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Funding Applications | Pitches and Proposals | Self-Promotion Documents, Applications | Analytic Reports | Presentations, Speeches | Business Cases | Newsletters and Web Copy | Academic or Technical Works | Complaints and Solicitations

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Training Programmes | Pedagogy, Courses | Professional Development | Reviews | Personal Narratives | Fictional Works

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Inspiration, empowerment and Freedom

Video Credit: The Kea Conservation Trust. The Kea in flight is a potent symbol of power and freedom. This inspiring majestic bird, along with many species, directly rely on our proactively saving biodiverse regions. Corballis Communication is a supporter of conserving biodiversity in our threatened natural environment, giving regularly to three named organisations that undertake Earth defence battles. Read more.

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YOUR PERSONAL WRITER & EDITOR

A Very Passionate Wordsmith

Excellent writing is best a spin-off. A communications expert, Tony Corballis is primarily an executive communication-performance coach, typically for accomplished or aspiring business leaders and thinkers. And he has a background in higher education. Yet, peripheral but closely linked to this, he is a passionate wordsmith. And loves it.

Corporate Support: Client Needs

This spin-off has been a consistent joy for over two decades in supporting wide-ranging clients and fulfilling their needs for self-promotion or written output.

Tony Corballis has provided writing and editorial services for executives in the City of London and other central business districts for decades.

Having briefly been an English teacher in the 1990s before managing an educational department spanning medical, business, vocational and academic English, he had the perfect an opportunity for leverage. With a commerce degree and some earlier experience working in an investment bank, and a master’s degree in public and organisational communication, he was well-equipped to comprehend and engage with heavyweight City of London commercial life.

So he quickly developed a thriving external and private business in providing language and editorial support to corporate executives, which morphed into a successful coaching and training business in all aspects of communication performance for high-calibre executives and those with aspirations. And a component of this was follow-up services in writing, editing, ghost-writing and proofing.

Employability, Director & C-Suite Perspectives

A decade later, a collaboration with what’s now the UK’s leading recruitment support and employability agency saw Tony Corballis designing and authoring a range of training and coaching programmes for them, which he went on to deliver. The leader in recruitment support, City CV Ltd., is a large team of award-winning global experts in authoring all supporting documentation to recruitment.

Through this he enjoyed intimate exposure to higher levels of corporate life than before. For over ten years he has regularly supported directors and c-suite individuals, largely in finance and investment banking, consultancy, insurance, IT, energy and infrastructure, but also in senior public sector, ex-military, operations, medicine, marketing and media, and other sectors. Thus Tony’s links with industry are extensive and deep.

Track Record in Corporate Writing:

  • editing corporate reports and other executive output;
  • copy writing for websites, across all sectors;
  • writing and editing press releases;
  • writing self-promotional documentation for promotions and recruitment;
  • and delivering tailored and sustained training programmes, such as in writing for financial analysis, at Arax Properties Ltd. and for investigative writing for Nardello Ltd. and Risk Advisory Ltd.

Media, Creative & Marketing Support

Ultimately, Tony has written for more creative sectors as well. Over three decades ago he was an avid writer of fiction as a backpacker roaming the Global South, inspired by anthropology and philosophy electives in his otherwise business degree. More recently, his creative writing pursuits are somewhat more commercial:

  • copywriting impactful rhetoric for NGO web content, newsletters and reports, including for PBI International;
  • copywriting for web and other media, generally;
  • ghost-writing for luxury brand PR;
  • ghost-writing for contributors to glossy magazines, including Marie-Claire, Hong Kong Tatler, and Hello!
  • proofing for book authors, including works of fiction and an autobiography;

Trusted Scholarly Foundations

With associations in the literary centre-of-the-universe, London’s Bloomsbury, and a base next to the University of London’s iconic Senate House, Tony thrives in the higher education community and has provided services to the sector for over two decades. He is set to be awarded the Senior Fellowship Higher Education Authority this autumn.

Linked to his tertiary-level pedagogical work in developing academic literacy and supporting postgraduate and doctoral candidates to write well, he has explored and been commissioned for extensive writing and editorial output, such as:

1. Editing scholarly research articles for authors from Middlesex University and Universitat Jaume I de Castelló on linguistics, finance, human resource management, business strategy and management, for publication in academic journals.

2. Authoring and co-authoring three text-books, including award-winning English for Management Studies, published by Garnet Education for worldwide distribution and winner of the 2009 ESU Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Award.

3. Co-authoring, co-editing and implementing extensive commercial e-learning content for ACL Pty Ltd. bought to market in Australia, China, Thailand and Vietnam universities and other educational institutes.

4. Authoring many taught courses on writing and communication and on English for Economics, Finance, Management, International Business, at University of London SOAS, and English for Computer Science, Engineering, Business, Management and more vocational areas at Middlesex University.

5. Supporting countless high-calibre postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in their research and writing, at University of London SOAS,  Kings College London, University of the Arts London, London Metropolitan University, University of Technology Sydney, and the Aga Khan Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.

6. Designing and writing materials for an MA module, including authoring complex assessment descriptors, subsequently delivered for many years at Middlesex University.

7. Undertaking and authoring a review for an educational department restructure at Middlesex University; and 8. project managing an annual university-wide browser-based skills and literacy diagnostic for 7000 learners, at Middlesex University.

