Tuesday, 1 April 2014

What's On At Trischel in April 2014

April and we are supposed to be half way through Autumn – you would not know it by the weather!

Our April workshops for those in or around the Gold Coast Queensland are:

17 April  Creating Confident Communicators  Public Speaking Workshop on the Gold Coast

Have you been dodging that presentation?  Fear of public speaking is one of the most restricting phobias of all.   Being unable to speak in public limits our ability to present ourselves in a confident and competent manner.  And yet it is also one of the easiest phobias to overcome. All you need to know are a few simple techniques to control your fears and a quickly learned knowledge of the real principles of public speaking. And you can learn all this in ‘Just One Day’.

‘Just One Day’ is an innovative and interactive Workshop dealing with the techniques and principles of public speaking for the fearful!  Working from a premise that Public Speaking should be fun, Trischel have crafted a workshop that has helped hundreds of people to overcome that petrifying fear of standing up in public and saying something meaningful. And we promise it will do the same for you

Find How easy it is to stand up and speak in public with a workshop from Trischel.

 Trish Springsteen will also be presenting a training module for:

7 April My Job Mentor – Job Seeker Help 2 Course– Interview Skills Techniques

Trish Springsteen will be appearing on :

Wednesday 2 April at 8:00p to 8:30p PST USA - Thursday 3 April 1pm Brisbane time.   The Ladies Let's Talk Show with Jeanna Brown in Los Angeles - tune into the show.  The Ladies Let's Talk radio is a positive weekly radio program for women about women relating to family, wellness, lifeskills and business. Networking, promoting and great education. More information here http://bit.ly/LLT0402

Trish Springsteen will be speaking on:

14 April   3.30pm  NRG Brisbane Inner South – “Bringing Communication Back to Earth
30 April   Midday Founding Mums Brisbane – “Impromptu and Persuasive Speaking”

Trischel will be at the following Network Events :
 Hope to see you there – come up and say hello

3 April Brisbane QBG Meetup Newstead 5.45 pm
9 April  NRG Northside Hamilton 4.00pm
23 April Women in Business Northlakes 9.30am

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Trish @ Trischel

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Decision Making 101

 It doesn't matter what industry or business you are in, problem solving and decision making will be an important part of your life especially if you have a leadership role, or are active in management.  Life is made up of making decisions and coping with the consequences.

Some people seem able to cope with the multitude of decisions and can quickly arrive at a workable solutions, others seem to be able to analyse the problem perfectly, but then wallow in a plethora of possible solutions ~ being unable to come to a decision as to which one would lead to the best outcome.

Ideally we need to be able to assess the situation and make quality decisions; and if decision-making is part of your daily working life, you may be delighted to hear that there are some simple processes and techniques which can aid you.

To make good decisions you should be aware of the personal skills which should be developed: 

  • good analytical skills to assess the problem 
  • creative development of possible options 
  • the ability to assess the possible outcomes and 
  • the firmness to implement the chosen solution.  

All of these can be improved by attending appropriate workshops.

What to do and Where to go?

But to help you now, here is a simple step-by-step check list for effective decision making:

  • Define and clarify the issue - does it warrant action? If so, must it be now? Is the matter urgent, important or both.  Do you know the Pareto Principle?  If so, is it applicable
  • Gather all the facts and understand what is the cause of the problem.
  • Think about all possible options and solutions. If in a group have a brainstorming session, if alone write down all possible options and eliminate unworkable solutions.
  • Consider and compare the possible outcomes of each option – consult with others if time permits and if you think it is necessary - it probably will be.
  • Select the best option for your situation. – avoid trying to have it both ways and adopt compromise solutions which do not address the cause of the initial problem.
  • Explain your decision to those involved and affected, and plan the implementation. Follow up to ensure that the planned solution is working, and be flexible enough to change your plan if necessary.   Don’t get so involved in one solution that you cannot change it if it does not work.  Be flexible and revisit alternative answers.

Every one has to make difficult decisions at some time; and the above check list can help.  But the important part is in the implementation of the solution, being flexible enough to change our direction and having the courage to actually decide on a course of action.

"We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down." (Aneurin Bevan)

Michele @ Trischel

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Public Speaking tips from the 86th Academy Awards - the Oscars

I settled down last night to have a quick look at the Academy Awards, the Oscars - not at the dresses - although they were outstanding, not at the handsome actors - although they were …..  - no I was looking at the acceptance speeches and seeing if the winners have been applying some basic effective public speaking techniques - know your audience, know the time and respect it, be concise, coherent and confident and make that connection with the audience and appropriate to the occasion.

So how were those acceptance speeches?  Who won the best acceptance speech on the night?

Some general comments:
Genuine and authentic speeches are powerful.  If you come across authentic it will connect with the audience and will cover any issues with speaking techniques – passion and authenticity will get you a long way.
Being concise and adhering to time ensures that you look professional and allows you to complete your speech covering all your points effectively without leaving anything out .
Some great short speeches indicated how well you can get your message across concisely and still have an impact.

