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What’s your purpose?

What's your purpose?

How often have you sat in front of a speaker who just rattled on about something without getting to the point? Or failed to inform, explain, persuade or enlighten you on a subject, but instead confused you? Perhaps it was at a business presentation, in a church […]

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JT Foxx – what’s all the hype about?

JT Foxx - what's all the hype about?

If you’ve ever explored the self-development world of building “success”, you are bound to have heard of JT Foxx. JT Foxx is a successful entrepreneur, coach and speaker who spends a lot of time travelling the globe inspiring, teaching, and coaching people to build their business to […]

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Why the musical journey beats the end result

Why the musical journey beats the end result

You might be aware that I was mentored as a musician by the late Serge Ermoll junior. He was a prolific jazz pianist and composer on the Sydney jazz scene. Although Serge was based in Sydney most of his life, he still managed to play with amazing musicians. Such […]

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Writing styles and improving your communication

Writing styles and improving your communication

Understanding how different writing styles work is an important skill for the communicator’s toolkit. A great communicator can’t avoid knowing how to write well for their audience. Choosing the best writing style is an important decision you’ll have to make if you’re keen to get your message across. Let’s take […]

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Developing communication skills for your success

Developing communication skills for your success

Developing Communication Skills Are you looking to develop you your communication skills? Here are three steps to put you on the right track: Take time to understand how communication works Adopt a consistent method for your communication skills Develop a communicator’s mindset Learn from your experience of applying […]

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Best medium to use for your messages or content

Best medium to use for your messages or content

Are you choosing the best medium for your messages and content? So often in business we get told to start with the medium first when trying to get content or a message to our audience. We’re told to “write a document”, “send an email” or “create a […]

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Hiromi pushes the boundaries with her amazing music

Hiromi pushes the boundaries with her amazing music

Jazz Sydney I had the pleasure of watching the amazing pianist Hiromi with her trio featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Philips in Sydney recently. This wasn’t the first time. I first heard Hiromi ten years ago when attending a Kenny Garrett gig at The Blue Note in […]

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Successful communication starts with these three things

Successful communication starts with these three things

Successful communication is pretty important when you consider the cost of poor communication. Results from a survey of 400 companies showed that poor communication cost them a total of more than $37 billion! And other research has proven that 30% of projects fail because of poor communication. Yet having […]

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Six reasons why your audience isn’t listening

Six reasons why your audience isn't listening

Do  you know your target audience? At what point is your audience going to stop listening, reading or watching your content or messaging? According to a Microsoft study in 2015, the average human attention span is now eight seconds. That’s one second less than a goldfish. How […]

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In memory of Serge Ermoll (1943 – 2010)

In memory of Serge Ermoll (1943 - 2010)

During a set break at my recent Basement show, an older gentleman who had been following Sydney jazz over many decades came up and thanked me. I wasn’t sure at first what he was thanking me for, but then it came out. “It was good that you […]

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