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Alan

Talent and Age

In the last month I have spoken to three people, all in their 50s, who have lost their jobs. The common thread? They all alleged age-related issues and all said to me something like: “At my age it will be very difficult…

Musings on presentations

Last month I went to England for my uncle´s funeral service. My cousin’s speech in the church was masterful. He started off by saying: “You might think that Tommy led an uneventful life: he lived in the same town all…

The particular and the universal

I have an exercise where I ask the participants in the course to tell short stories based on important personal experiences. They illustrate their messages with objects. The stories are often incredibly impacting and relevant. Sometimes I say in the…

A common unconscious bias

As a foreigner living in Spain, I sometimes need to write my name down for people as they don’t know how to spell it. Recently, in a place, I do that, along with my ID number. I pass the paper…