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How to speak so that people want to  listen to you

How to speak so that people want to listen to you

How to speak so that people want to listen to you Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy,...

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Make your presentation memorable

Make your presentation memorable

Make your presentation memorable As we all know, presentations are all about common sense, so all I am doing here is putting into writing what everybody already knows, but what very few of us actually do. If you ever wonder what information your audience will take...

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10 mistakes that most presenters make and how to avoid them

10 mistakes that most presenters make and how to avoid them

If you are in the working world, or even if you haven’t yet taken that step, you will probably be aware of the importance of presentation skills in professional life. Like, it’s obvious, isn’t it ? It is one of, if not, the most important soft skills in life and in...

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Cross-Cultural Presentations

Cross-Cultural Presentations

With cross-cultural engagement, token adjustments are not an option. If the world were a village of 100 people ... 50 would be female 50 would be male There would be: 60 Asians 16 Africans 14 people from the Americas 10 Europeans Their first language may not be...

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Death by Powerpoint – Are you guilty?

Death by Powerpoint – Are you guilty?

You've all heard of the expression, "Death by Powerpoint" - a bit of a hackneyed phrase, but nevertheless true, and death by Powerpoint is always fatal - nobody has been known to survive this terrible weapon. The truth is that Powerpoint, contrary to popular belief,...

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When 3 meters becomes just too far

When 3 meters becomes just too far

Have you ever been in a room, with a group of colleagues, clients or business partners, sat around the table computer in front of you - preferably open (this helps protect us ... I imagine)? So you chat away about the weather and what's happening in business, sip on...

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Why we need to change the way we learn – Fast!

Why we need to change the way we learn – Fast!

There have been excellent arguments that have promoted the notions of Lifelong Learning since the 1950s (see the work of Carl Rogers et al.), but never has the argument for LLL held so much water. Technological change has meant that the top jobs that are available...

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TwitBusiness Project

  I'm just starting a small (or big, who knows) project that I would love you to take part in. Basically, I have some ideas how Twitter could be used for business and for learning - but those are my ideas alone and I am surely missing lots here. Here is where you...

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25 Tips to Motivate People in Your Organisation

25 Tips to Motivate People in Your Organisation

25 Tips to Motivate People in Your Organisation Organisations which suffer from a lack of initiative coming from their people can often find the solution to their problem internally, in the systemic roots of their corporate culture. Those organisations which...

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Practical NLP – Being effective in The Workplace

Duration - 1 day Course Objectives What is NLP? Setting Your Goals Pre-suppositions of NLP Four Key Principles of NLP Building Rapport Tuning in to your Senses Communicating with NLP Empathetic communication Action Planning using NLP After participating in this...

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Effective Negotiating Skills

Duration - 2 days Course Objectives   Introduction This is a highly interactive course with a good balance of theory and practical negotiating using the techniques learnt during the seminar and includes the following: What is negotiation? What do you negotiate?...

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Interpersonal Skills

Duration - 1 day Course Objectives After participating in this course, learners will be able to: Carry out an interpersonal skills audit. Discuss the different communication styles. Practise listening and questioning skills Manage body language and the voice. Look at...

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Communicating and Influencing Skills

Duration - 1 day Course Objectives   Introduction Assertiveness vs. Passive & Aggressive behaviour Beliefs Body Language and Tone of Voice Verbal Structure Assertiveness skills Communication Styles Improving communication effectiveness Handling difficult...

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What is Coaching Anyway?

As coaches we often say that coaching is not something which can be described in words, it must be experienced. On one occasion when I was asked to speak on the subject unexpectedly, I followed a few headlines hastily scribbled in the ‘little black book’ I always carry. Afterwards, some of my audience shared with me that this was the first time they had ever understood exactly what coaching was. To the best of my recollection, this is what I said.

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The Advantages of Learning French in France

Learning French in France offers a number of advantages over learning in your home town. You learn how to speak as the French speak, and will not only be understood when you speak, but will understand others who speak to you in French.

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Effective Presentation Skills

Duration - 2 days Course objectives: Participants will be able to structure and deliver an effective presentation with confidence Programme : Defining the objectives and the content Structuring the presentation Designing and using slides with impact Presenting...

