I want to talk about something that’s bothering me a lot lately. This is not directed at anyone I’m having deeper, behind-the-scenes conversations with, it’s more of a general experience I want to talk about.

And it’s about casual criticism. The stuff we put out there, without much thought, especially the impact it can have on others.

I was at an event recently, and someone made a disparaging remark about something. It’s not important what they said, but it was an ugly little moment. …

Being in tune with your audience is always a critical part of effective social leadership. It’s particularly important right now in light of coronavirus-related disruption, economic turmoil, and the rapid change to all of our lives.

I’ve closely observed how people participate on social media for more than a decade, and currently I am noticing some good tendencies and, unfortunately, some bad ones.

This article aims to help contribute to the collective conversation in meaningful ways, and demonstrate how to serve your audience and solidify your social leadership for this time.

Initial reactions to the crisis I’ve observed on social…

My family is in our fourth week of isolation, and compared to the vast majority around the world, we are very lucky. We live in an amazing house, it’s hot and we have a big swimming pool for exercise, our community is incredible, plus I’m part of a family that is very gentle with each other. Not all the time, of course, but we work hard to be peaceful and happy.

Getting started right

The first thing Steve and I did was set an intention for this time. We believe this will be a permanent memory our boys will carry for the rest…

More than 11,000 scientists from all over the world came together at the end of 2019 with 25 years of data, showing us the world is heading towards catastrophic outcomes for all life on planet earth, and for humans “untold suffering.”

Here is a link to the article — World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice . This should be a priority read.

However, before looking at that, every day I speak with so many people scratching their heads, asking the question: well what can I do? …

I am a very active and vocal contributor to the climate crisis. I’ve always been vocal about the environment, pollution and more, but 12 months ago I ramped up my verbosity and said, enough: I will not stand by and let this happen.

My focus to drive change is here — trying to get business to change tack.

Views from the glorious Big Buddha

The shift was a combination of the first IPCC report being released, and moving to Phuket, Thailand, where we are witnessing change firsthand. …

What can I do to help address climate change? That is the question I am constantly asked after sharing information on the crisis the world is facing. So, I’m doing what I can do, and that is sharing ideas, which hopefully can contribute to a collective surge of change.

But based on my experience and business background, the best contribution I can make is in mobilizing business and the professionals who work for the world’s largest companies. I think we are the best hope our planet has.

I encourage you to read and invest time in acquiring knowledge about the…

Being speechless is something that rarely happens to me, so imagine my surprise when I was both speechless and very moved a couple of months ago at the Asia Professional Speakers Convention 2019. During the Gala Dinner I was honoured with the Spirit of Service Award by the Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS).

As you’ll see in the photo, I was dressed as a queen for the night, because the theme was “Freddie Fabulous.” I can honestly say, I felt like a queen too! Definitely an awesome night, and a little overwhelming too.

As the years roll on and social media becomes more embedded in our lives and information gets more and more infobese, I believe we’re starting to really understand both the positive and negative impacts of social media in both our personal and professional lives.

The negative is obvious. We saw the sickening use of Facebook Live in the terrorist attacks in New Zealand, as well as the instant blocking of social media following the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka to ensure no confusion or misinformation was spread, which could incite more fear and violence.

Of course, the rise of hate…

It’s been an exciting week, as 15 incredible ladies (and one gent) have come together to release the book — Unleash Your Voice — Powerful Public Speaking for Every Woman. Not only that, within days, we hit Amazon Best Selling Author Status! It’s so exciting to be part of this!! Thank you Lavinia Thanapathy and Joanne Flinn for inviting me to be part of it.

If there is one issue I wish I could fix, it would definitely be getting rid of the revolting people that plague the online world.

As a female blogger, I’ve had my fair share of revolting nonsense and every time it makes me step back for a bit and reduce my voice. Because why would any sane person want to keep putting themselves out there to receive abuse?

I got horrible comments recently, and the irony of it all was, the post I shared was asking people to stop attacking women, or attacking women’s appearances, following a news story that…

Andrea T Edwards

Life can be awesome, it can also be tough, a positive attitude doesn't always work, but it's better than being miserable @UncommonAndrea @AndreaTEdwards

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