An indication of how you can make your speech effective by thinking outside the box is the acceptance speech that was done in rhyme.  Well done it stood out from the other speeches.  Be aware that done well these speeches are great but when not done well they can be a disaster.  Not everyone has the skill to do these type of speeches.

If you can add humour to your speeches it enhances that connection to the audience. There were some great examples of humour in some of the acceptance speeches.

How many times can you say thank you in one short speech?  Short though a speech may be it is still most effective if it has structure.  A list of names and the word thank you several times is not very effective.
Know your audience – it can be risky alienating 50% of your audience with adverse comments.  Be mindful of the audience and mindful of the occasion.

There is a fine line between emotional connection to your audience and being overwhelmed by the emotion.  To be most effective you need to express your emotions and share them with your audience without becoming too emotional yourself.  If you let yourself get too emotional, this can cloud your wonderful message and connection.

Watch the ums – vocal pauses for thought.  Occasions like acceptance speeches where the emotion is flying and impromptu speaking comes in, are breeding places for vocal pauses for thought.  You are reaching for the next word and it can be very easy to have that um appear.  Whilst the occasional ums do not impact – many ums in a short space of time can impede the wonderful words and message you want to share.
Choose your words wisely – words can have a variety of meanings to different people.  Choosing the correct word for your message can make the difference between a good speech and an effective great speech.

When you only have 45 seconds to speak – you need to be concise, coherent and clear.  In that time you need to be able to thank those you want to and show your appreciation - doing this means you have succeeded.  If you can make it memorable or different then you have been outstanding, memorable and an effective communicator.

A short comment on introducing a speaker:  a very good tip is to know who you are introducing and to practice pronouncing their name.  Introductions are mini speeches and should be structured with as much thought as any speech or presentation.  Download Trischel’s free tips on "Introducing A Speaker" http://bit.ly/1dOHJ0P for more information.

So who gets my award for the best acceptance speech of the night:

Out of the box done effectively goes to  :
Acceptance speech for “Let it Go” Best Song – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Not easy to do a speech in rhyme and to do it effectively.

Best Acceptance Speech:
Matthew McConaughey – Best Actor for Dallas Buyers Club
This was a concise well structured, brilliant speech delivered with humour, clarity and easy to follow.  I especially liked the 3 things he talked about -  1. Someone to look upward to, 2. Someone to look forward to and 3. Someone to chase.  I liked how he built around those his thanks and also loved the quote regarding “respect others and you will respect yourselves”. The speech left us with memorable quotes that stayed in the mind.  Well done.

Remember next time you have to get up to do an acceptance speech or presentation or introduction be concise, clear and confident, watch the time, be aware of the audience and the occasion and SHINE!

Trish at Trischel

Sunday, 2 March 2014

What's on at Trischel - Public Speaking - Communication - Leadership in March 2014

March has arrived along with Autumn – time for reflection and checking how you are going with your goals for 2014.

Our March workshops for those in or around Brisbane are:

15 March  Take Control of Your Life – Creating a Practical Positive Attitude and Goal Setting

Creating a better future can often come from a change of attitude. At Trischel we know that Positive Thinking must be accompanied by Positive Action to bring about positive change.  Dreams not written down remain only that, dreams.  Likewise, intentions not implemented remain only good intentions.  We will show you how to change intentions into good, solid practical applications which can be put into practice immediately.

If you believe that you are capable of achieving much more but don’t know how to get there; if you are tired of feeling that life is just passing you by – if you have been thinking that you have no control of where your life is going; then this workshop will put you back on track.

“This gave me the way to start believing in myself again, and provided me with the stepping stones to build on.”  Katina, - The Power of Positive Thinking Seminar

“An excellent workshop that reminded me that I do have control over my life and happiness”.  Ann Hoare, The Power of Positive Thinking Seminar

27 March Advanced Communication Workshop

The most successful business people today are those that have mastered the art of communication.  These are the managers and leaders that can clearly and effectively ‘Inform, Instruct and Inspire’ – the three main functions of Business Communication. 
The difference between being proficient in Public Speaking and being an Advanced Communicator is in creating real interpersonal communication in a business environment and for business purposes.

“The training was delivered with enthusiasm which was infectious. The workshop was excellent and most valuable"-  - Glen Hooper; Principal, Connell Wagner

Trish Springsteen will also be presenting a training module for:

3 March My Job Mentor – Job Seeker Help 2 Course– Interview Skills Techniques

Trish Springsteen will be speaking at:

6 March   12.30pm  Byron Bay Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day – Inspiring Change : Speaker and Panelist

More  information available here  https://www.facebook.com/events/609813882422330/
Trischel will be at the following Network Events :

Hope to see you there – come up and say hello

7 March BPW Caboolture Centenary Lakes Function Centre 6.30am

11 March BforB Network Tattersalls Brisbane CBD 6.45am

26 March MBEC B2B Centenary Lakes Function Centre 7.00am

28 March North Brisbane Networking Breakfast Geebung RSL 7.00am

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Trish @ Trischel