Yearly Archives: 2013

Wayfinding difficulties at the art gallery

I’m emerging from a fog of overwork just in time for Christmas. To celebrate my free day yesterday, we went to the Brisbane art galleries. The two exhibitions that we saw were wonderful. But finding our way around proved to be more of a challenge … even though we’ve been to both galleries several times over […]

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Technology that helps (and hinders) good communication

Last week I went along to an event for Science Week. It involved five school students giving short presentations about their science projects and Queensland’s Chief Scientist speaking about the future of science. It was inspiring – particularly for the children in the audience, who were given a glimpse of what science can offer. The […]

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Creating communication confusion

It’s all too easy to create communication confusion – and often difficult to work out how or why it happens. I recently managed to create confusion amongst some work colleagues, and it has left me wondering about how to prevent similar mistakes happening again. The situation was simple enough. I was due to have a […]

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Evaluating evaluation forms

My 10-year-old son attended a science workshop today, and when it ended he was asked to complete an evaluation form. He did what most of us do when we’re given an evaluation form: he completed it quickly, without giving it too much thought. I was struck by the ‘teacher-focused language’ that it used. I can’t help but wonder […]

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Word templates that confuse and frustrate

As a consultant, I frequently write proposals and tenders. They’re an essential part of finding work. Most of the time, the process is relatively straightforward: I concern myself with the content of my proposal and submit it as a PDF based on a Word document. I use a very simple template that I’ve developed over […]

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