Saturday 22 September, 2018
The Theme for the evening was "The Good Old Days"
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|Right of the chair – |
those for the motion:
They speak first
(and traditionally also last)
Proposers define what the motion means
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those against the motion:
They speak alternately with proposers
Mentoring - a Learning Partnership
If you have had a good experience of being mentored, or of acting as a mentor, you may recognise the definition of mentoring as a learning partnership. This idea of ‘partnership’ is what distinguishes mentoring from straightforward ‘coaching’ or ‘teaching’.
Who Needs a Mentor?
Anyone facing a new challenge could find it helpful to have a mentor. So, the answer to the question of who needs a mentor is: we all do at some stage in our careers.
Choosing a Mentor
It’s best if the initiative in seeking a mentor is taken by the person wishing to be mentored (the ‘mentee’). Mentoring isn’t something that can successfully be imposed on mentees.
The following checklist will help you choose a mentor:
The mentor’s role is to listen, provide constructive feedback and help their mentee consider options.
They may refer their mentee to other resources as well as facilitate decision-making or share their own experiences. They provide guidance, not direction; and do not solve problems, but act as a collaborator in the problem-solving process.
Primary responsibilities of a mentor include:
More Information for POWERtalk International Members
You will find a Guide to Mentoring in the members’ resource centre of the international website under ‘PREM’. There is also a workshop in ‘Education Features’, which can be used to promote the adoption of mentoring at every level.
Keys to Success
Any promotion of mentoring will only succeed if:
Another interesting idea would be to ask members to review specific books – perhaps something that they would not normally read
There are so many new means of communicating on internet -- UTube, My Space, Twitter, Facebook -- as the one celebrates its first birthday, the next is born overnight -- yet blogging is one that seems to remain and to persevere through it all and to hold its own. I see every major newspaper starting up more and more blogs as their resident or invited correspondents air their views, start up debates and comment on current issues, more and more academics and intelligentsia turn to blogging to argue topical issues, every organization or business enterprise realize that this is by far the easiest, the most economical and the most effective way to advertise, inform and communicate their interests; -- and when more inane and seemingly senseless forms of one-liner self-indulgent and nonsensical kind of communication forms pop up -- such as Twitter and even Facebook, and blogging remains the only such format where longer and meaningful debaters and columnists can express their views. I wondered about this remark -- and so went to look at what I wrote about blogging before. The following is from one of my posts about blogging -- read and let me know what you think -- do you agree with the comment that "blogging as very 'last season' and a fairly tiresome means of communicating" I look forward to hearing from you!
It seems that the majority of internet users out there are still pretty much in the dark as to what exactly a blog and blogging is.
As it concerns internet issues, I thought the internet encyclopaedia was the correct source for a definition -- Wikipedia says:
A blog (or weblog) is a website in which items are posted and displayed with the newest at the top. Like other media, blogs often focus on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news. Some blogs function as online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Since its appearance in 1995, blogging has emerged as a popular means of communication, affecting public opinion and mass media around the world.
So where did this blogging revolution start?
Andrew Sullivan says: "Weblogs Are To Words What Napster Was To Music".
In the beginning - say 1994 - the phenomenon now called blogging was little more than the sometimes nutty, sometimes inspired writing of online diaries. Most of the writers called themselves diarists, journalists, journallers, or journalers. A few called themselves escribitionists. These days, there are tech blogs and sex blogs and drug blogs and onanistic teenage blogs. But there are also news blogs and commentary blogs, sites packed with links and quips and ideas and arguments that only months ago were the near-monopoly of established news outlets.
Poised between media, blogs can be as nuanced and well-sourced as traditional journalism, but they have the immediacy of talk radio. Amid it all, this much is clear: The phenomenon is real. Blogging is changing the media world and could, I think, foment a revolution in how journalism functions in our culture.