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  • Jessica Panegyres media training for The Panel

    Have koalas died for your steak or burger?

    Case study: Jessica Pangyres, The Wilderness Society: preparation for 10’s The Project   Jessica Pangyres was a campaigner for The Wilderness Society when she was invited onto Channel Ten’s The Project to discuss a new initiative to encourage retailers to labe...

  • How to communicate during a crisis

    Are you prepared for a media crisis? Media Skills Trainer Theresa Miller gives her top tips and a proven strategy for when disaster strikes, and journalists come knocking. It’s always a pleasure to tell a good news story to your residents and stakeholders either via.....

  • Tapaas founders business writing support

    How to get noticed (and read) in your customers’ inbox

    Tapaas is an international fintech company started by a couple of smart ex bankers. They’ve created an analytics platform that helps brokers and traders make sense of the huge volume of trading data to make better decisions, faster – leading to higher profits fo...

  • HSC students to learn grammar rules

    HSC STUDENTS TO LEARN GRAMMAR AND WRITING SKILLS – HURRAY!

    I applaud the new HSC changes which will teach grammar and improve students’ writing skills. Some of my journalism students yearn to write stories, yet can’t construct proper sentences. Their written communication skills have been gagged through a lack of ed...

  • Medical ethics and minors rights

    Minors’ rights: a question of competence

    In 2013, a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness boy from New South Wales made headlines when he lost his court appeal to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion. The religious teenager, who was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at Sydney Children’s Hospital...

  • Tara Hunt

    See your friends before it’s too late

    The sudden death of a close friend has blind-sighted my family and me. Tara Hunt was a strong and inspirational woman. She was only 54 and leaves behind a husband, three children and a gaping hole in the lives of many of her friends. The......

  • Holistic Beauty Treatments

    Road Test – Holistic Beauty

    Call me vain, but I challenge any woman over a certain age to say she hasn’t looked in the mirror at least once and considered a little nip and tuck. Going under the surgeon’s knife or injecting a paralysing virus like Botox is not what......

  • International Left-­‐Handers Day: celebrating lefties’ battle

    Left Handers Day is celebrated on August 13. THERESA MILLER Originally appeared in The Australian July 31, 2017   As a young reporter I was sent to the Supreme Court to follow a murder case. I sat next to four other court reporters and we......

  • Social Media troll

    Outwit the Social Media Trolls

    Do you remember the fable about the Three Billy Goats Gruff? They try to cross a bridge to a grassy meadow on the other side and are intercepted by a cranky troll who lives in the river. Well, thanks to technology, the trolls have crept......

  • Cindy Gallop

    Cindy Gallop: “I Like Blowing Shit Up!”

    Theresa Miller was front-row and centre at last week’s 3% Conference. Here’s her report on the choicest quotes and amazing talks from the day… “I like blowing shit up,” is the war cry of Cindy Gallop, who gave the electrifying keynote at the en...

  • Happiness in the workplace

    For a happy workplace – invest in learning and development, not gimmicks

    When there’s an economic downturn which expenses do companies usually cut first? After entertainment and marketing, the managers inevitably slash budgets for training and development. And yet the progressive business leaders do the opposite. Christopher Whitnall i...

  • Debunking the myth between HRT and cancer

    Debunking links between menopausal hormone therapy and cancer

    Women are enduring the crippling effects of menopause unnecessarily because of fear and ignorance of the benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, the Australasian Menopause Society says. The experts blame a flawed study by the US Women’s Health Initiative study, pu...

  • Celebrate Diversity

    Diversity Drives Dynamism

    Diversity and inclusion in the work place are proven catalysts for boosting profits and productivity. Research shows that diverse teams, who experience inclusion, are more creative, innovative, deliver better returns and have higher employee retention rates. According t...

  • Illiteracy in children

    Illiteracy in Kids

    Reading and writing are the basic skills children learn from their first day at school. But sadly, some kids are slipping through the cracks. By the time they graduate some teens still haven’t learnt proper grammar and spelling, and can’t structure a clear, ...

  • Enjoy christmas without your devices

    Christmas – time to unplug and re-connect

    The Managing Director of Google Australia, Jason Pellegrino is recommending his staff disconnect from their devices over the Christmas break and reconnect with their family and friends. The Australasian boss said in a fast-paced world of tremendous change it was crucial...

  • Work and play at work

    Why we should all be playing at work

    WE’RE thinking about work all wrong, it seems. In order to get more done we should be like kids and ‘play’ with our friends. news.com.au DECEMBER 12, 201711:53AM IT MIGHT take the circus to get us there, but it looks like we’re all heading toward...

  • Powerpoint presentation skills

    Avoiding Death By Power Point

    Who has ever had a near-death-by-powerpoint experience? It’s after lunch or dinner and the presenter dims the lights and brings out the laptop and projector. Slide after slide rolls on, densely packed with graphs, text and images and the presenter fades into the b...

  • C2 event melbourne

    I’ve got your back, sister

    One of the more unusual gigs I’ve had of late, was yesterday when I was asked to interview people in a pop-up pool full of plastic balls in Melbourne’s Federation Square. Among the people I talked to were some awesome women from various businesses as......

  • Tinder for networking and thinking

    Tinder for Thinkers

    Meeting like-minded people to discuss business ideas or shared interests is made easier through a new matchmaking service. For anyone who has ever endured awkward small talk at business networking events, the idea of a purposeful “braindate” may be a welcome...

  • Julia Wylie

    ‘My brain stopped working’: The helpline that steps in when musos need it most

    Julie Wylie from JuliaWhy? Indie rock front woman Julia Wylie was flying high in 2015. She’d single-handedly booked her band JuliaWhy into 17 gigs across Canada in two weeks. She’d done it without a booking agent, tour manager or any financial support. ̶...

