The Day The Fish Jumped Out Of The Beetroot Salad

One of the things that we have to be aware of when we’re training, speaking and presenting is those left-field events and those completely unexpected events that happen sometimes . I’ve been traveling around Lithuania and Latvia for five weeks and eating a lot of beetroots; beetroot soup – hot and cold, Borscht Soup, which is a Russian soup containing …

9 Tips For Quickly Building Rapport With Your Audience by Peter Dhu

One of the keys to a successful presentation is to ensure that you are in rapport with you audience. Rapport is the trust and connection that a speaker creates with his/her audience. If you are asking people to adopt a new way of thinking, an alternate viewpoint or to change their behaviour then it is crucial to develop trust, connection …

Positive Communication Through Personal Awareness And Self Regulation by Violet Dhu

Part of being an effective communicator is having great self-awareness and the ability to self-regulate.   A common problem with tough situations and difficult conversations is to run a default unhelpful thinking pattern.  The key to dealing with this is being aware of when this is happening to you and having the ability to self-regulate and negate that unhelpful thought. Self-awareness …

How To Be More Inclusive When Public Speaking and Presenting by Peter Dhu

We all know what it is like when a speaker or trainer talks about themselves and what they have achieved and predominantly use “I Statements”. It turns us off and we think, why do I care, or what is in it for me. Research has shown that audience inclusion is a powerful tool of influence, persuasion and of helping people …

The Costs Of Passive-Aggressive Behaviour To You And Your Organisation by Violet Dhu

Passive-aggressive behaviour is aggressive behaviour in another form. Aggression is when a person openly shows aggressiveness as a reaction to what has happened or what you did or said. Passive-aggressive behaviour, on the other hand is aggression that is not openly and directly shown. In fact, people who are passive-aggressive often use underhand, silent and manipulative tactics to get what …