How can Carmen Miranda and some little piggies help you become a better writer?

Carmen piggys How can Carmen Miranda and some little piggies help you become a better writer

That may well be the oddest title I’ve ever written.

Look, I’ll keep this short. If you want to write content, be it personal or professional, that resonates with people – don’t talk about yourself all the time!

If you read your content out loud and it sounds like this


Then you are not speaking to or about your target audience – you are just talking about you and they will get bored very very very fast.

For those who didn’t want to watch the clips they went “I, I, I, I, I, I” and “We, We, We, We, We” Read More ...

Getting Into Gamification

Gamification bundle Getting Into Gamification

[purchase_link id=”6616″ style=”plain” color=”” text=”Buy the Bundle” direct=”true”]A question that is often asked, is “How do I get into Gamification?”

First off, don’t go my route – it was long and painful!

However, there are things I did that will help you to get into it all and get a great understanding of what gamification is all about.

Get a book on gamification. I, of course, recommend my one,

  • Even Ninja Monkeys Like to Play, but there are others you should check out.
  • For the Win by Kevin Werbach. This book accompanies his online course, which I will mention in a bit, but it is one of the most practical approaches to gamification design I have seen.
  • eXPlore Like A Pirate. If you are in education, I recommend Michael Matera’s great practical book.
  • On the Education note, I also recommend everything by Karl Kapp
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    Self Preservation – Advice I give my daughters

    Self preservation 2 Self Preservation 8211 Advice I give my daughters

    Many years ago I was looking at starting up a self defence class (I was teaching JuJitsu at the time). This document was based on conversations with people who had been attacked and reading up on the topic at the time. I never did anything with it, but now that I have daughters, it is central to how I talk to them about self defence – or more accurately – self preservation. After years of tweaking and a few days of conversation on facebook recently, I felt I could publish it. My hope is that the advice here, the advice I give my own daughters, can be of help to others should they need it.

    A serious note, this is just an article. Any advice in here is taken at your own risk and I will take no responsibility for anything that happens as a result of that!

    Self Preservation

  • It is estimated that over 50,000 rapes are committed every year.
  • On average, only 13,000 (25%) are reported.
  • 15% go to trial.
  • 6% lead to rape convictions.  That is around 800 of the 50,000.
  • The UK has one of the lowest conviction rates in Europe.
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