If you're into public speaking, you are probably familiar with the following study by Albert Mehrabian:

(Apparently) 55% of your presented message is communicated via your body language; 38% through the tone of your voice and only 7% of meaning through words.

Is this really the magic formula for successful public speaking?  What is the truth about this? In this blog, I will explore the relationship between the content, body language, tone of voice and facial expression. You will learn more about the impact of these factors on your credibility as a speaker.

Do you know what time of the day is your most productive time?

Studies show that, although everyone has a personal rhythm, there are numerous similarities amongst us, e.g.:

  • Generally, most people's maximum productivity is at around 10h00 in the morning.
  • After lunch, (especially after a heavy lunch), the productivity curve gets low.
  • The productivity curve increases around 16h00 and lasts till around 20h00.

What does that mean for our working day? Determine your personal efficiency curve.

Coaching two clients recently on their time management habits inspired me to dig into the wisdom form Gordon MacDonald again. A timeless truth is that, unless we budget time for goals and tasks, we might end up not achieving our goals nor accomplish the tasks on our to-do list. Gordon MacDonald, in his book "Ordering you private world" calls this the laws of unseized time.

Law 1 says that unseized time flows toward my weaknesses. Without a clear mission or at least clear goals in my life, I tend to spend large amounts of time doing things I'm not good at.

Law 2 says that unseized time comes under the influence of dominant people in my world: If I don't budget for time, others easily enter my world and force their priorities on my time.


Use the last 15 minutes of your workday to plan for the following day. In addition, writing down gets things off your mind:

  • Keep a to-do list. Check a task once you have accomplished it.
  • Note the e-mails you need to send the next day.Too often we get caught up in just responding to e-mail, whether they are important or not.
  • Clear your desk of clutterand make sure its tidy, Starting the day with a neat desk helps to keep your thoughts organised.
  • Make a list of important things you want to achieve with your new work day, & check that you have achieved your goals for today.

(Real Simple – life made easier Magazine, Aug. 2007)

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