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The results are in: how will Coronavirus change the way we work?

I’m really interested in the way that work has changed over the past six weeks as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  With a huge percentage of the workforce quickly making the shift to working from home, we’ve had to quickly adapt to a new way of working, new ways of communicating and new ways … Continue reading The results are in: how will Coronavirus change the way we work?

Flexible Working Lessons From the Lockdown

Five weeks into the lockdown, those of us who are working from home are beginning to settle into a new routine. You might have struggled to stay productive working from home, or found it difficult to adjust to the ‘new normal’, but the feedback that I’m hearing is that overall individuals and organisations have quickly … Continue reading Flexible Working Lessons From the Lockdown

Soft Skills Are Hard

Soft skills are hard – but really, really important. I’ve heard the term ‘soft skills’ used in a derogatory fashion for many years in Management and they are often looked at as “something for other people (like HR) but not for me as an outcome-focused, results-driven Manager” The reality is that the higher you are … Continue reading Soft Skills Are Hard

Become a More Successful Salesperson Using NLP

You work hard to grow your business. You have created a fantastic product or service unrivalled by your competitors. You have created something that can truly help people but you are struggling to sell. Sales can often be seen as pushy, aggressive and perhaps even dishonest – which can make you feel uncomfortable. If you … Continue reading Become a More Successful Salesperson Using NLP

How To Deliver a Winning Presentation in a Muddy Field

We went to the Port Eliot Festival recently and had a great time watching a mix of bands, discussions and presentations by a wide range of writers and performers. They definitely showed how to deliver a winning presentation in a muddy field and I’d like to share some of my reflections with you so you … Continue reading How To Deliver a Winning Presentation in a Muddy Field

How To Avoid Falling Off The Top Step

How can you avoid falling off the top step?  What is “the top step”? Did you ever learn to drive a car? If so, you would have gone through the four stages of development known as the Conscious Competence Model which was developed by Noel Burch in the 1970s. You have to start from a … Continue reading How To Avoid Falling Off The Top Step

Taking Over A New Team? We Bought A Van

    What does the fact that we bought a van have to do with your taking over a new team?  Surprisingly, there are a lot of similarities.  We bought a new camper van last year.  We wanted to move up to a bigger van which would give us more opportunities and I saw one … Continue reading Taking Over A New Team? We Bought A Van

So What Exactly Is Interaction Engineering?

Interaction Engineering: The action of working artfully to create something of value when two or more people communicate with each other. We know that how the people who make up a business all work together, understand each other and communicate is as important as how software packages interact or a production line functions. People are … Continue reading So What Exactly Is Interaction Engineering?

How To Avoid Death By Powerpoint – (while still using it)

Like most people, I have been subjected to death by PowerPoint over the years, one memorable occasion was when a one hour Health and Safety presentation overran by 40 minutes and consisted of 75 slides with full of closely spaced text. Don’t get me wrong, I love PowerPoint and use it a lot.  I grew … Continue reading How To Avoid Death By Powerpoint – (while still using it)

Taking the Stress out of Presenting

I have lost count of the number of presentations I have delivered over the years but, whether I am presenting to a small group of people or a full auditorium, I have never forgotten how it felt in those early days; the racing heart, the clammy palms, hands shaking too much to hold notes… And, … Continue reading Taking the Stress out of Presenting

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