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My (Future) Father-in-Law Just Started Using Facebook

This is my new endeavor to share my personal life through casual, lifestyle updates. While these posts will not be massive like my usual pieces, you can still expect a personal development lesson or two with each post. I’ll continue to write content-rich pieces alongside these…

 

Ask Celes – Why Do Some People Have Innate Talent But Not Others? It’s Not Fair!

Hello Celes! I read your talent article and have a question. I mean, when I listen to voices like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, they must have an innate gift. How come there are no other singers like them? I don’t know what…

 

How To Conduct Effective Meetings at Work

This is a guest post by Cornelius Mota of Poise Catalyst. How much of your time goes into job-related meetings on a weekly basis? My guess is that a lot! Whether you chair the meeting or you are just a participant, meetings occupy a large portion…

 

Have a Presentation Coming Up? 5 Things To Note for Your Next Presentation

Most of us procrastinate. Be it for that big project deadline, impending examination, exercising or even… the dreaded taxes. We try to keep it off our mental enclaves for as long as we can until it dawns upon us that time suddenly becomes a precious…

 

A Handy Spelling Guide: 20 Words You Need To Stop Misspelling Today

Can you spell? How does your written word compare to your spoken English? Reading comments online, I have noticed that there are people who write flawlessly, while there are people who have spelling and grammar mistakes littered all over their writings. While there is no…

 

Your Ultimate Presentation Guide: 21 Ways to Deliver Interesting and Engaging Presentations

“What if… what I’m saying is not interesting to my audience?” Of the many concerns I get from the clients I have coached, the fear of being uninteresting (or boring) is probably one of the most common ones. After all, you’re presenting a crowd of…

 

9 Essential Tips to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

Note from Celes: Hi everyone! Today I would like to introduce to you the second guest writer to join the PE family. He is Benjamin Loh, an Executive Speech Trainer and Coach based in Singapore. Ben and I met over four years ago in a personal development…

 

Ask Celes – How Can I Turn My Weakness Into a Strength?

Hi Celes, my resolution for 2013 is to turn my weakness into a strength. Do you have any idea how to start ? Thank you. ~ irazhane Any weakness can be turned into a strength. Likewise, any skill you have can also be turned into…

 

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Business Proposals (or Any Pitch for That Matter) [Examples Included]

I often receive business/collaboration proposals and pitches for PE. Many of them end up in the “Archive” folder. Only a handful gets my attention, and for those that do, it’s usually due to (a) a match in business needs and (b) good pitching skills. Today,…

 

How To Increase Your Learning Multifold with This Simple “Hack”

Do you want to learn faster than anyone else? Do you want to retain the key information from every book you read, every class you attend, every podcast you listen, and every conversation you are a part of? How To Increase Your Learning Multifold If you…

 

How To Give Constructive Criticism in 6 Steps

“People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.” ~ A. C. Benson. Have you ever given suggestions which were subsequently ignored? Have you ever given critiques which were not well received? Have you ever wanted to give constructive criticism on something,…