Tricia Karp Tricia Karp
17 February 2015

The art of connection at work (and why it matters)

I dream of connected, collaborative workplaces, where everyone’s driven by a purpose that truly matters to them, is inspired to give their best, produces results beyond their wildest imagination… and has a ball in the process. The reality though is that connection – real connection – doesn't seem so simple these days. I know you’ve heard it all before. Instant…

08 February 2015

Why having fun at work is serious business

When I was at uni following my dream to become a journalist, there was a radio module that required us to read the news – live on air – for the university community radio station.

There was NO WAY I was going to put myself on air without being fully prepared. So my mum took me off to weekly voice lessons with the legendary Vaughan Harvey, famous for being one half of the Cardwell Harvey breakfast news report.

Vaughan ran a little school in an old office in Waymouth Street. It was long before newsrooms were digital and Vaughan had big reel-to-reel tape machines to record his students’ newsreading. It’s also when mobile phones were still referred to as “bricks”, had to be carried over the shoulder with a wide strap, and felt like a handbag piled full of rocks.

23 January 2015

How to get your team to give you their best

My girl, ever since she’s been asked the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has had no problem reeling off the following:

  • A ballet teacher, and/or
  • An actor

She’ll be nine years-old this year. She knows who she is. She just knows.

The performer in her has been evident since, at the age of three, she joined in the fun of a family jug band performing at a market and did her own little tap dancing show on a timber board resting on the dirt. In a quiet way, she did it, but in front of the crowd nonetheless.

24 November 2014

What to do when the unexpected happens: mastering business presentations

Like it or not, every time you stand up to speak to a group, you carry the weight of expectation of every single person in the room. As a leader (you’re a leader, regardless of your role, when you present), it’s your job to claim your ground, own the room, and inspire followership. If you don’t, you won’t be able…

10 November 2014

One simple way to improve productivity

My eight year-old daughter tells me that at least half the boys in her class have a crush on her. Recently, that was evidenced by five of them piling on top of her, sitting in a chair, and trying to kiss her. One of those boys wrote a note to her, a little while ago, that I found while cleaning…

02 November 2014

There’s more to your ‘why’. And it matters enormously

You might call this article part 2 of How Your Why Will Move Others To Action (the story about my girl, orangutans and cupcakes). You’ll need to read it first for all that follows to make sense. Made popular by Simon Sinek (his TED talk has been watched more than 19.5 million times) is starting with ‘why’ to inspire people…

27 October 2014

How to move people from compliance to commitment

I, along with 10-million other people around the world, bought a copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat Pray Love. Her writing was irresistible to me. I felt pretty sure that, if I ever met Elizabeth Gilbert in real life, she’d be exactly the way I experienced her through her words: smart, funny, self-deprecating (but not in a harsh way), and…

19 October 2014

Don’t feed us more junk food

Loaves and Fishes This is not the age of information. This is not the age of information. Forget the news, and the radio, and the blurred screen. This is the time of loaves and fishes. People are hungry, and one good word is bread for a thousand. ~ David Whyte Society is fed a steady diet of stodgy fear. Turn…

13 October 2014

How your ‘why’ will move others to action

At school, the theme for my eight year-old girl’s class last term was rainforests. It culminated with a couple of fundraising activities to adopt a pair of orangutans – two young buddies called Rocky and Rickina. So taken by the photos of the orangutans and their stories of despair – motherless and their habitat being decimated because of the palm…

29 September 2014

How to own the room before you even open your mouth

"I had no idea it would be like this," said one of my clients, recently promoted to a leadership role. "I have 5 people in my team, and I just realised I don't have to do all the work I used to do because that's their job. Really, I have to build relationships now and leverage them, and get my…

11 August 2014

Never Call Back By The Deadline

Most media trainers will tell you that you must call back a journalist before his deadline. They’re right. And, that’s poor advice. If a reporter rings you at 9.30am, tells you his deadline is 4pm, and you get back to him with the information he needs at 3.15pm ... you’re in trouble. By then, he’s most likely put together the…

21 July 2014

It Starts Now

Welcome to the first blog post here at Wise Talk. Our aim is to help you communicate leadership in high-stakes, high-pressure situations that see you standing out the front and being seen and heard. We’ll offer practical tips and strategies, from the simple and ordinary to the advanced and complex, always with the goal of helping you to inspire and…

19 November 2013

I have such admiration for these women… for you

In a moment of reflection, and as my focus shifts to visioning and plans for a new year, my mind turns to the women I've been privileged to work with and support this year... The woman who's a partner in a law firm - one of just a couple of women in a team of a dozen partners - and…

12 November 2013

How to prevent presenting to a room filled with your wrong people

Recently I spoke to an audience made up of people who, let's just say, weren't my right people. While my topic was interesting to the person who booked me for the session, it didn't seem so intriguing or useful to most of the people in the audience.  They were expecting something I can only describe as one-dimensional.  All they wanted…

05 November 2013

Confident or invisible? How to define your personal brand

Do you know your brand? Could you tell me in 25 words or less what it is?  And if you can, do you know whether your version of your brand matches how other people see it? I speak and work with a lot of women who haven't given their brand much thought, and would rather not anyway, because it seems…

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