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  • Power-Up Newsletter 01

    Power-Up Newsletter 01

    Welcome to the first edition of the Presentation Power-Up newsletter 🎉 You’re receiving this email because you either signed up for my newsletter at fareedbehardien.com or previously downloaded one of my tools. I am proud to announce that I have started teaching busy professionals how to go from Boring to Brilliant with modern and practical […]

  • Make your line charts look good with one click

    Make your line charts look good with one click

    Line charts are my favourite. So simple and uncomplicated. However, the standard line chart formatting in PowerPoint needs help. Charts often look too jagged and give your slide a dated look. A quick fix is hidden in the formatting section to make your line chart look smooth and modern 👇 How to: It’s as simple […]

  • Finding Meaning in Work

    Finding Meaning in Work

    Just last week I finished Viktor Frankl’s book Man’s Search for Meaning and 3 key points stood out to me. Frankl explains that there are three main roads to arriving at meaning in life: What stuck with me is that we can find ourselves in all 3 of these in our work.  Whether it’s the […]

  • Make money right now during covid-19

    Make money right now during covid-19

    I sent out an email last week to my subscribers asking them to share how they’ve been staying sane during the lockdown. The responses were truly amazing:   “My daily routine before was crazy. It’s taken me until lockdown to realize that I was caught up in a rat race”   “I’ve also spent a […]

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

    If ever there was a title that made me want to read a book it was this one. It is provocative and oozes Rock ‘n Roll. However, it took me two attempts (plus a format change) to actually get through it. The title should not be interpreted literally. The core of Mark Manson’s message is […]

  • Uncomfortable conversations with myself

    Uncomfortable conversations with myself

    The most traumatic thing that happened to me in 2019 set me on a path of deep reflection and honest evaluation of where life was taking me. In those moments, it seemed like it had all come to a grinding halt and was about to unravel to complete failure. I feared the panic attacks, wished […]

  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

    I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

    I am guilty of being a passenger on the ride known as personal finance for far too long – even with my Honours degree in Finance. It’s embarrassing.   But we all have to start somewhere. What Ramit has managed to do for me (since reading this book in January) has revolutionized my world and […]

  • Lockdown Update: Staying Alive

    Lockdown Update: Staying Alive

    It’s Day 372 of the lockdown. The sky seemed bluer today. No I didn’t see it if that’s what you’re wondering. I now live vicariously through all my friends’ sunset photos on Instagram.   I found myself looking at old photos on my feed and reminiscing about running. Come to think of it…. I don’t […]

  • Tribes by Seth Godin

    Tribes by Seth Godin

    In Tribes, Seth Godin links the idea that modern day leadership (and the process of effecting change) is highly dependent on how successful you are at finding your ideal Tribe of followers – traditionally thought of as customers. Except this concept is deeper than just finding a set of customers. It is about enabling your […]

  • Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

    Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

    I turned 35 today. Another trip around the sun.   It was a good day. A really productive one. Besides cracking out some intense work, I still managed to finish the last few errands on my list, had supper with the family, birthday cake (plus sing song) for dessert and now I’m settling in about […]