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Archive for the ‘Communication Skills’ Category

Face the facts: How we read facial expression communicating as social animals

Posted by James Auden

Our brains also devote a lot more attention to faces than many other visual stimuli because faces are so important to our lives when we are communicating as social animals, and it’s as social animals that we’ve succeeded as a species.

The human face has evolved to be the most expressive on the planet, containing around 52 muscles so the possibilities for communicating our feelings are infinite.

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Making Leadership training stick – Hard Targets for Soft Skills

Posted by Pradeep Jey

We’ve all been there. You attend some Leadership training and leave feeling inspired and positive about making changes.

Then a few weeks later, you find yourself in a tricky conversation where you’re doing that-thing-you-said-you’d-change and afterwards you think “Didn’t I have some training to stop this?”

The key is to practice the skills we want to develop so we have them at our disposal when we need them.

So, what makes good intentions translate into behavioural change?

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Minding the Email Gap – Seven Tips

Posted by Jessica Sedler

How often do you use Email to communicate?

Ever got stuck in a less than constructive way of communicating?

Ever found the dynamic very hard to shift?

Alongside my work with Aspire, I co-run a theatre company with 3 women. We write, produce and perform political cabaret shows. I have worked with these wonderful women for 7 years and let’s just say, we know each other very well.

Sometimes we say/do/write things to each other that are reactive, unthinking and occasionally damaging. That’s right. Even a communications skills trainer.

However, we recently changed one vital aspect of the way we communicate which has hugely improved the efficacy and ease of our day to day working relationships…

Our emails. Read more