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Meaningful Meetings

Meaningful Meetings

The very word “Meeting” makes many employees wince - and these days, “Having an Agenda” doesn’t refer to preparing for a meeting: it means a covert objective, almost inevitably sinister. The sorry truth is that meetings have given themselves a bad name. Unless they are properly planned, serve a genuine purpose, are handled well, and deliver a useful outcome, meetings can be both time-wasting and meaningless.

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Interact2Engage Course Catalogue

Interact2Engage Course Catalogue

HRDQ is regarded as a trusted developer and publisher of experiential development resources for more than 30 years. Resources within the HRDQ suite have been adapted by Talk2Us for the African marketplace. The outcomes of our learning approach allows participants to experience, practise and integrate the skills in their everyday lives, as opposed to only testing recall of information. Read more

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9 tips on reducing workplace distractions and improving communication

9 tips on reducing workplace distractions and improving communication

Do you feel like working from home exhausts you more than working at the office? You’re not the only one. Ever since we’re collectively working from home, tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams are on the rise.

As the use of these tools increases, we also see a new phenomenon appear more and more often: ‘Zoom Fatigue’. This phenomenon isn’t only applicable to the use of Zoom, though, so we’ll call it Video Call Fatigue.

We think this new Video Call Fatigue is enough of a reason to critically reflect on how we fill our working days.

Read our associated Blog Post - Exhausted by working from home? This is how you avoid ‘Zoom Fatigue’

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9 tips to reduce the chance of a cyber-attack

9 tips to reduce the chance of a cyber-attack

The number of cyber attacks continues to grow. A cyber attack can have destructive consequences for companies, governments and healthcare institutions. Discover 9 tips to reduce the chance of a cyber-attack.

1. Avoid using names of yourself, partner, children or other family members in your password.

2. Use a sentence with letters, numbers and symbols (at least 12 characters) as a password that is easy to remember.

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Read our associated Blog Post - The Human Firewall: What is it, and how do you implement it?

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4 Forces that make or break your organisational change

4 Forces that make or break your organisational change

During organizational change, several forces push and pull at the organization. They are vital for unfreezing, changing, and freezing the organization. You can give your change a boost by reinforcing the positive forces, by weakening the negative forces or resistances, or by doing both. But which forces are at play?

In this eBook we describe four different powers that can make or break your organizational change.

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Read our associated Blog Post - The Kübler-Ross Change Curve and Internal Communication: How to Communicate Effectively During Organizational Change

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Self-help Workbook - Communicating with Influence to Build Confidence

Self-help Workbook - Communicating with Influence to Build Confidence

The purpose of this self-help workbook is to teach people the skills they need so that others will want to grant them the power to affect outcomes.

Our approach is to teach someone how to develop and maintain rapport, how to resolve conflicts and handle difficult situations, and how to recognize others’ needs and support them in meeting their needs while meeting their own as well (“win-win”). We wrap up by talking about qualities that influential people have and give the participants an opportunity to assess themselves in these areas.

This could be the road map that people were looking for to tie the class together.

This workbook formed part of our 2020 Webinar Series, which is available on demand here - https://talk2us.link/webinar-series-2020

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Taking a Brief

Taking a Brief

There are six key areas that you need to understand before you can even begin to develop a communication plan. They are all directed at understanding the business need and how communication initiatives can enable these needs.

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6 Reasons your organization needs a corporate app

6 Reasons your organization needs a corporate app

On average, we spend 3 hours and 15 minutes a day looking at our smartphones. And although mobile phones are viewed as one of the biggest distractions in the office, they also provide employers opportunities. A corporate app offers a solution to a variety of challenges. We list six reasons why your organization could benefit from a corporate app.

Read our associated Blog Post: 6 Reasons your organization needs a corporate app

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Mistakes to avoid when your employees work remotely

Mistakes to avoid when your employees work remotely

More and more companies have remote employees. There are many advantages to the possibility of working remotely, but it’s not without challenges, either.

Discover which common mistakes can be avoided when your employees work remotely.

Download our ebook and avoid these errors when your employees work remotely.

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10 Tips to Crown Yourself Digital Signage

10 Tips to Crown Yourself Digital Signage "Content King"

Creating appealing content has never been so important. Nowadays, you need to quickly excite your audience, or you’ll lose their attention. So, how can you make sure people are interested in your content?

Download our eBook for all 10 tips to crown yourself King of Digital Signage Content.

Read our associated Blog Post: How to improve employee engagement with an employee app

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Self-help Workbook - Adaptability Quotient

Self-help Workbook - Adaptability Quotient

In 1859 Charles Darwin said this : “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one that is the most adaptable to change”.

Several leadership experts are starting to agree with ranking adaptability quotient (AQ) on a par, if not above, IQ and EQ.

AQ refers to the ability of an individual or of a company to adjust to unanticipated changes in the environment. It also refers to the ability to constantly reinvent oneself, your products and services and your brand as the environment evolves.

This workbook formed part of our 2020 Webinar Series, which is available on demand here.

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9 tips for a healthy and productive home office

9 tips for a healthy and productive home office

Working from home is now an inevitable part of life. In more and more organizations, remote working has become normal. In some companies, it is even included in the terms of employment. But working from home also brings new challenges: a sore neck and shoulders – or worse, serious RSI – and new distractions lurk around the corner.

Read our associated Blog Post - The importance of corporate mindfulness

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Social Media Guidelines

Social Media Guidelines

Social media is one of the most powerful communication tools of our lifetime and, when used correctly, can produce great business leads and marketing results.

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Does digital signage actually work?

Does digital signage actually work?

