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Friday, December 16, 2016

Woohoo! It’s finally here. After four years of joyful collaboration with my awesome illustrator, Jan Scherpenhuizen, we are proud to announce the release of our new all-graphic guide to presenting, 'Presenting to the Max'.  Read more...

The Counterintuitive Series 1: “Sleep your way to the top” Arianna Huffington

Monday, November 17, 2014

In our hyper-competitive, 24/7, productivity-obsessed world, not only has sleep become a dirty word but lack of sleep has become a sign of virility.  Comparing notes at the water cooler on how little sleep we got the night before, what time we worked til and how early we got up for our morning tennis game are commonly considered signs of success, power and wealth.  Rumours abound of the limited sleep our leaders require.  Margaret Thatcher famously got by on 4 hours sleep a night, while ex Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was dubbed Kevin 24/7 for his round-the-clock ‘work ethic’.  Conversely, sleeping a full 8 hours, or heaven-forbid, taking a mid-afternoon nap, are considered almost criminally lazy.  Read more...

THE COUNTERINTUITIVE SERIES INTRODUCTION

Saturday, November 01, 2014

All two wheel vehicles steer differently from 3 and 4 wheelers.  When a child moves from a tricycle with three wheels, to a bike with training wheels (4 wheels) to eventually having those training wheels removed (now down to 2), they will try and fail in the first instance to apply the steering technique that they’ve used up to this point.  On 4 wheels of course, you turn the steering wheel or handlebars in the direction you want to go.  Left to turn left, right for right. On a bike, you turn right by briefly applying pressure to the right handlebar, effectively pointing the front wheel to the left momentarily.  This action initiates the turn.  The bike leans over and the wheel and bike then turn into the corner.  It’s called counter-steering.  The child learns very quickly, if they want to stay upright and alive, that they must ignore the well-meaning advice of their parents to steer in the direction of the turn and, without realising what they’re doing, will figure out a way to counter-steer by themselves.    Read more...

INFLUENCING SKILLS: GAME OF THRONES STYLE

Friday, October 03, 2014

Or "What We Can Learn About Influencing From The Masters Of The Game"  Read more...

INFLUENCING SKILLS: The Desperate Need For More Effective Influencing

Thursday, July 18, 2013

OR "Why Influencing Is A Central, Not Peripheral, Skill Of EVERYBODY’S Work"

By Carolyn Crawford
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Communication Skills: The Power & Purpose Of Communication

Monday, July 01, 2013

OR "Just Because We’re Good With Words Doesn’t Mean We’re Communicating Well"

By Carolyn Crawford

A slightly different style of blog today as this is taken from a 15 minute talk I was asked to make for a community group education night recently.  I’ve fleshed out the bullet points and updated the examples to be more broadly relevant, but otherwise the ideas and flow remain the same.  It was an interesting and enjoyable evening for me.  I hope it is for you.  Read more...

Problem Solving and Influencing Skills: Strengthening our least preferred thinking style - 4 of 4

Thursday, June 13, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Dear me.  I’m a walking talking cliché.  For our left-brain friends some of these exercises may seem challenging.  For those of us who are more right brained, this is simply how we live our lives!  Just as, no doubt, the Blue and Green exercises seem simple to you, the below don’t even feel like exercises to me! Happy practicing and let me know how you go.  Read more...

Problem Solving and Influencing Skills: Strengthening our least preferred thinking style - 3 of 4

Thursday, May 09, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Aaahhhh yellow.  Scarily easy for someone like me.... unlike the left-brain exercises previously posted.  Happy experimenting.  Read more...

Problem Solving and Influencing Skills: Strengthening our least preferred thinking styles part 2 of 4

Friday, April 19, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Moving on from part 1 that focused on 'blue' thinking, here’s some suggested exercises for those of you keen to shore up your ‘green’ thinking skills.  I find it interesting as I go through the lists for each quadrant that I balk at the exercises designed to help me with my two least preferred thinking styles.  Those suggested for my two strongest thinking preferences I find easy, entertaining and amusing.  Again, if you try any out, let me know how you go.  Read more...

Problem Solving and Influencing Skills: strengthening your lesser preferred thinking styles

Thursday, April 11, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

One of the reasons I thought I’d focus on this topic is that I’m occassionally asked in our ‘Simply Influencing’ workshop (http://www.f2fcommunications.com.au/workshops-simply-influencing) how we can strengthen those thinking processes associated with the part of our brain that we least prefer to use. By way of example, there are more right-brained folk who are interested in building their left-brain thinking and vice versa.    Read more...


What our clients say...

Business Development Manager
Mars

I now feel less nervous about the concept of presenting generally and more in control of the process

General Manager
Telstra

It is all about outcomes for F2F and this is what I most appreciated as a participant in the Influencing Skills training - they always had my growth as a leader in mind, and I was kept honest through follow up work to ensure my learning was put into practice.

General Manager
Telstra

“Until I met Carolyn and listened to her audio course, I thought that to be a good presenter, I needed to morph into a different person. Carolyn helped me realise that being true to my unique style and personality is my greatest asset when presenting. She provides really useful tools and techniques that helped me develop my very own formula for presentation success”

HR Director
adidas Australia

Each year we ask F2F back to deliver training at adidas because they are organised, know their stuff and get results. The execution is seamless and their exceptional ability as trainers, unquestionable.

International Market Research Firm

Carolyn was helpful, respectful, empathetic and humorous€ a consummate presenter. Thank you

Logistics Manager
Mainfreight Logistics

Interesting, relevant, motivating, enlightening and fast moving

National Business Manager
Hallmark

Very relevant, logical, useful information. Immediately applicable in the workplace.

Operations Manager
IAG Limited

Not only have I personally seen the skills of my team improve, their feedback suggests unanimously that the programs were well organised, professional, challenging and stimulating. They felt in short they had indeed developed their skills.

Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Excellent! Very knowledgable and experienced and it shows.

Regulatory analyst
Essential Services Commission

Lots of great tips. Lots of references to other resources. A terrific framework for planning presentations. A very worthwhile use of my time

Regulatory Consultant
Essential Services Commission

I can use everything that we covered in the session immediately in all of my work - highly relevant! It will save me heaps of time and help me focus on a clear message that connects with the reader.

Sales analyst
adidas

This training provided the structure and knowledge I was looking for. My role often requires me to persuade people. This provided me with the tools to do so.

Sales Development Manager
TAL

A wealth of information and very supportive in delivery

Senior Associate
Freehills

Apart from presentations, these skills will be useful for ordering my thoughts in arguments for meetings and preparing written advice

Senior Associate
Freehills

Very engaging and practical.  Planning was always hard and time consuming for me.  The skills learnt will definitely solve that.

Telstra Media/Entertainment

Fantastic – feeling very empowered now. Looking forward to my next presentation.

Telstra Relationship Marketing

The best presentation skills I’ve done and in fact among the best training I’ve done.  I used the planning format straight away and it worked.  Fantastic course.