women in business marketing

Author talk turns to the history of women making change

November 30, 2016 A few weeks ago I was special guest at the Bega Evening VIEW Club dinner, a club whose history stems back to 1960 when George Forbes, then General Secretary of The Smith Family, saw the potential for an organisation which allowed women from all walks of life to develop interests outside the home, providing friendship, education...
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Farewell to one of life’s true gentlemen

July 20, 2016 Stewart Petering speaks from the heart at the launch of For Life…how we got the water back. Photo by David Fletcher … By Melissa Pouliot Last week the Wimmera lost one of its true gentlemen with the death of Stewart Petering OAM aged 85. Stewart, a long-time farmer in the Minyip district, was councillor of...
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Active or passive? Or both?

April 13, 2016 By Melissa Pouliot Should you write in active or passive voice? Or both? Not all words are black and white – something every business (and writer) should know. As a young journo I was only ever allowed to use active voice and it’s something I’ve carried through my writing life. The reason I prefer to...
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Melissa Pouliot author

I am a word artist

March 30, 2016 I am an artist. An artist of words. My artistic journey started at a very young age. My first published work was in my local paper, The Quirindi Advocate, when I was just eight years old. It was entitled Santa’s Elf. The smallest and brightest elf in the North Pole. The opening words are, of course,...
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media training, melissa pouliot

How to respond to public/media criticism

March 7, 2016 Whether you are a small business owner, a manager in a workplace or the chief executive officer of a government organisation – you need to make tough decisions that will not always be popular. If someone is highly critical of your decision and goes to the media, what can you do? When dealing with a...
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