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Intercultural Communication and Awareness

Duration - 2 days Course Objectives Recognition of how positive and open cultural attitudes towards other cultures can lead to co- operative relationships. • Identify culturally sensitive areas where problems can occur • Recognise your own personal behaviours &...

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Change Management Or Transition Management?

A train requires two well-maintained rails to reach its destination. Like the train, organizations going through change require two well-maintained rails to succeed: a change management plan and a transition management strategy.

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Building Higher Levels of Critical Thinking With Collaborative Solutions

A new model of learning which integrates online collaborative technology and process-centric learning is slowly emerging in response to the need for improved critical thinking in education and the workplace. If it succeeds, the new model will change ‘bricks and mortar’ learning to a multimodal model where learning occurs in physical and virtual spaces, collaboratively and individually, with real-time input from teachers supported by peer-to-peer collaboration; anywhere, anytime, anyhow.

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How to Solve Problems Using Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is a great tool used to solve all kinds of problems that we face in life. Imagine one day, you are being assigned a new task that has never been done before or you desperately need to earn more in order to make ends meet, point blank and you do not know what to do, nor have any ideas what to begin with. By all means begin by developing a structural and critical thinking approach.

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Making the Simple Complicated – An Engineer's recipe

An Engineer's Recipe (only for fun) Making the simple complicated Here is a set of instructions for atask. Components 532.35 cm3 gluten 4.9 cm3 NaHCO3 4.9 cm3 refined halite 236.6 cm3 partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride 177.45 cm3 crystalline C12H22O11 177.45...

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The Winning Attitude of a Positive Self Image

The importance of having a winning attitude and what that can do for your self image. With any type of personal development a positive self image is a quality that you cannot be without. The use of your imagination can take you farther in life then any other quality. When you can see yourself succeeding then you will succeed, if you visualize yourself as a winner then a winner you will be.

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Improve Spoken French – 10 Ways To Tune Up For Top French

If you think you’ve lost all the French you ever learned, then think again! It’s in there somewhere and with the help of these 10 tips, you can get it back and have fun doing it. Practical, to the point and designed to get you back in the swing of speaking French.

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360° Feedback. Danger! Handle with care.

360° feedback is a way of providing multi-source feedback for, typically, a manager as a precursor to a development plan, training or more usually coaching. The feedback is given to the person, called the "recipient" by "raters", who are usually from inside the...

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Change Management – The ITIL Way

Many organizations with small IT department, often fail to establish standardized methods and policies to manage change. As a result, they resort to haphazard and ad-hoc practices resulting in utter mismanagement of IT changes.

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Team Member Coached Teams

Teams and team leaders have certain roles to play, they need to alternate between leading and following. Leaders should provide clear vision, team members need to commit to the success of that vision; and everyone needs to share knowledge and expertise.

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The Top Ten Myths And Realities About Business Coaching

I think it is safe to say that there are many preconceived notions about business coaching. Furthermore, some of these notions really are myths rather than reality. In an attempt to provide some insight into what are the major myths about business coaching, I have developed a list of the top ten myths and respective realities that are counter to each myth.

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Learning to Run the Lean Marathon in Organisations

Organisations looking to implement change that is sustainable in the medium to long term need to have three key attributes to be successful. Based on research undertaken with dozens of businesses, this article explores the key factors that can make your improvement programme (including Lean) successful.

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Working with Foreign Cultures

Cultures differ in how they communicate, how they use their time, and how they view themselves in terms of empowerment and decision making. These differences are likely to become apparent in business sessions with people from other countries.

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Can NLP Help Or Harm Your Business?

What are your thoughts about NLP? Are you curious about how it might work for you and your organisation? Have you had bad experiences of it and NLP’rs? This article gives you some ideas about how it might work in a measured way rather than claiming it is the answer to all things!

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The difference between Coaching and Psychotherapy

More and more people are hearing the terms personal coach or life coach. There have been newspaper articles and professional articles written on the subject. Several people have asked me, “what is a life or personal coach and how is personal coaching different from psychotherapy?”

