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Improving your soft skills: four tips for better creative thinking

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Every business needs imaginative problem-solvers, so it’s no surprise that a LinkedIn survey of employers found that creative thinking was top of their list of desirable soft skills. And while many people think creativity is innate, there’s plenty of evidence that it’s a skill anyone can develop. “There’s not really any evidence that one person [Read more…]

A shy person’s guide to being a confident presenter

Monday, January 16th, 2023

If getting up to speak in front of a room full of people is your worst fear, you’re far from alone: polling company Gallup once found it was the second biggest phobia, after snakes and ahead of heights and spiders. While nerves are natural, a lack of confidence can undermine your presentation and plant seeds [Read more…]

The top 10 podcasts for mental well-being

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Looking after your mental well-being is arguably just as important as taking care of your physical health. What is mental well-being? The phrase simply refers to how you are feeling and how well you are coping with the ups and downs of day-to-day life. Are you feeling stressed? Confident? Productive? Anxious? Able to engage with [Read more…]

How to run great meetings – online or in person

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

With the rise of remote and hybrid working along with new ways of communicating at work, the risks of holding bad, unproductive, or annoying meetings are only increasing. The meeting ‘that could have been an email’ is now joined by the meeting that could have been an instant message or just a thumbs-up emoji.   [Read more…]

Improving your soft skills – how to manage your time

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

A survey last year by recruitment specialists Drake International found that employers are increasingly valuing soft skills, like time management, as remote work becomes more common. That makes sense: the less you supervise your staff, the more they need to be able to organise themselves.   So how do you make the most of your [Read more…]

SEO for newbies: The basics

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

You may have come across the term SEO if you’re new to the world of digital business or marketing. If it could benefit your career to know the basics of what SEO is and what it is used for, then this guide is for you.   This is not an in-depth guide on how to [Read more…]

Improving your soft skills: five ways to be a better communicator

Monday, November 14th, 2022

More and more employers say the skills most in demand aren’t necessarily technical qualifications but the personal qualities that enable teams to work together effectively – so-called “soft skills”.   In the last employer skills survey by the government, businesses said 66% of vacancies caused by skills shortages were due to a lack of soft [Read more…]

The Power of Persuasion – Tips for Persuasive Writing

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Being able to write persuasively is a powerful skill to master. Whether you’re writing an essay, a proposal, an article, a review, an advert, or even a letter to your MP, convincing your audience to side with your point of view is essential to success.   Here we outline some of the most effective ways [Read more…]

The best brain-training apps

Friday, October 21st, 2022

Everyone accepts that our bodies stay healthier if we give them a good workout on a regular basis. The idea that the same might be true of our brains is a little more controversial, but it’s growing in popularity.   Scientists have been learning more and more about how our brains can adapt and change [Read more…]

Simple productivity hacks to increase your efficiency

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Different productivity techniques work for different people. Here are some of the most effective ways to tick things off your to-do list and find some time in your busy schedule – which one works best for you?   Use an app Using technology correctly can help you organise your busy schedule, both at work and [Read more…]

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