Effective workshops – plan well

What is an effective workshop? We can recognise one when we see it, but how can we ensure effective use of time and valuable people-resources? Effective workshops are planned. Who should attend? What is the desired result? How long do we need? How should delegates prepare? How can we encourage participation? How do we prevent any person or group from dominating the workshop? See this article from Mindtools: Contact me to facilitate your...

5 principles for great presentations

Forbes have published a great article on effective presentations: In summary: 1. It’s About You, Not the Slides 2. Let Your PowerPoint Slides Support Your Point, Not Make It 3. Incorporate Graphics Into Your PowerPoint Presentation to Evoke Emotion 4. Keep Your PowerPoint Slides Simple 5. Tell a Story with Your Presentation   By the way, if you are creating presentations on a Mac, have you tried Keynote? It’s powerful and easy to use. I have used both and find Keynote more intuitive with very powerful features.  ...

This being human is a guest house.

THE GUEST HOUSE This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. — Jelaluddin Rumi, translation by Coleman...

Executive Coaching

With many years experience in the corporate world, Robert Brain has the skills and knowledge to offer exceptional executive coaching. He helps key decision makers in corporates and small to medium sized businesses to: Invent their future Realise leadership potential in senior executives Optimise team performance Develop as individuals and teams, both personally and corporately Recognise limited beliefs, see a wider perspective and experience new ways of working Robert’s results-focused and action-orientated approach is shaped by over 30 years of corporate experience, including more than a decade in senior management at Vodacom.  He’s worked across diverse industries like IT, education, contact centres, telecommunications, oil refining, banking, broadcasting and life insurance. Qualified in electrical engineering, Robert brings rare technical understanding to his coaching. Robert has coached and mentored for JSE top 40 companies and many smaller businesses, and individuals. He is committed to quality and is registered with the International Coaching Federation and Coaching and Mentoring of South Africa. Some of the companies he has worked with include Old Mutual, Metropolitan Health, Vodacom, The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Foschini, Momentum, Risk Flow, Potion Design, Thymic Connections, Datacash (Part of the Mastercard group of companies), The Clothing Bank and a variety of NGOs. As a very visual thinker, Robert uses a metaphor-driven approach. Working within a narrative and integral framework informed by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, he excels in restoring clients’ self-belief and showing them that they are capable of more than they believe. Robert creates a safe, emotionally honest context for meaningful reflection, primarily using questions to facilitate change rather than just providing answers. This Socratic approach encourages sustainability and ongoing self-coaching....

Mentoring

As a mentor Robert Brain specialises in supporting decision makers and specialists in corporates and small to medium sized businesses to: Adjust and excel in leadership roles Become familiar with business processes like performance management, disciplinary and incapacity processes, recruitment, succession planning etc. Optimise meeting management, facilitation and presentation skills. Develop personal management skills including email management, managing workloads, prioritisation and achieving work life balance, Recognise limited beliefs, see a wider perspective and experience new ways of working Robert’s results-focused and action-orientated approach is shaped by over 30 years of corporate experience, including more than a decade in senior management at Vodacom.  He’s worked across diverse industries like IT, education, contact centres, telecommunications, oil refining, banking, broadcasting and life insurance. Qualified in electrical engineering, psychology and coaching, and experienced in technical and management roles, Robert is ideally placed to support and mentor business executives, managers and specialists as they adapt to new roles. Robert has coached and mentored for JSE top 40 companies and many smaller businesses, and individuals. He is committed to quality and is registered with the International Coaching Federation and Coaching and Mentoring of South Africa. Some of the companies he has worked with include Old Mutual, Metropolitan Health, Vodacom, The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Foschini, Momentum, Risk Flow, Potion Design, Thymic Connections, Datacash (Part of the Mastercard group of companies), The Clothing Bank and a variety of NGOs. As a very visual thinker, Robert uses a metaphor-driven approach. Working within a narrative and integral framework informed by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, he excels in restoring clients’ self-belief and showing them that they are capable of more than...