes better.  3. Force out quantity. Then edit for quality … Basics: Reading 7 “5.Join the library. Support the library. Wander those shelves and discover hidden gems.  6. Give your children from age 3 a book […]

Career 7 – Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate offers succinct but invaluable career advice: 1. Money doesn’t motivate; lack of money demotivates. … 7. Once a month, ask the tough question: why would anyone need my skills? The rest, here.

Make great coffee, and 21 other ways to build your personal brand – Nicholas Bate

22 simple but powerful tips from Nicholas Bate. I would argue they work equally well for a sovereign professional as for someone in a large organisation. Including: 13. Remember names, birthdays and catch people doing things right. 14. Find out what humility is and develop it. 15. Never ever, ever, ever be sarcastic. 16. Own your career path. […]

Sleep, feel great again

By beautiful coincidence, I woke this morning feeling great and then read this sage advice from Nicholas Bate: Sleep Until you feel rested. Sleep until you regularly beat the alarm … Sleep as if your health depended upon it. The rest, here.

The joy, power and wonder of reading

… from Nicholas Bate: “… the original not the news article puffery. Read the classics. Read difficult stuff. Read Chaucer in the original and imagine a world without the sound bite. Spend days in a good library, pulling books from shelves and reading deep, deep …”

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