Posts by: Dawn Baird

Dawn Baird is a writer, coach and trainer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is inspired by the enabling and liberating principles of Dweck’s Growth Mindset, Langer’s brand of Mindfulness and anyone who has the cahones to call a spade a spade. She drinks Tempted Dry or Earl Grey, depending on the mood. ;)

Five Things Never to do at a Networking Meeting

Who says tradition is out? OK, I have my digital camera. I love email. I’m an avid blog reader. I know what the credit crunch is. I’m even following the American election trail, via Twitter (only […]

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Take the Work out of Networking

I ‘m due to attend yet another networking event tomorrow evening (hosted by Women on the Move). Yes, it ‘s that time of year again, when fun barbecues (where it ‘s often easier to mix) turn […]

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Narcissistic Leadership

Narcissistic leadership is a new term for an old idea. The traditional view of leadership is of charismatic, even heroic individuals who save the day. This is called The Great Man Theory of Leadership. In our […]

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What is Bullying?

“What is bullying?” According to keyword statistics on one of our favourite content marketing research tools Storybase, people really want to know what a bullying is. Perhaps they ask this question online before reporting bullying at […]

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Bully Karma

We’re launching a new Facebook community for all those who’re being bullied at work to provide support and to help share Assertiveness tactics. Our new community is called Bully Karma. It’s a supportive Facebook Group for […]

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File the Harassment Policy Under Jokes, Sweetheart

I’m mad. Once in a while (OK, more than once in a while) something really riles me. This week, a report stated that Northern Ireland universities are among the worst in the UK for bullying among […]

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How to Confidently Run Meetings Without the Creeping Ennui

Ennui? It’s a French word that means listlessness, langour. Think Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker languishing in The Great Gatsby. We’ve been having something of a Long Island-fest lately and exploring every version of The Great […]

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Mohicans Do Not Call Themselves Subject to Much at All

Mohican wisdom – at least how it is presented in the Last of the Mohicans movie – features heavily in our communication workshops. With fierce independence in mind, this blog post follows on from my 5 […]

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Fear, Obligation and Guilt

Often our lives are characterised by FOG: fear, obligation and guilt. In many cases, this involves other people. That is what this blog post deals with. It concerns how to limit fear to the unavoidable, remove […]

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5 Assertiveness Techniques

Last Wednesday and Thursday, Allen and I took our first, joint workshop. The topic was Assertiveness and Workplace Confidence. Assertiveness Techniques is a small part of one of eight sections which made up the workshop. It’s […]

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Meetings: Stand and Deliver

Today, I’m working through our Radical Time Management workshop with a group of business owners who have signed up to QUB’s CPD programme. One aspect of today will be to discuss how to decide whether a […]

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The Resolution of the ‘Adult’

It’s that time of year again. Set out on a new path, turn over a new leaf, become a better person… I’ve always resisted – or at least that’s what I told people – making new […]

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