Romer’s Rule: The Narrow Knife

World Bank chief economist, Paul Romer, was relieved of his management role in the bank’s prestigious research arm after pressing staff to tighten up their writing. Romer, 61, later admitted in an interview with Bloomberg that it was “possible that I was focusing too much on the precision of the communications and not enough on […]

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 North Point Partners Supports Get in the Ring Hong Kong

Question: Why does everyone get so excited about startups? Answer: They do things differently. From the way they see the world to the way they talk about their vision, the best startups have a unique view on how the world can work and their role in getting us there. That’s also exactly why working with […]

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 Writing Two Speeches for One Event

Ever heard a woman give a brilliant speech, only for the guy following her to get up and say nearly the same thing? “We are delighted to ….” “Our company is well positioned to ….” “This occasion marks …” All of these are fine phrases, when used with sincerity. But when two speakers talk about […]

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 Tips for Networking

I remember how badly I failed at the first professional conference I attended. Short on experience, confidence and industry knowledge, my poor day out culminated in spilling a drink on my tie during the end-of-day networking cocktails. I had a few business cards in my pocket, but I didn’t make any meaningful connections, and I […]

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 Writing about art? Don’t pee down both legs.

Having worked with a few architects, I’m always excited to tell their stories. Buildings have lives, narratives and quite often, unseen drama. When working with architects and designers to tell the story of their design, there are a few key lessons to remember. William Zinsser, a writer for the New York Herald Tribune and writing […]

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 3 Keys to Writing Bad News

  We’ve all been there. Bad news for a well-meaning team member. Whether it’s through a fault of their own or the market moved against them, we’ve sat at the keyboard wondering how to tell them. Times like these are the core tasks of leaders and the way you respond to them speaks volumes about the culture of […]

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 4 Rules for Late Stage FinTech Marketing

Financial technology, or fintech, companies are raking in major investments. Established financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, Barclays and J.P. Morgan are getting involved alongside tech giants like Google, Alibaba and Amazon. In the race to mature into viable businesses, fintech companies need robust marketing. The buzz of raising capital attracts tech and venture capital bloggers, but […]

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 5 Essentials for Leading a Workshop

  Presenting to fellow professionals is a valuable way to establish your personal brand and practice essential people skills. But being a successful professional doesn’t necessarily mean you know how to share your knowledge effectively, especially when you’re speaking to industry peers. Last week, I lead a workshop in Hong Kong, Owning the Room: Pitching […]

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 5 Tips for that Holiday Party Speech

I loathe corporate holiday parties. Don’t get me wrong, catching up with colleagues from other departments is good fun. It’s just the speeches. A member of the management team gives remarks on behalf of the company and invariably, it sounds just like that: someone speaking on behalf of the company logo. No personal connection. No […]

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