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How the CNN Effect is killing grandma

How the CNN Effect is killing grandma They call it the 'CNN Effect’. When a cyclone or hurricane hits the seaside town, the pictures are spectacular. You have a heady mix of devastation, offset by a heart-warming and equally compelling spectacle of a family rescued by...

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Three Ways to Let Go

Three Ways to Let Go The first of the LIFEPASS principles is ‘Let go’. Easy to say, sounds OK, but what does it mean? Here are three intended interpretations. Let go of the plan – especially when it is apparent that the plan is no longer serving you. If you are...

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Federer, Kasparov and Perfectionism

Federer, Kasparov and Perfectionism If you feel caught in a trap of perfectionism, consider this: the very best champions of all-time are not perfect and never could be. Gary Kasparov, the most dominant world champion of chess sometimes won and sometimes lost. He won...

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My Powerpoint’s not working – quelle surprise!

My Powerpoint's not working - quelle surprise! In many organisations, there are excellent people who give ordinary presentations. That is a terrible waste of potential. Often they are doing silly things that can easily be fixed. For example, at a recent conference, I...

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How many words does a picture prompt?

How many words does a picture prompt? I've seen this technique used recently a few times to stimulate participants' thinking on the topic of the day. The facilitator shows an interesting picture - on a screen or printed out - and asks the audience to express their...

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‘Fail’ succeeds in getting the headlines

‘Fail’ succeeds in getting the headlines When I mention there's a Failure Fetish, which is unhelpfully skewing the way we talk about and teach improvisation, fans of Celebrating Mistakes look affronted, as if there is no such thing. They ask where is the evidence for...

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Join the Anti-Perfectionist League

Join the Anti-Perfectionist League What are the benefits of joining the Anti-Perfectionist League? It takes away the stress and pressure of having to get everything right. Which is a good thing in circumstances in which you don’t have to get everything right. But that...

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Playing with time when facilitating a session

Playing with time when facilitating a session Time is often the dimension that gets away from us, ruining an otherwise wonderful event. You are facilitating a session. It’s an important topic - that’s why it’s on the agenda and has been allocated the time. You know...

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