Perhaps the better question is, how many times TODAY, did someone spend more than their ‘allotted’ time, talking to you? I was fortunate in my career to have been able to work under a brilliant leader. Once every few months, I got to have a 30 minute one-on-one time with her. I was always excited for these meetings because really, how often do you get to have your own personal time with your leader where the focus is . . . YOU? I arrived prepared. I had my questions and the areas I needed some clarity and guidance on. As soon as I asked my first question, she launched into all the thoughts, ideas and experiences that were swirling in her head. I admit, she had a lot of knowledge and experience but here was the rub: She spent the next 30 minutes going off on tangents, so much so, that at the end of the meeting, I stood up and said: “I have no idea what I am suppose to do.”
I learned is that while people may have expert knowledge in many areas, if they cannot express themselves briefly and concisely, especially in the workplace, their knowledge is tuned out!
TMI (Too much information)
Sometimes people say phrases and you know, as the listener, that it is going to be painful. As the speaker, here are phrases you need to avoid.
(from “Brief” by J. McCormack)
1. “And another thing . . .”
2. “I’m just thinking out loud . . .”
3. “To make a long story even longer . . .”
1. Know What You Want
2. Make It A Dialogue, Not a Monologue
Now it’s up to you to make a bigger impact and get results, by being brief! Of course there are additional strategies required to create an engaged work environment. If you want sustainable strategies that work, then I invite you to contact me for a FREE 20 minute phone call. Click Here to Contact Me In the ‘Subject Line” write ‘Free Call’ and I will contact you. See how you can create an even better workplace.
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Our workshop participants found Barb’s approach to teaching at the Centre for Professional Development to be dynamic and engaging. Barb not only taught effective communication and presentation skills, but also role modelled techniques throughout the day. Participants were excited to be able to apply learning’s directly into their day to day roles
Associate Director at the Centre for Professional Development, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
Your plenary session was a real asset and a great contribution to the success of our National IPAC Conference. From beginning to end participants were energized and actively engaged.
Gwyneth Meyers BSc, MSc, PhD
Scientific Committee Chair
“The workshop was wonderful!! Barb walked the talk by continuously demonstrating the tips and skills she was teaching! It was amazing to see it all come together. I would recommend the workshop to anyone who has to present.”
Bev Waite, Education Lead-Nursing,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
I told one of the nurse educators that it was the best 3 hours I have spent in a training session as the content was clear, relevant, exactly enough to be able to incorporate into presentations, and you demonstrated each point which was great. It was watching an expert at work.
Aideen Carroll, Advanced Practice Nurse Educator
Toronto General Hospital
Your workshop was also a big hit. It was interesting to hear people talk about it as not good, but great.
CMP Manager of Governance and Events CNA
After working with Barb, our team returned to work energized, enthused and inspired to utilize tools that increase our communication, clarity and relationship with not only each other, but also with the residents and families that we serve. I would highly recommend Barb if you want to bring out the best in your team.
Dale Clements, Administrator
Barb Langlois led a wonderful one day workshop for 45 Clinical Nurse Educators in Saskatoon Health Region. She worked with us in advance to really understand our learning needs, Six months later, I see CNEs using Barb’s techniques to engage learners and I use them myself in my own presentations. I strongly recommend Barb – she is a very skilled facilitator who connects with learners in a very meaningful and effective way.
Margot Hawke RN, BSN, MCEd, Nursing Professional Practice Lead
Saskatoon Health Region
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