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When writing is stressful…


Taking the stress out of writing. Rie’s Stress-free Writing System Do you find writing stressful? “I want to write a blog but when I sit down to do it, I can’t start.” “Whenever I write something, I find myself going

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Declutter your work life


From time to time in our lives, we feel like things aren’t working, that the time we’re spending doing things isn’t worth the results. It’s time to declutter! Clutter, both physical and mental (and virtual), has been linked to depression,

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Light on the Water


We have recently returned from Guatemala, where we visited the orphanage in which Alex, my son, has been volunteering. It was an experience full of contrasts and revelation. Contrasted against the beauty of Lake Atitlan, I saw the orphanage for

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Saying Goodbye


This week I had to write the final newsletter to the people who have been part of my census team for the past few months. Their contract will be finishing soon, and mine will be over at the end of

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What to say when things go wrong


This blog post is a little later than usual, because my Census contract has kept me particularly busy. Those of you in Australia will know a little of why that might be. Census night was a PR disaster. People ask if

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What makes people pick you?

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This week I have been skimming through hundreds of résumés submitted by prospective field officers for the census. It occurred to me that I was just scanning them to pick up key words. I was looking for education key words,

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Saying, “Sorry,” in Business

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Have you ever had to apologise to someone at work, or to one of your clients? When you’ve made a mistake it’s often necessary to apologise before a good working relationship is destroyed. In business, it’s far more difficult to

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How To Handle Email Bullies


Cyber bullying includes bullying via any electronic communications method such as text messages, emails, instant messaging, and social media. It’s bullying when it’s used to threaten or humiliate someone. The consequences of cyber-bullying are serious, and can be just as

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10 Tips For Revamping Your Résumé


10 Tips For Revamping Your Résumé Recently, as many of you know, I applied for the job of district manager for the census. I went through the application process, revised my résumé, looked over those skills that I needed to do

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The Three Essential Tips for Courtesy in Business Writing


Do you get annoyed when sitting in a quiet carriage if people talk, ignoring the comfort of others? I’m writing this in a quiet carriage, listening to the exploits of the grandchildren of the woman in front of me—and, no,

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