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Birthdays and milestones

Birthday balloonsSimply Communicate celebrated its second birthday on 1 September 2014. (The balloons in the picture were for my own birthday celebrated a couple of weeks earlier.) I wrote what follows in my September Simply Communicate newsletter. Let me share it here.

Two years ago I wrote, ‘I started Simply Communicate with the aim of simply helping people communicate.  By that I mean, helping them communicate the message they intended to communicate.’ (See ‘Welcome to Simply Communicate‘)

My concern is not with the niceties of language, although that is important, or with communication itself, although I run workshops on Report Writing and on Presentation Skills. My interest lies in communication within an organisation, particularly in the area of managing people for better performance.

Whatever the organisation, we need other people to help make our vision a reality. Managing those people and the various relationships involved can become a nightmare. And when the relationship is an employee-employer one, the matter is complicated by the delicacies of labour law. Assisting in those relationships, making them more productive, is what makes me and Simply Communicate tick.

I am so grateful to God for guiding me (booting me?) down this path and giving me courage to start the journey. I am grateful, too, to my wife, Jen, who has believed in me, encouraged me and supported me even when most of my time seems to be spent drinking coffee at various watering holes around town.

I am also immensely grateful to all of you who read my ramblings and encourage me on this journey. Thank you especially to those who have been able to give me work or have attended my workshops or talks. You are what Simply Communicate is all about, and you have made it worthwhile. Thank you.

For the future, to borrow the words of a certain bank, ‘How can I help you?’ Do let me know. If you would like to receive the monthly Simply Communicate newsletter, please email me at

Some of the workshops you can contact Simply Communicate about:

Hiring (especially interviewing skills)
Understanding HR
Managing problem employees
Performance management
Disciplinary action
Supervisory development
Report writing
Presentation skills
Customer care

Ian Webster

From Methodist minister to Customer Relations manager in a computer bureau to HR Manager in a newspaper printing and publishing company. Now focussing on training and developing people, people-management consulting and writing and editing.

  1. Heather on 18 September 2014 at 11:23 am

    Congratulations on your second birthday! May you have many more successful and happy birthdays.

    You have certainly motivated me to “boot” myself out of the corporate world!

    • Ian Webster on 18 September 2014 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Heather, much appreciated.
      I wish you well.
      I am blessed to have a very supportive wife who is a passionate teacher and who is happy to take the risk. On my own, I’m not sure I would have had the courage.

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