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Following are samples of tips I give during my speaking presentations. Hope you enjoy them. There’s lots more where these came from!

Item Three, Email Etiquette I

Take notice of the correct spelling of people’s names. I’ve lost count of the number of times that people have replied to an email of mine and spelt my name as either Kathy or Cathy – it’s neither. In addition, I’m sure the spelling of your own name is just as important to you and it is quickly noticed when someone spells it incorrectly.

Working in a Virtual World, or
Working at Home Virtually

Remembering it’s a World Wide Web: When you are conversing with others globally, particularly in email, it is important to recognise that others might not understand your time zones or even the abbreviations for the city or state you are talking about. Special consideration must be given to the thought that readers might misunderstand what was meant by a certain abbreviation or not know what CST actually is and how to translate it to a time they understand.

Life as a Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs 31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Much of what the Proverbs 31 woman speaks about and gives guidance from, is based on past experience and the company she keeps.

Our whole lives are made up of a combination of a number of things and these two: experience and our environment, are two important aspects of that. The Proverbs 31 Woman keeps company with her God, she seeks His guidance, His wisdom, spends time in His presence, reads His Word and instils it into her heart. This is her ‘environment’ and the company she is keeping. And then the experiences she has in her life is shaped by how much God is in her life and as she goes through life she seeks His support and guidance in dealing with the things of life.

From there, she can speak with wisdom and give faithful instruction to those she has a responsibility for – her children, those entrusted to her care, younger women seeking guidance.

Workplace Ministry

I wonder how many people have even realise that ‘their’ own ministry or faith seems to concentrate around one day of the week, rather than all seven? It took me quite awhile to wake up to this – I think it’s been a slow gradual awakening over the past 5 or 6 years for me, perhaps even longer. I cannot consciously recall a moment when I suddenly realised that I was only worshipping and serving God on Sundays, rather than all week long. This doesn’t mean I wasn’t praying or talking to Him on the other days of the week (I was), but rather that I wasn’t actively seeking to do His will on the other days of the week.

How many days a week is your ministry in action?

Quick Presentation Skill Tip

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WATCH OUT by Kathie Thomas

I have lost count of the number of times I see speakers look at their watches when presenting. Something I learned not to do when first starting out. It immediately prompts the audience to look at their watches too. Best to either seek out where there is a wall clock before getting up to present, or take your watch off and place it on the lectern before starting, therefore being able to casually pass by it during the presentation from time to time. This is a simple technique I was taught several years ago that has helped me considerably to ensure I am on time without making the audience aware of it.

Kathie M. Thomas, ASM, AFAIOP, MVA
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