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Rowan Manahan on career management and presentation skills.

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 […]

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 […]