Stress Awareness Month Statistics

Stress Awareness Month Statistics

Stress Awareness Month happens each April. It’s important to learn some strategies for coping with this particular  issue. Stress awareness Month, which always happens in April, has now been going for 19 years and things just don’t appear to be getting better.
Stress can be debilitating, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems.
Stress is a normal part of human existence — nobody is immune to it — it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognise when stress rears its ugly head. (Amazingly, we don’t always notice it’s happening to us.)

In this series of podcasts we will be looking at various themes concerning stress :

  1. The statistics of stress
  2. Workplace stress
  3. Signs of a stressful workplace
  4. Stress and Covid 19
  5. Managing & coping strategies to combat stress
  6. Measure your workplace stress
  7. Evaluate your stress levels.


  • It reminds us to pay attention to our health – According to the official website, “Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.”
  • It’s going strong – Stress Awareness Month has been an ongoing campaign of awareness and education since 1992 – 19 years already.
  • Because we’re all feeling it – A recent survey found that about two-thirds of workers report engaging in behavior such as drinking or crying regularly in order to deal with stress.

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    How stressed do you feel in life in general and the Covid 19 Pandemic?
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Presentation skills:  warm up your voice with diction exercises

Presentation skills: warm up your voice with diction exercises

In a previous podcast Effective Presentation Skills we talked about warming up before doing a presentation or speaking in public.

But what does “warming up” actually involve ?

In this podcast Chris explains the importance of breathing and focus in order to reduce stress, and Sue gives some diction exercises which help with articulation and problem sounds for different nationalities.

These exercise are not intended to make you worry about a perfect English (British) accent but they are aimed at helping you move your mouth in certain ways to help you get the best pronunciation you can. 

Remember that as a non-native English speaker having an accent is quite normal but when speaking in a professional situation always try to speak clearly with a good beginning and a crisp ending to words. In more informal settings you don’t need to be so particular.

Here are the exercises:

1.Blue blood, black blood.    Black bug, blue bug.

2. Down the deep damp dark dank den,

3. Four furious friends fought for the phone,

4. Hotdog, Hamburger

In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire hurricanes hardly ever happen, 

5. Kiss her quick, kiss her quicker, kiss her quickest.

6. You know New York, You need New York, You know you need unique New York.

7. Pearls, please, pretty Penelope,   Pretty Penelope, pearls please

8. Sister Susie sat on the sea shore sewing shirts for sailors.

9. Where were you yesterday?

10. Red leather, yellow leather.   Red lorry, yellow lorry.

Take a listen:

To go further into the topic of presentations, take a listen to Effective Presentation Skills Episode 2.



The single biggest reason why startups succeed

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

What do you think is The single biggest reason why startups succeed ?

Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed.

So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors.

He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.

Headhunter – Lucy

Headhunter – Lucy

Headhunter - Lucy

Headhunter – Lucy

Listen to Susan interviewing headhunter Lucy ; better known as a recruitment consultant in London.

Lucy gives some valuable interview tips and insights for job seekers during the interview.

On a daily basis you’d be talking to your clients and a number of people that you feel would be right for the role. Your work would involve negotiating fees and salaries between your client and the individual, and interviewing the top candidates.

As a headhunter you could work for various kinds of employment agency that deals with a wide range of office based and commercial jobs, or for a more specialised organisation. You’d be dealing with permanent or temporary work at all levels for many industry sectors.

Many start off working in an industry and then, once they’re familiar with it, become head hunters for that sector, seeking out talent using the contacts and knowledge they’ve acquired.

The work would be mainly desk-based, but travel would be needed frequently in the search for the best talent. Meeting with employers is also likely and so a driving licence would be needed for most jobs.

Although it is not always necessary to have a four-year degree, many employers strongly prefer candidates to have some degree in an applicable field, like labour relations, business administration, human resources, etc.

Employers also consider candidates who have non-business backgrounds, which is fairly typical of a position that requires a high degree of people interaction.

headhunter’s soft skills must be superb, as they constantly have to function in the middle of several parties who have a stake in the process.

The hirer and the hiree both need to be handled and satisfied in the process, or sometimes the headhunter does not receive commission or payment, or if employed internally, does not meet company goals.

They also have to have knowledge of and keep up on what are sometimes constantly changing federal, state and local regulations on human resource activity.

Their job is also to help reduce risk to their client/employer who is hiring employees, so a keen intelligence and an ability to accurately read people is more than important.

Headhunters must be extremely self-motivated and tenacious, not giving up easily in the face of opposition.

Many of them are very stubborn, and this stubbornness can serve them well in their career.

Becoming a headhunter, or recruiter, depends more on experience than anything else.

Seven things a headhunter won’t tell you.

Anesthesiologist Olivier

Anesthesiologist Olivier

Anesthesiologist Olivier

Anesthesiologist Olivier

Listen to Olivier talking about his job as an anesthesiologist.

An anesthesiologist (American English) or anaesthetist (British English) is a physician trained in anesthesia and perioperative medicine.

Terminology varies between different countries.

In the United States, the term anesthesiologist refers to a physician who has completed an accredited residency program in anesthesiology after medical school training, while the term anesthetist is used for nurse anesthesia providers who have undergone specialized training in administering anesthesia under the supervision of a physician.

By contrast, in the UK, most former Commonwealth countries and in Europe, the term anaesthetist refers only to physicians, who may be assisted by any of anaesthetic nurses, anaesthetic technicians, operating department practitioners or physician associates depending on local practice.

Anesthesiologists provide medical care to patients in a wide variety of (usually acute) situations, including preoperative evaluation, consultation with the surgical team, creation of a plan for the anesthesia tailored to each individual patient, airway management, intraoperative life support and provision of pain control, intraoperative diagnostic stabilisation, proper post-operative management of patients.

Outside the operating room, anesthesiologists spectrum of action includes with in-hospital and pre-hospital emergencies, intensive care units, acute pain units and chronic pain consultations.

Because anesthesiologists are physicians, in contrast to other anesthesia providers, they are able to utilize their extensive knowledge of physiology, pharmacology and diseases to guide their decision making.

Management decisions

Management decisions

Management decisions

Management decisions

A sketch from The Big Train comedy show, in which a boss is confronted by his staff on some sticky issues.

The boss tries to avoid the issues at all costs.

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