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Rowan Manahan on career management and presentation skills.

I’m sure you’ve seen the vid from CES and it really it a cringius maximus moment. And yes, it does offer us a salutary example of the power of rehearsal and also of demonstrating professionalism in everything you do. But I think that misses the real point. Just in case you’ve been living under a […]

Jobs steve gates bill macworld 1997 pic Jim Bourg

I re-read the Jobs biography over the new year. This remark in particular struck a chord with me: “That was my worst and stupidest staging mistake of my life. It was bad because it made me look small, and Apple look small, and as if everything was in Bill’s hands.” Couple of things … 1. “Staging”? Yes. […]

Dublin Business Library, ILAC Centre, Dublin 2 27th March 2014

TCD Alumni Event 1st Feb 2013

Bochum University 18-19 December 2013

My grandmother was born when Queen Victoria was on the throne in England and postboxes in Ireland were still painted red. When I was a child, she had one piece of advice that used to drive me crazy. “There there darling,” she would coo. “In a hundred years, it won’t matter.” Gaaaaaaah! Not the thing to say to a 7 year-old, who […]

Part two of a post that’s intended to give you some insight into the effort that is needed in advance of TEDxDublin and also perhaps, to help you if you would ever like to give a TEDx or prepare for another major speaking event. [Part 1 is here] Visuals Most of our speakers this year […]

So we did another TEDxDublin – another big one. On September 14th 2013, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre (doesn’t that piece of corporate titling just trip off the tongue?) was filled to its 2,000+ capacity to see 12 amazing speakers and a selection of TED videos. Six hours of ideas worth sharing. This post is […]

I was asked by Alexander Kjefulf, the Chief Happiness Officer, to open his Arbejdsglaede Live 2013 conference in Copenhagen on May 30th. I was looking forward to leading the Irish invasion back into Denmark in revenge for the vikings of a thousand years ago! It was a superb event with little me, the captain of […]

 ”On your feet – selling your great idea” This will be a deepdive into the world of pitching, peddling and presenting your idea, yourself and your company to the world at large. Lots of attendees at the Dotconf have a great idea and all the enthusiasm in the world – but their idea doesn’t take […]