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Rowan Manahan on career management and presentation skills.

We’ve all seen the classical attention-over-time graph demonstrating the importance of Primacy (what you say first) and Recency (what you say last) in any lecture, speech or presentation. The opening moment is when you have the greatest chance to catch and hold people’s attention – even if you are talking to a group of people who […]

antarctic warning signs

  Some years back, Seth Godin invited readers to submit their quitting stories to his Dip Blog. Here’s mine (and boy, do I appear to be in good company!):   I came out of college in the mid-80s and drifted into advertising because I enjoyed messing around with words and people’s heads. Got headhunted to a […]

burning bridge

Alexander Kjerulf, Chief Happiness Officer and all-round good fellow, asked me to chip in my $0.02 worth for Quit Your Crappy Job Day, which is March 31st 2015. There’s lots of good advice coming on the topics of if and when you should quit that sucky job you’ve found yourself stuck in. Here, I just […]

Pitching, persuading or peddling – call it what you will. With modern procurement processes, it has become a vitally important part of securing that major contract. And most of us, hand on heart, aren’t very good at it. Moving from poor to average is relatively easy, moving from average to great is not so easy, […]

Presentation skills seminar.

Lecture and workshop, Dublin.

RDS Simmonscourt October 8th 2014, 13:30-14:30 We all hear that networking is vital for job-hunts (and also for managing your long term career). Rowan will break down the process into clear and simple tactics, on which you can take action straight away – straightforward approaches that will make the difference for your hunt in these […]

Members-only event September 24th, 6-8pm Tower hotel Waterford Places limited

13 Speakers, diverse amazing ideas – all worth sharing. Unfortunately if  you haven’t got a ticket yet, the event sold out again this year, even before we announced any of the speakers (thank you for your faith and trust!) but do keep an eye out for the inevitable handful of last-minute tickets in the days […]

You’ve seen the problem a thousand times – a presenter who has obviously given some thought to their talk, and who has attempted to make it visual, but who is falling short because they are using too many small, lo-res images. How do you find the bigger image when you are time-starved? I’ve written before […]