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  • Joan Didion

    Are We Getting Dumber as the Bots Get Smarter?

    Use it or Lose it – to AI If we outsource our writing to ChatGPT, we risk weakening our ability to think deeply on a topic and develop a cohesive, logical train of thought. Author and media trainer, Theresa Miller explores the potential cost of......

  • Michelle Yeoh

    Why Diverse Voices in our Media Benefit Everyone

    How refreshing it was to see Michelle Yeoh at the academy awards this week make history as the first Asian woman to win best actress. In her acceptance speech she said, “For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this......

  • Explain what you do for work this Christmas lunch

    “What is it exactly that you do?” Do you dread this question at family gatherings? Personally, I would love it if someone in my extended family asked me. But they hardly ever do. Why not? Maybe, they don’t understand what a media trainer does. Maybe,......

  • 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 ...

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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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 out of the muddy water and are thriving on social media. How do we handle these digital critters without being gobbled up? As business owners we are constantly told we need to engage in...

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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 end of The inaugural 3% Conference Australasia in Sydney. Striding onto the stage in a zippered, black leather cat suit and swinging her trademark blonde bob, she delivered her empowering manifesto in a British...

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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 is the founder and managing director of talkforce, which specialises in communication, leadership and coaching. After 25 years in training he's noticed the companies that enhance their employees' skills during a financial slump, end up having the edge on their competitors when...

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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, published in 2002, for setting off a mostly unfounded scare about the link between MHT and breast cancer. The media story spread like wildfire and pharmaceutical companies stopped distributing MHT and GPs stopped prescribing it. Clinical associate professor...

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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 to the British advertising consultant, Cindy Gallop: "Homogeneity is the enemy of creativity. Diversity drives creativity, which drives profitability." One of Australia's leading diversity and inclusion consultants, Troy Roderick agrees: "If you have a group of people who are different...

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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, concise sentence let alone a job application. However, it's never too late to improve your literacy skills. I talk about these issues to Andy Toulson on ABC Radio North Queensland. ...

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