communication

Get past the fear block to freedom (20 mins)

“Fear and envy will keep you on the sidelines”

 

This is an extraordinary video: 20 minutes of a woman talking about her paralysing fear of public speaking – while doing it.  Honest.  Encouraging.  She’s speaking to a roomful of creative people, at the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) conference, 2015.  Then there’s 10 minutes of questions with the conference moderator, Roman Mars, who is also very engaging.

“If we don’t risk, we don’t get anywhere.  Fear of risk is terrible.”

“Vulnerability is where creativity lives – and I think it’s where we practice our best bravery.”

Her fear of public speaking was such that, given a leadership development course which involved a 2 minute speaking presentation to 46 senior executives, she seriously considered giving up the job which she loved and had practiced for 16 years.  (She works at Capitol Radio, on visuals and direct print campaigns for new singers and has collaborated with Gwen Stefani, 50 cent, Annie Lennox, Beck, Katy Perry.)
However, she realized that her paralysing fear was truly holding her back, and that she (more…)

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Management speak spoke here

Do you feel held back by lack of impressive wording in documents at work?  Has it always been your desire to obfuscate and make unintelligible statements?

 

Look no further – the Plain English Campaign have rigged up a free Gobbledygook generator.  Reader, it works.  I tried it and came up with:

Our exploratory research points to optional transitional concepts.

… which says nothing and promises less.

And don’t forget the insight that:

Forward-looking companies invest in regenerated logistical alignment.

Surely it can only be a matter of time until these phrases are found in Christmas crackers, as howlers?

One more:

The solution can only be total transitional paradigm shifts.

 

You can head on over to the Plain English website and have a go at this yourself easily:

http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/gobbledygook-generator.html