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Why you need to stop saying “All protocols observed.”

I received a speech for review the other day, with the customary acknowledgment of all the dignitaries present at the beginning of the sppech, followed by that phrase you hear so often in South African speeches: “All protocols observed.” Here’s why you shouldn’t be using it. It’s become customary to use this phrase in South
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Get to the point, dammit!

If there’s a small child in your life – either your own or one you’re acquainted with, you’ll know that they can be the worst storytellers. “Last Tuesday… or was it Wednesday? No, wait… it was Thursday. Thursday afternoon. And I was at school with Luke, and you won’t believe what we did! We were
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30×30 webinars: the line-up

After the success of the pilot 30×30 webinar, I’ve decided I’ll do five more, and then reassess. In case you don’t know what 30×30 means, these are 30-minute webinars priced at just R30 per participant – the price of a latte for me, essentially. And to try and keep them as accessible as possible, I’ve
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7 reasons freelancers and solopreneurs could help your business survive

There’s a lot of talk about pivoting and agility right now as businesses struggle to keep afloat amid lockdowns and revenue streams that have either dwindled or outright disappeared. In addition to talking only to traditional business consultants – whose expertise relies on the very economic models that have now collapsed – why not also
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