Thursday, 31 August 2017

Special Offer!

For 3rd year in a row, our very popular 3x3x3 deal IS BACK!

Each year, from September till December, we offer 3 of our most popular communication workshops for 3 months only in an interesting package for an amazing 3 figure price.

We do this because we believe effective communication is the most important key to any business and we want to make our high impact programs accessible to ALL organizations in WA. Including the organisations with smaller training & development budgets.

Make excellent communication skills a priority in your organization and choose one (or more) of these training workshop packages currently on offer*

* COMMUNICATION 101 – Skills for giving feedback, dealing with different communication styles and overcoming resistance.
* EMPHATIC COMMUNICATION – Personal communication skills to build trust, reduce tension and understand / deal with emotions.
* CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATION –  Understand the core of cultural differences and learn how to communicate better with people from different cultures to your own.    

Each individual workshop package includes:

- A session to ensure training is integrated with your organizational goals & values.
- Online inventory – to help participants gain more from their workshop experience.
- A high impact, theatre based, 4 hour face to face workshop.
- Participant’s workbook with complete background information.
- Full evaluation & recommendations report.

Your special offer:

NOW $997 + GST per Workshop Package
(That’s only $99,70 per person with 10 participants!)

*This offer is valid from September 1st until December 1st 2017 / In Company only / Max 10 participants per workshop / Perth Region only / Bookings are subject to availability. 

Why InterACT WA?

An InterACT training workshop is not just a workshop. It’s an experience! InterACT WA specializes in bringing business theories to life by using theatre based learning methods. We provide roleplay actor-led training sessions where your employees can improve their communication skills by DOING. We let participants 'practice what we preach' by simulating a real experience so they can safely practice new behaviours and appreciate their actions’ impact, without risking client relationships or reputation in a non-judgmental learning environment. 

Interested in learning more or booking a workshop? 
Contact us here and we will be in touch within 24 hours. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

How I Failed in Feedback...

Research is finally showing the link between free-flowing feedback and better business results. In workplaces where managers don’t give and receive feedback, employee engagement rates limp in at 29%. On the flip side, when feedback is regularly exchanged between managers and employees, engagement jumps to 79%.
But let’s face it, we’re human — and we find it tough to engage in feedback. Many of us —including myself — get defensive when we hear it, or we assume nobody wants to hear it. So feedback gets chronically buried and put off.
But it doesn’t have to. 
In my experience, there is a simple principle that can play a key role in unlocking feedback:
It’s not who you are, it’s what you do
As a communication trainer and role play actor, I assume that everyone wants to, and can, get better. When I take this approach I find myself able to engage in discussions about areas for improvement with an optimistic and open heart. But even though I always try to take this approach, my best intentions still sometimes fail me... I recently found myself linking feedback to someone's character, rather than focusing on their actions. 
Here’s what happened:
About four months ago, I told one of my clients, a manager of a business development team, that she came across as uninterested in her team members. Not engaged. Distant. 
As I should have predicted, she countered with defensiveness. She told me she loved managing her team and started listing examples. We were heading for a debate and when it came to knowing what was going on inside her head, she had the clear upper-hand. As we ended the short conversation, all I had achieved was a bigger wedge between me and my client. 
It wasn't until afterwards that I realized the feedback had been unspecific, second-hand, and judgmental. So I decided to practice what I preach.  
I watched her in action during one of the activities in the training workshop that day. And later I pulled her aside. I said: “I’ve found that when people are sharing their feelings with the rest of the team and someone is leaning back, arms folded, avoiding any eye contact to me that person looks like they’re not open or interested.”
She looked concerned, but not defensive. There was no argument to be had here. She didn’t want to debate what folded arms meant. What I was saying was not specific to her. This opened her to noticing a range of subtle ways in which she was appearing closed to her teammates, and we worked together over the next few training days to address them.
Today, 4 months later, she is far more in sync with her team. Once she received feedback about her behavior from a team member (rather than her personality), and she was able to discuss it openly. It was easy for her to take action because my feedback was specific, and closely timed to when the behavior occurred.
Takeaway: When people start saying that someone “is or isn’t something,” try to observe what that person is or isn’t doing. As close to the moment of observation as possible, present them with the behavior and offer to help them address it.
I’ve found that this lesson provides a powerful tool. But it’s the consistent practice — along with the commitment to learn more every day — that signals that the organisation is a place where feedback can flow freely. Those awkward feelings from being honest and holding each other accountable will start to disappear. And each of us will grow faster than many of us thought possible.

I count myself on the side of those trainers who believe ‘practice makes perfect' and that we as educators should never stop practicing what we preach. Even if we sometimes mess up ourselves, feedback can make our workplace a far better place to grow, learn, and thrive together.