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The hour my heart stopped

There is only the briefest of moments when I feel afraid. And I mean really afraid. I’m deep in the thicket of the Volcanoes National Park in the northwest corner of Rwanda and I’m standing one metre away from an agitated four-hundred-pound Silverback gorilla. “Back away,” our guide hisses. Despite being told repeatedly to avoid making eye contact, I can’t…

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The Heart of Listening

Over the last two years, facilitators like me were forced to pivot our training programmes for the online space. As someone BBF (Born Before Technology), I’m loathe to admit that this concept was entirely overwhelming at first. But like the title of acclaimed South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys’s first one-man show, it was an Adapt or Dye situation – well,…

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The Perfect Pitch

The Perfect Pitch

They say a true Parisian woman can size you up from your head to your shoes and back up again in milliseconds, so fast that most people won’t even notice ‘the look’.
If judgment calls are made just by passing someone in the street, imagine the reaction to a clumsy elevator pitch.

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The X-factor

The X-factor

I’ve had enough. There, I’ve said it.

I long for the energy of presence, regular face-to-face contact and a shared sense of social identity.

I call this the X-factor. This has to do with connections, engagement and being with our colleagues. It is the need we have for each other and to be united around something that matters. It is also the positive obligation to contribute to the group and culture, and to share our talents and build relationships.

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The Basics of Business Writing and Email Etiquette

Breakfast Writing Workshop

THIS DECEMBER WE WILL BE HOSTING A HALF-DAY BASICS OF BUSINESS WRITING WORKSHOP. The end of 2019 is finally in sight, and what better way to round off this year than an entertaining, thought-provoking and delicious breakfast writing workshop. As our Festive Season gift to you, we have decided to offer this workshop at a specially discounted rate. Breakfast Writing…

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Public Workshops 2019

Public Workshops 2019

THIS OCTOBER WE WILL BE HOSTING TWO NOT-TO-BE-MISSED PUBLIC WORKSHOPS. These workshops have been designed to empower business professionals to improve their presentation and managerial communication skills. On top of this, we have also dropped our fees in celebration of the launch of this brand-new service. Public Workshops 2019

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Media and Communication training

Media and Communication training

Senior managers at Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) attended Media and Communication training on 16 and 17 April 2019 at ISIbalo House. The trainees were divided into two groups, and one group per day was trained on how to conduct themselves in media interviews. The training was conducted by Ms Janine Lazarus from Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy. Ms Lesedi Dibakwane,…

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When the shit hits the instant messaging fan

When the sh*t hits the instant messaging fan

By Janine Lazarus During workshops on Key Message Development, I always beat on about only having three key messages at hand to carry you through any form of communication – particularly when it means having to convey something unpalatable. Anything more than that tends to get lost in the bubbling maelstrom of information we have to wade through each day.…

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Jamal Khashoggi

The PR client no-one wants to talk about

By Janine Lazarus Let’s call it like it is for once, shall we? No tiresome beating around the bush. Governments generally don’t want you to know that they have Big Boy public relations machinery working for them. Bell Pottinger is one repugnant South African case in point. So while major media outlets in Saudi Arabia cast the disappearance and murder…

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#DownWithTextSpeak

#DownWithTextSpeak

I don’t know if you, like me, are mortified by the way people write – or shall I say attempt to write – these days. It seems perfectly acceptable to misspell names, to abbreviate words into The Dreaded Text Speak, and then to sign off with an obligatory emoji. My newspaper editors of old are thrashing about furiously in their…

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