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Why blogging still matters in business - and always will.

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even heard of a senior manager, involved in leadership development, being hauled over the coals because of the use of double spaces after full stops in her PowerPoint presentations! We are also going to face an uphill struggle changing expectations of our business writing in reports or even PowerPoint presentations.

Telling stories.

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Present a human being with disparate bits information and we will try to make sense of them, to give them meaning, to get them to tell a story. We can''t help ourselves and do it all the time. We also try to get the world to fit our pre-existing stories. Those we learned from our families, our colleagues, our neighbours.

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Tools of your trade

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From the senior execs I worked with who winged at me about what IT wouldn't let them do, to that sinking feeling when trying to send a client a presentation and they say "your file doesn't work" or they can't work out how to get it through their organisation's firewall. have never been a fan of technology as an end in itself.

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We only have moments to live.

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It is meant to convey the idea that rather than live in the past or the future we should be more attentive to the present moment. In fact all of our memories of the past and our imagining of the future can only occur in the present moment so it really is all we have. We have all experienced leaders who are truly present.

Living in the real world?

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If my happiness at this moment consists largely in reviewing happy memories and expectations, I am but dimly aware of this present. shall still be dimly aware of the present when the good things that I have been expecting come to pass.

Report writing

Euen Semple

Another friend was recently presented with the results of a similarly pointless effort. A friend recently had to produce a report at work. tight deadline caused significant stress, and an important topic meant that it felt like it mattered. Much of it was padding. My language was stilted and awkward. Forty pages of wasted life. They replied.

Sending presents to Hong Kong

Euen Semple

Christmas presents via ShopInHK.Com's, Hong Kong gift delivery service. even offered to hold the delivery till the 23rd so that Keith gets his presents. We finally got through and sent Keith and his family in Hong Kong their. delivered on Christmas eve

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Anxiety Dreams

Euen Semple

This was a first time dream. One of the tapes on a large 2400 reel which needs a plastic NAB centre. Looks like it matters

Shadow IT

Euen Semple

Today, yet again, I tried to send a copy of my presentation to a client in advance of my keynote on Wednesday only to have the file rejected by their email system due to a file size limit. So guess what I did? stuck it on Dropbox and sent them the link. This sort of "Shadow IT" is becoming the norm.

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Working things out at work.

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We spend a great deal of our lives at work and, while there is a fair amount of routine, it can also present us with our most challenging situations. Working things out at work. Apart from time spent with our families work is the setting for our most intense relationships with other people. It's no wonder work gets stressful.

Being good enough

Euen Semple

This is the time of year when Santa will bring us a present if we have been good enough. Once we get to school we get good grades if we are good enough, and at work we'll get promoted if we are good enough. As we get old we're told that we'll get to heaven if we've been good enough. We are trained to let others decide if we are good enough.

Discretion

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There are many, many times that I am presented with situations which I am dying to blog about that would reveal really important stuff about the workplace. I write all the time about the benefits of sharing our thoughts and insights with each other. Thinking harder, writing better, and sharing more is my mantra. But I decide not to.

Being brave

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Many of us sense the uniqueness of the opportunities this presents us as individuals and collectively. We live in a time of massive change and instability. But we are daunted too. In many cases we are trying to shrug of lifetimes of conditioning and habit. In the "real" world of work most of us are afraid, most of the time.

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We need more rubbish on the internet.

Euen Semple

I was listening to a Jim Rohn tape the other day in which he talks about giving presentations and knowing that only some of the audience will respond well to what he says. Most of the audience will be mildly interested and some will be what he calls "the perplexed". The fear not being "important enough" to say what they think in public.

Digital

Euen Semple

Aside from presented by women there was little in common between the two events either in style or content, yet both came under this umbrella word Digital. Last week I went along to Reclaim The Net, hosted by Eva Pascoe one of the founders of Cyberia (who ran the first network of cyber cafes in Britain). These are interesting times

State Of The Net - opportunity and threat

Euen Semple

Enjoying the mind stretching presentations at State Of The Net 14 but swinging wildly between excitement and concern. The theme is "smart life" and there are so many opportunities opening up through greater thoughtfulness, increased openness, and smarter use of technology to help us lead better lives both individually and collectively.

The passing of time

Euen Semple

Ongoing attempts to "live in the moment" and "be present" get swept away in a constant stream of regrets about the past or fears for the future. Robert Paterson wrote a moving blog post this week about his dog Jay who he had to have put down a couple of years ago. In it he writes of the inevitability of things coming to an end.

Facebook Graph Search and your company's "digital plumage"

Euen Semple

couple of years ago, I wrote a post titled The Rise of Digital Plumage in which I predicted that we’d all become habituated to “dressing” ourselves in structured data, so as to best present ourselves to the world at any given time. Batelle sees this as a good thing in terms of individuals: And to me, this is a Very Good Thing.

