Monthly Archives: December 2019

71st Edition

Here is our 71st GPB journal. It is designed as an ongoing coaching tool for our clients and is packed with a wealth of information and good hands-on tips and tricks from the world of communications, presentations, negotiations and business development. Please write back if you wish to comment or add another reader, and – […]

GPB Dictionary of Collective Nouns

Dictionary of collective nouns We have collected here a huge number of collective nouns, as a reference and for those seeking some light entertainment, if this is how you like to get it. They all follow the format “A/An [X] of [Y]. We have categorised these nouns into separate boxes in this order: Humans, Birds, […]

The ‘How’ is as Important as the ‘What’

The delivery of a presentation should optimise all vocal and visual aspects Earlier this year, I attended an entertaining and informative lecture at Gresham College London, delivered by an illustrious musical accompanist.  His talk was wonderfully engaging, peppered with pieces of piano playing, accompanying a soprano soloist,  and contrasting the differences between  highly-skilled and average […]

How shall I address thee?

The rapid change to society, and the avoidance of offence at this time of good cheer among men I was at a DIAL meeting recently. DIAL stands for ‘Diverse, Inclusive, Aspirational Leaders’, and is a newish business providing workshops and supporting online services on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for such leaders. DIAL asked me to […]

An Audience of Listeners. An Excess of Christmas Puddings…

How useful are collective nouns? At GPB, we like to learn. We also like to have fun, so we have taken time out from our busy schedules to work up new words, phrases and documents that we can share, post, email, post, tweet, #, and @. Prize competition: A bottle of Champagne (or your chosen equivalent) […]

Jingle Jangle Jargon

Don’t let business-speak weaken your communication effectiveness When a school buddy tells Homer Simpson that smoking will make them late for class, the future Springfield Sage retorts: ‘‘Pff! English? Who needs that? I’m never going to England!”1 After we’ve finally stopped laughing at Homer, we might usefully reflect on arguably Britain’s greatest export, English. The […]

GPB Jargon Kit

(With acknowledgement to Honeywell) Take any four-digit sequence, say 2-3-4-1, and read the appropriate items in order from Tables A, then B, then C then D. For example, if you took the number 2-3-4-1, you would read phrase 2 from Table A (However), phrase 3 from Table B (initiation of critical subsystem development), phrase 4 […]