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Laughter in the Workplace!

By |2020-12-10T10:50:56+10:00August 31st, 2020|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

 As a manager, you can set the tone by implementing simple techniques to provide employees with a bit of fun and enjoyment. But why? Laughter is an important part of being human. Who doesn't love laughing!? We all need to laugh! Especially now in these hard times, where we can sometimes forget to laugh. Here is some information on the importance of laughter! Laughter heals William Fry Jr, the 'Doctor of Humour', has researched the power of humour for over thirty years. He is convinced that laughter is a total body experience, an 'internal massage' that embraces all the body's systems - muscles, brain, nerves, digestion. Following stimulation and exercise caused by laughter, the body relaxes. Indeed, claims Fry, like jogging, laughter is a good aerobic exercise. It aerates the lungs, relaxes the muscles, nerves and heart, expands breathing and circulation, and enhances oxygen intake and expenditure. He says that [...]

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Tips For Overcoming Problems at Meetings

By |2019-09-27T13:02:44+10:00December 14th, 2015|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

As a manager, you are often required to chair meetings. To be successful, you will need to minimise your own involvement, foster interaction among the participants, and ensure that everyone makes a contribution. There are times, however, when awkward situations arise; and then you will need to draw on a repertoire of responses to maintain control. Here are some of the most common problems that arise in meetings and the strategies for handling them… 1. When the discussion becomes irrelevant… Meetings sometimes get bogged down in time-consuming, irrelevant discussions that lead nowhere. To get the meeting back on course, you can: refocus the discussion by indicating that the group has strayed from its real objective. summarise the discussion to date and link progress to the objective. bring the discussion back into line by posing a question relating to the agenda topic. 2. When the participants begin to lose interest… Often caused by [...]

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Making the Most of the Minutes in Meetings

By |2019-09-27T13:02:48+10:00November 23rd, 2015|Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

Every scheduled meeting of an organisation or committee is an important occasion. Such meetings make decisions that determine the daily business of the organisation. Was an issue discussed? Was it approved? Why and how was it approved? Who was present? The answers and outcomes of such questions as these must be recorded as minutes of the meeting. Minutes are an important decision-making record, so it is essential that the following points be considered… 1. Be aware of what minutes must be kept. Minutes should be kept of all formal meetings of your organisation – of the governing board, the annual general meeting, any special general meeting, and any vital sub-committee meetings. 2. Know what the minutes must record. The minutes should clearly indicate the following:   the nature of the meeting – governing, annual, special, or sub-committee the place, date, and time of the meeting the name of the chairperson and the [...]

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How to Conduct a Successful Video Conference

By |2019-09-27T13:04:42+10:00July 14th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

One of the outcomes of the events of September 11, 2001, has been increased attention on video conferencing as a means of eliminating or reducing the need to travel. The issue of safety has been added to the previous cost-benefits of reduced travelling time and costs; time can be spent more productively. Increasingly, these benefits have made video conferencing more popular as a means of bringing people together - across the country and around the world. Here’s how to make sure you derive maximum value from your next video conference... 1. Arrange service provision. Video conferencing is a flexible medium facilitated by satellite, broadcast, or cable signals. In addition, web conferencing can be adapted to mini-conferencing by incorporating digital cameras. To choose the best option, obtain expert advice. Some larger organisations have in-house facilities and expertise, but you might need an external service provider. Contact the provider as soon as possible; [...]

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Making Meetings Exciting!

By |2019-09-27T13:05:01+10:00April 23rd, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Do you employees arrive late to meetings? Do you spend too much time planning a meeting that seems to be wasted? Do you struggle to engage everyone in the meeting? Meetings can be difficult to manage, especially when we are becoming more and more time poor with people's job descriptions growing and expanding. However, meetings can be great tools within the workplace to ensure everyone is on the same page, set a company culture, keep people accountable and delegate roles. Here are a few more tips on meetings for you to consider... What's wrong with meetings? According to Roger Mosvick and Robert Nelson in 'We've Got to Start Meeting Like This', managers and professionals polled on the specific problems of meetings listed 1305 problems. Sixteen of these accounted for 90 per cent of the problems. Here they are: Getting off the subject No goals or agenda Too lengthy Poor or [...]

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Making Meeting Management Easy

By |2019-09-27T13:05:02+10:00April 16th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

"Basically, there are three types of Chair: (1) the authoritarian, who conducts meetings like military drills and wonders why nothing very original is ever said or achieved in them; (2) the permissive, who lets the members run the meetings, and wonders why so many of them end in chaos; and (3) the majority, who are a little of both and who wonder why other people's meetings seem more effective than their own. This is because being an effective Chair does not come naturally. It requires certain skills, but the good news is that these skills can be learnt and they can be improved with practice." Jack Gratus, Give and Take, BBC Books, London, 1990, p. 20. In our last blog post we discussed the importance of being able to run effective meetings that no longer waste time or bore your employees to sleep. Here are a few more handy hints, tips [...]

