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[15 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Barcamp Southampton 2016 | ]
Barcamp Southampton 2016

Around 100 people descended on Central Hall in Southampton on 12 Nov 2016 for another Barcamp Southampton, an unconference for geeks of all types. My day was punctuated by a variety of sessions, and ad hoc dialogue during the breaks, discussing the current state of Tech and where it’s going.
Using skills built around a knowledge of IBM’s Watson, eight year old Faith demonstrated her working example of the Owl Chatbot. With considerable courage and confidence, Faith showed that your first ever barcamp session can be instructive and educational. Chatbots and …

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[22 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Lifestyle Saturday
Uncharacteristically more mature than any other barcamp style event that I have ever been to (and I think that’s 8 or 9 of them now) today’s #uxcamplondon was thoroughly stimulating and satisfying. The laid back and low key approach of the organising team allowed the delegates to take the lead (as they should at a barcamp) and I noticed a lot of first timers engaging in purposeful dialogue …

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[12 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

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World Affairs on Sunday
London Corinthians is a part of Toastmasters International; an organisation with hundreds of clubs across the globe. This is an organisation which encourages and supports speakers at all levels (from shy beginner to experienced professional) and helps them to polish and improve their skills. I am a member of London Corinthians and the club normally meets on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday every month …

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[29 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

Friday Feedback

What is it that makes something great? What makes you go back for more? What is your “Wow Factor”.
Uncharacteristically, today’s Friday Feedback slot just fell into place even before I ate breakfast. I went to Toastmasters last night and this morning I was chatting to my wife as we prepared breakfast. She asked me why I go all the way over to Victoria for the London Corinthians meeting. And then we discussed the difference between good and great.
Then it came to me in one of those “Aha Moments” and …

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[14 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Tuesday Financial Focus
Have you ever noticed how some people in business seem to find it easy to pick up referrals and others do not? What is it that makes these people easier to refer?
A key part of that success is the elevator speech, the little 60 second introductions that you do at various business meetings. How many people do you know who have a consistent, well delivered and memorable elevator speech? Are they the same people who get more referrals? The key is to be remembered!
Over the years I have …

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[10 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

Wouldn’t it be good if you could find somewhere to practice your public speaking, where the audience is warm and tolerant; and knows that anuguish and turmoil are all part of the learning experience? I started the hard way and didn’t find the perfect forum for many years. A club of like minded people fits the bill!
London’s newest Toastmaster Club is staging it’s launch event tomorrow. We will be meeting on Wednesday 11th March at The Golden Fleece, 8-9 Queen St, London, EC4N 1SP meeting from 18:15 for a prompt …

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[8 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Would your business benefit from the delivery of a powerful message? Who do you know who has presence? If you walked into a busy room, how many people would notice? If Alan Sugar walked into a busy room, how many people would notice? OK, so some people just have it, and the rest of us have to learn it.
And when you speak, do people stop and listen? Nowadays, everyone stops and listens when I speak. It wasn’t always like that and I have had to learn from experience. Ten years …