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Story Idea for Wednesday 11th September 2013

September 10, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Experts Reading List, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Gladwell

Story Idea: Educate Together calls for reform of the Junior Certificate

Expert: Paul Rowe (Expert in Education Policy & Reform) CEO, Educate Together.
The Hook: Educate Together believes the Junior Certificate emphasizes outdated, rote learning and a narrow focus on a single final examination,
Educate Together welcomes the New Framework for Junior Cycle, set to be introduced in post-primary schools in September 2014.
Educate Together’s “Blueprint for Educate Together Second-level schools” advocates a new model of second-level education, one that moves away from teaching to the test, and advocates learner-centred teaching and learning methods,  enabling all learners to develop skills in creative and critical thinking, communication, teamwork, research and leadership.

Story Idea: Get active and take part in the Get Outdoors Weekend which takes place on September 21 & 22.
Expert: Fiona Cunningham(Expert in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry) ROI Market Manager, Northern Ireland Tourist Board
The Hook: With over 4,000 people set to take part in over 70 free outdoor activities, there will be something for all ages. Families, friends and couples can try their hand with expert guidance in canoeing, mountain biking horse riding or archery. Or for something a little bit less adventurous, there will be guided walks spotting red squirrels, bushcraft and cycling.
Fiona Cunningham, NITB’s Market Manager (ROI) said: “The Get Outdoors Weekend provides the perfect excuse for people to get active while having fun and exploring more of Northern Ireland.”

Notable Events for Wednesday 11th
Junior Cert results
12 year anniversary of 9/11
ECB – Euro area securities issues statistics.
Refperiod: Jul-2013
ECB – Long term interest rates statistics.
Ref period: Aug-2013

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How to fail and get back up in record time

October 9, 2012 Posted in : Galzacs Guide, Gladwell, Uncategorized

We’ve all been there. We made an attempt at something and failed. At the time, it felt like the worst thing that could happen. Not getting that job, failing your driving test, missing a deadline. These are all things that happen to everyone in life at some point and without them, you couldn’t feel the benefits of achieving, or appreciate how good it feels when a risk works out for the best. So why do we feel like it’s the end of the world when something goes wrong? And more importantly, how we can shorten the gap between the time it takes to wallow in self-pity, and get back up and try it again?

When we set our minds to do something, naturally we focus all our positive energy on it. When a spanner gets thrown in the works, we need to learn how to manage this unexpected negativity without letting it throw us completely. (more…)

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How long does it take to become an expert?

September 12, 2012 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs Guide, Gladwell

Ever heard of the 10,000 hour rule? No? Well then you clearly haven’t read ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell (pictured) of ‘The Tipping Point’ and ‘Blink’ fame.

The 10,000 hour rule is an idea set out in the aforementioned book saying that to become really successful at something, you need to spend 10,000 hours doing it. In other words, practice makes perfect – or practice makes expert. (more…)

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