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Employee Engagement

Top 10 Customer Service Tools and Techniques

Guest Blog by Julia Doherty, Green Umbrella The right service techniques can have a huge impact on your customer service and ultimately the happiness of your clients.  In this post, I will share with you twelve tools and techniques that we have found valuable to provide an excellent customer service for our clients.

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Planning Your Communication

Have you ever been misunderstood by email? Have you ever had a situation where your presentation failed to hit the spot with your audience? Have you ever been in a meeting where you missed an opportunity to make your point? If so, then please read on and learn how planning your communication can help get Read more »

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Presentation Skills – it’s all Greek to me

It’s often been said that apart from bereavement, public speaking is the most stressful experience we can have. If you’re fretting about making a presentation then here’s some great advice from ancient history. Greek philosopher Aristotle talked about three concepts: ethos, pathos and logos. Here’s our take on his top tips on how to improve your Read more »

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Listening to understand v listening to respond

Our blog in March focused on listening skills. This blog focuses on the attitude needed to listen effectively. In essence, the difference between listening to understand v listening to respond. Take a look at the video clip below which was live on television just a week ago. Make your judgement – are these people listening Read more »

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Listening is far more than hearing

Giving employees a voice is a recognised driver to increase employee engagement. People need to feel they can contribute ideas and improve things that aren’t working. Listening, rather than just hearing, is therefore essential. 

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The Science of Persuasion

Influencing others is essential in business. Whether in sales, design, management or anything else how we persuade others is key to our success.  So is persuading others an art or a science? Life is a negotiation. We can rarely, if ever, succeed by ourselves. Therefore it’s very important to understand the science of persuasion. Only Read more »

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Leadership v management

Leadership versus management is a topic that is often discussed and debated on our leadership and management development courses. Which is the best? Are they the same? Does it really matter what you call it, so long as you are doing the right thing the right way?

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How to give a feedback sandwich with no bread…

Over time I have often come across the method of giving feedback using the sandwich technique. I think you’ll recognise this: something positive, something negative and then something positive. Although I appreciate the need to leave people feeling on a high and feeling motivated, I do question whether the so called meat in the sandwich gets Read more »

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