Online Learning

Starting From A Blank Page

One day a student asked, “What is the most difficult part of painting?” The master answered, “The part of paper where nothing is painted is the most difficult.” – Painting Zen  I’ve been having an existential crisis today. After a few years of self-employment it’s become the regular marker of the start of summer: the …

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Launching An Unconference

I’m about to launch an online unconference: an event where people interested in applying Clean Language and metaphor get together via the magic of internet video, to learn from and inspire each other. And it’s proving a challenge. Technology? Relatively straightforward. Connecting to engage key colleagues, including “competitors”? Stretching, but doable. The biggest challenge is how to …

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How To Tackle The Oldest Item On Your To-Do List

Which is more difficult: creating an effective “elevator pitch”, or writing a one-page summary of what you do? Until this week, I’d have sworn it was the elevator pitch. After all, great writing isn’t about what you put in, it’s about what you leave out (thanks to Andy Smith for reminding me of this recently). …

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