Allied develops 100% recycled packaging

first_imgAllied Bakeries has announced it will be introducing 100% recycled packaging on its Kingsmill Little Big Loaf and Crusts Away ranges.The new packaging will be made using clean off-cuts from the bread bag making process, said the firm.“By developing a way to recycle our packaging off-cuts we will save 1.4 tonnes of CO2 for every 1 tonne of recycled film made,” explained Allied’s category director Guy Shepherd.Both the Little Big Loaf and Crusts Away ranges have been designed specifically to minimise wastage. The Little Big Loaf offers fewer slices for smaller households, while the Crusts Away range has been developed especially for lunchboxes, sandwiches and for children who don’t like crusts. The 100% recycled packaging initiative forms part of the firm’s on-going commitment to minimise its environmental impact.In 2009 it became the only major bread and bakery manufacturer to use the Trust’s Carbon reduction label as part of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and impact on the environment.>>Allied Bakeries launches wildlife conservation programmelast_img read more

5 tips to up your public speaking game

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: Details She realized she tried to short-cut the process, not because of laziness but because of nerves. Her second speech was better; she completed it but still had a lot of work to do. Each subsequent speech was an improvement upon the previous. To her surprise and to the delight of her classmates, this young woman had a refreshing air of confidence by the end of the semester.  On the other end of the spectrum was a retired professional athlete, who I had not had the pleasure of coaching. I had seen him in action on the playing field and after games at press conferences. His confidence was unrivaled, not arrogant but professional. As an entrepreneur with a new business, he was invited to deliver the keynote at a large awards dinner. No doubt, his name on the ticket was the reason the event sold out quickly. Anticipation filled the room as he approached the stage. His business talk began with a relevant sports analogy. Within a few minutes, however, it became obvious that he had no game plan for this arena. It appeared he had not thoroughly prepared for this new sport. His message became redundant and his key point was lost. I think he knew it, too, but could not get out of his own way. It was painful to watch.  While choosing death over speaking in public seems extreme, as a Public Speaking coach and teacher, I can attest to having witnessed intense fear as well as the pitfalls of overconfidence. Midway through a speech, a very nervous college student ran out of the classroom crying. Fear had gotten the best of her. She only took the course because it was required. I paused the class, went down the hall to find my student, and talked her off the ledge. I let her describe her anxiety, and then addressed each concern with a question. Did you prepare? Did you practice? What was your self-talk prior to taking the stage? How could you have mitigated nervousness? Did you apply the strategies we discussed in class?  Comedian Jerry Seinfeld joked that because Public Speaking ranked higher than death on a list of fears, many would choose death over speaking in public. Consider the cost to your career or your organization if fear causes you to avoid making presentations. Speaking engagements provide opportunities to boost credibility, make direct personal connections with many individuals at one time, and advance your mission or sell your product.  Like writing, there is a process to preparing for oral presentations. No amount of confidence will make up for a lack of preparation. The reason many audiences lose interest in presentations is because the presenter lacks organization or a well-crafted game plan. Coincidentally, careful organization and preparation increases confidence and quells nerves.   I entered the speakers’ circuit after spending decades communicating from behind a microphone in the confines of a broadcast booth. Like many, the challenge of addressing a live audience freaked me out, so I embraced it and embarked on a lifelong study of the art and science of Public Speaking. I developed a formula for communication practices that would meet the needs of both budding and seasoned professionals because there’s always room to up your game. Here are five tips to help get you started:If fear is gripping you, try turning off the negative chatter box in your head. Rather than thinking “I’m not the best subject matter expert,” “I’ll bore the audience,” “I’ll probably forget half of what I want to say,” etc., feed yourself positive thoughts: “I’m confident my approach to this topic will inspire the audience.” “I know this subject so well that I can fluidly deliver it in an easy-to-grasp manner.” “I’ve practiced and I know the three points I want to make, so my audience will hear my complete message.” Prepare and practice. Regardless of how well you know the topic, you must prepare every step of the presentation, especially the closing remarks. I coach speakers on my three-by-three method for organizing a presentation. Check your expectations. One hundred percent audience buy-in is not realistic. Shoot for one hundred percent respect. Never make assumptions about your audience without thoroughly doing your homework. Learn as much about your audience as possible before preparing your talk in order to address it properly. You are the presentation, not your PowerPoint. Use PowerPoint as a visual aid, not as a teleprompter. Don’t Let Microsoft Co-opt Your Presentation.  I have hundreds more tips …wait for it, in my handy pocket guide, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations. My Speaking for Successprogram is designed to help professionals at every level increase confidence, exude credibility, and speak with conviction.last_img read more

