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Exploring The Ethics Of Social Seduction And Authenticity With Melissa Van Oss

When you hear the word seduction, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the idea of getting someone into bed. Maybe it’s describing a dangerous kind of charisma. Seduction can be viewed more than one way and it’s a matter of perspective.

That’s the attitude Melissa Van Oss brings to the table in her work with reframing seduction in coaching, creative writing and workshops. It was a pleasure to interview Melissa about her experiences with putting a nuanced spin on seduction and how it can be used ethically.

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Reframing The Narrative Around Eyewear And Optics Philosophy With Dan Scott

I’m on a mission to make philosophy sexy by taking it out of the academic realm and bringing it down to earth as lived experience. Because let’s face it. Philosophy can be dry as hell. It can come across as something that’s only ever studied and debated, rather than put into practice.

So, when I come across folks who’re also taking dry subjects and industries and coming at them from a new angle, I’ve got to buy them a beer and hear their story. The story of eyewear stylist Dan Scott is particularly interesting.

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Debating The Ethics Of Brand Rhetoric And Philosophy With Niluka Kavanagh

I’m fascinated with the concept of rhetoric. This is the art of persuasion that goes back to the ancient world of orators giving grand speeches, moving audiences with the power of words and creating an emotional connection.

Today, rhetoric remains an invaluable part of public speaking and marketing. There are many layers to this complex system of communication and people have used it for good and bad. 

Learning how to use rhetoric ethically is a worthwhile exercise, particularly in the marketing realm. It was fun to get nerdy on the subject with Niluka Kavanagh, a presentation coach and branding consultant well-versed in rhetoric.

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Colin Smith On The Philosophy Of Listening And Forging Stronger Human Connections

Listening is arguably the most important life skill we can have. It’s how we show we’re connected to each other, how we process information and turn knowledge into wisdom.

It’s also about more than just hearing someone and Colin Smith has dedicated his life to helping people become better listeners and developing their own philosophy of being connected to someone else.

In this interview, we delve into listening techniques, the musicality of listening and how leaders can get better at paying attention.

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