On birthdays

January 7, 2014

Today I turned 45! Phew… where did the years go? Thank you to my many friends, colleagues, students and family that congratulated me on Facebook, sent a WhatsApp message or an SMS, or dropped me a line. I really do appreciate your interest in my life and well-being, and I am humbled by the sheer volume. Read the rest of this entry »


Do your slides help?

October 25, 2011

Two weeks ago I did an educational session at my Toastmasters meeting on using presentation aids for effective presentations. I used slides that I originally prepared for a Speechcraft course and provided a handout (get it here). This is a summary of what I said with some further links on the topics.

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Writing a barrel full of…

August 31, 2011

by minwoo via flickr

When I am assessing student’s writing I am (unfortunately) often reminded of Schopenhauer’s Law Of Entropy…

It goes something like this:

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Nine puzzling presentation insights

July 23, 2011

In the holidays our family usually spent at least a bit of time building puzzles. It was great fun and I think we can learn some lessons from puzzle building experiences that we can apply to our presentations. What possibly can a puzzle and a presentation hold in common? After thinking about it I came up with nine…

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When English was for self-defense…

April 29, 2011

I grew up in an Afrikaans house, television only came to South Africa when I was in school, and even then we had lots of Afrikaans programs. I’m sure there was English ones that were good as well, but English was something “those red-necks” spoke.  Oh yes, and it was a school subject; something like a self-defense class… English was something you had to do and sometimes needed. Useful, like karate. Read the rest of this entry »

Three lessons from my recent post-grads

April 28, 2011

This year I had four post-graduate students crossing the stage: 1 PhD, 2 MTech’s and an MBA. Congratulations to Dr Jacques Ophoff, Gary Jurgens, Laurie Butgereit and Riekert du Preez. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you, and in the process I learned a bit myself. While some of the learning was “subject-based” the more interesting and valuable lessons are much more personal and, compared to Information Technology, long-lasting. Thank you for contributing to my life.

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More reading for Writing Wednesdays

February 2, 2011
Typeface: Thesis from Lucas de Groot

Image via Wikipedia

Today I don’t want to write my own words on writing. Instead, I want to refer you to another very useful blog that deals with issues related to the research process, including writing. Read the rest of this entry »