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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 ...

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 to have down time. "Technology is a great enabler, it helps us do amazing things but at the end of the day it's relationships with family and friends that are important." Pellegrino said at Google's Sydney...

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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 towards play at work. The Montreal founders of Cirque du Soleil have teamed up with a creative agency to push people into a new way of thinking at work. It's called C2, and it's a...

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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 background. Her voice is a metronome lulling you to sleep. Yawn. You're gone. Presentations don't have to be like that. Slides are best used sparingly to underpin key points or show interesting and relevant images. The...

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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 well as players from the AFLW's Western Bulldogs. We talked about how to fast-track women into leadership positions. The western bulldogs Bonnie Toogood summed it up: "On the field you have to have...

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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 antidote. Braindates are carefully curated face-to-face meetings between strangers with a common interest or a desire to learn something new. "It's an opportunity to skip the small talk and dive deep into a topic in 30...

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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. "I thought I was invincible," Julia said. It wasn't until Julia came crashing down and ended up in hospital back home, she realised she'd had a manic episode. "I went splat. My brain stopped working. I felt depressed...

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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 of music education, Mr Rosen said many jobs in science and maths would be automated within 20 to 30 years, so we should train our kids to do what robots can't - create art...

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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 them will be women. Although roughly the same number of girls and boys enrol in tertiary music courses, by the time they graduate, 80 per cent of the men and only 20 per cent of the...

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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 presenter, Theresa Miller - keep on reading to find out all about her! 1. What are you famous for? I am known for asking lots of questions and my speedy writing skills. Uni students like...

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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 route to finding the best embryos to significantly increase success. From the low success rates and painful side effects of early IVF, to the high-tech world of genetic screening, artificial intelligence and at-home testing, fertility treatments have come a long...

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