Widgets for your website … yes really!

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Widgets are cool! Matthew Miller Widgets are cool; they are like apps on your smartphone, some of them can even communicate with phone apps. Widgets do things that would be hard to set up from scratch, such as embedded calendars and feeds. Widgets are plugins for your Wordpress website, but not all plugins are widgets. Plugins add functionality, many of which work in the background. Widgets...
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Benefits of a mentoring relationship

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More and more people are looking to bring mentoring into their working lives.  The CIPD programme I teach on has a number of participants who are being asked in the workplace to set up a mentoring schemes which will help the organisation to grow; mentors becoe more skilful and the mentees realise their portential sooner. Knowing what the benefits are helps people to make decisions about being par...
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Handling stage fright

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I have just been working with a client who has been thrown into the deep end by being asked to step in as a public speaker. She knows her subject well and has worked as the perfect manager at a well-known charity for many years but has never before been asked to go centre stage and speak at a fundraising dinner. And the response? She was petrified. It may surprise you to know that everyone who ...
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When missing punctuation catches you out!

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I have had an interesting  couple of weeks running,  two workshops one on business Writing and one covering Report Writing. this was to intelligent and articulate students with first degrees.  However it soon became clear how little grammar and punctuation was taught when they were in school. Or how little sunk in. It was surprising how many of my participants admit to still struggling with pun...
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Checking out the training needs of your organisation

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If you carry out appraisals or performance reviews with your staff, you will often find you need to perform training needs analysis (TNA) to enable an individual to do their job more efficiently or to deliver their objectives.  However, regular checks throughout the year mean the organisation is far more ready to take on challenges as they arise. Once the learning needs are collated, you may find ...
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