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HAPPY CLIENTS

“Tony I’ve just recommended you … really good feedback … the manager loved the way it was expressed… very impactful and powerful and she wanted to know of your professional services…” – Marcela Robins, Melbourne

“I’m impressed … a detailed understanding of the situation. I will contact you again.” – Yoshiro Seki, Corporate Auditor, Toshiba

impactful and powerful

“…absolutely perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. You really know your stuff.” – Stuart Langeveldt, Head of Marketing & Communication, AMP Capital

What would I do without you? No one else could capture exactly what I was trying to get at. It’s amazing.” – Maurizio Maffei, Social Activist and Fringe Film Director

“… you helped write a strategy to target the specific requirements of the project … the help of an expert like yourself can make all the difference.” Paul Masterton, Financial Consultant

wouldn’t change a thing – you really know your stuff!

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank you for your contribution… I am immensely proud and because of your talents and skills, we were able to complete the project in-house … a testament to your skills, commitment and hard work as an e-learning developer.” – Helen Zimmerman, Managing Director ACL Ltd.

No one else could capture what I was trying to get at!

“Thank you for your effort… extraordinary attention to detail.” – Martin Altemeyer, Economist

“Tony Corballis designed and wrote all our original training courses … they have passed the test of time in still being relevant and useful six years later … and with all the fundamentals of good learning and development.” Recruitment Sector Training Partner, London

still relevant and useful six years later

“… what a great program you wrote… that whole module of work was excellent to teach from … I felt much more confident … It took the headache out of it.” – Jennifer Routley, Lecturer and Teacher

“Tony showed me exactly how to demonstrate things in the format employers recognise.”  – young recruit in British property firm JLL

extraordinary attention to detail

“Thanks for getting the Gateway Clinic in the press. We look fabulous!” – Dominique Joire, NHS

“… extremely happy with your copywriting … a really excellent job.” – Catherine Lelong, Partner and Director, e-HotelServices.com

“You rock.” – Mohieb Dahabieh, Luxury Brand Publicist

“You are the best writing teacher I have ever had.” – Virginia Fiume, postgraduate and published author

” … incredible linguistic knowledge.”  Gwenaelle Boissel, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

“Tony’s knowledge of linguistics, training and assessment was amazing…intelligent, hard-working and dedicated …” Katie Poon, British Police Officer

You rock!

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BLOG POSTS

The Growth Mindset

The Growth Mindset

We tend to choose one of two pathways when facing a challenge – those from a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. Given his Higher Education work and teacher training, Tony Corballis draws on many experts for his coaching, such as Carol Dweck, who in her book Mindset explores these two.

Forget Affirmations!

Forget Affirmations!

Positive thinking? Just envisage-manifest-voila! No, this isn’t holistic and it may do the reverse. What we fear is exactly what we must do, guru Tim Ferriss says, along with author Susan Jeffers. Coaches Susan David and Tony Corballis agree. Attack your beliefs before gently facing your demons.

Surviving the C-Suite

Surviving the C-Suite

Recently Tony Corballis coached an MD for a rigorous leadership assessment with the amazing organizational psychologist, Renee Bellamy Booth, who co-wrote with Keith Wyche a guide to senior executive life. For those aiming at the top, here’s their fascinating and insightful advice.

Combine the Senses

Combine the Senses

For interviews, people think hard about their hair, handshakes and ‘due diligence’ by scripting sample answers. And on the day? A blank mind. The higher the stakes, the worse the freeze. Why? The answer lies in what cognitive psychologist Michael Corballis describes as combining the senses.

Break from the Flock

Break from the Flock

Don’t be a sheep. Break from the flock. Audiences are selfish, interviewers are bored. They don’t want platitudes or to drown in context. Your ‘gripping’ narrative: they’ve heard a million times. So differentiate with personal branding. Vivid narratives to tease with just selective glimpses.

Normal? No such thing!

Normal? No such thing.

What’s a normal brain? Normal behaviour? Do we over-pathologize? Yale psychology experts show that ‘normal’ wouldn’t work for evolution, and mental health practice should be more subtle and contextual. This is exactly what coaches and educators have known for decades. It’s our ‘social contract’.

Brave Conversations

Brave Conversations

We don’t just de-friend trolls online. Our echo-chambers of the like-minded also occur in real life. So conversations should not be just about niceties and social cohesion. Active listening democratises. When adversaries honestly try to understand each other, the world changes a little for the better.

Trustbuilding begins with Trustworthy

Trustbuilding from Trusthworthy

Interview stories about trust-building? I assess indicators for evidencing such competencies in role-play, scalable according to your seniority. It’s time to cross-map them against what the gurus’ say – a Harvard Business School professor  and a philosopher. Our aggregate? Take a look.

Four Tendencies Driving Us

Four Tendencies Driving Us

What exactly drives us and the decisions we make through our lives has had us debating for centuries. A new way of seeing this seems to resonate with many, not just in understanding ourselves but our colleagues, reports, managers and families too. Are you an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner or Rebel?

Teams like Swirling Starlings

Teams like Swirling Starlings

What is it that makes a flock of starlings twist and turn in perfect harmony? What is it that makes any group instinctively work and identify in a unified way? To the long list of the modern world’s experts on teams and groups, we introduce Daniel Coyle and his ideas about culture in teams.

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