Silent and focused—an Editor will usually have tips and tricks to improve a writer’s work that are as reliable as a John Wick reload manoeuvre. These are my five favourites that Keanu Reeves would be proud of:
I’d dropped my walking stick. The CRACK sound of my metal stick on the concrete must have been loud. I had earphones in, listening to The Cure, so didn’t notice at first.
‘—yeah,’ I replied, stopping the song so I could make contact with the Good Samaritan a couple of feet away. Reaching down, I managed to grab the stick without falling over.
Some diseases will strike loud and hard, like a fist bashing on your front door. Others like mine come in ‘through the bathroom window’, where no-one’s looking.
I’d been in the ‘bathroom’ with my illness for a few years. It was a secret of sorts, only because my wife and I didn’t know quite when to get a confirmation.
Nobody needs a specific reason to watch the annual State of Origin rugby league series. If anything, it’s an obligation for those born in either New South Wales or Queensland.
You are born. Your blood is either Blue or Maroon. You die. Somewhere in between, you watch all three epic matches every year.
But what you may not have appreciated is how much the sporting encounters can actually make you a better person.
If you’re anything like me, mid-May is the time for some serious TV binging—transfixed by a week of outrageous songs, unique costumes, and key changes that almost outnumber wind machines. Forget the projects piling up in your in tray! It’s Eurovision time.
In between viewing and voting for your favourite acts, you may not have noticed some life hacks and principles that will make you a better leader and communicator—just by watching the hilarious, weird and wonderful world that is the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
Well, at least, that’s one reason to tell your CEO why Eurovision is compulsory viewing throughout this week!
Following on from Part 1 of this short series on ‘The best advice you’re never told’, I’m sharing the five rules for an effective—highly strategic—pause before you make a decision. It’s the sort of advice you probably need, but never get from a comms guru.