  • Music education in childhood

    Music education could help future-proof kids against the AI revolution

    Governments should invest more in primary school music education to give children the skills to beat automation in the future job market, ARIA chief executive Dan Rosen says. Speaking on the Sonos ‘Better Listening’ panel in Sydney last week about the power ...

  • Challenging the Dude Fest mentality

    Striking the right chord: Women challenge ‘dude-fest’ music culture

    by Theresa Miller Everywhere around Australia little girls and boys are playing air guitar and singing to hairbrushes in front of their bedroom mirrors. For the tiny fraction who will realise their dreams of becoming professional musicians, a far smaller percentage of t...

  • Expert of the month

    APRIL’S FEATURED EXPERT

    At Commtract, our community of experts are the lifeblood of our business. One initiative we are taking on is featuring more of our experts to showcase their unique talent, ready to be engaged on our marketplace! We interviewed writer, journalist, media trainer and prese...

  • Body and Soul magazine image

    Is Artificial Intelligence the future of IVF?

    Welcome to the high-tech world of genetic screening. 40 years since Australia’s first ‘test-tube baby’, fertility treatment technology has made enormous progress but it can still be a lengthy process. Now, artificial intelligence may provide a simpler ...

Jessica Panegyres media training for The Panel

Have koalas died for your steak or burger?

Case study: Jessica Pangyres, The Wilderness Society: preparation for 10's The Project   Jessica Pangyres was a campaigner for The Wilderness Society when she was invited onto Channel Ten’s The Project to discuss a new initiative to encourage retailers to label their meat as ‘forest friendly’. Research shows that every 4 seconds, native growth forests the size of the MCG are cleared in far north Queensland - 70 percent of which is used for beef production. The research...

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How to communicate during a crisis

Are you prepared for a media crisis? Media Skills Trainer Theresa Miller gives her top tips and a proven strategy for when disaster strikes, and journalists come knocking. It’s always a pleasure to tell a good news story to your residents and stakeholders either via a press release or a social media post. New dog park has tails wagging; Playground upgrade is a hit with kids; Disability groups praise library for easy access. But what happens when things...

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Tapaas founders business writing support

How to get noticed (and read) in your customers’ inbox

Tapaas is an international fintech company started by a couple of smart ex bankers. They’ve created an analytics platform that helps brokers and traders make sense of the huge volume of trading data to make better decisions, faster - leading to higher profits for their customers. Tapaas clients subscribe to their platform. But the competition is tough. There are other similar services out there - not as comprehensive - but cheaper. Tapaas wanted to showcase...

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Make RUOK DAY every day – not just September 9

A conversation can save a life. Start with the question RUOK? For more than a decade, RUOK Day has been encouraging questions that change lives, and with half of all Australians in prolonged lockdown, the suicide prevention group says it’s more important than ever to check in with your work mates. This week I spoke to RUOK's Aya Larkin about how to have life-saving conversations, as well as fun ways to boost your team’s spirit even when...

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HSC students to learn grammar rules

HSC STUDENTS TO LEARN GRAMMAR AND WRITING SKILLS – HURRAY!

I applaud the new HSC changes which will teach grammar and improve students' writing skills. Some of my journalism students yearn to write stories, yet can't construct proper sentences. Their written communication skills have been gagged through a lack of education. Consequently, I'm often engaged to run remedial grammar workshops for very bright, professionals in a range of industries. Not only do they have no clue how to use grammatical tools such as apostrophes and semi-colons, they...

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Medical ethics and minors rights

Minors’ rights: a question of competence

In 2013, a 17-year-old Jehovah's Witness boy from New South Wales made headlines when he lost his court appeal to refuse a life-saving blood transfusion. The religious teenager, who was being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma at Sydney Children's Hospital, threatened to rip the IV needle from his arm, claiming it would be "akin to rape" if he were given a blood transfusion while under anaesthetic. His doctor, Professor Glenn Marshall, said the boy (who can't be named...

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Dark Days for Journalists Herald Opportunities for Business Writers

These are dark days for Australia's dying print media. This week Fairfax (SMH, The Age, Australian Financial Review) announced it will sack 125 journalists. In protest, Fairfax editorial staff will strike and not report on the up-coming federal budget. This latest round of redundancies comes just four years after Fairfax axed 1900 jobs across the board and News Limited slashed hundreds of full-time positions. Newsrooms around the country are looking increasingly empty. Why? Well, the advertising business...

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Tara Hunt

See your friends before it’s too late

The sudden death of a close friend has blind-sighted my family and me. Tara Hunt was a strong and inspirational woman. She was only 54 and leaves behind a husband, three children and a gaping hole in the lives of many of her friends. The more than 500 mourners who came to farewell her at a memorial service this weekend is testimony to how well loved and respected she was. Tara was a philanthropist and tireless campaigner for...

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Holistic Beauty Treatments

Road Test – Holistic Beauty

Call me vain, but I challenge any woman over a certain age to say she hasn't looked in the mirror at least once and considered a little nip and tuck. Going under the surgeon's knife or injecting a paralysing virus like Botox is not what I would call health smart, however, so when I heard about 'holistic beauty' treatments, I leapt at the possibility of an alternative route to achieving youthful good looks. But is the...

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International Left-­‐Handers Day: celebrating lefties’ battle

Left Handers Day is celebrated on August 13. THERESA MILLER Originally appeared in The Australian July 31, 2017   As a young reporter I was sent to the Supreme Court to follow a murder case. I sat next to four other court reporters and we suddenly realised we were all writing with our left hands. "That's because we're more creative," a radio reporter whispered. "That's because we're more intelligent," an old hack from The Advertiser said. We beamed. The judge...

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