Personal Presentation

Going up? The 30-second Elevator Pitch

Going up? The 30-second Elevator Pitch

Dave the job seeker assured me he had prepared this elevator pitch. “Okay!” I said, “Hit me with it”. He began. “I was born in 1969 in Melbourne Australia” he started. I went to school at Box Hill South Primary School until I was 12 or so, and then I became a student...

An interview? Don’t panic – have a plan!

An interview? Don’t panic – have a plan!

Your heart skips a beat as you disconnect the call. A combination of nausea and elation hit you as you turn to your partner wide-eyed, incredulous. "I got the interview" you say quietly as if by saying it louder you'll somehow make it untrue. As you grasp the reality,...

Facing Facts

Some people have a knack for walking into roles for which they are, on paper at least, entirely unqualified. Passion and wanting it so much it hurts, as any failed Australian or American Idol contestant can tell you, doesn't make it happen for the rest of us. I've...

What the heck are you doing?

Give someone your undivided attention. It's not old-fashioned to stop multi-tasking for a minute. Manners are what makes us civilised; and they also appear to be in decline. Just last week I was talking with an Operations Manager friend of mine, who was hiring. He...