Perhaps you’ve already heard about digital signage. With Netpresenter, you get your message across effectively, using ANY (public) screen available: whether it’s a TV, interactive billboard or even a bank terminal screen.

Read our associated Blog Post - Digital Signage for Remote Workers: Bringing Digital Signage directly into Home Offices

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How to communicate effectively with non-desk employees

How to communicate effectively with non-desk employees

When you think of a workplace, you soon think of an office where employees spend a large part of the day behind a desk. Yet by far the majority of working people do not sit at a desk at all. No less than 80% of the working population consists of ‘deskless’ employees. These are factory employees, cleaners and drivers, but also teachers, doctors, shop assistants and hospital employees. Worldwide, all these professions account for 2.7 billion employees.

If you want to reach all employees within a company, you have to think outside the box. 99% of technological solutions are focused on office workers, despite the fact that they are numerically in the minority. In this guide we describe how to communicate effectively with non-desk employees.

Download our eBook and learn to communicate effectively with non-desk employees.

Read our associated Blog Post: Keeping New Collar Workers Informed and Engaged

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Self-help Workbook | Critical and Design Thinking

Self-help Workbook | Critical and Design Thinking

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your knowledge and ability to:

  • Define critical thinking
  • Identify and adopt the characteristics of critical thinking
  • Recognize and avoid critical thinking mistakes
  • Identify assumptions
  • Evaluate information accurately and thoroughly
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion
  • Implement the critical thinking process in business situations

This workbook formed part of our 2020 Webinar Series, which is available on demand here.

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Cybersecurity templates and slides

Cybersecurity templates and slides

Cyber-attacks are becoming more common and more sophisticated every day. In fact, excellent IT security is no longer enough to prevent business-sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands. After all, the biggest threat is within your own organisation: your employees. One click on the wrong link is often enough to shut down your entire organisation. Continuous cybersecurity awareness training, however, ensures that you and your employees are aware of cyber attacks at an early stage and can thus better protect your organisation against them.

Read our associated Blog Post: The Human Firewall: What is it, and how do you implement it?

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Self-help Workbook | Regaining Confidence After a Re-structure

Self-help Workbook | Regaining Confidence After a Re-structure

Course objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your knowledge and
ability to:

  • Understand the benefits of working in a high trust environment
  • Learn risk aversion techniques when deciding whether to trust another person
  • Assess your organization’s trust levels
  • Recognize and practice the five pillars of trust
  • Use leadership techniques that will encourage a culture of trust
  • Regain trust that has been lost

This workbook formed part of our 2020 Webinar Series, which is available on demand here - https://talk2us.link/webinar-series-2020

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Change vs Transformation

Change vs Transformation

The last two years has been a traumatic time for organisations and individuals. The aftermath of this time has left a landslide of questions at every level – are our current offerings relevant? Do we need to improve on our offering? Perhaps our business needs a complete overhaul? Transform the entire business or perhaps the changes we have made is all that was needed?

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Checklist: Back to the new normal

Checklist: Back to the new normal

The new normal seems to be normal, right? However, a complete reopening of all offices and work locations has not yet taken place; working from home as much as possible still seems to be the norm for the time being. That makes this the time to look ahead and prepare for the new normal.

To support you during this time, we created the ‘Internal Communication Checklist: back to (the new) normal’. This checklist offers organizations and communication professionals the necessary support in preparing for the return of employees to the workplace.

Focus on your employees’ health
Show your employees that their health and safety is a top priority.

Download our checklist and learn to inform employees clearly about the measures you’re taking to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Read our associated Blog Post - Preparing for the ‘new normal’ - 3rd Wave | Five things to take into account

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Internal Messaging | Hitting or Missing the Mark?

Internal Messaging | Hitting or Missing the Mark?

In a world of constant, high-speed messaging, how do you get your audience to stop, consider and remember the message? You need more traction than a tyre on a Formula One car – because communicating effectively means information must stick. And not just any information – the info you most need understood and acted upon.

But first, take the Talk2Us Stickiness Heath Check to see what needs improving. For the stickiness Health Check, click here. The scoresheet can be downloaded here.

Read our associated Blog Post - Internal Messaging | Hitting or Missing the Mark?

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10 Tips to Improve Workplace Wellness

10 Tips to Improve Workplace Wellness

We all know that a stressful work environment is not good for employees. But do you realize how expensive poor workplace wellness is for our businesses? Absenteeism and presenteeism, turnover of staff, and a stressful culture all make it more difficult for your company to successfully service your customers.

We recommend starting with a few easy and actionable steps to proactively create a wellness program that will support your team’s mental well-being.

1. Begin now

  • Do not wait for permission to promote healthful change.

2. Look for small changes that make a big difference

  • What are employees’ personal reasons, their interests, and motivations?
  • What roadblocks are derailing, demotivating, or disrupting your workplace

Want to read more? Download the eBook today!

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Self-help Workbook - Effective Leadership Communication

Self-help Workbook - Effective Leadership Communication

The astute, discerning leader knows that an organisations Human Capital is its best asset. To achieve optimum growth for individuals and the organisation, a platform underpinned by sound principles of Humanity is what is needed for business, to thrive.

Human Capital is the key to any organisation’s competitive edge and the next area of
growth in business will derive from organisations ability to harness the power of their
people’s adaptive capacity, resilience and continuity.

How the world has changed…

This workbook formed part of our 2020 Webinar Series, which is available on demand here - https://talk2us.link/webinar-series-2020

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Engagement Model

Engagement Model

The purpose of this white paper is to present the rationale, approach and methodology for the development and implementation of an endorsed employee engagement model.

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