'Where is the oratory?' asks Khalid Aziz. The former Nationwide presenter, now chairman of spoken-communications consultancy The Aziz Corporation, laments the low standards of many business presentations and offers advice to those wishing to sharpen up their technique in 'How to wow an audience'. Off duty, Aziz prefers to hone rather different skills: shooting, fishing and piloting his autogiro - a cross between a helicopter and a microlight.
As associate city editor of the Independent, Nigel Cope has been busy charting the on-off romance between Kingfisher and Asda, which ended when Wal-Mart waded in clutching £6.7 billion. Setting up in competition with a former employer (as Asda's Archie Norman has successfully done with Kingfisher's Geoff Mulcahy) is Cope's theme for this month's Coming Up Fast feature. His advice: play fair by your former colleagues and make sure you set up your new business on your own time.
Over a scorching summer weekend, Evan Davis wrote up his analysis of our work/life survey. Davis is no stranger to cramming work into a short space of time: he is the economics editor of the BBC's Newsnight and is presenting a new series for BBC2 this summer called Big Ideas. He also sits on the board of the Social Market Foundation think-tank and found time last year to write a book called Public Spending, which he insists is much more interesting than it sounds.
When it comes to valuing internet companies, 'the poverty of hard analysis is astounding. Nobody knows how much they are really worth,' says Jo Johnson, who writes on the e-business bubble for MT this month. A corporate financier in a previous life, Johnson now sits in daily judgment on businesses' performance for the FT's Lex column. In his spare time he is the demon bowler for The Bushmen, a (mostly) BBC staff cricket team. In a recent match, he boasts, he took an impressive five wickets for 12 runs.
Way back in1993, when the information superhighway was more of a country lane, Kevin Kelly helped launch Wired magazine, where he is now editor at large. This month he reviews Po Bronson's book on Silicon Valley's heroes, of which he writes, 'no one has told the dream of this territory so well'. Kelly is himself a published author - his works include the acclaimed New Rules for the New Economy. He lives in Pacifica, California, with his wife and three children.
For this month's cover story - 'Is your life working?' - Neil Drabble photographed a successful head-hunter, a mother who runs her own company, a young tea marketer and the female head of an insurance company who has put career before family. Drabble says he came to photography 'by accident' - borrowing a camera, taking some photos and then 'going off to see a few magazines'. Since then he has worked for titles including The Face, Vogue, GQ, and the Sunday Telegraph.