Don’t tell me – show me!

Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

I am presenting at the ASTC (Australian Society of Technical Communicators) Annual Conference in Sydney on the 18th October 2014.

This article gives a summary of my talk and links to useful resources and example videos referenced in my presentation

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How to do your best in impromptu speaking

This is the second of a two part series on how to succeed in the impromptu speaking contest at Toastmasters. Hopefully this advice will be useful in other parts of your life.

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Impromptu Speech Contests – organisation

This article is a handout for an educational session I gave at my Toastmasters club on the Impromptu Speaking (Table Topics) contests. In this article I talk about the organisation of the contest and in a later article I help you do your best as a contestant.

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My Dry July – please support me!

31-days-dry_please_support_meThis year I decided to participate in the Dry July challenge – 31 days of abstinence from alcohol.

The main objective of  Dry July is raising money to benefit people dealing with cancer.

The flow-on effect is enjoying the benefits of not drinking alcohol and possibly to start some new health and lifestyles habits.

Please consider making a donation to help people currently dealing with cancer.

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Crowd-funding Potato Salad and other Craziness

potato_saladThis is the text of  an editorial I presented at Toastmasters as my “Straight Talk” assignment from the Communicating on Video manual.  The objectives are to effectively present an opinion or viewpoint in a short time, and simulate giving a presentation as part of a video broadcast.

Here is my video recording and speech text. Please leave your comments at  the end of the article.

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Melbourne Korea Festival

flyer2A Korean cultural festival was held in Melbourne on Saturday May 17th 2014. Unfortunately I missed it by one day, so here are the brochures with the details.  Links to the official web site can be found at the end of the article.

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Pablo Sarasate – Violin music from Spain

SarasateI became familiar with the violin music of the 19th Century Spanish composer Pablo Sarasate when I attended concerto competitions organised by the Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sarasate was born in 1844 and died in 1908. In this article I have located videos of  my favourite Sarasate compositions including the  Carmen Fantasy which is often performed in violin competitions.  as well as Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Tunes). I have also enjoyed performances of Navarra – for two violins and piano.

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