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Online Communication

GPB’s Guide to Online Spoken Communication Effective and persuasive spoken communication is a primary requirement in most job roles. Sometimes we also have to deal with the added complications posed by online or telephone contact, especially during the current Coronavirus-driven restrictions. You might need to prepare for an online interview, meeting, presentation, AGM, webinar, or […]


Neologisms (new words), 2014 onwards

GPB has for a long time had a tradition of collecting new words, or neologisms. Whilst we have fun and a bit of a laugh doing so, it was not until the end of 2014 that we decided we should start to collate and publish them. So, with a little fanfare (“tra-la”), here is our latest list, […]


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, […]


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 […]


Wedding speeches

Alastair Grant gives some advice on ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’ during a wedding speech. For many years, I have been advising and coaching others in affective business presentations and pitches. I tend to avoid helping those who are making a speech at a wedding. Although, there was one occasion where I […]


64th Edition

Here is our 64th 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 – […]


Nudging Noel Numpties by Ewan Pearson

Thaler was particularly lauded for his work on Nudging, which has provided a much more scientific understanding of how people think and behave when making economic decisions. Whether it’s how to tax the Brits more skilfully, what people invest in, what they smoke, whether they opt in/out of organ donation, or what they buy the […]


The mental simulator, by Lynda Russell-Whitaker

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”   Sir Winston Churchill Churchill may have been referring more broadly about ‘attitude’; here I’m going to write about it quite specifically as it relates to spoken communications. I am sure, however, that attitude does make a big difference. The attitude, or in Neuro Linguistic Programming […]


In Vidi we trust, by Ewan Pearson

I recently saw a table of data comparing air quality in the last 5 Summer Olympic cities. Rio was second worst to Beijing. London was best. I am sure the data were sound, although no source was given. Perhaps the IOC? I should stress that in writing this article for you I have not been […]


Why do so few CEOs give “Killer Speeches”? by Ewan Pearson

Anyone reading the other articles in this Journal will see a theme….that speaking in public seems to be a very important thing for company CEOs and other leaders of organisations to do, and do well. Yes, true, but why? I recently addressed this question during a seminar (and some of you were there…). It is […]