Talks and Workshops

Managing Problem Employees: It’s About Action not Rules

By Ian Webster / 11 June 2015 /

The lively discussion around shared issues was as important as the planned input at the June Simply Communicate workshop on Managing Problem Employees. But perhaps the key learning of the day (although it seems so obvious that it’s hardly fair to call it a learning) is that people management is all about taking action. We can have the…

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Managing Performance Workshop

By Ian Webster / 22 October 2014 /

Please join me for the Simply Communicate morning workshop on Managing Performance in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, 18 November 2014: I am available to run this and other workshops in house for you, anywhere in the country, at very reasonable rates. Please contact me if I can help you with any of your people management, leadership or customer…

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Six steps to effective communication

By Ian Webster / 6 October 2014 /

In last month’s article, ‘Communication: better than normal,’ I promised to post the six steps to effective communication I had discussed at the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business. Here they are. 1. Prepare thoroughly They tell us we only get one opportunity to make a first impression. The same is true of communication. We only get…

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Birthdays and milestones

By Ian Webster / 17 September 2014 /

Simply 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…

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Managing problem employees – a workshop

By Ian Webster / 30 July 2014 /

Registered NGOs and PBOs enjoy a special rate of R 500 per person

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Seminar: How to spot the right person in an interview

By Ian Webster / 23 September 2013 /

I will be running the following half-day seminars on behalf of Seminar Warehouse in Westville, Durban, next month. (See flyers below.) The first is on interviewing skills and will be on Thursday, 10 October 2013. If you are interested, please register here. If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this on.  The second is on running…

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Leadership Seminar: September 2013

By Ian Webster / 6 September 2013 /

I will be running the following half-day seminar on behalf of Seminar Warehouse in Westville, Durban, on 19 September 2013. If you are interested, please register here. If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass on the details. To read more, please click here If you are interested in this as an in-house workshop, please…

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Bite-sized people management: Counselling for success

By Ian Webster / 1 August 2013 /

“Bite-Sized People Management” refers to brief, half- to one-hour discussions with busy managers reminding them of, or introducing, the basics of people management. The following brief introduction to counselling is broken into two articles. The second will follow next week. This first article covers the rationale behind and preparation for counselling, while the second discusses…

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Discussion: Counselling for success

By Ian Webster / 26 July 2013 /

For those of you who are members of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, I will be giving what I call a “Bite-sized Management” talk (a condensed workshop of about 40 minutes) next Thursday, 1 August 2013, at the BIZZ-LINK  NETWORK breakfast (see below). If you can’t join us, but are interested in the content for yourself or…

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