Communication, Body language

Getting your ideas across – from concept to fruition

Alternate Title: Making your ideas happen – in five easy steps Printable version of Post Ideas » creativity » innovation Ideas are the force behind creativity – they usually begin with a concept. Innovation occurs when an idea is developed and the concept becomes a reality – i.e. it is brought to ‘fruition’ (I am … Continue reading »

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Voice AND vocabulary – keys to your success

Alternate Title: Your ‘vocal image’ affects your credibility Printable version of Post Voice and vocabulary To start, let’s define the terms: Voice – the sounds made when we speak or sing. Vocabulary – the range of words we know and use. Our voice is one of our most recognisable features – it is a central … Continue reading »

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Don’t let subconscious behaviour damage your brand

Alternate Title: Subconscious behaviour can hurt your personal brand Printable version of Post Subconscious behaviour Have you ever found yourself doing something without even realising it was happening? We all do many things without any conscious input. Some of these are just part of being alive (breathing, maintaining our balance as we move, scratching an … Continue reading »

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Power presentations that create WOW (in 4 easy steps!)

Printable version of Post   About power presentations A power presentation is one that ‘captivates’ its audience, holding their attention throughout. WOW is when an audience is greatly impressed and responds enthusiastically to the message. A power presentation that creates WOW is almost certain to produce the intended result (i.e. something is agreed, approved, sold, … Continue reading »

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Body language and appearance – the secret messages

Printable version of Post Non-verbal communication A reminder:  Before we even speak a word, both our body language and our appearance are ‘broadcasting’ messages to anyone who cares to take notice.  This is known as ‘non-verbal’ communication. Body language is mainly about posture, gestures, and facial expressions; it can reveal clues to our mental attitude … Continue reading »

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Why job interviews are a two-way street

Printable version of Post Job interviews are about marketing and selling The beginnings of this Post lie in some discussions that I had with several colleagues a while ago on the subject of our experiences at job interviews.  A common thread in all of these was some rather poor behaviour on the part of an … Continue reading »

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How to use learning styles to make a connection

Printable version of Post Alternate Title: How learning styles can improve our communication skills ‘Learning styles’ are about how people prefer to receive information.  Research shows that each person has their own unique preference for how they receive and process information.  But don’t fall into the trap of thinking that learning styles are exclusively bound … Continue reading »

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People Styles – what are they and how do they work?

Printable version of Post People Styles – what they are We are all similar, but we are also all different.  ‘People Styles’ allow us to predict, usually with a high degree of accuracy, how a person will react in a particular situation.  Let me give you an illustration: Recently I was asked by a colleague … Continue reading »

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Effective listening – the secret to successful communication

Printable version of Post Effective listening does not come easy Are you a ‘good’ listener?  According to my research, most of us are not ‘effective listeners’. I know that from time to time, when someone is talking, my thoughts are elsewhere and I am not really taking in what they are saying. Sometimes the problem … Continue reading »

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Questioning – it’s all about our technique

Questions, questions, questions?! We use them to seek and obtain information. But are we asking the right questions to get the best answers? When we first begin to talk, one of our most-used words is “why”?  From that time on, we are on a quest to gather information; to understand how and why things happen, … Continue reading »

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