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The Magic and Mystery of Teams

As the world of manufacturing has become increasingly competitive, managers have diligently searched out new and innovative ways to increase productivity, multiply the power of every employee, and better utilize every resource in order to positively impact the bottom line. For more than a decade one of the most popular “Hot Trend” innovations has been the idea of “Team”. We are told that no man is an island, nothing of significance has ever been accomplished by one person alone, the whole is equal to more than the sum of its parts and on and on and on.

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Promote Your Business by Providing Content

Today, information is power. Gaining useful information is almost a full-time job in itself. If you can use your knowledge to help your clients and prospects gain useful knowledge, it builds a bond, establishes you as a credible resource, and creates a favorable image for you and your business. Helping to solve a problem, without getting an immediate payback, puts you in a special categoryexpert. Here are five ways to share your expertise as a content provider:

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Aligning Corporate Teams

How Individuals And Teams Get Aligned Fast With A Process Of Questioning, Energy Shifting, Self-Esteem Raising, And Confidence Building

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How To Understand Cross-Cultural Analysis

How to understand cross-cultural analysis? This article shows the theories currently in vogue and guides the reader to gain a comprehensive understanding of the field of cross-cultural analysis.

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What is Transactional Analysis?

Transactional Analysis, developed by Eric Berne, is a commonly used approach to therapy which has been around since the 1950’s, and is still developing today. TA is based upon the idea that our psyche functions from three basic states, which Berne called Parent, Adult and Child. It is not only a form of personal therapy, but also much used in organizational psychology.

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Personal Coaching – Top 7 Basics and an Important Key

Personal Coaching is becoming more popular in day-to-day living, to set goals, stay on track and achieve goals, while balancing family and work. Article explains- Why Coaching, When to Get Coaching, Coaching Process, etc. Personal Coaching helps a client to realize more of his potential, achieve his goals and enjoy success in many areas of life.

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Ten Ways to a Greater ROI on Professional Coaching

Having an Executive Coach is quickly becoming one of the most sought after professional development options of middle and senior level executives. But how do you ensure your getting your monies worth? Here are 10 ways to ensure that you money will be well spent!

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Change Management&Transition Management

Global competition, challenges, company goals for higher profits, requisitions or structural change in the top management; all these factors call for one thing- Change Management. British Airways had to alter its approach to content management on the internet, Cadbury had to cope with global changes by refocusing on its cultural and communication barriers, HP had its CEO resigning in 2005 and Kelloggs acquired Kebbler in 2001 which resulted in almost a double in its operations and revenues. These are to name a few companies that had faced different management faucets and were successful in their change management strategies.

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Six Keys to a Successful Business Website

Six keys to a successful business website sounds too simple to be true. However, since there are only two goals for a successful business website, it really isn’t that complicated. The two goals are – getting the right people to your website and getting them to buy, contact you, sign up, or simply do what you want them to do. This article will tell you the six keys to accomplishing that.

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Top 10 time-wasters at work

Top 10 time-wasters at work

Top 10 time-wasters at work We are sometimes our own worst enemies when it comes to how we organise and spend our time. Have a look at the following list and see if there are things here that ring a bell with you in these Top 10 time-wasters at work : 1. Doing too...

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Six Steps to Increase your Team Building Success

Each year organizations invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in team building. Where some claim transformation others report little change and poor results. It’s unsurprising then that many employees react with cynicism when their trusty leader announces it’s time for the team to build and bond.

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NLP Representation and Eye Movement – Maybe a VAK-uous Observation

Eye-movements and internal representation are a fundamental part of the NLP body of knowledge, but recent research shows that this may well be far from accurate. NLP announces itself to the world as the ‘user manual for the brain’, however it appears that one of the greatest theories about how an individual moves their eyes in response to certain types of sensory concepts has been shown not just to be inaccurate, but completely false.

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Eight Barriers to Critical Thinking

All too often we fall prey to patterns of thought that are comfortable to us without analyzing their effectiveness. When this happens we may not get the desired results because we haven’t asked the right questions or asked enough of them to arrive at the best response to a problem.

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Change Management and Goal Setting For Effective Teams

With the economy on its downward swing, I find that more of the companies I am working with are looking at very drastic alternatives to save money, downsize and implement cost effective procedures and policies to meet this challenge. The need for change is apparent, what the change should be is more vague.

