F2F'S BLOG, GOOD READING AND COOL LINKS

F2F'S BLOG, GOOD READING AND COOL LINKS

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...

Influencing Skills: Plan Your Communications - Part 4 of 4

Thursday, February 28, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Welcome to our final blog in our 4-part series about implementing your Influencing Skills whether with your teams, management, clients or cross-functional business units.    Read more...

Influencing Skills: Plan Your Communications - Part 3 of 4

Monday, February 04, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford
Today we move on from the core communication skills for influencing and start to think about how we may need to tailor those tools for people with different thinking preferences to our own.    Read more...

Influencing Skills: Plan Your Communications - Part 2 of 4

Thursday, January 10, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Back again with the second in our series summarising the planning process for influencing.
This blog will also focus on the core communication skills that are so critical to building rapport, trust and hence influencing power.  This time we’ll get into some more detail around the planning process that we recommend you practice by applying to a specific upcoming meeting with a stakeholder.  Read more...

Influencing Skills: Plan Your Communications - Part 1 of 4

Thursday, January 03, 2013

By Carolyn Crawford

Good morning one and all, I hope you’ve had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and are feeling rested, relaxed and excited about the year ahead.
A client recently asked for four monthly reminder emails, following their ‘Simply Influencing’ workshop, to help reinforce their new tools and skills.  It struck me as such a good idea, I figured I’d share these simple reminders here!  Read more...


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HR Director
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National Business Manager
Hallmark

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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.