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Why did it rain so much in July: A wet look at climate change

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Here we go again, another wet July in Ireland. I remarked on a wet July in 2009 when I wrote A Wet Look At Climate Change (AWLACC) and then again in an update during 2012. Readers of AWLACC will know of my “water butt” saga and the serious miscalculation that had water overflowing all over the place! So after attempts at attaching overflows and running hose pipe to take away excess water, this year we upscaled. (more…)

A Press Release isn’t a Selfie

The Upside Down Guide to writing for the Press
This is a guest post by Bookboon author Peter Rose.

There are now so many outlets greedy for press information that it should be easier than ever to generate publicity with press releases.

The digital revolution has undoubtedly transformed the PR landscape, with a higher volume of PR press material now produced for on-line rather that Print publications. Media-savvy people and companies have cottoned on to this fact and are churning out a steady stream of material to satisfy the demand.

If your Press Releases are not among those that get picked up regularly, if they seem to get ignored more often than they get published, the temptation might be to try to jazz them up, to make them more on trend; to turn them into the written equivalent of a Selfie, in other words. (more…)

5 Steps to bring out the best in your mentee and yourself

Solution Focused Mentoring
Learn more about mentoring thanks to Ella de Jong’s eBook “Solution Focused Mentoring”

A lot of mentors are focused on the problems. What went wrong and why? Using a Solution Focused Approach means that you as a mentor are aware of the problems and focus on everything that can help to avoid the problems, overcome them or learn how to “live with them”.


You can easily notice the difference in problem focused mentoring and solution focused mentoring.


The keywords are: energy and hope. (more…)

Did you know that Disney invented Experiential Retailing?

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What is experiential Retailing?

Retailers are increasingly relying on the shopping experience of customers. The more memorable the experience, the higher the probability that shoppers will come back to the retail store again. This is called as experiential retailing. As part of this effort, retailers are looking at enhancing the in-store experience of customers.


Mediation: A 4-Step-Approach to Solving Any Conflict – Part 1

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Learn why a successful leader needs to have excellent mediation skills

A mediator is a neutral and independent third party who acts as an intermediary in the pursuit of an alternative conflict resolution. Actually getting people to sit down is a first step in the right direction, but it takes all the finesse of a skilled mediator to get the parties to sign an agreement.

3 Simple Ways to Make a Creative Design in PowerPoint

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Aside from the contents, one of the most important elements of a presentation that capture the audience’s attention is the design. Creative presentation is not about the number of images or colors present within it but with the congruence and harmony of these colors and images with each other. Several presentations freely available in the internet are guilty of this fact. Most of them contains lots of images that are not properly inserted and worst, some are even irrelevant to the presentation itself. Some are full of colors, not considering the right combination of them, making the presentation hard to read at some distances.
In relation to these facts, there are other presentations that lack design and artistic touch. These presentations are too plain that it does not give excitement to the audience. They are too simple that when you look at them, you’ll feel sleepy and bored.

Organising your Emails with Outlook 2013

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Over time, you are going to accumulate a lot of emails – especially in a work environment and you won’t want to keep them all in your inbox forever, you’ll never find anything. That’s why Microsoft have a handy way of organising your emails with Outlook 2013. You can create folders and easily drag and drop them into your new filing system.

Give Yourself a Boost – Part 4

This is an article by Midgie Thompson.
This is an article by Midgie Thompson.

We can all benefit from a boost of confidence from time to time, regardless of how much confidence we normally have in our lives. Even though we may usually feel quite confident in many aspects of our lives; setbacks, stressful events and negative feedback can have an impact whereby we may feel less than our usual confident selves. Therefore, developing stronger emotional resilience will help you be able to confidently deal with whatever happens in life.

People who have the ability to bounce back and to keep on going, regardless of what happens, have developed strong enough confidence levels and have strategies to deal with things. To help you develop more emotional resilience, that bounce-back-ability, use a technique called re-framing. Reframing is looking at a situation from a different, more positive, perspective. (more…)

How to Customise Outlook 2013 Email Options

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Outlook 2013 does not have a particularly attractive interface and the standard appearance is not always useful to everyone. Thankfully, you can make alterations to make it both attractive and functional. Here is how to customise Outlook 2013 with a particular focus on email options.

Get Started with Email on Outlook 2013

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Outlook 2013 is for email; it’s the main function for the program and most of the time, it is the feature that you will be using the most . It has a lot of other functions and we’ll come to them in time but let’s get you started with the basics of email. Here we have the basics so you can get started with email on Outlook 2013. Are you using Outlook 2013 for the first time? Have a look at the “The Essential Guide for Outlook 2013 Virgins“.

If you are interested in learning how to best schedule meetings in Outlook, check out our blog post “Essential Meetings and Calendar Tips“.