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NLP Modeling

The debate and inquiry whether or not Neuro-linguistic programming is a valid science or not continues. To comply with the technicalities of scientific study, NLP modeling was used to make objective observations and presentations of its principles.

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YOU! Are a Natural-Born Language Learner

We hear so many people, so many times state, and believe what they are saying, that "I am not good at languages".If we think about this, the person has either written or spoken this statement in a clear and intelligible way - so they CAN actually USE language, which...

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Smiling – One Soft Skill you can start working on NOW!

One of the most effective soft skills that can be developed almost immediately is the ability to smile. And I mean this for business and for life in general, but is so often not recognised as a soft skill, but I can assure that that it is indeed one of the most...

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10 Simple Steps to Happiness

From a BBC documentary that aired in November of 2005.1. Plant something and nurture it.2. Count your blessings–at least five–at the end of each day.3. Take time to talk–have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week.4. Phone a friend whom you have not...

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Top Ten Things About Strategic Business Thinking

To raise the bar on your business performance, from where you are now, to where you want to be (and beyond!), requires a level of strategic thinking which, in perfect tune with your visioning skills, creates a structured and progressive way forward. Here are Ten great traits EVERY business manager needs to know.

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Developing Your Team – What Are Your Options?

In todays highly competitive selling environment, there is less room for apprenticeship, as organisations need to see a swift return on their investment. Therefore, Sales Directors need to allow sufficient time to enable their investment in training and development to pay off. Introducing ongoing reinforcement programmes will help accelerate the benefits gained from the training and development investment.

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10 Ways to Improve Logical Critical Thinking and Reasoning

If you’ve ever wondered how to make your brain work harder for you, and how to improve reasoning and critical thinking, then this is for you. Science writer, Rhodes scholar and two-time author Jonah Lehrer has come up with some unexpected ways you can help your brain stay fit and sharp. As an organ like any other in our body, it makes sense that exercise might be helpful.

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Anchoring Positivity With NLP

Want to learn how you can replicate any state that you have previously experienced? How about being able to re-experience it at will? Well now absolutely anybody can do just that, using these modern, innovative psychological techniques.

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Lean Six Sigma Training Motorola Management For Everyday Use

lean six sigma training at first, the quality improvement program addressed manufacturing exclusively. Orthodox thinking at Motorola said that manufacturing was both the source of the problem and the area where the most dramatic and consequential improvements would happen.

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Dealing with Mistakes in Language Learning

There are a lot of opinions on dealing with mistakes in language learning, these are just a few ideas from a personal perspective.Mistakes are both difficulty to deal with and fairly straightforward at the same time.The problem is that they are so habit-formed that...

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Seven Coaching MegaTrends Every Coach Should Be Aware Of

The coaching market is changing and it’s changing rapidly. There are a number of powerful trends sweeping through the market, and every coach should be aware of them. These are the Seven Coaching MegaTrends, and they are set to change the coaching market forever.

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The A To Z Of Coaching

Why get accredited? As a professional coach you want to stand for the quality of the coaching you provide – so you know the standards you work to and so you can clearly articulate what those standards are to the people you interact with in your professional role as coach – with all the discussion about what standards we are working to as an industry I think it’s critical that you have both a standard for yourself and to point your clients towards.

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Ethical Issues in Workplace Coaching

Ethics are often inextricably linked to issues of confidentiality, beneficence, autonomy, justice, trust, respect and sensitivity. There is, therefore, a need, when working with people, in a coaching relationship, for a safeguard system that can guarantee that these...

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Team Building Tips For Managers

How do you get your employees to work together as a team? This is a question that many managers are asking.The bottom line for managers is getting the results needed, and if employees would work as a team instead of as individuals, getting the results would be much easier.

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Basic Coaching Skills – 13 Important Skills For Successful Coaching

With the influx of folks becoming coaches it’s important for those interested in not only becoming a coach but also those interested in using a coach to know what skills are important for the prospective coach to have. A lot of people call themselves coaches when in fact they take on more of a consulting role with their clients. True coaching includes these skills: Design an Alliance – the coach works with the client so the client can design their alliance to the work.

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