Bill Gates, in his 2009 TED Talk, speaks about the affliction of malaria of 200 million people especially in poorer countries, and the need for education and eradication — and then does the unexpected. Stating that malaria is spread by mosquitoes, he then releases a jar of these flying insects to roam into the air-conditioned auditorium…

In a classic psychological experiment in the 1944, Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel made a short film comprising three geometrical shapes moving in different speeds and various directions. There were a large triangle, a small triangle, and a circle moving in and out of a rectangle with an opening. Observers reported the movements of these…

Stories still seem fluffy to some leaders. With their bias towards numbers, charts, and graphs to predict trends for the next quarter, leaders prefer data which can be quantified (understandably so) – because they sound most palatable to shareholders. Numbers almost, always, sound credible and certain. However, numbers are statisticians’ ways of interpreting data. It…

In his speech to students from Yale (watch video by Goalcast here), Tom Hanks uses a story very much like a parable. Instead of focusing on the content and content delivery, this post breaks down the elements for your immediate application: [1 + 3]= U In this story, the classic elements are: 1. A Wise One. That’s…

The Oak and The Reeds A Giant Oak stood near a brook in which grew some slender Reeds. When the wind blew, the great Oak stood proudly upright with its hundred arms uplifted to the sky. But the Reeds bowed low in the wind and sang a sad and mournful song. “You have reason to…

Do you remember Aesop’s fable on The Mice and The Cat? The Mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, something had…

Whether you’re an executive leader, entrepreneur, or coach, you would, by now, recognise the importance of speaking well. Making an impact in your presentation definitely goes beyond asking questions, giving a pep talk, or merely closing the sale. It is the human-to-human connection that matters. As we know, it’s the value we give to another…

Imagine the allure of the Red Riding Hood story for children, or James Bond for adults. Or take a look at Mr Bean who is known across the world, who is so famous that  even without the need for English as a tool for communication is understood. Now, imagine that your business can harness the power…

In a recent blog “2 tips on teaching public speaking to primary school children, and why drama helps“, I answered a teacher’s question by explaining to her the importance of identifying (a) the context and purpose of the speech situation, and (b) the needs of the audiences. I gave specific contrasting examples on mobilising the…

Some people say the biggest currency is money. Some would argue it’s time. Some would go to lengths to secure freedom. But I like Jim Carrey’s answer when he gave his commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in 2014. Here’s the video, and a short transcript to what I think is the crux of…

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