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No More Wasted Meetings

By |2019-09-27T13:05:03+10:00April 14th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Do you dread meetings?  Worry that you will put people to sleep? Wonder whether anything that you are saying is making sense? Think that you should have just sent out an email memo instead? Every manager needs to master the skill of managing a meeting. Participants will leave a meeting chaired effectively with a sense of accomplishment and a clear understanding of future directions and tasks. If you want to chair successful meetings, follow these important steps... 1. Start on time. When you wait for latecomers, you penalise those who have arrived on time - and you inadvertently reward those who come late. Before long, everyone will arrive late. So how do you get people to your meetings on time? By starting on time! Always. 2. Get the meeting off to a business-like start. Welcome and introduce yourself and the other participants and, if necessary, explain their roles. Clarify the [...]

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Overcoming Problems at Meetings

By |2019-09-27T13:05:41+10:00December 2nd, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

As a manager, you are often required to chair meetings. To be successful, you will need to minimise your own involvement, foster interaction among the participants, and ensure that everyone makes a contribution. There are times, however, when awkward situations arise; and then you will need to draw on a repertoire of responses to maintain control. Here are some of the most common problems that arise in meetings and the strategies for handling them... 1. When the discussion becomes irrelevant... Meetings sometimes get bogged down in time-consuming, irrelevant discussions that lead nowhere. To get the meeting back on course, you can: refocus the discussion by indicating that the group has strayed from its real objective. summarise the discussion to date and link progress to the objective. bring the discussion back into line by posing a question relating to the agenda topic. 2. When the participants begin to lose interest... Often [...]

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More Ideas on Meeting Agendas

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 6th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

"Think of the agenda as a device to focus your meeting. A meeting with no agenda will have no focus and the results will be fuzzy. Too many side issues slip into consideration and, finally, like the famous Caucus Race witnessed by Alice in her Wonderland dream, all the attendees end up chasing each other around in circles." Clyde Burleson in Effective Meetings: The Complete Guide, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1990. In our last blog post we discussed meeting agendas and how important they are to the effective management of a meeting. Here are few extra ideas and bits of information that we found interesting and wanted to share with you! Here's an idea In your agenda, consider providing a SWEET objective for each topic under discussion - i.e: -Sensible - challenging, realistic, achievable -Written - providing a clear record of intent -Easy-to-understand - jargon-free, clear, precise -Easy-to-measure - [...]

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Creating an Effective Meeting Agenda

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 4th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

Call it a meeting plan or call it a simple list - but call it essential, because an agenda is the backbone of any successful meeting. The more care you take with its preparation, the more productive the meeting will be. So, if you want to gain a reputation as someone who conducts productive meetings, take the time to compile a workable agenda beforehand. Here's how... 1. Be aware of the need for an agenda. An agenda is a written promise from the leader of a meeting to those attending. It is a commitment that, in the time allocated to the meeting, discussion will focus on the items listed. As well, the agenda is valuable because it provides the meeting with direction, purpose, confidence, and control. A meeting without an agenda is a meeting without an end. 2. Decide on the degree of formality required. Some meetings are so small [...]

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Ideas on Meeting Management

By |2019-09-27T13:06:00+10:00September 2nd, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops|

"Conducting a meeting without a plan is much like trying to build a house without blueprints. It can be done, of course, but the end result is likely to be less than desirable and the process can be expensive and nerve-wracking." Jack Parker, The Collier Quick and Easy Guide for Running a Meeting, Collier Books, NY, 1963. Here's an idea Never introduce an idea, strategy, plan, or concept for the first time in a meeting. Chances are, your staff will spend the whole meeting trying to grasp the concept - and that’s not what a meeting is for. Give them detailed handouts, and other reading material well before the event, so that they have an idea of what’s to be discussed. Then, make better use of the meeting time to expand, clarify, and improve the concept. Here's an idea If you’re planning to hold a meeting, particularly one where the [...]

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Preparing for a Meeting

By |2019-09-27T13:06:01+10:00August 30th, 2013|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops, Workshops|

It was Hendrik van Loon who once said that a meeting would be successful only if it had three participants - one of whom is away sick and another who is absent. Organisational life is never so generous to managers, however. Meetings have become an unavoidable aspect of a manager's job. Fortunately, unnecessary meetings can be eliminated; others can be made more effective. Important ingredients are planning and preparation, as the following points reveal... 1. Make sure you've called the meeting for a reason. Meetings should never become rituals. They cost time and money, so it's important to call a meeting only when one is warranted - to solve a problem, to coordinate activities, to disseminate and discuss urgent information, to reach a consensus or decision, to build morale, or to reconcile conflicts. So don't ask people to attend a listening-session if you can send a memo or newsletter instead. [...]

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