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How Australians are using social media

I’m always fascinated by how people use social media – where, when, how long, how often. Equally, it frustrates me that much of the research is USA centric. While parallels can be drawn, it’s fantastic to read the Sensis Social Media Report 2016,...

Why Pokémon Go is good for you (yes, really!)

In just over a week Pokémon Go has done what few, if any, national public health campaigns have achieved: it has encouraged people to go outside and exercise. The national physical activity guidelines tell us that we should be aiming for 60 minutes of physical...

Productivity hack – aka 6 reasons why I don’t answer the phone

I used to love talking on the phone. When I was in high school my parents frequently complained of the hours I would spend curled up in the phone nook in the hallway of our home. I always raced to answer the phone when it rang. And I was devastated if I wasn’t...

A guide to cafe etiquette

Many of my fellow work-from-home friends and colleagues spend an inordinate amount of time working in cafes. At least, judging by the number of people I see with laptops whenever I’m in a cafe. Which is at least 3-4 times a week. There is a cafe etiquette that...

A podcast pivot

A few weeks ago saw the release of the last episode of my initial foray into podcasting, The Activity Pod. I’ve learnt a lot from the 25 episodes Annette and I recorded together. Including more productivity tips and tricks than I ever expected! I spoke with and met...

My top takeouts from Social Media Marketing World 2016

  This time last week two weeks ago I was still basking in the San Diego sun following a fabulous three days at Social Media Marketing World – #SMMW16. While the weather was stunning (hello southern California!), the people I met, the experiences I had, and...

Tips for managing stress at work

  I recently wrote about my experience with a horribly stressful job, and some of the things to look out for to determine if you or your staff are experiencing unusual amounts of stress. Today I want to share some tips to manage stress, and the often resulting...

How to recognise stress in the workplace

“If you don’t make some major lifestyle changes, you will probably have a stroke before you turn 30.” Not the words you want to hear from your GP when you’re 29 years old. It was the wake up call I needed. Extreme stress had been quietly eroding my quality of life for...

15 (more) seconds of fame – talking podcasting on 612 ABC Brisbane

Yesterday I dragged myself out of bed far earlier than I’m comfy with, so I could go into the 612 ABC studio in Brisbane to chat about podcasting with Spencer Howson. For those not familiar with Spencer, he is Brisbane’s #1 breakfast radio announcer. And...

Managing your twitter account when you can’t be there 24/7

Yesterday I was part of a brief twitter conversation talking about brands that do twitter well – @telstra, @qantas, @virginamerica, @auspost were all mentioned. And by “doing well” I mean they respond to their customers. Via twitter. When their...

Actions for 2016 – read more business books

I have just started doing some planning for 2016. And when I say “just started”, I mean just that. I feel like I am at a crossroads and I don’t really know what I want to do next. Actually, I know what I want to do – and that is loads of...

Do you have a morning ritual?

  “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” Steve Jobs asked himself this question every morning, while looking in the mirror. If he said no on too many consecutive days then he made some changes. This...

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