3 May, 2016

A tip on active and passive voice

It’s a long-standing rule of clear writing that we prefer the active voice to the passive voice, an authority no less than George Orwell included it in his seminal essay, Politics and the English Language. So can we ever use […]
30 March, 2016

At 36,000 feet, no one hears ministers scream

Imagine your minister getting on the red-eye flight from Perth. Leaves Perth at 0.40 am and arrives in, say, Melbourne five hours later. Think about this person and imagine their circumstances and condition. At this time of night, all ministers […]
30 March, 2015

Thoughts on Whitlam

A younger Annabell Turnbull of Ethos CRS sits at the feet of Whitlam second from the right. Gough Whitlam’s memorial service was held last year. Seven prime ministers were in attendance and paid their respects. Noel Pearson delivered a wonderful […]
30 October, 2014

Leading a team is damned hard work

Leading a team, even in good times, is no easy task. Damn it, staff are funny that way, reluctant to play the role of pawns to be directed, manipulated and sacrificed as required. In challenging times, when the stakes and […]
30 September, 2014

There’s something about Mary

Passionate rower, expert on Adam Smith, one-time national director of ChilOut, a community group whose focus is the safety and well being of children locked in detention centres, Dr Mary Quilty is a polymath, and a great facilitator. When did […]
7 July, 2014

Interview with Tony Turner

Tony Turner has travelled the world as an actor and expert facilitator. At Ethos CRS his speciality is presentation and communication skills. Where is the greatest place that acting/presenting/performing has taken you? I did a voice conference at the Royal […]
7 June, 2014

Interview with Andrew Taylor

Director of Photography at Ethos CRS, Andrew Taylor, has travelled the world on assignment. Experienced and expert, he’s rubbed shoulders with the powerful and dodged the bullets of the dangerous. Here, in the first of an occasional series, he tells […]
4 July, 2013

Working with regional organisations

The work of speaking to diverse audiences in an interesting and engaging way doesn’t challenge just Australian regional organisations. All organisations, both public and private, deal with journalists who are sometimes barely informed, a media cycle measured in minutes, and […]
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