Following on from the musical theme of yesterday’s post, we have the Eurovision song contest tomorrow. This will be broadcast live from Malmo and in many ways is no longer a song contest (Ding-a-dong won in 1975), but more a chance for subtle and not so subtle political statements to be made.
Do you watch this competition? Will Cyprus and Greece give each other the maximum 12 points? Does it matter?
Does singing your song in English improve the chances of winning as a larger audience will understand the words, or is it better to use your own language to gain the votes?
Click on the image below to read about and listen to songs from the Eurovision for endangered languages and perhaps hear a song in Breton or even Sami.
I asked some of the people I work with for their Top 10 lists for songs they think everyone should hear at least once in their lives. It might be because it has personal significance, it might have been groundbreaking or it might simply have been a great piece of music.
There is no right or wrong, these are personal opinions, but it creates some interesting lists and some fantastic listening as well.
Click on the picture below to see this list and copy and paste the links to listen to the songs. Do any of the choices surprise you? Now we have shared with you, what about your favourites – can you create a top 10 as well?
Which colour are you? Green, orange, gold or blue?
I read an article recently about managing people according to their temperament and the skill sets associated with that particular personality type. Now it wasn’t entirely clear why these specific colours were allocated to each category – as far as I can see it could just as easily have been indigo, red, olive and burnt sienna.
However, nit-picking aside, it was an interesting read and you can see it by clicking on the image below. I asked you which colour you are, but is that what you want to be or what you really are? Do you think others would choose the same colour for you?
Interpersonal skills are vital if you want to be able to communicate effectively. Indeed those people with a good understanding and command of these skills tend to be happier and more successful in both their personal and professional lives.
So what are interpersonal skills? They include areas of communication such as listening, problem solving and making decisions. Can you think of any others?
I think that first impressions are an important aspect, because the way people perceive you during that initial encounter may well have a considerable impact on your relationship with them.
Before you click on the picture of Bristol below to read an article about this, what ways can you think of that will help anyone make a great first impression?