What is love?

Euen Semple

felt enormous respect for this girl who had so beautifully captured the essence and momentousness of leaving childhood behind and excepting this new mind and new body that is presented before you. What is love? When I was 11 years old I read Anne Frank's diary. Love, what is love? don't think you can really put it into words.

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Blogging and the Heart Of Darkness

Euen Semple

He, don’t you see, had been planning to be assistant-manager by and by under the present man, and I could see that the coming of that Kurtz had upset them both not a little. I sometimes wonder what it is that bugs me. What is it that drives me to do the work I do - because it does feel driven, something I am passionate about. and later].

Pretty Patterns

Euen Semple

I have been enjoying getting to know the new iLife 09 set of applications for my Mac. It's about patterns.

Ada Lovelace Day

Euen Semple

Her comprehensive knowledge of the programme, which has a steep learning curve and is highly customizable, means the videos are packed with information but they are also presented in a way that doesn't make the viewer feel stupid. So with that by way of explanation most of you will, I guess, not have heard of my choice Marni Melrose.

Exciting times

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The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. We can succeed only by concert. It is not “can any of us imagine better?” but, “can we all do better?” The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. Via a great post from Dave Snowde

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Twitter for Learning: The Past, Present and Future

Jane Hart

Twitter turned 9 on 21 March. I’ve been on Twitter since March 2008. Social learning

Ancient present

Doc Searls

Reality 2.0 was my original blog: a pile of stuff I wrote before there were blogs. All of it is old now, but some of it still rings new, connects to what has happened since then, or is going on now. Since Reality 2.0 is deep in the Searls.com basement, I’ve decided to surface some old pieces that might be interesting, for whatever reason.

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International MOOCs Past and Present

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

OpenLearning.com , a venture born out of the University of New South Wales ( UNSW ) in Sydney, Australia. Starting this week, you can begin taking two of their courses ( Observing and Analysing Performance in Sport & Services Marketing – The Next Level ). University of Western Australia. SpanishMooc ? Germany. Run by DW Akademie.

2011 Top 100 Tools List and Presentation finalised

Jane Hart

The final list and presentation is available… Read the rest. Yesterday, I finalised the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 list.  In the last few days of voting  there was a surge of contributions (both online and by email) that brought the number of contributions to 531. Social learning

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Parallel Supercomputing: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the fastest supercomputers were based on highly specialized, powerful technologies. 

A few recent presentations

George Siemens

Haugesund. Canadian School of Public Service

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Good Presentations Matter to Rock an Audience

Luis Suarez

Good presentations matter from Ned Potter. moment to another thinking “ Ohh, nice one! could use that one next time around !”

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Presentations: MOOC Research Initiative

George Siemens

This past week, in preparation for our upcoming MOOC research conference ( early bird registration ends Oct 31 ), I held two online presentations on a) MOOC Research Initiative (a review of literature, research themes) and b) Lessons MOOCs can learn from online education. Slides and recordings are below. MOOC Research Initiative.

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop was sponsored by UC Irvine’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI). 

Presentation: Build Your Business with Crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

Below are the slides from my presentation. Usual disclaimer: these slides are meant to accompany my presentation, not to stand alone.

Keynote at TheNextWeb: The future is motion graphic presentations

Ross Dawson

first started experimenting with using Flash in presentations in the 1990s, and often use a variety of videos and flash embedded into my presentations.

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Presentations I’ve recently enjoyed watching

George Siemens

The number of lectures and presentations freely available online provide great opportunities for professional development.

The ideal Christmas present for your staff …

Jane Hart

Are you are looking for a Christmas present for one of your staff? Then why not give them a gift voucher that can be redeemed for a place of their choice on one of the pubic online workshops facilitated by Harold Jarche or me at The Connected Workplace Consultancy in 2014. Here is the schedule [.]. Social learning

Managing the situated present

Dave Snowden

Key to it is the idea of managing the situated present. That simple phrase packs a lot of meaning and potential. As such you have more freedom.

Improving Your Presentation Skills – Part Deux

Luis Suarez

Delivering captivating presentations is a gift, and a skill that needs constant fine tuning, nurturing, learning and maturing over time. It is.

Open presentations on MOOCs and MOOC Research Initiative

George Siemens

Several presentations this next week that might be of interest to readers: 1. Daily presentations starting Oct 21 on MOOCs, OERs, open access, libraries, and more. framework will be presented that bridges what is known about online learning and what we are learning about MOOCs. Open Access Week at Athabasca University.

The Business Value of Serendipity: Improving Your Presentation Skills

Luis Suarez

Yes, of course, I am talking about learning plenty more about  killer presentation skills. View more presentations from www.kapterev.com.