Category: Talking

How charismatic are you?  Take this test and find out
INFOGRAPHIC: We can instinctively sense charismatic people but defining the attribute in objective terms is not that easy. Simply put, a charismatic person is warm, welcoming, approachable, and sets others at ease. True, but is there an objective way to measure it? Seems like there is; take this test and find out. SOURCE: Big Think ... Read More
Did people in the middle ages (before modern footwear) walk differently from us?
VIDEO: This interesting video proposes that medieval people walked with different body mechanics, planting the toe first, rather than the heel first—or at least, softening the heel strike. A lot of this had to do with the lack of strong footwear and the absence of paved walking surfaces. Try it an you will see what the difference is. SOURCE: YouTube ... Read More
SMMRY (pronounced SUMMARY): the best text summarising tool on the Internet
UTILITY/ WEBSITE: : Don't let the stark, visually unappealing interface get in the way of the value of this site. It is easily the best, most powerful utility of its kind. The plain interface comes with a host of options for refining the output. SMMRY was created to summarise articles and text. SMMRY's mission is to provide an efficient manner of understanding text, which is done primarily by reducing the text to only the most important sentences. SOURCE: SMMRY ... Read More
Feel a need to boost your empathic reliability? Shut your eyes and pay attention to people speaking.
ARTICLE: That’s the takeaway of a new study that explored the empathic accuracy of various forms of communication. The results are some of the first to demonstrate that the primary way we convey emotions may be through the voice – not facial expressions or body language, as previously thought. SOURCE: Big Think ... Read More
Climate change and our health: a small document that must be read
DOCUMENT: Here is a brief, well written document that outlines how climate change may affect our health. The report was released by the Royal Society of New Zealand but is highly relevant to all of us. Despite the confusion that politicians have created, there is near unanimity amongst scientists and thinkers that this huge problem is man-made and can be tackled only by the combined, concentrated efforts of right-minded people. The future of Mankind is at stake. We can't afford to be dismissive. SOURCE: The Royal Society, New Zealand ... Read More
The improbable origins of PowerPoint
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Microsoft boasts of 1.2 billion copies of PowerPoint at large—one copy for every seven people on earth. In any given month, approximately 200 million of these copies are used. Our cumulative generation of PowerPoint slides surely reaches well into the billions. PowerPoint began its lifetime as a commercial product that came onto the scene 30 years ago, in 1987. Remarkably, the founders of the Silicon Valley firm that created PowerPoint did not set out to make presentation software, let alone build a tool that would transform group communication throughout the world. SOURCE: IEEE Spectrum ... Read More
Get it done: 5 strategies that will help
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: It takes five steps to change your habits and meet your goal. There are likely a lot of things standing in your way but the biggest is your own motivation. The motivational centres of the brain take your goals and drive you to act. But the brain uses your habits as shortcuts to getting things done. So if you want to reach a big-picture goal, you have to change your habits. SOURCE: FAST COMPANY ... Read More
Infogram: creating engaging infographics from data
INFOGRAPHIC/ UTILITY/ WEBSITE: Beautiful charts, maps, graphics, and dashboards are a snap with Infogram. Create engaging infographics and reports in minutes. More than 35 interactive charts and over 500 maps to help you visualise data, including pie charts, bar graphs, column tables, and word clouds. SOURCE: Infogram ... Read More
The art of the diary
The art of the diary
ARTICLE: People have kept diaries for centuries – and now they’re being reinvented for the era of social media. What purpose do they serve? SOURCE: New Humanist ... Read More
Handling your “to-do list” with  a 100 year old technique
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: In 1918, a highly respected productivity consultant named Ivy Lee described a method to increase efficiency and get things done.This 100 year old, step-wise method when done repeatedly, has been shown to produce large improvements in efficiency. SOURCE: Fastcompany ... Read More
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