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Q and A

If you are waiting for a workshop or talk to commence, as the facilitator, you could always start an informal Q and A session with the audience to see if they have any questions. It is a great way to fill an awkward gap in the program while attendees arrive. It is also allows for…
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June 7, 2017 0

Originals

This made an impact on me. Not all original content, but some very thought provoking concepts and links. I particularly followed up on The Principles – management principles – that made Breakwater Associates great. The Principles of management at Breakwater are based on robust relationships and strong feedback within the team. Meetings are taped for viewing…
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April 8, 2017 0

Transferrable Skills

Communication skills Speaking effectively Writing concisely Listening attentively Expressing ideas Facilitating group discussion Providing appropriate feedback Negotiating Perceiving nonverbal messages Persuading Reporting information Describing feelings Interviewing Editing   Research & Planning skills Forecasting predicting Creating ideas Identifying problems Imagining alternatives Identifying resources Gathering information Solving problems Setting goals Extracting important information Defining needs Analyzing Developing…
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March 7, 2017 0

It’s all in the detail

Before I started working in retail, I had thought running a shop was just about putting an A frame on the road out the front, and getting the customer to leave their money on the fridge whenever they bought something. I was so naïve about the complexity that was involved. In my world, to have…
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February 16, 2017 0

Team Engagement

When I look after a team and expect high performance, to me, it is about team engagement. And team engagement is mainly about communication – real communication. I have been battling with how to achieve this level of real communication with a team that is spread across the nation, and in different time zones. It…
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January 28, 2017 0

Speak UP!

Great news! – I have completed my pack of worksheets about Speech Writing techniques for Middle School students, and uploaded it here. The contents of the pack include: – Analyzing Donald Trump’s acceptance speech – Learning about Alliteration in speeches – Practising the use of Tricolons – Understanding the Power of Speech Metaphors – Ways…
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December 16, 2016 0

Elements of Eloquence

Great book on the different techniques to turn a perfect phrase in English. It’s no just about alliteration and the ‘rule of three’ – this book as 35 more techniques that can be used to shape an ordinary phrase in to a fabulous one. Loved it!


October 30, 2016 0

Letter to Son about New iPhone Present

Dear Gregory Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to…
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October 4, 2016 0

Updating the Locals

I went to a neighbourhood community group meeting last night where leaders from local groups were invited to attend and link up. It was great. There were a couple of guest speakers that referred to local plans, a forum and some action planning in to the future. One of the guest speakers was the local…
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September 29, 2016 0

The Principal’s Welcome Back Letter – Setting the Scene

The school year is like a three act play (or two act, or four act – depending on the number of terms/semesters in the school calendar). The time leading up to the opening night on day one of school sets the scene. The producer of this annual performance needs to make sure everyone is coming…
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September 25, 2016 0