How to join the companies who have signed up so far

first_imgSupporters ’If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem’, goes the saying. Find out who is backing our campaign so far,Main Sponsor (Suppliers) Main Sponsor (Retailers)center_img This article is part of our major Waste Not Want Not campaign, which you can read more about here.last_img

Are the Cowboys in the NFL playoffs? Twitter has the answer — and the jokes

first_imgNFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 17For your entertainment:Are the Cowboys going to the playoffs?— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 30, 2019Cowboys fans watching the Eagles clinch:— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 30, 2019Cowboys fans: we’re gonna win the nfc east!The eagles practice squad:— merry mike scott stan🎅☃️ (@MikeScottStan1) December 30, 2019Jason Garrett showing up at the #Cowboys facility tomorrow 🤦‍♂️— NFL Unwrapped (@NFLunwrapped) December 30, 2019“Who ready for the playoffs???”Cowboys:— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) December 30, 2019Thinking about the Cowboy fans that was talking cash money shit after we beat them week 4 how they couldn’t wait to see us in the playoffs. I’m thinking about all y’all…— ⚜️Eric⚜️ (@360_deegreez) December 30, 2019Stephen A., your thoughts?And just like that, the Dallas Cowboys are ELIMINATED from the playoffs 🤣🤣🤣— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 30, 2019 The Cowboys needed a win over the Redskins and a loss by the Eagles to the Giants on Sunday to win the NFC East. Dallas did its part, routing Washington 47-16, but Philly blew out the Giants in the Meadowlands 34-17 to take the division.As the final minutes of the Cowboys’ season ticked down, rival fans were already in postseason form with the trolling.last_img read more

Steelers vs. Bengals Recap: Don’t play the ‘if’ game

first_imgRunning back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs towards Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)After the Steelers manhandled the Bengals on Sunday Night, many were left wondering what could have been. What if the Steelers had played this well all year? What if Pouncey and Foote and others hadn’t been hurt? What if they didn’t start 0-4?Well, those are all the wrong questions to ponder, there are no if’s and re do’s in the world.  The reality of the situation is this, none of those things occurred this year and the team is in the situation they’re in because they didn’t have a backup plan for the “if’s”.The black and gold looked great on Sunday Night, they looked like the team trying to clinch a playoff spot and not a team desperately clinging to their lives. The exposition that Big Ben and Antonio Brown put on was one that proves those two are the best players this team has, without them they’d be vying for the number one pick.On the defensive side of the ball, players like Jason Worilds and Lawrence Timmons stepped up to the plate and were impactful in determining the outcome of the football game. They showed they can be the two centerpieces of the defense moving into 2014 and beyond (if the team can re up Worilds).This game was about pride, it was about seeing who has the competitive fires burning inside them to win a largely meaningless game.  This was an audition for the guys wearing the black and gold to see who was worth keeping next year and who the team should part ways with.It was all of those things but the one thing it was not was the display of a team that should be looked at as a contender who had things go wrong because this or that happened or a team that should be looked at in the ‘what if’ mode.They are what they are; a 6-8 ball club after that win.  They’re a team in the middle of the pack. Middle of the pack teams can on occasion beat good teams but will also lose to the bad ones (see the Oakland, Minnesota and Tennessee games).  Middle of the pack teams play inconsistently, see the Dolphins game just last week and the turnaround the team had this week.  Or just look at the 0-4 start, to winning five of seven to now being 6-8.This team has its flaws this season and that’s ok. All teams go through a rebuild, the failure often comes when a team can’t form an identity and recognize who they really are. That’s what struck this team this year.While they thought they were still a contender this year, they decided to move forward with some aging, overpriced veterans. They should have cut ties with more of the older guys and implemented playing time for the younger generation to gain experience.   The front office refused to accept or believe this team needed a rebuild but classified it as a transition.  In essence they put everything back a year. What should have happened this year will need to happen next.The game last night should be looked upon fondly as it was a great win for the black and gold and very well could have been the final big game several of the old school veterans have together in a Steeler uniform. Just don’t look at it as ‘what if’, look at it as ‘what is’.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more